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Wheeling University Partners with Tecnocap LLC to Offers Engineering Students Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

  Friday, December 13, 2019 2:02 PM
  WU News


December 12, 2019, Wheeling, WV – Wheeling University, West Virginia’s only Catholic institution of higher learning, reaffirms partnership with Tecnocap LLC yielding scholarships and internships for students in its Engineering Science program. With a facility located in Wheeling, WV, Tecnocap develops and manufactures highly functional, attractive and reliable Metal Closures, Aluminum Aerosol Cans and Bottles.

While taking in a basketball game on Wheeling University’s campus, Tecnocap LLC President, Paolo Ghigo, was introduced by a mutual acquaintance to Robert Yahn, the University’s dean of engineering. Out of that chance encounter, a strong and growing relationship was born. The Tecnocap Engineering Science scholarship began in 2018, and offers eligible students enrolled in the four-year Engineering Science program critical funding needed to complete their degree. In addition to scholarship opportunities, engineering students may also apply for internship positions at Tecnocap. The goal of these programs is to contribute to a well-rounded education experience by encouraging students to apply their classroom learning in a practical, real-world setting.  

“Tecnocap is grateful to the local community, and we were thinking to ways to give something back that would have had a positive impact,” said Paolo Ghigo, President of Tecnocap LLC. “We finally decided to invest in higher education which we are confident is going to generate a bright future for the valley in the long term.”

“Engineering provides knowledge and tools that are applicable to almost every field, along with habits like working with accountability and, I dare to say, with a spirit of altruism,” added Ghigo. “At Wheeling University, we found a fertile ground founded on rigorous technical programs with attention to the person who isn’t treated simply as a student ID number. Considering all the dimensions of the person, whether friend, colleague or student, is of extreme importance.”

Wheeling University’s international environment, with a student population representing many countries, resonates with the Tecnocap CEO who noted how students are welcomed on campus with the same hospitality that he and his family found when they moved to the U.S. seven years ago.

International student Carlos Molina, a Wheeling University graduate of the Environmental Science program became the lead project manager on Tecnocap’s newest endeavor. Molina recently led the company in creating the largest solar panel plant in the state of West Virginia at its Glen Dale facility. Wheeling University President, Ginny Favede, along with other local leaders attended the ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the kick off.

President Favede recognizes the value of the partnership with local businesses like Tecnocap, and the impact these relationships have not only on students but the entire Ohio Valley. Favede shared, “Our job at the university is to prepare students for a successful and prosperous career, one that hopefully motivates them to stay in the region and contribute back to our local economy.”


Founded in 1954, Wheeling University is the only Catholic institution of higher learning in West Virginia. Its mission is to provide a high-quality Catholic education to the men and women of the Ohio Valley region and beyond. By integrating education, research, and economic development with classical knowledge and Christian revelation, Wheeling University seeks to equip its graduates with the critical, creative, and empathetic tools they need to pursue rewarding careers and enrich their local communities.