"We need to train better guards, tackles, linebackers!" Corbett told a roaring crowd at the college's Schmidt Training and Technology Center. "Tackle those Buckeyes and Wolverines. No mercy. MISMATCH! That's the way Pennsylvania can attract good, high-paying jobs that are going to Ohio, Michigan, Alabama."
Corbett stressed that while Penn State and Pitt have produced their share of defensive stalwarts who can dominate opposing ball carriers and receivers, community colleges have lagged behind.
“Our state system is in the process of adjusting to training and education for the workforce of the 21st century,” Corbett said.
With that goal in mind, Corbett said he will press the legislature to infuse funds unto the state's community college system to insure that each school can field a competitive athletic team. The money is particularly vital to RACC because it currently lacks any intramural athletic program.
Starting next month, the state-of-the-art, industrial-quality equipment at Schmidt will be replaced with bodybuilding machines and free weights so students can begin working out before the fall semester begins. Additionally, industry partners, such as East Penn Manufacturing, can apply for funding to build workout areas so current employees can begin the transition to the gridiron.
"Go Ravens!" Corbett blustered as the student body cheered.