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Rosedale Technical School has undergone a lot of changes under the leadership of Dennis Wilke.

Dennis Wilke of South Fayette has seen many changes come to Rosedale Technical School in less than 10 years.

The educational institute in September received its designation as a college from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of State. Wilke joined Rosedale in 2005 as vice president, becoming president in 2006.

He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University and had a 14-year career with the May Company’s corporate divisions in Pittsburgh and Houston before returning to Pittsburgh and settling in South Fayette.

Rosedale was founded in 1949 near Verona with a goal of training returning veterans in the trade of automotive mechanics. There was only one educational program at Rosedale until 2001 when the diesel technology and electrical technology programs were added.

Since then, HVAC technology, truck driving and industrial technician programs have begun; in 2015, welding, applied business management, and collision repair technology will start. The school became a non-profit educational institution in 1994 and moved to its current location in Kennedy off Interstate 79 at Route 60 in 2006. There are 65 employees and 455 students.

Under Wilke’s leadership, Rosedale’s team took over the management of another non-profit career school in Meadville, Precision Manufacturing Institute, in 2013.

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Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or [email protected].

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