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ShaleNET Success Shared at Congressional Hearing on Energy Workforce
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Tracy L. Brundage testifies in the Rayburn House Office Building.

Tracy L. Brundage testifies in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The college's vice president for workforce development is greeted by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, of Illinois, the panel's ranking Democrat.

The college’s vice president for workforce development is greeted by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, of Illinois, the panel’s ranking Democrat.

Brundage is joined in the hearing room by U.S. Rep Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., chair of the subcommittee.

Brundage is joined in the hearing room by U.S. Rep Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., chair of the subcommittee.

Penn College’s vice president for workforce development testified in Washington, D.C., this week on behalf of improved education and training in energy and related industries. Tracy L. Brundage appeared Thursday before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, which is examining legislative language to create a 21st-century energy and manufacturing workforce. Referencing the success of the college’s award-winning ShaleNET partnership, which responded to the industry’s call for trained employees, Brundage said an educational infrastructure – built from a cross-section of public and private interests – is among the innovative solutions necessary to meet challenges. “ShaleNET is a best-practice model that can be deployed and implemented in other areas because the curriculum is competency-based, developed with input from industry, consistent, easily replicated and flexible dependent upon industry needs,” she said. “The success of ShaleNET is a direct result of strong partnerships with employers and trade associations, Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stops, economic development agencies such as the Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and local governments who share a common desire to place qualified candidates with employers in family-sustaining careers.”
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Students’ Pursuit of Passion Evident in Sparkling Hospitality Events
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President Davie Jane Gilmour introduces student representative Julie H. Carr (right), recipient of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship.

In a matter of days, students in hospitality majors produced two eye-popping events that showed off their food artistry. On April 24, the college community – along with high school groups – were invited to Penn’s Inn, where seniors in the culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major cooked live, offering up free samples of an entrée and a dessert while being judged by industry representatives according to American Culinary Federation standard rules. Also on display were the final projects of students in Advanced Patisserie Operations, Cakes and Decorations, Principles of Chocolate Works and Classical and Specialty Dessert Presentation courses, which were also judged. Chef Frank Priore, executive chef of the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre; Chef Drew Kendall, store chef for Wegmans in Williamsport; and Christopher R. Grove, ’08, a dining services manager for Penn College, judged the culinary entries, while Chef Callie L. Proctor, ’04 and ’08, bakery manager for Weis Markets; Chef Michael Davis, executive chef for Susquehanna Health; and Chef Samantha L. Liedtka Gundlach, ’10, owner of Samantha’s Kitchen in Lock Haven, judged pastry entries. On April 26, students in two sections of the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentation Concepts presented a “Grand Pastry Buffet” for scholarship donors and their recipients. The “Viva Las Vegas”-themed event represents a comprehensive finale to baking and pastry arts students’ college career, requiring skills gained throughout their coursework. Nursing student Julie H. Carr, a recipient of the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship, offered remarks. “I have received financial aid as well as numerous grants in order to pursue my education; however, there were still out-of-pocket expenses that my parents could not cosign a loan for,” Carr told the gathering. “The Penn College Foundation enabled me to finish school and pursue my dreams while still participating and being an integral part of the Penn College community. I cannot thank you and the entire faculty, staff and students enough for enabling me to finally pursue my passion of becoming a nurse and helping others.”

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Seasons End for Two Penn College Teams

Spring seasons ended for Pennsylvania College of Technology golf and men’s tennis teams, the college announced its 2015 Athletes of the Year and it named a new men’s soccer coach last week.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Father-Son Project Transports Longtime Mentor Back to Campus

Johnathan L. (left) and Robert Capps, with their collaboration outside College Avenue Labs

Johnathan L. (left) and Robert Capps, with their collaboration outside College Avenue Labs

Robert Capps, a 2013 recipient of an Alumni Mentorship Award and a frequent face at campus Career Fairs, returned to Penn College on Friday in a Cobra that he built with his son last year. Capps, of Allan A. Myers (formerly American Infrastructure) and his son, Johnathan L., built the vehicle in their home garage, finishing it just in time for the young man to drive it to his senior prom.  The elder Capps drove it to Williamsport from just outside Philadelphia to meet up with Johnathan and his friends.  Capps’ son is a student in the mechatronics engineering technology major, a member of the Baja SAE Team and a competitor in last weekend’s Green Grand Prix in New York state.
Photo by Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement

Penn College Authorized Training Center for Autodesk Certification

College an Autodesk Authorized Training Center

College an Autodesk Authorized Training Center

As an Autodesk Authorized Training Center and Authorized Certification Center, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is taking part in a Certification Day on May 8.

Certification exams will be administered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on various Autodesk products used in architecture, engineering and digital arts fields. Preregistration for the tests, to be given in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus, is required by visiting online and selecting the college’s site code from the drop-down menu.

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Cub Scouts Build Souvenirs, Memories in Visit to Carpentry Labs

PCCA members enlighten area Cub Scouts in a mutually beneficial (and enjoyable) visit.

PCCA members enlighten area Cub Scouts in a mutually beneficial (and enjoyable) visit.

Cub Scouts join their hosts and chaperones in showing off their birdhouses and toolboxes.

Cub Scouts join their hosts and chaperones in showing off their birdhouses and toolboxes.

The Penn College Construction Association welcomed the Muncy Cub Scouts to campus on Monday. The Scouts arrived at the carpentry labs for an evening filled with fun, as they learned how to build their own birdhouses and small toolboxes. Every Cub Scout had a PCCA member guide him through the construction of each project. “This was a wonderful event,” said PCCA President Ryan Fry, of Nazareth. “I enjoyed seeing the Cub Scouts enjoy building their very own projects. I think our members had just as much fun as the kids.” The Scouts had a sense of accomplishment after seeing their projects come to fruition. PCCA Historian Alexander E. Eckerd, of Elizabethtown, said: “The club members enjoyed passing their passion for construction down to the next generation. I feel the Cub Scouts greatly enjoyed their time spent with us and will have a lasting memory.” PCCA believes such events are very successful in getting future generations to develop an appreciation for the construction industry. “Another successful task completed by the PCCA,” said organization Secretary Kyle J. Williams, of Oley. “It was truly a great feeling to be able to help the Cub Scouts build these projects, letting them get hands-on and mentoring them with techniques that we learned in our construction classes. Seeing the kids smiling and enjoying every minute of using the tools and building their projects really inspired me, and I hope PCCA continues the tradition!” Fry, Eckerd and Williams are enrolled in the college’s four-year residential construction technology and management major. After the kids completed their projects, faculty member Barney A. Kahn IV led the Cub Scouts on a tour of the construction labs. More photos can be viewed on PCCA Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Photos by Kahn, instructor of building construction technology

Civic Service Firmly Planted in Horticulture Students’ Work Ethic

Richardson, Basile and Wyncoll (clockwise from lower left) plant Japanese forest grass.

Richardson, Basile and Wyncoll (clockwise from lower left) plant Japanese forest grass.

Redding (left) and Rousseau prepare a place for a threadleaf Japanese maple tree on the park's West Fourth Street side. In the background, Bower (in orange sweatshirt) and Bob Esposito, president of the Way’s Garden Commission, brainstorm other projects for students.

Redding (left) and Rousseau prepare a place for a threadleaf Japanese maple tree on the park’s West Fourth Street side. In the background, Bower (in orange sweatshirt) and Bob Esposito, president of the Way’s Garden Commission, brainstorm other projects for students.

Community consciousness on a national Day of Service

Community consciousness on a national Day of Service

Students clean up the century-old garden spot after a seemingly interminable winter.

Students clean up the century-old garden spot after a seemingly interminable winter.

Fresh from a morning rain that perked up the season’s greenery, Way’s Garden in Williamsport got some friendly attention Wednesday from six students of horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. Joining forces with the caretakers of the community park – just northeast of Penn College’s main campus – the landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis majors weeded, raked and planted in recognition of Earth Day. The activity was also part of National Association of Landscape Professionals’ annual Day of Service, in which students have regularly lent a collective helping hand. Participating this year were Andrew M. Basile, of Pottstown; Zachary M. Meling, of Hawley; Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey; Ryan Rousseau, of Pipersville; and Seth J. Wyncoll, of Kempton.

Board Authorizes Bond Refinancing

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized refinancing of the college’s 2005 bond series to generate financial savings from reduced interest costs.

Refinancing, said Suzanne T. Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, is being undertaken at this time because of favorable interest rates. Closing is expected in June.

The board action allows the college administration to request that the Lycoming County Authority issue tax-exempt bonds on the college’s behalf in an amount not to exceed $11 million. There is no new money included in the borrowing.

When first approved 10 years ago, the Series 2005 bond issue included money for capital projects – like construction of the Madigan Library and the Center for Business & Workforce Development – as well as funds for refinancing the 1997 series bonds.

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Camp ESCAPE Slots Going Quickly; Sign Up Today!

Camp ESCAPE’s seven weeks of summer fun for boys and girls aged 8-14 are half-filled already, so members of the Penn College community are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. Campers don’t need to be sports enthusiasts, as the schedule includes a variety of weekly field trips, cooking projects, games and activities such as kickball and dodgeball. The camp runs June 8 to July 30, and costs $95 a week or $25 a day. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with early drop-off starting at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup extended to 5 p.m. at no extra charge. (There is no camp the week of June 29, due to the Fourth of July holiday.) The weeks and field trips are: June 8-11, Knoebels on June 9;  June 15-18,  Penn State All Sports Museum and Creamery on June 16; June 22-25, Delgrosso’s Amusement Park on June 23; July 6-9, traveling to a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders baseball game on July 9; July 13-16, Tipton Waterworks on July 14; July 20-23, Liberty Splashland on July 21; and July 27-30, Knoebel’s Crystal Pool. For more information, consult the camp brochure: Camp ESCAPE

Penn College Students Named to Forest Technology Honor Society

From left, Penn College forest technology students Mark J. Weist, of Montgomery; Derek S. Labs, of Jersey Shore; and Sharon L. Morris, of Liberty, hold their honor certificates in the Schneebeli Earth Center.

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been inducted into the North American Forest Technician Honorary on the basis of their scholastic achievement.

Forest technology majors Derek S. Labs, of Jersey Shore; Sharon L. Morris, of Liberty; and Mark J. Wiest, of Montgomery, were recognized through the Council of Eastern Forest Technician Schools, which includes Penn College and 25 other schools with similar programs.

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Penn College Students Field Six Teams in ‘Green Grand Prix’

Penn College students display the four awards they won at the Green Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, New York. Back row, from left: Johnathan T. Capps, North Wales; Joshua J. Cover, Selinsgrove; Zachary D. McCurdy, Horsham; Samuel N. Schwyter, Williamsport; Andrew M. Wursta, Allentown; and Walter P. Sheehan Jr., Douglassville. Front row, from left: Caleb E. Cartmell, Honesdale; Gracie R. Cooper, Green Lane; Paul A. Evans, Haverford (president of the Penn College Motorsports Association); Stephen C. Bart, River Vale, N.J.; and Jared Z. Frederick, Allentown. (Byron B. Reber, of Stevens, was absent when the photo was taken.)

Twelve students in six automobiles representing the Penn College Motorsports Association completed both stages of the 2015 Toyota Green Grand Prix, held April 17 at the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway.

The 11th annual event, timed to the seasonal opening of the famed racetrack in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, is an educational showcase for innovation in sustainable transportation technologies. Pennsylvania College of Technology was one of four colleges to participate.

In what was termed “fantastic success” by Paul A. Evans, president of the Motorsports Association, the teams brought home four awards from the daylong event.

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Banquet Celebrates Imminent Grads’ Proven Career Readiness

Early childhood graduates celebrate with mentors

Early childhood graduates celebrate with mentors

Nearly 40 people attended the annual Spring Early Childhood Practicum Banquet, held recently in the Thompson Professional Development Center. The event honored Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 graduates of Penn College’s early childhood education associate-degree major and director’s competency credential, as well as the students’ practicum supervising teachers from child care centers and Head Start programs in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre and Union counties. Billie A. Coffman, associate professor of early childhood education and practicum adviser (first row, far right), offered greetings to the group and thanked the supervising teachers for the important role they play in the guidance and mentorship of each student in the practicum experience. In addition to Coffman, others on hand to honor the students’ success were (from far left) Jennifer I. Watson, adjunct early childhood education faculty, Karen Woland Payne, adjunct practicum adviser, and Nancy A. Grausam, assistant professor of early childhood education; Barbara J. Albert, director of the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center (center, in floral jacket), and Jodi L. Binkley, early childhood lab assistant (upper right).
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Math Professor Co-Authors Paper Published in Journal

William Ma

William Ma, professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, jointly authored a paper that was published recently in an international journal, Complex Analysis and Operator Theory.

The paper, titled “Two-Point Distortion for Nehari Functions,” was written with two other mathematicians, Diego Mejia, of Universidad Nacional, Colombia, and C. David Minda, of the University of Cincinnati. The work was initiated when the authors were participants in a research seminar at the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati.

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Slots Available for Summer Program at Children’s Learning Center

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center will offer a summer program from June 8 to Aug. 7 for children who have completed kindergarten or first grade (up to age 7). Hours will be 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays. A full week of enrollment is $150, or families can choose a part-time schedule of Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday at $30 per day. Discounts will be available for eligible Penn College students and subsidized child care through the Child Care Information Services will be welcome. Applications will be accepted through May 15. For further information or to enroll, contact Barbara J. Albert, center director, or call 570-320-8026.

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