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Penn College Adds Financial Counseling, Computerized Accounting

Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance, leads a class in Penn College’s Financial Markets Investment Lab. For Fall 2016, the college will add computerized accounting coursework to its accounting majors, as well as a minor in financial counseling.

In Fall 2016, Pennsylvania College of Technology will add to its business offerings a minor in financial counseling. Additionally, updates to coursework in accounting majors will prepare graduates to use and build secure accounting information systems for their future employers.

The changes continue the college’s trademark responsiveness to community and industry needs.

The financial counseling minor gives students the background to help clients improve their financial well-being. They’ll be equipped to educate clients about sound financial principles and guide them to overcoming debt, improving money management, developing financial goals and strategies, and working through financial challenges.

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Penn College Students Repeat National Scholarship Winners

Penn College students among recipients of scholarships from the national association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals

Pennsylvania College of Technology students have received two of the five $5,000 national scholarships awarded this year by the Oil and Energy Service Professionals and its co-sponsors.

Penn College winners are Michael J. Boylston, of Carmel, New York – his third consecutive OESP scholarship – and Thomas E. “Ted” Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York. Boylston is enrolled in building automation technology and Daros, who was also a 2015 recipient, is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology major.

“It is exciting to see students that have such a passion for the industry,” said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies. “The support that the Oil and Energy Service Professionals organization provides through these scholarships is a tremendous benefit for these outstanding students. I am sure that the education they receive through the use of these scholarships will be acknowledged for years to come in their HVAC careers.”

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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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Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Workshop Draws Participants’ Praise

Christopher J. Gagliano (left) leads workshop attendees on a tour of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted 21 industry professionals from seven states for its seventh annual national Hands-On Heavy-Gauge/Sheet-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day course featured presentations from renowned industry experts and hands-on sessions focusing on materials, tooling, technique, diagnostics, machine maintenance and safety.

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College Schedules ‘Mastering Your Advanced Digital Camera’ Course

Discover your creative side and learn from an industry professional how to take stunning digital photographs when Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a three-week digital photography course in September.

The class, taught by Wayne Palmer, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 8-22 in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The cost is $199.

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Penn College Summer Commencement Set for Aug. 6

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold a Summer Commencement ceremony Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

More than 230 students have petitioned to graduate in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

The student speaker for the ceremony, Hashim Abbas Alfulful, of Saudi Arabia, will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

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No Escape From Heat … but No Shortage of Summer Fun, Either

S'mores bake in the July sun.

The abbreviated cooking time leaves scant opportunity for sand volleyball ...

... and a hastened call to the snack table!

Mother Nature turned up the temperature for the seventh and final week of Camp ESCAPE, Penn College’s summer getaway that has featured a mix of indoor/outdoor fun along with field trips and other activities for the past two months. On Monday, with 90-degree readings and humidity to match, the youngsters made s’mores in foil-lined “ovens” crafted from pizza boxes. “We played a quick game of large sand volleyball while they cooked,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation (who also provided the photos). “Which, needless to say, didn’t take too long!”

Blood Donors Encouraged to Ease Crucial Need

Blood drive to be held Sept. 7-8

Donors are crucial at the next Penn College visit of the American Red Cross blood program, set for noon-6 p.m. Sept. 7-8 in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Members of the campus community are encouraged to join College Health Services and Red Cross in their lifesaving mission by making an online appointment and donating in honor of the 9/11 anniversary. Blood is urgently needed to respond to patient emergencies – including accident and burn victims; heart surgery and organ transplant patients; and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. All presenting donors will receive Papa John’s pizza.

CAC Presents Season of ‘Lights, Laughter and Legends’

Community Arts Center announces 2016-17 season

Just when you thought the lineup at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport couldn’t get any better, the 2016-17 season is announced and thrills abound! As usual, there is something for everyone – from the very young to the young at heart – and it is all bigger, brighter, funnier and even more mesmerizing than ever.

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Senator Gets Firsthand Look at Manufacturing’s Strength

President Gilmour welcomes Sen. Casey to campus and remarks on the important role his father, then governor of Pennsylvania, played in the institution's past.

Casey checks out products created in the labs, including Penn College key-ring tags, with guidance from student Wilson R. Michael (at right).

Casey extends a warm greeting to student Noah L. Martin …

… who then shows the distinguished visitor the tensile tester in the polymer lab.

Shannon M. Munro discusses industry partnerships and national plastics seminars conducted by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as JoAnn M. Otto, PIRC assistant, looks on.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, featured in Penn College’s award-winning “Working Class” documentary, toured the main campus plastics labs during a visit to Lycoming County on Wednesday. The Democratic senator, whose father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey, signed the legislation that created the college in 1989, got a close-up affirmation of applied technology’s pre-eminence in the 21st-century workforce. Industry-standard equipment, strong job placement and impressive starting salaries are among the program’s hallmarks, and collaborative relationships through the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center allow students to resolve real-world challenges on up-to-the-minute machinery. Taking part in the tour of the injection molding and polymer testing labs were college President Davie Jane Gilmour; Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology; and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. They were joined by plastics and polymer engineering technology students – and PIRC research assistants – Abdulaziz S. Alomani and Omar A. Aljallal, of Saudi Arabia; Noah M. Martin, of South Williamsport; Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport; and Wilson R. Michael, of Hughesville.

Keystone STARS Funding Supports Early Childhood Facility

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a Keystone STARS Merit Award and a Keystone STARS Education and Retention Award totaling $37,452 for 2015-16.

Funds from the grants are used for equipment and supplies, professional development for Children’s Learning Center staff, and the center’s accreditation costs.

The center used grant funds to purchase teaching materials and furnishings, including a sensory table, dramatic play props, and equipment to help develop motor skills, as well as materials for cognition, social studies, math, science, literacy, nutrition and music.

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Helping New Students Blossom With Confidence

Links bloom where they're planted!

Penn College’s busy student Links, crucial liaisons in the orientation process, are wrapping up their traditional (and transitional) summer duties as another academic year draws ever closer. The students have completed a half-dozen two-day Connections sessions and, this week, are holding single-day programs for adult learners and transfer students. Their duties will resume before and during next month’s Welcome Weekend, with additional responsibilities in the fall semester before concluding with an abbreviated Connections assignment for Spring 2017.

Lumber-Kiln Project Gets $1,000 Boost From Industry Group

Paul Lyskava (left), executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, presents a $1,000 donation to Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

A $1,000 grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber for forestry students at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.

The kiln will enhance the industry-standard curriculum for students in Penn College’s two-year forest technology major.

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Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held in Wellsboro

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District offices, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the former music room at the school district’s administration building.

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Girls Have Fun With Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology

A participant in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SMART Girls summer camp paints the building that will house her team’s “She Rocks: From Print to Air,” one of 10 new businesses established for the town of “Dreamville.” The three-girl team developed a business plan for the town’s media center (including radio and television stations and a recording studio), designed and printed a building, and produced 3-D printed headphones.

A recent summer camp at Pennsylvania College of Technology saw high school girls dreaming up their own businesses while learning the science behind digital fabrication.

Thirty-five teens recently attended SMART Girls at Penn College. The camp – which stands for Science and Math in Real-world Technologies – was supported in part by a $12,650 grant from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.

During the five-day camp, the girls formed 10 teams, each of which was assigned a type of business to fulfill the needs of “Dreamville, USA,” residents. Businesses ranged from tech companies to a health care provider, and from an arts boutique to television and radio stations.

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