A Savory Start to a Centennial Celebration

Echoing colors from the college's centennial logo, tinted tortilla chips await.

Echoing colors from the college’s centennial logo, tinted tortilla chips await.

Eric D. Ranck, manager of bursar and payroll services (left), joins Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor, in the buffet line.

Eric D. Ranck, manager of bursar and payroll services (left), joins Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor, in the buffet line.

Chocolate bars, a treat no matter the occasion, are among centennial souvenirs.

Chocolate bars, a treat no matter the occasion, are among centennial souvenirs.

A festive snack begins the college's 100th year.

A festive snack begins the college’s 100th year.

A serve-yourself nacho bar brought some south-of-the-border spice to a still-frosty Penn College on Thursday, a piquant prelude to a yearlong observance of the institution’s centennial. Co-workers gathered in the Keystone Dining Room at President Davie Jane Gilmour’s invitation to kick off the 100th birthday bash for adult education on campus. In addition to free nachos, commemorative magnets and chocolate bars (with wrappers offering a discount on centennial-themed apparel at The College Store) were given away. Another integral party guest – the college’s student body – will join the festivities during a Jan. 21 basketball doubleheader against Penn State DuBois in Bardo Gym, just one of the many events on tap for the coming months.

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

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