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Penn College Students in Demand at Career Fair

Among the alumni industry representatives at Penn College’s Spring Career Fair is Flex-Cell Precision Inc.’s Brian C. Kohler (second from right) who earned a manufacturing engineering technology degree in 2003.

A projected promising national employment outlook for the Class of 2017 proved to be the reality for Pennsylvania College of Technology students at the school’s recent Career Fair.

More than 230 employers, a record for the Spring Career Fair, visited campus, offering approximately 2,500 jobs and internships to Penn College students. The employers included 17 Fortune 500 companies.

“In my 10 years of managing the Career Fair, the message from employers hasn’t changed. They need graduates with real-world technical skills,” said Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development. “Even when the economy dips, our students remain in demand, as we offer recession-proof technology majors. With the current favorable job market, I wasn’t surprised that we had such a high number of employers on campus.”

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Alumna/Nutritionist Helps ‘Losers’ Make Winning Life Choices

From her childhood preference for raw onions and other vegetables, Juliette K. Yeager has always been a fan of healthy food. The 2010 graduate has put that love to work as a nutritionist for The Biggest Loser Resort at Amelia Island, Florida. Inspired by the popular TV show, the resort provides a sanctuary for individuals to explore healthy life choices, including proper nutrition. Yeager earned an associate degree in physical fitness specialist (now exercise science) at Penn College before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences at Penn State in 2012, and it’s easy to see that she made the right career choice. “We had to take three nutrition classes at the time and, within the first few weeks of that first nutrition class, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she says. “I value the hands-on experience that I had, as opposed to just sitting in a lecture hall with hundreds of kids and not really seeing it firsthand. We actually dealt with real-life clients as opposed to just textbook learning, but I also enjoyed the fact that there was a classroom component. That education was irreplaceable for me. I use it every day, without a doubt.”

Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

In search of students and alumni from a range of academic areas, four employers will conduct information sessions in the coming week. Representatives of Forecon Inc. will be in Room 120 of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, and Frederick County (Maryland) Public Schools will be in Room 157B of College Avenue Labs at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; Thursday will feature 3:30 p.m. visits by ConAgra Foods (CAL, Room 157B) and James Posey Associates (CAL, Room 104). For details, consult the Career Services flier: Employer Sessions

Culinary Giants Join Forces for 25th Anniversary Visiting Chef

In early April, Pennsylvania College of Technology will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Visiting Chef Series with the return, for the seventh time, of “Louisiana’s culinary ambassador to the world,” Chef John Folse, along with Folse’s renowned restaurant partner Chef Rick Tramonto, internationally heralded Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, and Chef Elaine Gardner, a 2011 Penn College graduate who has already made a name in Philadelphia’s food industry.

During their stay, the chefs will offer book talks for the public, share insights in classrooms and work alongside students to prepare an elegant, five-course fundraising dinner in the college’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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Restoration Alum’s Business Plan Merits $5,000 Boost

Carmen Cicioni

A 2014 alumnus of Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major was awarded $5,000 this month in a “Shark Tank”-style entrepreneurial event at Penn State Schuykill. Carmen Cicioni, a partner with his father in Car Men Restorations in Ringtown, was one of two presenters to receive the maximum amount in the campus’s inaugural Business Plan Competition. Ten teams vied for seed money to grow or start their small businesses in the contest; seven of them received $1,000 to $5,000 for their inventive ideas.  A number of the participants had attended a 10-week LionLaunch Boot Camp, which offered tips in such areas such as marketing, finance and business law. Each team pitched its idea for four to six minutes, followed by a brief question-and-answer session with a panel of judges. “Overall from start to finish, I had a great experience with the LionLaunch program hosted by Penn State Schuylkill,” Cicioni said. “It was the perfect opportunity as a local entrepreneur and startup business to further develop and put my vision and goals into action.” More information is available on the Penn State Schuylkill website.

Alumni Sweethearts Enjoy VIP Service on Campus

As winners of the sixth annual Alumni Sweethearts contest at Penn College, Robert and Megan (Miller) Brightbill enjoyed an overnight stay in the college’s Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

Two graduates who work as educators in Harrisburg returned to their alma mater recently as Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2017 Alumni Sweethearts.

Robert A. and Megan L. (Miller) Brightbill said they were treated like VIPs during their visit, which featured an overnight stay in the college’s Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant as winners of Alumni Relations’ sixth annual Alumni Sweethearts contest.

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Student Development Assistants Say ‘Thank You’ to Donors

Student development assistants share a message of indebtedness to benefactors' generosity.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s student development assistants are inspiring their peers to thank the donors who make it possible for them all to earn degrees that work.

During February, they hosted a Thank a Donor Day activity in which they encouraged students to sign an oversized “Thank you” card in appreciation of all who give their time, expertise, money, equipment, grants and more to Penn College. The development assistants used the opportunity to talk with other students about who donors are, what they provide and the benefit of those gifts.

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Horticulture Student, Graduate Featured in Trade-Show Video

A YouTube video newly posted by The Harvest Group of landscape business consultants documents an informal conversation with a current Penn College student and a graduate of the same Landscape/Horticulture Technology Program, conducted at a National Association of Landscape Professionals event last semester in Louisville, Kentucky. In the segment, “Harvesters” Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme ask two students – including Penn College’s Justin M. Rinehimer, of Mountain Top – why they are studying landscaping and what they’ll look for in a prospective employer when they graduate. One such business owner might well be interviewee Jeremy L. Thorne, a 2013 Penn College alumnus with a pair of horticulture-related degrees, who was an NALP ambassador as a student and has volunteered with the industry association ever since.

Get a Jump on Your Future at Penn College’s April 1 Open House

The modern Pennsylvania College of Technology campus will host prospective students and their families for an Open House on Saturday, April 1, during which visitors can explore 100-plus academic majors in a variety of career fields.

For more than 100 years, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors have tailored their curricular offerings to students’ dreams and employers’ needs. That responsiveness to businesses and their future employees – and the flexibility to foresee tomorrow’s jobs – will be on ample display at the college’s April 1 Open House.

All of the institution’s newest opportunities, as well as the rewarding careers in time-tested fields, will be available to visitors at the college.

“Open House is such a great opportunity for students and their families to experience what makes Penn College such a unique place to learn,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through countless activities, prospective students will get an insider’s glimpse of life as a Penn College student.”

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Young Entrepreneur Honored at Chamber Education Celebration

Penn College alumnus John R. Yogodzinski (’07, graphic communications management) is joined by Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement (left), and Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations, at the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Education Celebration.

A young entrepreneur who has created a vibrant marketing company while also playing a role in Williamsport’s emerging arts scene received an Alumni of the Year Award at the 16th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night at the Williamsport Country Club.

John R. Yogodzinski III, a 2007 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, was among those honored at the event that recognizes alumni, educators and students nominated by their educational institutions, and celebrates the cooperation among Lycoming County school districts, colleges, and business and industry.

Yogodzinski is CEO of The Graphic Hive and director of Converge Gallery, both in downtown Williamsport. He launched The Graphic Hive in 2009 and the gallery, originally named Grey Art Gallery, in 2011.

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President Gilmour Among Honorees at Chamber Event

President Davie Jane Gilmour accepts the 2017 Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President’s Award from Vincent J. Matteo (left), Chamber president/CEO, and Roger D. Jarrett, chairman of the Chamber Board.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour was presented with the President’s Award at Wednesday’s 131st Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Other honors bestowed at the event, held at The Genetti Hotel in downtown Williamsport, were the Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award to Anthony H. Visco Jr., Architects; the Large Business Award to Larson Design Group; and the Emerging Business Award to Farrington Place. (Larson Design employs more than 80 graduates of the college and its predecessors, including Williamsport Area Community College; Visco is a WACC alumnus and member of Penn College’s Architectural Technology Advisory Committee.)

Adjunct, Alumna Honored with National Cancer Service Award

June Kilgus Zimmerman (second from right) receives the American Cancer Society's Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award in Atlanta last month.

A longtime adjunct faculty member and college alumna was recently honored with a national American Cancer Society award for her work with cancer patients and their families.

June Kilgus Zimmerman, an oncology social worker at UPMC Susquehanna’s Cancer Center, received the ACS Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award at a ceremony last month in Atlanta. The prestigious national honor recognizes leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families.

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2017 ‘Sweethearts’ Chosen From 11 Alumni Couples

This year's Alumni Sweethearts: Megan L. (Miller) and Robert A. Brightbill

Congratulations to Megan L. (Miller) and Robert A. Brightbill, winners of Penn College’s 2017 Alumni Sweethearts contest. The Harrisburg couple met at Penn College in the early ’90s and have been married for 22 years. Robert is a 1992 building construction technology graduate and Megan earned dental hygiene degrees in 1993 and 2001. As part of the sixth annual Sweethearts contest, the Brightbills received 292 votes (or “likes”) for their photo on Alumni Relations’ Facebook page. Ten other couples vied for the honor. Megan and Robert will return to campus soon to enjoy dinner for two in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and an overnight stay in The Victorian House. Watch PCToday for more coverage of their visit to campus.

College Connections Abound at Competitive Culinary Benefit

Kelly, Logue and Kasler (from left), at home in the Herman & Luther's kitchen ...

... adroitly staking out turf from which to create their masterworks.

From left, judges Daniele, Ditchfield and Nash enjoy the competition.

Tantalizing talent on display

A trio of chefs at Herman & Luther’s – all of them graduates of Penn College’s culinary arts and systems major – competed in a “Chopped”-style event at the rustic venue along Route 87 near Montoursville on Saturday. George E. Logue III, a 2010 alumnus, emerged victorious against challengers Patrick J. Kelly II (2015) and Christopher S. Kasler (2016), with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for suicide prevention. Judges for the sold-out event were Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, and former adjunct faculty members and restaurateurs Alfredo F. Daniele and Kevin G. Nash.
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WVIA to Rebroadcast Series Episode on ‘Green’ Careers

"Working Class"

Working Class: Build and Grow Green,” the second episode of a Telly Award-winning series co-produced by Penn College, will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday on WVIA. The hourlong documentary invites consideration of a range of options by those looking into “green” careers, exploring opportunities such as architecture and sustainable design; building construction and construction management; building automation; electrical technology and power generation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; forestry; and horticulture. The episode can also be viewed on the series’ comprehensive website, which additionally features a producer’s blog, video segments, K-12 educational resources and an art challenge.