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Agreement Provides Transfer Path for Williamson Grads

Representatives of Williamson College of the Trades and Pennsylvania College of Technology: from left, Williamson President Michael J. Rounds; Carol A. Lugg, Penn College’s assistant dean of construction and design technology; and Thomas E. Wisneski, Williamson’s vice president of education, sign an articulation agreement that eases the transfer of Williamson graduates to Penn College’s residential construction technology and management bachelor-degree major.

Williamson College of the Trades and Pennsylvania College of Technology have forged an agreement that will ease the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree for Williamson graduates.

Students in Williamson’s construction technology programs will benefit from a transfer pathway into Penn College’s Bachelor of Science degree in residential construction technology and management without repeating coursework.

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Distinguished Alumnus Honored at Summer Commencement

Warren A. Peter receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from Davie Jane Gilmour, president of Pennsylvania College of Technology, at the college’s Summer 2015 commencement ceremonies.

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented its Distinguished Alumni Award to Warren A. Peter during Summer 2015 commencement ceremonies held Aug. 8 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to those who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields, demonstrated the importance of their Penn College education, participated in leadership roles within the community, and demonstrated a commitment to the college and community relations.

Peter graduated from Penn College’s immediate predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College, in 1974 with an Associate of Applied Science in carpentry and building construction technology.

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Construction Deans Nurture Big Potential in Little Hands

Smiles after a constructive morning's work

The “Summer Bunch” from Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center visited a School of Construction & Design Technologies lab over two days this past week for a hands-on look at the builder’s trade. In separate visits Monday and Wednesday, the boys and girls learned about the proper use of tools; built wooden toolboxes with Marc E. Bridgens, the school dean; and were interviewed and photographed by assistant dean Carol A. Lugg. (When told that their parents could use the souvenir to carry around their tools, one girl responded, “My dad carries them one by one. He doesn’t need a toolbox.”)

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Soon-to-Be-Grads Grab One More Tool on Way to Work

Matthew D. Bohlen

Ryan T. Fry

Zachary R. Beaver

Zachary A. Green

Four students graduating Friday from the School of Construction & Design Technologies spent much of the day in the carpentry lab, demonstrating their acquired talents in hopes of attaining a Pennsylvania Builders Association advanced skill endorsement. For several hours, the students – Zachary R. Beaver, of Danville; Matthew D. Bohlen, of Lancaster; Ryan T. Fry, of Nazareth; and Zachary A. Green, of Kensington, Maryland – were put through a series of competencies developed by Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, based on industry standards. Under the watchful eyes of faculty (including Whitmyer and Barney A. Kahn IV, instructor of building construction technology), the students demonstrated layouts for wall, stairs, rafters and porches; framing skills; exterior finishing; drywall; and trim and millwork. The PBA, which has endorsed the college’s building construction technology and building construction technology: masonry emphasis majors, offers the advanced skill credential to increase students’ credibility as they enter the labor force. Fry is earning his degree in residential construction technology and management; the others are graduating in building construction technology. Windows, longer-length lumber and other materials used in the testing were donated by Your Building Centers.

Cub Scouts Build Souvenirs, Memories in Visit to Carpentry Labs

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.

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

Eight Penn College Students Headed for SkillsUSA Nationals

Eight first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 22-26 in Kentucky.

Five other students from the college finished in the top four places in a variety of categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 8-10 in Hershey.

“The students did very well representing the college. It was the first time competing for some of the students, but they will be back next year for another go-around,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “Many of the students advancing have been to nationals before, either as a college competitor or when they were in high school. We’re looking forward to the change of venue, as nationals will be in Louisville instead of Kansas City.”

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Penn College Construction Students Start Scholarship Fund

A campus organization at Pennsylvania College of Technology is putting its money where its classmates are, starting a scholarship fund to help construction students meet the costs of their education.

Members of the Penn College Construction Association, a student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders, made the initial gift to a fund that will begin awarding scholarships in the Fall 2015 semester.

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Masonry Students Build Glass Enclosure for Time Capsule

Anthony J. DiBucci (left) starts work March 31 with building construction instructor Glenn R. Luse.

Construction continues alongside a sign explaining the Centennial commemoration.

Ciaran E. Cahalane (left) and DiBucci lay another course of block.

Brett D. Aldinger wields a sponge for a cleaner look.

Luse adds his craftsman's finishing touches in readiness for Monday's event.

A vault for Penn College’s Centennial time capsule has been constructed on the first floor of Madigan Library by instructor Glenn R. Luse’s Brick Masonry class. Over the past week, the students laid six courses of glass block purchased through Clif Grimes at Beavertown Block Co. Inc. The capsule, to be filled with various items suggested and collected throughout the college’s 2014 Centennial celebration, will be placed in the library vault Wednesday. Billtown Mechanical Corp. fabricated the surrounding track system and will seal the top, Luse said. Students involved were Brett D. Aldinger, of Easton; Anthony J. DiBucci, of Glenshaw; Ciaran E. Cahalane, Newtown Square; Brianna L. Lizza, of Pittston; and Daniel R. McKay, of Havertown. Lizza is enrolled in building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration; the others are majoring in building construction technology: masonry emphasis.

Penn College Student’s Aerial Images on Display in Gallery Lobby

An exhibit of aerial images taken by student Maxwell A. Davert, of Greene, Rhode Island, is on display through April 23 at The Gallery at Penn College.

Aerial images captured by Pennsylvania College of Technology student Maxwell A. Davert are on display in the lobby of The Gallery at Penn College, on the third floor of the Madigan Library, through April 23.

Davert, a senior in building science and sustainable design from Greene, Rhode Island, has gathered numerous still and video images using a quadcopter with an integrated, high-definition camera. The collection of images on display includes eight color photographs of the Penn College campus and 10 videos, offered via two television screens. The videos feature the campus, local area and other venues, including natural sites in Davert’s home state.

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PCCA Continues Discussion During Post-Career Fair Social

A common interest in the construction industry prompts an informal gathering ...

... of students, employers and faculty in a PCCA-sponsored event in Penn's Inn.

The Penn College Construction Association expanded its opportunity to interact with potential employers with an invitation to remain on campus for a social event following this week’s Career Fair. Using Penn’s Inn as the backdrop, club members opened the social with a brief introduction to the purpose of the club. Officers highlighted several of their community service projects while their guests enjoyed a much-needed break to sit and enjoy the presentation. “We wanted to give students and prospective employers an opportunity to continue conversations from the Career Fair in a more informal setting,” said Ryan T. Fry, PCCA president. “While I graduate in May, my goal is for this social event to becoming a sustaining activity for future Penn College students.” After the brief presentation of club activities, the students, employers and faculty members enjoyed casual talk about the industry. For faculty, it was also an opportunity to catch up with alumni now working in the field. “I’ve been involved with the club since I started at Penn College. Being involved has allowed me to become engaged with the community,” said Vincent S. DelMonte, PCCA vice president. “The club provided me with additional avenues to apply my skills. I like to call this club my ‘free class,’” he added with a laugh.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean, construction and design technologies

Seventh-Graders Add to Career Toolkit During Campus Visit

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… and a float.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

Seventh-graders from Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program made a visit recently to the concrete masonry facilities in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Under the direction of Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, the young students learned the tools of the trade and made concrete pavers. Participants in the after-school program visit the college once a week (seventh-graders on Wednesday and eighth-graders on Thursday) through a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

‘Wings’ Fundraiser Benefits THON, Construction Association

Charitable construction students and supportive faculty, representing Penn College's active PCCA chapter, mingle at the fundraiser. Back row, from left, are Vincent S. DelMonte, of Berlin, N.J., and instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Richard M. Sarginger. Seated, from left, are students Mark A. Lapszynski, of Kennett Square, and Michael J. Leventhal, of King of Prussia.

Mixing food and philanthropy is this smiling trio of dental hygiene majors (from left): Chelsea E. Miller, of Chambersburg; Morgan E. Moberg, of Huntingdon; and Paige T. Messinger, of East Berlin.

Tickets bear the names of the organizational beneficiaries.

Students from varied majors (but a unified objective) enjoy a collegial night out. From left are Chad L. Royer, of Ephrata; Michael S. Goetz, of Harleysville; Joshua L. Blank, of West Chester; Katelyn N. Sides, of Lebanon; and Evan R. Hughes, of Newton, N.J.

Two more students from the School of Health Sciences – Victoria Krueger (left), of Staten Island, N.Y., and Abigail C. Buglio, of Harrisburg – happily help the cause.

A recent Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser co-sponsored by Penn College Benefiting THON and the Penn College Construction Association collected about $300 to be shared by the two student groups. Max Bower, secretary of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and organizer of the second annual event at the Loyalsock Township restaurant, this week got the final total from the Feb. 4 fundraiser, in which 10 percent of all pre-tax sales from ticket-carrying guests were split by the campus organizations. PCCA’s share is $100, with the balance going to the college’s THON chapter for the fight against pediatric cancer. This is the second year for Penn College’s involvement in the 46-hour dance marathon, held at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund. Dancers in this year’s THON, to be held Feb. 20-22, will be Sarah M. Luprek, of Berlin, enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, and Stephanie C. Myers, a culinary arts and systems major from Catawissa. Interested donors can visit the THON Web page, click “Donate Now” and select Penn College as their organization of choice.
Photos by Elizabeth S. Greis, student photographer

Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show

Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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Penn College to Hold Winter Commencement Dec. 20

Nicole Marie Reyes-Molina, a building construction technology: masonry emphasis student from Lancaster, will be the student speaker for the Dec. 20 Penn College commencement ceremony.

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 20, for the nearly 290 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2014 semester.

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

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Alumnus Endows Second Scholarship at Penn College

Alumnus and scholarship donor Jeff Erdly talks with Penn College students during a campus presentation in October.

Jeff Erdly, CEO of Masonry Preservation Services Inc. and a 1972 engineering drafting graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology predecessor Williamsport Area Community College, has endowed a second scholarship at the college.

The Jeff Erdly Scholarship will provide award preferences to Penn College full-time students who have graduated from Selinsgrove Area High School and are enrolled in any major. Second preference will be given to Penn College students who have a home residence in Snyder County.

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