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WDCE Courses Designed to Improve Supervisors’ Performance

Two components of Front-Line Supervisor leadership training will be offered this spring through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Each course runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two successive Wednesdays in Room 312 of the college’s Klump Academic Center.

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Company Establishes Plastics Scholarship at Penn College

Penn College plastics students work in an extrusion lab under the direction of Gary E. McQuay, center, engineering manager for the Plastics Innovation Resource Center at the college. Sekisui SPI, part of Sekisui Chemical Co., is establishing a scholarship for first-year plastics students at Penn College.

A leading global thermoplastics company will reward students’ interest in plastics by establishing two $7,000 scholarships at Pennsylvania College of Technology for Fall 2017.

Preference for the Sekisui SPI Workforce Development Scholarship will be given to first-year students seeking a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, who reside in Pennsylvania or Michigan and rank in the top third of their high school graduating class.

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National Publication Tours College’s Career-Making Labs

The visiting journalist observes manufacturing engineering technology majors - and SAE Baja teammates - Logan B. Goodhart (left), of Orangeville, and Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, of Chambersburg.

Students learn under the banner of Fronius USA, which has generously entrusted Penn College with equipment to benefit hundreds of welding majors this academic year.

Faculty member Roy H. Klinger gives Carlson a tour of the college's automotive restoration labs.

Elsewhere in College Avenue Labs, the guest gets faculty feedback from J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology ...

... and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of automated manufacturing and machining.

Amanda Carlson, associate editor of Practical Welding Today magazine, visited campus on Wednesday for an upcoming story focusing on how colleges are preparing students for modern manufacturing careers. Carlson toured several college labs, including machining, advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping and welding.  She also spent time talking with faculty and staff and members of the college’s SAE Baja team. It’s anticipated that Carlson’s story incorporating her Penn College experience will appear in the May/June issue of the publication.

PPL Gift to Support Programs for High School Students

A $3,000 gift from PPL will help to support Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that provide innovative educational experiences to hundreds of Pennsylvania high school students.

The gift will benefit the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.

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Penn College Staff to Present at ‘Business Growth Conference’

Pennsylvania College of Technology personnel are teaming up with MANTEC, a leading consultant to manufacturers in Southcentral Pennsylvania, for four sessions at next month’s fifth Business Growth Conference in Lancaster County.

The conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 30 at the Spooky Nook Sports complex, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim.

Representatives of the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education office will each present two sessions of their respective mini-courses: Consultant Steve Quelet will offer an Industrial Arc Flash Safety Workshop from 9 to 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., and Thomas W. Fry, an industrial technology specialist, will present a Programmable Logic Controllers Workshop during those same time slots.

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Endowed Scholarship Aims to Alleviate Veterans’ Financial Hardship

An endowed scholarship benefiting veterans attending Pennsylvania College of Technology was recently established by an alumnus – who is also an Air Force veteran and college employee – and his wife.

The Marlin and Brenda Cromley Veteran Scholarship will benefit veterans having completed at least one year at Penn College with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The scholarship will generate annual awards of $1,000, with the initial award being made this semester.

“I’m extremely grateful to Marlin and Brenda for establishing this scholarship,” said Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement. “Penn College has a proud history of welcoming students who are veterans of the United States military and providing them with the support needed to be successful. This scholarship adds to that tradition by helping with the challenge of paying for their education.”

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Hands-On Experience Turns Chemistry Course Into Career Path

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ Eve Vitale shows an example of a thermoformed product.

Nicholas C. Moore, of Lock Haven, guides a group of students through the plastics and polymer technology department’s materials testing lab. Moore, who completed Penn College NOW courses in the Keystone Central School District, holds junior-level standing in his fourth semester in the plastics and polymer engineering technology major.

Students measure borax and a polymer used in white glue to form a thermoset compound.

Stirring a concoction, students observe an endothermic reaction as new chemical bonds form.

The result is a “slime” that, Vitale tells the students, was used in the filming of “Ghostbusters.”

Seventy Keystone Central School District chemistry students converged on Penn College on Tuesday to learn how their chemistry lessons apply to the field of plastics. During a four-hour stay on campus, they took part in a variety of plastics experiments courtesy of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program. Under the instruction of SPE Foundation Director Eve Vitale, the students learned about the chemistry of plastics and future career options while they made several polymers of their own. The PlastiVan’s visit was sponsored by Sekisui SPI, of Bloomsburg. The program travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about the chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and application of plastics, all through hands-on experiences that spark scientific curiosity. In addition, the Keystone Central students took student-led tours of the college’s plastics and polymer laboratories and of the campus. More than half of the students in attendance are enrolled in Penn College’s Fundamentals of Chemistry course, taught during the school day by Keystone Central instructors through the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program.

Variety of Continuing Education Courses Coming to St. Marys

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its outreach to northern Pennsylvania with a variety of courses this season.

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Adobe Software Classes Scheduled at Penn College

Instruction in two of Adobe Systems’ creative software programs will be offered this spring through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College Announces Donation of Vehicles by FedEx Freight

Amid six trucks that were donated in the past year, FedEx Freight representatives and Penn College faculty gather outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center to share career advice with diesel technology students.

Five trucks – four Volvos and a Kenworth, all in the 2003-08 model-year range – have been added to the instructional fleet in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program through ongoing support from FedEx Freight.

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Funeral Wednesday for Penn College’s Legislative Architect

In this 1989 photo, from left, Penn State President Bryce Jordan, Gov. Robert P. Casey, Penn College President Robert L. Breuder and Penn College Board Chairman Rep. Alvin C. Bush commemorate legislation creating Pennsylvania College of Technology as an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Former State Rep. Alvin C. Bush, the indomitable patriarch of Pennsylvania College of Technology and chairman of the institution’s board of directors for its first decade, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the age of 93. The Muncy area Republican served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1961-70 and from 1985-94, sponsoring the groundbreaking (and bipartisan) legislation that gave birth to Penn College as a special mission affiliate of Penn State. “It was the crowning achievement for me,” Bush said, when interviewed as part of the college’s oral-history project. “It was unique – and it still is. At the time Penn College was created, I don’t think there was anything like it in the country. And I’m not sure that isn’t still true.” Accorded “chairman emeritus” status when he left the board, his guiding presence remained: the Bush Campus Center bears his name, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, established the Alvin Bush Family Scholarship to benefit business administration students at the college. An obituary was published in Monday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and colleagues reminisced in a weekend PennLive article. The funeral will be at noon Wednesday in Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport, preceded by an hourlong visitation.

Penn College Adds Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

Penn College physical therapist assistant student Kathleen L. Carey, of Montoursville, assesses the deep tendon reflexes of classmate Angela M. Cipolla, of Williamsport, during a practice exercise.

Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed the first class of students into its new Physical Therapist Assistant Program this spring, following a semester of prerequisite coursework.

The two-year degree program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree; students wishing to continue their studies to the bachelor’s level may continue in the applied health studies major.

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Board Grants ‘Emeritus’ Status, Welcomes New Member

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday granted “director emeritus” status to a member who retired in December and welcomed his successor to his first meeting.

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New Member Appointed to Penn College Board of Directors

Michael DiRaimo, who retired last year as Penn State’s vice president for government and community relations, has been named to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors.

DiRaimo was appointed to the 11-member board by The Corporation for Penn State; Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State. He succeeds Robert A. Secor, who retired from the Penn College Board in December after nearly two decades of service.

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Retired Board Member Given ‘Emeritus’ Status

Robert A. Secor

A longtime Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors member has been granted “director emeritus” status.

The board voted Thursday to approve the designation for Robert A. Secor, who served for nearly two decades – including a term as chairman in 2012-13 – before retiring in December. He joined the Penn College Board in 1998.

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