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Sen. Yaw Honored With Leadership Award at Penn College
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State Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors, is presented with the Centennial Leadership Award by Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour at the college's Winter Commencement ceremonies.

State Sen. Gene Yaw was presented with a Centennial Leadership Award during Winter Commencement for Pennsylvania College of Technology, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour bestowed the surprise award upon Yaw during the ceremony, which was held at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport. The award honors “a legacy of leadership and a continuing contribution to the vitality of the institution during its Centennial anniversary year.”

“For more than three decades – spanning one-third of the institution’s 100-year history – Gene Yaw has served in pivotal leadership roles as solicitor, adviser, advocate, director and chairman of the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania College of Technology,” Gilmour said.

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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 →

Anderson Equipment Co. Lends Bulldozer to Penn College

A Komatsu bulldozer, on loan from Anderson Equipment Co., will be used through March by students and faculty in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. (Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologiesPhotos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies)

An equipment loan from an Allegheny County-based company will provide Pennsylvania College of Technology students with a state-of-the-art learning tool through the middle of the Spring 2015 semester.

A Komatsu D 37PX bulldozer was made available to the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies by Anderson Equipment Co., with headquarters in Bridgeville and locations in six states.

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Centennial Documentary to Premiere in January on WVIA-TV

From its humble inception as a basement vocational-technical shop at Williamsport High School in 1914 to its standing today as a special-mission affiliate of Penn State, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessor institutions have continually met workforce demands.

The college’s 100-year commitment to that noble objective is explored in a one-hour documentary airing throughout northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania in January on WVIA-TV. “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education” will premiere on the PBS-member station on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

Produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media, the documentary reveals myriad challenges the college has overcome in honoring the dignity of work and embracing workforce needs. Through interviews with multiple generations of key college officials, and archival photos and video, the documentary brings to life the institution’s enduring commitment to the working class, defined not only as a group contributing to the workforce but also a classroom engaging students in traditional, general education and relevant, hands-on activities.

“We knew there were important stories to tell for our 100th anniversary about the founding of the institution and the many challenges that were faced over the past century,” said Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations, and an executive producer of the documentary. “We chose to produce a film because we felt it was important to share the history in a video format in addition to printed materials.”

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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 →

Frontier Communications Donates $5,000 to College’s K-12 Efforts

Frontier Communications’ Jennifer Sherwood, left, presents a check to Debra M. Miller, Penn College’s director of corporate relations.

Frontier Communications has contributed $5,000 to two Pennsylvania College of Technology initiatives that benefit high school students.

The company’s contribution, delivered by Jennifer Sherwood, a Frontier enterprise account executive, was made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program in support of the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs.

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‘Giving Tree’ Donors Brighten Holidays for Dozens

A colorful collection of holiday gifts awaits pickup in the Student Activities Office.

A colorful collection of holiday gifts awaits pickup in the Student Activities Office.

Steve Wenzel, from the Salvation Army in Williamsport, wheels a binload of donations through the Bush Campus Center.

Steve Wenzel, from the Salvation Army in Williamsport, wheels a binload of donations through the Bush Campus Center.

Co-workers in the Student Activities Office help shuttle gift bags to the Salvation Army van ...

Co-workers in the Student Activities Office help shuttle gift bags to the Salvation Army van …

... and accept the agency's appreciation for helping make the holidays happier for needy local residents.

… and accept the agency’s appreciation for helping make the holidays happier for needy local residents.

Forty less-fortunate members of the Williamsport community – infants, children and senior citizens – will benefit from the generous donations to the Student Activities Office’s “Giving Tree.” It didn’t take long for the tree to be stripped of its gift tags after it was installed in mid-November, as Penn College students and employees visited the Bush Campus Center to spread the holiday spirit. On Thursday afternoon, The Salvation Army’s Steve Wenzel collected the donations, helped during the load-in by Allison A. Bressler, assistant director of student activities for programming and Greek life; Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations/orientation; Shannon L. Skaluba, information center assistant; and Jessica R. Wiegand, student activities assistant.

A Frosty Farewell to Fall
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The Victorian House, dressed for the season

Penn College offers something to enjoy in all seasons, but takes on a particularly pleasant air as winter approaches. Several inches of snow fell across the area overnight, prompting a two-hour delay Thursday morning and offering a glacial glimpse at what’s ahead.

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Relive ‘100 Moments’ in Magazine’s Latest Issue

One College Avenue Winter 2014 cover

One College Avenue Winter 2014 cover

Trolleys of the Williamsport Railway Co. outside the car barn that would later become an administrative and classroom building for Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College.

Trolleys of the Williamsport Railway Co. outside the car barn that would later become an administrative and classroom building for Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College.

Neil Diamond and the New York Subway perform for the college’s Fall Weekend in 1967.

Neil Diamond and the New York Subway perform for the college’s Fall Weekend in 1967.

Encompassing national firsts and fond personal memories, “100 Moments in College History” takes a look at the college’s first 100 years. Read it in the latest edition of One College Avenue, the Penn College magazine, along with the President’s Message and more.

Noncredit EMT Course to Be Offered at Choice of Locations

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a new 150-hour, noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning with the Spring 2015 semester.

The course, comprising 50 hours of streaming online lectures and 100 hours of face-to-face learning, will meet National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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Middle School Students Explore STEM Careers at Penn College

Penn College student Brian J. Pernot, who is studying manufacturing engineering technology, shows Williamsport Area Middle School students the workings of automated manufacturing on a Haas computer-numeric-controlled vertical machining center.

Participants in the Williamsport Area Middle School After-School Program are again spending one afternoon each week at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where college employees help them explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

In addition to hands-on career-exploration activities in the college’s high-technology classrooms and labs, the college arranges for participants to visit STEM-focused businesses in the Williamsport area.

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Board Accepts Audit, Approves Facilities & Site Master Plan

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday accepted the college’s audited financial statements for the 2014 fiscal year and approved a Facilities & Site Master Plan for 2015-20.

The board also approved a policy governing the short-term and intermediate investment of college funds, heard a presentation on Living-Learning Communities and received an update on revisions to the college’s Strategic Plan for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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Ground-Stabilization Equipment Demonstrated at College Training Site

Paul Godridge, a design engineer with Faun Trackway, talks hydraulics outside the training site's classroom.

Paul Godridge, a design engineer with Faun Trackway, talks hydraulics outside the training site’s classroom.

Formation of the access surface begins with placing the Trackway – interlocking aluminum panels – beneath the wheels of a front-end loader.

Formation of the access surface begins with placing the Trackway – interlocking aluminum panels – beneath the wheels of a front-end loader.

Unspooling as the vehicle moves forward, about 40 meters of temporary roadway is laid in minutes ...

Unspooling as the vehicle moves forward, about 40 meters of temporary roadway is laid in minutes …

... providing industry representatives with sturdy footing amid sloppy surroundings.

… providing industry representatives with sturdy footing amid sloppy surroundings.

One of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and providers of portable access solutions brought military-tested technology to the civilian front at Penn College on Thursday, demonstrating its product for a group of industry representatives at the college’s riverside training grounds in Montgomery. Faun Trackway USA brought along its Medium Ground Mobility System-Beam Dispenser Lite, which it hopes will appeal to oil, gas, timber and mining interests. Mounted onto a business’s existing equipment, the product lays down an operational and environmentally sensitive roadway that allows work crews to access remote areas where conditions and maneuverability pose a challenge. Following remarks by David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, and Michael Holdcraft, vice president of Faun Trackway USA, the group watched the product at work across a muddy field at the operations site – also used by heavy construction equipment students from the college’s nearby Schneebeli Earth Science Center. The visit was facilitated by the Shale Training & Education Center at Penn College.

Learning Center’s Families Form ‘Chain of Thankfulness’

Surveying the smorgasbord

Surveying the smorgasbord

Adding to the Chain of Thankfulness

Adding to the Chain of Thankfulness

Grateful smiles

Grateful smiles

The children and families of the Dunham Children’s Learning Center enjoyed a festive Family Appreciation Tea on Thursday. The event featured snacks prepared by the children: pumpkin pie parfaits, oatmeal cookies, banana bread, trail mix and fresh vegetables. Each family also contributed to a Chain of Thankfulness, writing on a strip of paper something about which to be grateful. The strips were then used to create a chain that now adorns the lobby – a daily reminder of how much we have to appreciate!
Photos by Linda M. Cowher, assistant group leader, Children’s Learning Center

One-Day Excel Class Offered in December

An intermediate-level Microsoft Excel class will be offered in December through Penn College at Towanda in the Central Bradford Progress Authority building.

The noncredit class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in Suite 1, Room 1 of One Progress Plaza, 1 Elizabeth St., Towanda. The cost is $159.

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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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Eighth-Graders Tour Manufacturing Lab in After-School Visit

A Williamsport Area Middle School eighth-grader handles the controls of an industrial robot.

A Williamsport Area Middle School eighth-grader handles the controls of an industrial robot.

Penn College student John M. Good IV (in hat) demonstrates computer-aided drafting to a pair of middle-schoolers.

Penn College student John M. Good IV (in hat) demonstrates computer-aided drafting to a pair of middle-schoolers.

Middle-schoolers take a close look at a CNC-machined wrench before watching the process.

Middle-schoolers take a close look at a CNC-machined wrench before watching the process.

Eighth-graders in Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program visited a Penn College gem on Thursday: its automated manufacturing lab. There, Penn College students showed them the ropes of computer-aided drafting, CNC machining, robotics and hydraulics. The session was led by John M. Good III, instructor of automation and computer integrated manufacturing. Students in the after-school program visit the college once a week in 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.

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