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Chevron Provides $60,000 for Scholarships to ShaleNET Partners

As part of its $20 million Appalachia Partnership Initiative, Chevron Corp. will provide $60,000 for scholarships to the four colleges in the ShaleNET grant consortium, including Pennsylvania College of Technology.

ShaleNET features participation from Penn College, the grant administrator; Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood; Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas; and Stark State College, Canton, Ohio. Key employers participating in ShaleNET include Chevron, Shell, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Chesapeake Energy, XTO and Encana.

Penn College will use $9,000 of $15,000 provided by Chevron to offer scholarships for  Roustabout training that prepares participants for entry-level careers in the natural gas industry. The remaining $6,000 will be designated for scholarship assistance to students enrolled in the college’s mechatronics engineering technology associate-degree major, which integrates electrical, mechanical and computer engineering into one field, offering various options for careers in manufacturing and the natural gas industry.

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State Police Provide Students With Practical Look at Over-the-Road Enforcement

Trooper Beaver talks with diesel technology majors and students in the Commercial Driver's License preparatory course.

Trooper Beaver talks with diesel technology majors and students in the Commercial Driver’s License preparatory course.

Whether operators hauling heavy equipment or technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers ...

Whether operators hauling heavy equipment or technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers …

... a firsthand look at regulatory enforcement is key.

… a firsthand look at regulatory enforcement is key.

Pennsylvania State Police made their annual visit to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center recently to give students a front-line understanding of the laws and regulations governing commercial traffic on the commonwealth’s highways. Trooper Cory Beaver, along with Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers Dave Kelch and Will Latchet, outlined the extent of responsibility and liability that a servicing technicion holds in insuring that the vehicles they maintain and repair are within guidelines. Diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis majors also witnessed an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Allison Scholarship at Penn College Honors Three Generations

Larry Allison Jr. and his daughter, Sadie, join Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour in front of a heavy-construction equipment blade on the campus site of the former Lycoming Construction Co., predecessor of Allison Crane & Rigging. The Allison family has established a scholarship fund at the college.

Larry Allison Jr., a member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Board of Directors and president of Allison Crane & Rigging, has created a scholarship fund at the college in honor of his father, Larry Allison Sr., who died earlier this year, as well as his grandfather and great-grandfather.

The Larry Allison Family Scholarship gives primary preference to any student who is an employee – or the dependent of an employee – of Allison Crane & Rigging, a Williamsport-based successor to Lycoming Construction Co., which was located from 1943-80 near the current site of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences building on the main campus. The site is commemorated with a bulldozer blade, plaque and historical marker.

Larry Allison Sr., grandson of Lycoming Construction Co. founder Herbert F. Allison, died Jan. 22. The scholarship honors both men, as well as Herbert L. Allison, Larry Allison Sr.’s father.

Secondary preference for the scholarship will be given to students who are Pennsylvania residents and are enrolled in one of the following programs: civil engineering technology, surveying technology, construction management, heavy construction equipment technology and diesel technology.

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Gallery at Penn College Announces ‘100 Works!’ Winners

"Infinite Spin III: Past, Present, Future," an acrylic on canvas work by Watsontown resident Brandon L. Snyder, a 2012 graphic design graduate of Penn College, captured "Best of Show" honors in "100 Works! - The Centennial Exhibit," on display through Nov. 9 at The Gallery at Penn College.

The Gallery at Penn College announced the winners of “100 Works! – The Centennial Exhibit” at the show’s opening reception on Oct. 10, during Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Homecoming festivities.

With the theme “Past, Present, Future,” the special juried showcase celebrates the college’s Centennial. Original two- and three-dimensional artworks in any medium were accepted from Penn College students, alumni, faculty, staff and retirees, as well as alumni and retirees of the college’s predecessors: Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute.

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Welding Basics to Be Taught in WDCE Course at Penn College

A basic welding course is being offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Tioga County Act 13 Funds Support Tuition-Free Natural Gas Training

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $50,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to 50 veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Tioga County.

The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 (impact fee) funding approved recently by the Tioga County Commissioners.

The college will offer tuition-free training – $1,000 per student – to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry. Classes may lead to employment in the occupations of roustabout, floorhand, completion technician and welder helper. The short-term, noncredit, certificate-awarding program trains residents in three primary skill areas identified by employers as critical to successful employment: job readiness, workplace and environmental safety, and technical awareness.

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Board Approves Parameters for 2015-16 State Budget Request

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the parameters for the college’s 2015-16 state budget request and approved a Strategic Plan that will guide the college through 2016-17.

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Manufacturing in Spotlight as College Hosts ‘Make Cool Stuff Day’

Entrepreneur Nick Gilson, of Gilson Boards, talks with high school students about the importance of error in developing a quality product.

Entrepreneur Nick Gilson, of Gilson Boards, talks with high school students about the importance of error in developing a quality product.

Richard K. Hendricks, seated, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, shows Loyalsock Township High School students the 3-D modeling that comes before parts are fabricated on the computer-numerical control machines in the Advanced Manufacturing lab.

Richard K. Hendricks, seated, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, shows Loyalsock Township High School students the 3-D modeling that comes before parts are fabricated on the computer-numerical control machines in the Advanced Manufacturing lab.

Automated manufacturing technology student Bryce L. Kuszmaul (foreground, holding controller) demonstrates a robotic process.

Automated manufacturing technology student Bryce L. Kuszmaul (foreground, holding controller) demonstrates a robotic process.

John G. Upcraft, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, shows an optical comparator in the college’s metrology lab …

John G. Upcraft, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, shows an optical comparator in the college’s metrology lab …

… and a prototype that was 3-D printed in the college’s additive manufacturing lab before being fabricated and placed on the college’s award-winning, student-built Baja off-road vehicle.

… and a prototype that was 3-D printed in the college’s additive manufacturing lab before being fabricated and placed on the college’s award-winning, student-built Baja off-road vehicle.

Nearly 100 students from six area high schools visited Penn College on Friday as the campus served as a host site for National Manufacturing Day activities. Dubbed “Make Cool Stuff Day,” the high schoolers began their morning with a talk by Nick Gilson, the entrepreneur behind Gilson Boards, a growing manufacturer of innovative snowboards based in nearby Winfield. Gilson talked about the successes and failures in the company’s first prototypes and encouraged students to find their passion and make what interests them. The visitors then toured Penn College laboratories – where they learned about various manufacturing processes, from thermoforming to welding and machining to additive manufacturing – and the facilities of several local manufacturers.

Variety of Noncredit Business/Management Courses Available

From finance to embracing change, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a range of noncredit business and management courses this fall.

Practical hands-on activities are blended with instruction, providing relevant tools that can be applied in the workplace. All of the courses may be customized and delivered on-site for groups of employees.

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Welding Materials Donated to Penn College

Gemma Power Systems

Gemma Power Systems

Welding students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from a recent donation made by Gemma Power Systems, a leading engineering, procurement and construction company.

A subsidiary of Argan Inc., GPS donated surplus welding materials including various welding electrodes for carbon and alloy steels that are utilized in the shielded metal arc, gas tungsten arc and flux cored arc welding processes.

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Penn College Receives ‘Military Friendly’ Designation

Penn College again chosen as "Military Friendly" school.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to veterans has earned the institution “Military Friendly” status for the sixth consecutive year.

On Tuesday, Victory Media named Penn College as a Military Friendly School for 2015.

The designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are “doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation,” according to Victory Media.

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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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‘Shiver Me Timbers and Pass the Stew’ – It’s Time to Talk (and Eat) Like Pirates!

Smilingly sailing aboard their Dining Services friendship are (from left) Krystal S. Zelazny, assistant manager; Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook; and CJ L. Binderup,  dining services worker.

Smilingly sailing aboard their Dining Services friendship are (from left) Krystal S. Zelazny, assistant manager; Patti E. Durrwachter, assistant cook; and CJ L. Binderup, dining services worker.

Cupcakes and muffins front a display of plundered booty.

Cupcakes and muffins front a display of plundered booty.

Sporting stylish headgear, a kitchen pirate helps patrons "scarf down" their meal.

Sporting stylish headgear, a kitchen pirate helps patrons “scarf down” their meal.

Students navigate the themed menu.

Students navigate the themed menu.

A co-worker's low blow from the high seas

A co-worker’s low blow from the high seas

Dining Services hosted its second annual “Talk Like a Pirate … Eat Like a Pirate” event in the Capitol Eatery from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, a buccaneers’ bash that served as a prelude to Friday’s international celebration of seafaring scalawags. Appropriately attired employees served up a cleverly crafted (and titled) menu – with Castaway Pork Loin, Jolly Roger Rice and Shipwrecked Chowder among the evening’s offerings.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Waste Management Adds to Financial Support of College Programs

Brian M. Fuhrman, left, major account manager for Waste Management Inc., delivers a donation to Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

For the fourth consecutive year, Waste Management Inc. has contributed to a pair of Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that distinctly benefit high school students.

Through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, the company contributed $8,389 to support the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW initiatives.

The foundation is an approved Educational Improvement Organization under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s EITC program. SMART Girls and Penn College NOW, overseen by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office, qualify as “innovative educational programs” under the law.

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Award-Winning Filmmaker to Discuss Illegal Immigration

Jesus Nebot

Jesus Nebot

Jesus Nebot will present “Illegal Immigration: A Humanitarian Perspective” in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Part of Penn College’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, will focus on the social and economic impacts of illegal immigration. Participants will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about immigration reform and find out “what politicians and newscasters are not telling us about illegal immigration.” Nebot will return to the ACC Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. Thursday for a special showing of his award-winning film, “No Turning Back,” a thought-provoking immigration story inspired by actual events that reflects upon the need to transcend our judgment of other cultures and points of view in order to live peacefully and harmoniously in a diverse society. Nebot wrote, directed, produced and stars in this critically acclaimed film, which has been viewed by millions of people in 78 countries and is the winner of 23 international awards. Both events are free and open to the public.

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