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Local Auto Dealership Establishes Scholarship at Penn College

From left, Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, with Bill Brown and Brian Peace, scholarship benefactors from the Murray Motor Group.

A scholarship fund has been established for automotive students at Pennsylvania College of Technology by the Murray Motor Group.

The idea for the scholarship fund was initiated by Brian Peace, managing partner of the Murray Motor Group and a 1984 graduate of Penn College’s predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College.

The fund will provide annual merit-based awards to full-time students who have successfully completed two semesters at the college. Preference will be given to graduates of high schools in Lycoming and Snyder counties who are enrolled in automotive technology management, automotive service sales and marketing, automotive technology, automotive technology: Ford ASSET, and collision repair technology.

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College Store Kicks Off Exhibition of Instructors’ Artwork

Instructor's stained glass displayed in store window

A collection of faculty member Keith M. Whitesel’s stained glass is on display in The College Store during February, the first in a series of mini-galleries featuring artists who teach noncredit classes at Penn College. An instructor of electrical technology/occupations in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Whitesel is teaching Stained Glass for Beginners through Workforce Development & Continuing Education starting Feb. 22. A second class, Stained Glass: Level II, will begin April 11. Stop by The College Store to see his beautiful works of art as they glimmer in the sun – and revisit throughout the year as other media (photography, jewelry, etc.) are exhibited. (The pieces of art are not for sale.)

Stabler Scholarship Fund Established at Penn College

A scholarship fund has been established at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a $530,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg.

Preference for awards from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Scholarship Fund at Penn College will be given to first-year students enrolled full time in an Associate of Applied Science degree major ­that is nontraditional for their gender.

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‘Working Class’ Broadcast Schedule Expanded

Additional air times have been added for the initial episode of “Working Class,” a new series produced by Penn College in partnership with WVIA Public Media. Following its premiere at 7 p.m. Tuesday, “Working Class: Dream & Do” will be rebroadcast on WVIA-TV at 11 a.m. Saturday; noon Sunday; and 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

Alcoa Supports Mechatronics Degree, Noncredit Training

Executives from Kawneer Company Inc. in Bloomsburg, part of Alcoa’s Building and Construction Systems business, present an Alcoa Foundation grant to Penn College. From left: Natalie McIntyre, human resources manager; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Sarah Moscatello, human resources generalist and grant coordinator; and Axel Heinrich, plant manager.

A $50,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation will benefit the mechatronics associate-degree major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, as well as corresponding noncredit training courses.

The recently awarded grant is earmarked for equipment and supplies to enhance student learning and understanding of industry tools, including a laser alignment system, a vibration analysis system, inspection cameras and thermal-imaging cameras.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Alcoa Foundation,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “The grant allows us to augment the hands-on experience that is a hallmark of a Penn College education. Thanks to Alcoa’s generosity, we can continue to grow the mechatronics major and related noncredit programming for our students.”

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Safety Training Discounted for Eligible Companies in Region

Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering Industrial Arc Flash Safety Training at a substantially discounted price through funds provided by a U.S. Department of Labor Make It In America Grant to the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.

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New Penn College/WVIA TV Series Connects Education, Careers

Student video production assistant Kashiki E. Harrison views the website for “Working Class,” a new TV series produced by Penn College in partnership with WVIA, which will encourage viewers to make an impact by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. Harrison, of Williamsport, and fellow student videographer Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, assist with the series.

Students and teachers who connect learning with real work experiences will be featured in a new series premiering this month on public television.

“Working Class” will encourage viewers to make an impact in the world by pursuing careers that reflect their personal talents and interests. The first episode in the series, which is produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology in partnership with WVIA Public Media, will premiere in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. on WVIA.

Following the broadcast premiere, series content also will be shared via the Penn College and WVIA websites and on YouTube. Viewers also may follow the series on Facebook and Twitter.

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TV Segment Shares College’s Responsiveness to Workforce Needs

"Stay Tuned" to WVIA-TV

Penn College’s success in answering the skilled demands of industry will be featured in the next episode of WVIA-TV’s “Stay Tuned,” premiering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. The recurring series continues the public television station’s goal to highlight those making a difference in meeting critical community needs. “Television viewers often are bombarded with ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ news stories. WVIA’s ‘Stay Tuned’ reminds us that great people do great things every day in our region,” said Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations. “It is an honor for Penn College to be featured in this episode.” Interviewed in the 10-minute segment are Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence; Alison A. Diehl, director, National Sustainable Structures Center; Ryan L. Newman, a former technician with the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (who has since accepted employment in Louisiana); and students Madison T. Powell, of Linden (plastics), Eric M. Danz, of Hershey, and Kyle D. Bomboy, of Unityville (both physician assistant).

President Mobilizes Auxiliary Ambassadors to ‘Spread Our Name’

President Davie Jane Gilmour opened the Spring 2016 semester with a wide-ranging address, effectively deputizing all faculty and staff as Admissions Office representatives and rallying them to publicly share Pennsylvania College of Technology’s unique attributes. While outlining phenomenal growth in outreach to prospects, as well as an enhanced focus on branding – to travelers in “a galaxy far, far away” and in markets closer to home – she said the challenge is clear. “We have over 100 majors that are recession-proof, our graduates get jobs, we have an excellent placement rate of 96 percent, we provide the full collegiate experience to our students – residence life, collegiate athletics, clubs and organizations, and national competitions – and outstanding industry recognition of our programs and graduates,” she told a Klump Academic Center audience Friday morning. “Why is it so hard for us to spread our name and enroll students?”

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Campus Screening to Precede Series’ Broadcast Premiere

"Working Class"

Penn College, in partnership with WVIA Public Media, will premiere a new “Working Class” film series this month on public television. An on-campus screening of the first episode will take place prior to the broadcast premiere. The series was inspired by audience response to the Telly Award-winning documentary “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-on Education” produced in conjunction with the college’s 2015 centennial. Faculty and staff are invited to view “Working Class: Dream & Do” at 3 p.m. Thursday in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). The episode will premiere on WVIA public television in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. The six-episode series will include hourlong films, as well as online video, activities and resources that relate to a variety of Penn College majors. The first explores careers related to design: graphic design, web and interactive media, architectural technology, industrial design and engineering design technology. Penn College faculty and students, as well as youngsters from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, are featured. Segments also include Bucknell University, Wellsboro High School, Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, and GE Inspection Technologies in Lewistown.

Holiday Harmony, From the Mouths of Babes

Cute carolers jingle all the way to the Public Relations & Marketing Office.

Youngsters from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center paid a tuneful visit to several areas of campus Wednesday, serenading Penn College employees (and students still on campus as commencement and the semester break draw near) with a few holiday favorites. Loaded with bells, smiles and childhood wonder, the carolers made spirits bright in Madigan Library, the Student and Administrative Services Center, Keystone Dining Room and Bush Campus Center.

Workshop for Teachers Emphasizes Creative Side of STEM

Debra Lindner and David Lentz, both technology teachers at Sullivan County High School, assemble a rubber-band powered glider as they practice hands-on lessons they can use in their classes to help students practice creative problem solving and prepare them for potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The free STEM curriculum was developed and demonstrated by the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center; a workshop on the curriculum was offered at Penn College by the college and BLaST Intermediate Unit 17.

Learning looked a lot like play when more than 90 middle school educators from across Pennsylvania – and a few from other states – convened at Pennsylvania College of Technology to sit on the learning end of hands-on lessons that they can take back to school to help engage their students in science, technology, engineering and math topics.

According to a 2012 report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology, economic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical pre-eminence in science and technology.

“If we are truly preparing students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, we are preparing them for 21st-century jobs,” said Paul R. Watson, Penn College’s dean of academic services and college transitions. “Twenty-first century jobs primarily focus on STEM.”

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Penn College Course to Help Prepare Students for Revised SATs

In anticipation of pending changes to the SAT, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a course to help high school students prepare for the standardized test used as an admissions tool by many institutions of higher learning.

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Center’s Children Prepare Snacks for Annual Appreciation Tea

Family Appreciation Tea held at Dunham Children's Learning Center

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center recently celebrated the end of the semester, as families joined their children for an afternoon snack during the Family Appreciation Tea. The young toddler class made Pumpkin Pie in a Cup, the older toddler class prepared a cereal snack mix, and preschoolers learned about measuring and baking while preparing oatmeal cookies and banana bread. “The food was so delicious that parents asked for recipes!” said director Barbara J. Albert, who also provided the photo at left. Teachers prepared activities for the families, and students from the Early Childhood Education program supervised them. Children had fun making paper-plate pumpkins, playing a beanbag game and experimenting with “squishy” bags. Each family contributed a handprint “leaf” to the center’s Thankful Tree, highlighting the people and things for which they’re grateful.

Board Accepts Fiscal Year 2015 Audit

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday accepted the college’s audited financial statements for Fiscal Year 2015.

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