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Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Courses Scheduled at Penn College

As the number of drones in the U.S. continues to skyrocket, the Federal Aviation Administration has made their registration mandatory. Whether you are a hobbyist or a commercial flyer, Pennsylvania College of Technology can help you stay informed of FAA regulations.

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Acclaimed Brewmaster Joins Penn College Faculty

Acclaimed brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington, of Elk Creek Café + Ale Works in Millheim, will serve as an instructor for the new brewing and fermentation science major launching this fall at Penn College.

In launching its new brewing and fermentation science degree, Pennsylvania College of Technology has enlisted the expertise of acclaimed brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington.

The Spring Mills resident will serve as an instructor for the new major, which begins in Fall 2017. Yarrington, along with other faculty and administrators in the college’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, is working to establish the industry-standard instructional space, located in the Hager Lifelong Education Center.

Yarrington is recognized in brewing circles as a national award-winning brewer, as well as an expert on brewery construction and operations.

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PlastiVan’s Visit Showcased in Industry Publication

Thermoforming Quarterly

Last month’s extended visit from the PlastiVan is featured in the latest issue of Thermoforming Quarterly, a Journal of the Thermoforming Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Photos by Larry D. Kauffman, a digital publishing specialist/photographer at Penn College – including a cover shot taken at the Feb. 16 Science Festival in the Field House – and a two-page article colorfully recap the hands-on peek at plastics careers: Thermoforming Quarterly

Children’s Learning Center Receives Keystone Stars Grants

Children who attend the Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology select books to take home and call their own during a Book Bingo event at the center. The books are purchased through a Keystone Stars grant.

The Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received $34,600 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Human Services through the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

The funding comes in the form of a Keystone Stars Merit Award of $12,675 and a Keystone Stars Education and Retention Award of $21,925.

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PPL Field Manager Emphasizes Workplace Safety in Classroom Talk

With instructor Andrew R. Wolfe watching from right, PPL's Chuck Wood (left) demonstrates personal protective equipment with the help of electrical technology major John J. Aleksiejczyk IV, of Hatboro.

Chuck Wood, field manager of distribution operations for PPL Electric Utilities, was a guest speaker at Andrew R. Wolfe’s Accident Prevention class Tuesday night. Wolfe, a part-time instructor of electrical technology/occupations, invited him to talk about the importance of safety in the workplace. Wood supervises and directs maintenance of all substations, low-tension networks and underground utilities in PPL’s Susquehanna and Central divisions (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton).
Photo by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

‘MAN-i-Cures’ – Where Charity, Service Go Hand-in-Hand

Charitable purveyors of Greek Life handiwork line the right side of the "MAN-i-Cures" table outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday. Tending to patrons (from left) are Efrem K. Foster, of Williamsport; Kyeesha Douglas, of Philadelphia; Seth M. Young, of Jersey Shore; Andrew A. Smith, of Philadelphia; and Benjamin O. Bauman, of Moscow.

Douglas adds a beautifying touch for Emmanuel C. Nwosu, of Loganville, Ga., ...

... deftly applying multiple options from the available palette.

Color + concentration = brag-worthy results

Greek Life’s “MAN-i-Cures” fundraiser returned to campus this week, raising money for five charities. Representatives of Penn College’s three fraternities –  Omega Delta Sigma, Phi Mu Delta and Sigma Pi – painted nails in a specific color for each customer’s selected cause: purple for domestic violence awareness, pink for breast cancer awareness, teal for sexual assault awareness, blue for autism awareness and yellow for suicide prevention. The fourth annual event was held in two locations Wednesday before concluding Thursday night in the Bush Campus Center lobby.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Community Arts Center Hires Managing Director, General Manager

Sharon Mack

The Community Arts Center Board of Directors has announced the addition of two veteran arts administrators to the staff of the CAC.

Sharon Mack will join as the new managing director, working with previously named Operations Director Dave Whitnack in the organization’s dual executive office. Dana Beth Evans has been hired for a new general manager position, leading patron services efforts and overseeing other day-to-day functions at the theater. The arts consulting firm SiG Productions, which had been engaged to help guide the CAC’s transition over the past months, conducted both searches.

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Now Playing: ‘Herbie Goes to College’

"Herbie" gets a bath in the College Avenue Labs wash bay ...

... before being trailered for transport ...

... and maneuvered by students into his Madigan Library display space.

“Herbie, the Love Bug,” the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, will be on display in Penn College’s Madigan Library through the end of the semester. The car, used in “Disney on Ice” performances, is on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon, among the supportive partners in the college’s automotive restoration technology major. Herbie, complete with expressive eyelashes and a hood that opens to reveal teeth and a tongue, was installed in the library to encourage literacy.

Make Appointments for Sealant Saturday, March 25

A Penn College dental hygiene student provides a cleaning in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, ATHS W227.

Sealant Saturday is scheduled March 25 in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, on the second floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. During the event, volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental hygiene students will provide free dental care to children ages 7-15. Services include sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, screenings and education. Appointments are available to the public and the Penn College community by calling the clinic at 570-320-8007.

‘What Does It Take to Succeed?’

That’s the question raised by dental hygiene major Rachel A. Fabie in the third 30-second branding spot added to the Penn College’s YouTube channel. “It takes more than a dream. More than, ‘Someday, I will,'” the Stewartstown resident explains. “It means reaching for greatness and delivering something you didn’t know you had within you.” Cataloging some of the necessary attributes for success, Fabie issues an encouraging challenge to prospective Penn College students: “You’ve got what it takes,” she says. “Show us!” Along with the college’s first two campaign commercials – the first of which was just awarded industry honors – the spots air in a variety of media, including broadcast and cable outlets in Pennsylvania.

Health Care Sessions Scheduled in Williamsport, Wellsboro

Several health care-related courses are scheduled for the coming months at Pennsylvania College of Technology and its Wellsboro campus.

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Business/Leadership Classes Offered This Season at Penn College

Three business and leadership-related classes, taught through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, are scheduled for the coming months.

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‘Superhero’ Alliance Spotlights Dual-Enrollment Triumph

Paul R. Watson II

The success of Penn College NOW, the program that allows high school students to earn college credits through dual enrollment, is noted in a recent national blog post. “The Penn College NOW program has measured dramatic increases in student enrollment and matriculation rates,” writes Samantha Yi, business development associate for Signal Vine LLC. “Since 2013, the program enrollment has increased more than threefold, from 352 in 2013-14 to 1,234 students in 2015-16. In the 2015-16 school year, 32.57 percent of program participants matriculated to the college.” Signal Vine, a text-based communications platform to help schools keep their students aware of important college-access tasks, gathered the information at a conference on “Introducing the College in High School Alliance: Effective Strategies to Support College Affordability and Completion Through Dual Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment and Early College High Schools.” Paul R. Watson II, Penn College’s dean of academic services and college transitions, was among the panelists when the alliance was launched March 2 in Washington, D.C.

Penn College-Produced TV Commercial Earns Coveted ‘CUPPIE’

A TV commercial produced by Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology was honored in the 2017 CUPPIE Awards sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

The 30-second spot, which aired as part of the college’s statewide branding campaign, earned a Silver CUPPIE in the “Advertising In-House TV” category. The award was presented March 9 at CUPRAP’s Annual Spring Conference in Hershey.

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Hypertherm Entrusts Equipment to Penn College Welding Program

Hypertherm is entrusting equipment to Penn College for instructional use in its welding program. From left are Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Brent Malik, regional sales manager for Hypertherm; Max Williams, district sales manager for Hypertherm; and Dave Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies at Penn College.

Hypertherm, a Hanover, New Hampshire-based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems used in industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing and automotive repair, is entrusting equipment to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in its welding program.

Penn College and Hypertherm have entered into a two-year agreement for two Hypertherm Powermax105® plasma system units and three Hypertherm Powermax65® plasma system units. The company, which was founded in 1968 and has 1,300 associates worldwide, previously provided educational software to the college in 2015.

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