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Couple Return to ACC, Where Six-Decade Love Connection Was Born

Jim and Betty Stephenson revisit a campus landmark ...

Jim and Betty Stephenson revisit a campus landmark …

... and the stage where they met 62 years ago.

… and the stage where they met 62 years ago.

Klump Academic Center regularly hosts Penn College’s summer Connections program, acquainting incoming students and their families with the exhilaration and expectations of campus life. Coinciding with an orientation session earlier this month, the college had two additional VIPs: a New Castle couple who met in the building’s auditorium as high school students in February 1952. Jim and Betty Stephenson had been selected as violinists in that year’s All-State Orchestra Festival, hosted at what was then Williamsport High School. The course of true love being what it is,  they separated … then reconnected … then embarked on a postal courtship that led to marriage in 1958. During a break in the July 15 Connections session, the Stephensons asked Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation, to photograph them in front of the building. “I bet you don’t know why we want you to take this picture, do you?” Jim Stephenson asked, before recounting their journey. Retired and traveling around Pennsylvania, Pace was told, the couple wanted to revisit Williamsport “and they weren’t sure if the building still existed or if they’d even be able to go inside.” Thanks to an obliging college employee, the Stephensons got their wish and PCToday readers get a reminder of life’s occasional happily-ever-after moments. “Their story was full of love, laughter and an obvious excitement to be visiting the place that had brought them together so many years ago,” Pace said.

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

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Camp ESCAPE Welcomes Return of Gorgeous Weather

Prepping for sun-baked goodness

Prepping for sun-baked goodness

Tennis courts beckon under blue skies.

Tennis courts beckon under blue skies.

Solitude in the shade

Solitude in the shade

Nothing but net

Nothing but net

Wednesday was just too nice for planned indoor activities, so Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE ignored the agenda and ventured outside for lunch (and beyond). After days of high humidity and frequent rainstorms, campers took advantage of pleasant weather to play tennis, basketball, sand volleyball and Capture the Flag. And at the end of all that exercise, a reward: s’mores in their own solar-powered pizza ovens. The youngsters were allowed to play games, try a new sport, read a book (or an iPad) or simply sit in a group and talk … provided they stay outdoors and meet the goal of enjoying a beautiful day!
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Retired Into Educational Service, Former FedEx Plane Gets ‘Airtime’ on WNEP

Sullivan's son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.

Sullivan’s son, Alex B., a lab assistant for the graphic-design project, uses a heat gun to smooth out a vinyl panel.

While work continues on the "degrees that work" tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college's instructional fleet.

While work continues on the “degrees that work” tail section, Papa talks with Williamson about the rare benefit of having such an aircraft in the college’s instructional fleet.

The multimedia journalist captures "B-roll" footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.

The multimedia journalist captures “B-roll” footage of David E. Maurer, assistant lab coordinator, as he works on an overlay acknowledging the FedEx donation.

Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

Sullivan relays his pride in the student-assisted outcome of a logistically and climatologically challenging endeavor.

As a donated Boeing 727 nears the end of a two-month makeover, Newswatch 16 reporter Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center on Wednesday to prepare a story about the monumental exterior work on the former FedEx transport plane. Taping her segment outside the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Papa interviewed Colin A. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Kevin P. Sullivan, lab coordinator for programs in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, about both the “wrap” project and the long-term curricular applications for aviation students. The piece initially was broadcast at 5:30 p.m. on WNEP.

Employer’s Former Office Site Gets Distinctive Campus Landmark

A commemorative heavy-construction blade is lifted off the truck ...

A commemorative heavy-construction blade is lifted off the truck …

... hoisted high above the ground ...

… hoisted high above the ground …

... and positioned as a singular historical marker.

… and positioned as a singular historical marker.

A substantial piece of construction equipment – and a noteworthy segment of neighborhood history – was installed Tuesday near the front of Penn College’s Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The massive steel blade was lowered onto the former site of the Lycoming Construction Co., which occupied the property from 1943-80. The latter years of that period marked the company’s transition to Allison Crane & Rigging, which delivered the hefty keepsake and provides ongoing employment opportunities for current students and alumni alike. The blade was donated by Larry Allison Jr. in memory of his father, Larry Sr.; his grandfather, Herbert L.; and his great-grandfather, Herbert F., founder of the business. The equipment was provided by the George Logue family, and will be incorporated into the college’s award-winning History Trail with informational signage and attractive landscaping.

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 →

‘Play Ball!’ – Summer Campers Enjoy Road Trip to Minor-League Game

Camp ESCAPE meets Champ, one of the RailRiders' photogenic mascots.

Camp ESCAPE meets Champ, one of the RailRiders’ photogenic mascots.

From left, campers Jake Belford, Beckett Gilmour and Tyler Gilbert show off their prized souvenirs: foul balls caught during Wednesday's game.

From left, campers Jake Belford, Beckett Gilmour and Tyler Gilbert show off their prized souvenirs: foul balls caught during Wednesday’s game.

The weather was hot (and the game even hotter) as Camp ESCAPE traveled to PNC Park in Moosic for the afternoon half of a Wednesday doubleheader between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and the Charlotte Knights. The RailRiders won the game, 7-2, and tallied more than 10 hits – which meant Red Robin coupons for the entire crowd.  The restaurant’s jingle, played over and over again, had campers eagerly yelling “Yummm” with every RailRider hit!
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Project Management Pro Leads Penn College Noncredit Program

When projects are well-led, they are completed on time and under budget and recognized as a positive experience by team members.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an intensive three-day program to provide managers, technical personnel and other professionals with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed as project managers. The program features a variety of planning exercises and activities with an action/learning focus.

After completing the program, participants will understand the purpose and benefits of a common project management method and the importance of planning to ensure project success. They will be able to specify objectives and constraints with respect to quality, time and cost; develop management procedures to promote coordination and cooperation among participants; and learn and apply proven management tools and techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling and budgeting projects that will improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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Young Student-Athletes Gain Valuable Training at Summer Program

John M. Arrigonie provides individualized instruction at various exercise stations ...

John M. Arrigonie provides individualized instruction at various exercise stations …

... including agility and speed progression.

… including agility and speed progression.

Youngsters 12 to 14 years old are put through their paces in Bardo Gym.

Youngsters 12 to 14 years old are put through their paces in Bardo Gym.

A four-week, sport-specific summer program continues in Penn College’s Bardo Gymnasium, where faculty in the physical fitness specialist major – the only associate degree in Pennsylvania recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association – work with student-athletes. On Tuesday morning, John M. Arrigonie, fitness/lifetime sports faculty member, helped a group of 12- to 14-year-olds concentrate on such areas as flexibility, cardio, injury prevention and nutrition. The program, Youth Training for Athletic Development, runs through July 17.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Administrative Medical Assistant Program to Be Offered in Wellsboro

Are you interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of health care? Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro will offer an administrative medical assistant program starting in September.

This adult-learning program will focus on training students in medical office practices, including medical terminology, computer applications, reception and scheduling, billing and coding, medical law and ethics, medical records, office management, and medical insurance.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building. Students will complete an externship with medical offices to prepare for employment in physicians’ offices, clinics, billing companies or other ambulatory care facilities.

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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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Long May They Wave!

Hot wheels stream up the mall.

Hot wheels stream up the mall.

U.S.A. proud

U.S.A. proud

Getting in step with a "right ... right ... left"

Getting in step with a “right … right … left”

Hitchin' a ride

Hitchin’ a ride

Young faces and Old Glory mingle in the shade.

Young faces and Old Glory mingle in the shade.

Whirlwinds of flag-carrying, pedal-pushing energy blew down the main campus mall on Thursday, as the Dunham Children’s Learning Center held a bike parade in early celebration of Independence Day. Older children at the Penn College child care facility decorated strollers for the younger ones, preschoolers decked out their bikes for a star-spangled ride and parents lined the “route” to enjoy the patriotic display.
Photos by Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer, and Robb C. Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation

Summertime … and the Livin’ Is Busy

Excited over their new outdoor venue, boys and girls enjoy kickball, jump rope and other activities.

Excited over their new outdoor venue, boys and girls enjoy kickball, jump rope and other activities.

On the toddler side, an embedded slide offers a soft landing.

On the toddler side, an embedded slide offers a soft landing.

As timeless as childhood summer, the hula hoop endures.

As timeless as childhood summer, the hula hoop endures.

Some of the "Summer Bunch" show off artwork inspired by the Centennial Mosaic in the center of campus.

Some of the “Summer Bunch” show off artwork inspired by the Centennial Mosaic in the center of campus.

Personalized foil blocks, which "mirror" the reflective pieces in the larger mural, comprise the children's creation.

Personalized foil blocks, which “mirror” the reflective pieces in the larger mural, comprise the children’s creation.

Youngsters at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center are basking in the joys of summer, reveling in expanded playtime and creating colorful works of art. The extended outdoor hours are made possible by installation of an artificial-turf play area, a significant improvement that means no more disruptive mud puddles! As for artistic expression, Director Barbara J. Albert said the boys and girls frequently watched student/faculty progress on the Centennial Mosaic, resulting in lots of spontaneous collages upon their return to the center. As an extension of those inspiring visits, group leader Neva E. Simcox and assistant group leaders Sonya K. Kellogg and  Regina G. Andes helped the children fashion their own version.
Photos by Cindy D. Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

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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Penn College Celebrates Centennial, Anniversary of PSU Affiliation

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.

This year’s Centennial observance at Pennsylvania College of Technology, celebrating 100 years of adult education at an institution nationally known for providing graduates the practical tools with which to build substantial and sustainable careers, will include a July gathering of those who helped chart that historic course.

The yearlong commemoration coincides with another watershed anniversary: 25 years since Penn College was created as a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University on July 1, 1989.

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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 →

Larger-Than-Life Soccer Ball Makes Timely Appearance at Camp ESCAPE

World-class-sized soccer ball wows Camp ESCAPE crowd.

World-class-sized soccer ball wows Camp ESCAPE crowd.

What’s the goal of Camp ESCAPE? Making friends and having a ball, of course! Youngsters at the seven-week camp recently caught World Cup fever when intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf surprised them with this 6-foot soccer ball. The camp, based around the Penn College Field House, includes a variety of activities and field trips for its roster of 8- to 14-year-olds.

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