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Penn College Adds Financial Counseling, Computerized Accounting

Roy A. Fletcher, assistant professor of business administration/banking and finance, leads a class in Penn College’s Financial Markets Investment Lab. For Fall 2016, the college will add computerized accounting coursework to its accounting majors, as well as a minor in financial counseling.

In Fall 2016, Pennsylvania College of Technology will add to its business offerings a minor in financial counseling. Additionally, updates to coursework in accounting majors will prepare graduates to use and build secure accounting information systems for their future employers.

The changes continue the college’s trademark responsiveness to community and industry needs.

The financial counseling minor gives students the background to help clients improve their financial well-being. They’ll be equipped to educate clients about sound financial principles and guide them to overcoming debt, improving money management, developing financial goals and strategies, and working through financial challenges.

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College Schedules ‘Mastering Your Advanced Digital Camera’ Course

Discover your creative side and learn from an industry professional how to take stunning digital photographs when Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a three-week digital photography course in September.

The class, taught by Wayne Palmer, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 8-22 in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The cost is $199.

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No Escape From Heat … but No Shortage of Summer Fun, Either

S'mores bake in the July sun.

The abbreviated cooking time leaves scant opportunity for sand volleyball ...

... and a hastened call to the snack table!

Mother Nature turned up the temperature for the seventh and final week of Camp ESCAPE, Penn College’s summer getaway that has featured a mix of indoor/outdoor fun along with field trips and other activities for the past two months. On Monday, with 90-degree readings and humidity to match, the youngsters made s’mores in foil-lined “ovens” crafted from pizza boxes. “We played a quick game of large sand volleyball while they cooked,” said Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation (who also provided the photos). “Which, needless to say, didn’t take too long!”

CAC Presents Season of ‘Lights, Laughter and Legends’

Community Arts Center announces 2016-17 season

Just when you thought the lineup at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport couldn’t get any better, the 2016-17 season is announced and thrills abound! As usual, there is something for everyone – from the very young to the young at heart – and it is all bigger, brighter, funnier and even more mesmerizing than ever.

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Senator Gets Firsthand Look at Manufacturing’s Strength

President Gilmour welcomes Sen. Casey to campus and remarks on the important role his father, then governor of Pennsylvania, played in the institution's past.

Casey checks out products created in the labs, including Penn College key-ring tags, with guidance from student Wilson R. Michael (at right).

Casey extends a warm greeting to student Noah L. Martin …

… who then shows the distinguished visitor the tensile tester in the polymer lab.

Shannon M. Munro discusses industry partnerships and national plastics seminars conducted by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as JoAnn M. Otto, PIRC assistant, looks on.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, featured in Penn College’s award-winning “Working Class” documentary, toured the main campus plastics labs during a visit to Lycoming County on Wednesday. The Democratic senator, whose father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey, signed the legislation that created the college in 1989, got a close-up affirmation of applied technology’s pre-eminence in the 21st-century workforce. Industry-standard equipment, strong job placement and impressive starting salaries are among the program’s hallmarks, and collaborative relationships through the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center allow students to resolve real-world challenges on up-to-the-minute machinery. Taking part in the tour of the injection molding and polymer testing labs were college President Davie Jane Gilmour; Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology; and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. They were joined by plastics and polymer engineering technology students – and PIRC research assistants – Abdulaziz S. Alomani and Omar A. Aljallal, of Saudi Arabia; Noah M. Martin, of South Williamsport; Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport; and Wilson R. Michael, of Hughesville.

Keystone STARS Funding Supports Early Childhood Facility

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a Keystone STARS Merit Award and a Keystone STARS Education and Retention Award totaling $37,452 for 2015-16.

Funds from the grants are used for equipment and supplies, professional development for Children’s Learning Center staff, and the center’s accreditation costs.

The center used grant funds to purchase teaching materials and furnishings, including a sensory table, dramatic play props, and equipment to help develop motor skills, as well as materials for cognition, social studies, math, science, literacy, nutrition and music.

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Lumber-Kiln Project Gets $1,000 Boost From Industry Group

Paul Lyskava (left), executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, presents a $1,000 donation to Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

A $1,000 grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber for forestry students at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.

The kiln will enhance the industry-standard curriculum for students in Penn College’s two-year forest technology major.

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Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held in Wellsboro

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District offices, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the former music room at the school district’s administration building.

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Girls Have Fun With Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology

A participant in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SMART Girls summer camp paints the building that will house her team’s “She Rocks: From Print to Air,” one of 10 new businesses established for the town of “Dreamville.” The three-girl team developed a business plan for the town’s media center (including radio and television stations and a recording studio), designed and printed a building, and produced 3-D printed headphones.

A recent summer camp at Pennsylvania College of Technology saw high school girls dreaming up their own businesses while learning the science behind digital fabrication.

Thirty-five teens recently attended SMART Girls at Penn College. The camp – which stands for Science and Math in Real-world Technologies – was supported in part by a $12,650 grant from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.

During the five-day camp, the girls formed 10 teams, each of which was assigned a type of business to fulfill the needs of “Dreamville, USA,” residents. Businesses ranged from tech companies to a health care provider, and from an arts boutique to television and radio stations.

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Vintage Packard Donated to College’s Auto Restoration Program

Eleanor Packard stands by the 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper that has been donated to Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major.

A 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper has been entrusted to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive restoration program by Eleanor Packard, whose late husband – while no relation to the manufacturer – had a longtime connection to the classic American luxury car.

John Neal Packard, of Fallston, Maryland, was a retired engineering executive whose near-lifelong enthusiasm for Packards began at age 10. He organized car shows, borrowed a Packard limousine to chauffeur all three of his daughters on their wedding days, and – after he died in January 2006 – was transported to the cemetery in a Packard hearse, followed by a procession of other Packard owners in their iconic vehicles.

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Service Set for Former Member of College’s Corporate Advisory Board

A memorial service will be this weekend for Ned David McClintock, a former member of Penn College’s Corporate Advisory Board, who died Sunday, July 10. A former teacher and principal in the East Lycoming School District, who later worked for PP&L, McClintock served on the board in 1993-94. The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, 148 S. Main St., Hughesville. A full obituary is available through the McCarty-Thomas funeral home.

College Included in National Story About Natural Gas Industry

Contributor Joseph Hammond talks with ShaleNET trainee Susan Foster, of Tioga, during his February visit to ETEC.

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development, provides the reporter with an overview of natural gas training initiatives.

A tour of the ESC with Justin W. Beishline (left), assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

A contributor to The Daily Caller has filed his story and supporting video, “After the Boom: How the Marcellus Shale Changed Life in Pennsylvania,” from reportage that included a winter visit to Penn College. Joseph Hammond spent a complete late-February day at the college, where he got a look at Workforce Development & Continuing Education natural gas training efforts; and toured the mechatronics laboratory, wellsite trainer lab, welding and machining lab, the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the Energy Technology Education Center.

‘cutters Pay Game-Day Visit to College’s Camp ESCAPE

Crosscutters Lucas Williams (left) and Henri Lartigue visit Camp ESCAPE ...

... to sign autographs ...

... play dodgeball ...

... and pose for a commemorative photo.

In what has become a Camp ESCAPE tradition, two members of the Williamsport Crosscutters visited Penn College on Monday morning. Catcher Henri Lartigue (40) and shortstop Lucas Williams (12) talked with campers, autographed a variety of objects and served as team captains for dodgeball in the Field House. The ‘cutters went on to defeat the Batavia Muckdogs, 10-6, that evening.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports/campus recreation

Noncredit EMT Course Scheduled for Four Sites in Area

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 15, will be offered at four locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Arts Center Working With Consultant to Consider Future Path

Dave Whitnack

The Community Arts Center in Williamsport has engaged a consulting firm to help it assess its organizational structure and business processes moving forward.

Executive decisions at the Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology, are currently the responsibility of longtime employee Dave Whitnack, who has been technical director at the facility since 2006 and was tour manager for Grammy Award-winning solo pianist George Winston for the decade prior to that. He also served as stage crew lead at the Arts Center from 1993-96.

“Dave’s wealth of experience in the industry and his familiarity with all processes at the Community Arts Center will serve him well in his appointment as operations director,” said William J. Martin, chairman of the Community Arts Center Board of Directors.

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