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Financial Aid Office to Offer Free FAFSA Completion Session

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a free session on the main campus in Williamsport in April to help students, prospective students and families complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The session will be held on Tuesday, April 7, in Room 1049 of Penn College’s Student & Administrative Services Center (the building adjacent to the large American flag at the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street).

The session will begin at 4:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to complete and submit their 2015-16 FAFSAs using the center’s computers before the session ends at 7 p.m. Financial Aid Office staff will assist attendees as needed with the online FAFSA completion process.

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‘Working Class’ Audience Expands

"Working Class"

“Working Class”

The documentary “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-on Education” is gaining an expanded audience: The hourlong film will be broadcast at 7 and 11 p.m. Sunday on WPSU. The University Park PBS affiliate serves one of the largest geographic coverage areas for public television in the nation, reaching 530,000 households in 29 counties in central Pennsylvania. In addition, Philadelphia-based WYBE, with a network that covers nearly 20 million people from northern New Jersey to northern Maryland, plans to broadcast the film three times in July. And WHYY – Greater Philadelphia’s leading public media provider, which serves southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and all of Delaware – has announced plans to air the documentary in summer 2015. The film, first shown on WVIA Public Media and available “on demand,” also began airing this winter on PCN. The documentary is available for purchase on DVD through WVIA Public Media.

Open House Planned at College’s New Training Location in Towanda

The public is invited to an Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new location in Bradford County, where short-term training classes will be offered this spring.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Suite One of the Central Bradford Progress Authority Building, One Elizabeth Street in Towanda.

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Penn College Receives Grant to Market New Automotive Major

A $3,000 industry grant will help recruit students for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s fledgling partnership with the Chrysler family of automobile dealerships.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Foundation recently approved the college’s funding application, which requested $1,000 for travel expenses to high schools and vehicle dealerships, $1,000 for T-shirts to further the Penn College/Mopar brand and $1,000 as a need-based toolbox scholarship to encourage financially challenged students to enroll.

Penn College’s automotive technology: Mopar CAP emphasis attracted interest when launched for the Fall 2014 semester, and initial marketing helped spread the word about the associate-degree major. The grant is intended to boost that exposure, with a goal of increasing enrollment of first-year students to 16 for Fall 2015.

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Read the Spring 2015 One College Avenue

One College Avenue magazine Spring 2015 cover

One College Avenue magazine Spring 2015 cover

The Spring 2015 issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine, is on its way to mailboxes. You can also read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: A nursing student establishes a nonprofit to help others like her; coach Chris Howard’s baseball odyssey; a student’s quadcopter skills show campus from new heights; the college’s scholarship campaign exceeds expectations; and a welding student talks about his volunteer experience at a Middle East children’s home. Visit to share stories and leave your comments.

Penn College Approves In-State Tuition Rates for CCC Graduates

Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Penn College, and Katherine P. Douglas, president of Corning Community College, at the March 10 announcement.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has approved an agreement allowing qualified graduates of Corning Community College the opportunity to enroll at Penn College at the in-state tuition rate.

According to the agreement, which was announced March 10 at Corning Community College, any CCC student with an eligible associate degree who enrolls at Penn College from Fall 2015 through Fall 2018 will be offered the in-state rate.

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Grants Support Continuous Improvement in Early Learning 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 $43,485 for 2014-15.

Funds from the grants are used for staff development, the purchase of toys and furniture for the children, accreditation-related expenses, special health and nutrition activities, and family events.

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Why Choose Penn College? Students Know the Answer!

The latest addition to the Penn College YouTube Channel features three engaging students in a two-minute celebration of rigorous academics and high-energy campus life. Join Jessica N. Felton, a culinary arts and systems student from State College; Garrett D. Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology; and aviation maintenance technology major Bryan M. Behm, of Fleetwood, as they share why they chose the college for their “degrees that work.” Then help spread the word through social media!

Unlock Your Creative Potential With Penn College Photoshop Course

The public can learn to create stunning digital images when Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a 12-hour Adobe Photoshop course in April.

The Mastering Photoshop: Level I class, taught by industry expert Wayne R. Palmer, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from April 2 to April 30; there will be no class on April 23. The cost of the course, to be held in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport, is $260.

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Get Acquainted With Penn College During March 28 Open House

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s March 28 Open House offers an excellent opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The diverse “degrees that work” offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Open House on Saturday, March 28.

Held twice a year, Open House provides prospective students and their families a convenient opportunity to sample campus life and to explore bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs – “degrees that work” – in more than 100 distinct career areas.

“Spring Open House is an excellent opportunity to learn about our hands-on approach to learning in which students work with experienced faculty and the latest equipment and technologies,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “The entire campus is open for visitors to experience everything: our state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, dining facilities, residence halls, an active campus life and athletics. When you visit, you’ll know it’s the right place to earn your degree and launch your career.”

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Grant Funds Allow Technicians to Attend Refresher Course

WDCE's Thomas W. Fry discusses motor and motor controls during Wednesday afternoon's Refresh Tech session.

WDCE’s Thomas W. Fry discusses motor and motor controls during Wednesday afternoon’s Refresh Tech session.

Employees of area businesses fill a classroom in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, thanks to training scholarships.

Employees of area businesses fill a classroom in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, thanks to training scholarships.

Forty employees from 18 regional companies are attending a weeklong Refresh Tech class, an interactive review of selected topics designed for multidisciplined maintenance technicians and offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College. Divided into two sessions of 20 students each, the class was quickly filled due to $500-per-person scholarships from a Central PA Works grant administered by the nine-county Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. The course – taught by Thomas W. Fry, industrial technology specialist – began with electrical basics and discussed a number of other essential concepts before moving to a consideration of newer applications from a troubleshooter’s perspective.

Fresh Banners Punctuate College Mission, Greet Season of Renewal

From a vibrant palette ...

From a vibrant palette …

... new banners entice the eye ...

… new banners entice the eye …

... and engage the mind.

… and engage the mind.

Just in time for this month’s Spring Open House, new banners are rising alongside the roadways and walkways of Penn College – inspiration for visitors and affirmation for students and employees. Installation began Wednesday, as General Services crews lined the thoroughfares with bold colors and words that concisely summarize the varied activities afoot collegewide (interspersed with the more familiar sights of the institution’s official seal and Wildcat logo).

‘Old Glory’ Rises Anew at Campus Gateway

A worker is lifted aloft to unravel the Stars and Stripes.

A worker is lifted aloft to unravel the Stars and Stripes.

Barry L. Loner Jr. (at the crank), facilities supervisor, and Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations, advance the periodically required replacement project.

Barry L. Loner Jr. (at the crank), facilities supervisor, and Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations, advance the periodically required replacement project.

A rapidly responding team of General Services co-workers attaches a replacement flag, which catches the wind ...

A rapidly responding team of General Services co-workers attaches a replacement flag, which catches the wind …

... on its way back up the pole.

… on its way back up the pole.

In short order, a community landmark is flying again.

In short order, a community landmark is flying again.

Tattered and twisted by recent stormy winds, the 1,800-square-foot American flag near the Penn College entrance was untangled and replaced Friday morning. An Allison Crane & Rigging employee was hoisted high above main campus to extricate the civic cornerstone, which had gotten snarled over top of the flagpole. Once freed, the flag was lowered by General Services employees, who, careful not to let it touch the ground, quickly swapped it for a new version.

Grant to Enhance Nutrition, Physical Activity Lessons for Children

Youngsters in Penn College’s Children’s Learning Center practice their coordination skills on “stilts,” which are among the materials purchased through a grant to enhance physical activity and nutrition lessons.

The Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology received a $500 grant to enhance activities and lessons that teach children about healthy lifestyles.

“We will be using the grant to update our nutrition and physical activity policies and practices to reflect current research about best practices for young children,” said Barbara J. Albert, director of the Children’s Learning Center.

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Seventh-Graders Add to Career Toolkit During Campus Visit

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

A middle-schooler feels the weight of a sledgehammer as Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, shows the group several tools of the concrete masonry trade, including …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… a diamond-tip saw …

… and a float.

… and a float.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

Participants watch as concrete tumbles in a mixer.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

A youngster shovels green concrete to fill a paver mold.

Seventh-graders from Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program made a visit recently to the concrete masonry facilities in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Under the direction of Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, the young students learned the tools of the trade and made concrete pavers. Participants in the after-school program visit the college once a week (seventh-graders on Wednesday and eighth-graders on Thursday) through a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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