The final activities of Penn College’s illustrious Centennial observance – the filling, sealing and installation of an institutional snapshot from that 2014 celebration – took place this week in a first-floor corner of Madigan Library. Various historical and commemorative items were loaded into the time capsule on Thursday, and the contents were sealed with argon gas the following day. On Wednesday morning, the high-grade, stainless steel container was maneuvered into a glass-block repository built by the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The time capsule and its archival treasure will remain undisturbed until reopened in 50 years. A montage of Centennial activities, colorfully and energetically composed from a year’s worth of photos, has been incorporated into a video on the Penn College YouTube channel.
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.
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Penn College’s role in training workers for the natural gas industry is featured in a report that aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” (and affiliate stations) on Monday. Jeff Brady, a national correspondent for NPR who recently visited campus, talked with Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development at the college; onsite power generation student William N. Miller, of Hallstead; and others for a four-minute piece headlined, “In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust.”
The National Sustainable Structures Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology has added a groundbreaking chapter to its three-decade success story: It is the first in the commonwealth to offer accredited training in all four of the Home Energy Professional programs.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council recently approved NSSC’s application for accreditation of its Quality Control Inspector and Crew Leader training programs, completing a credentialing sweep that began with endorsement of the Retrofit Installer Technician and Energy Auditor programs in the summer of 2013.
An ambitious documentary produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media has received a national honor.
“Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education” recently garnered a bronze Telly Award for outstanding achievement in the documentary category of the 36th annual competition.
Produced to commemorate the Centennial anniversary of the institution, the 60-minute documentary reveals myriad challenges the college has overcome in honoring the dignity of work. Interviews with key officials and national experts and archival photos and video bring to life the college’s enduring commitment to the working class.
A recent donation of computer-aided manufacturing software is enhancing the education of Pennsylvania College of Technology students.
SolidCAM has provided a one-year, 75-seat license for the college’s manufacturing majors. The software is an add-on to SolidWorks, a prominent 3-D design and analysis program used for the development of parts and assemblies for manufacturing products.
With SolidCAM, users have the ability to create tool paths and computer-numerical-control code to produce parts in CNC machines.
Winners of Saturday’s Open House social media contest have been announced by the Admissions Office, which offered Penn College prize packs to student prospects who posted about their day using the #PCTvisit and #Penn College hashtags. The winners and their messages are Colin Hamblin from White Township, New Jersey, “Colin doesn’t want to leave. #PCTvisit;” Jessica Cavanaugh from Lewistown, “I had such a great experience at Penn College today for the Open House. Everyone was so nice, the campus is fantastic, & I would love to go there as a student in the Fall! All the love from Lewistown, Jess;” and Mary Plumley from Williamsburg, “So we met an awesome guy named Joe [Balduino, director of admissions] and as you can tell we are loving Penn College. <3 #PCTvisit #PennCollege.”
When April Fool’s Day lands on Hump Day, there’s really only one way to mark the occasion: bring a camel to campus! Orchestrated by the Wildcat Events Board and obtained from Animal Rentals Inc., “Eli” the camel was ridden by 250 people (and photographed by many more) during a four-hour caravan stop outside the Hager Lifelong Education Center. WEB incorporated the attraction into its Wildcat Wednesday series, held to inform the college community about its varied sponsored activities. While not a common sight for the area, especially on the day after an early-spring snowstorm, the event brought smiles to students and employees heading toward a long holiday weekend. The novelty was enough to attract WBRE-TV, which aired a brief report Wednesday evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!