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‘cutters ‘Play Ball’ With Camp ESCAPE Kids

Three players from the Williamsport Crosscutters roster retrace their career path in a visit with summer campers ...

... before taking to the Field House floor for some friendly competition.

Three pitchers from the first-place Williamsport Crosscutters stopped by Camp ESCAPE on Thursday, talking with youngsters about “how they got where they are” and joining them in dodgeball. Visiting the Field House were Jacob Waguespack, Luis Morales and Sutter McLoughlin.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Real Estate Courses to Prepare Participants for Licensing Exam

Two real estate courses, comprising 60 hours of instruction over 10 weeks, will be offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Medical Assistant Courses Forming at Penn College

Two information sessions regarding Pennsylvania College of Technology’s medical assistant training will be held during August on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

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Medical Assistant Sessions Set for Penn College at Wellsboro

Medical assistant classes are forming at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, with a pair of information sessions scheduled in August to help interested Northern Tier residents understand enrollment requirements and program expectations.

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Enrollment Open for Practical Nursing Program at Wellsboro

Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro is accepting applications for the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program that begins in January.

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College-Prep Blogger Eyes Career Path for Today’s ‘Graduate’

Wendy David-Gaines

A blogger who toured Penn College last week has written her first article from that visit, taking a cue from the signature “Plastics” line in the 1967 film, “The Graduate.” “Technology schools offer liberal arts courses along with majors in industrial, computing & engineering technologies, construction & design technologies, and transportation & natural resources technologies,” wrote Wendy David-Gaines, in a piece titled “What’s the Right College for Me, Mrs. Robinson?” “While careers in plastics, polymers and welding may be some students’ objectives, other majors can educate future nurses, dental hygienists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, paralegals and web developers. Budding entrepreneurs in the hospitality and culinary arts fields, sustainability design and early childhood education also get their own hands-on experience while taking business classes.”

CPWDC Supports Penn College’s SMART Girls Camp

At Penn College’s SMART Girls summer camp, Amanda Kelly – of Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, New Jersey – shows the 3-D-printed project she and her teammates developed. The girls pitched their fictitious business (Sirens of Sound) and product, a non-electrical amplifier for smartphones, to camp mentors as part of a “Shark Tank”-like showcase.

The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. recently provided financial support to a Pennsylvania College of Technology initiative that helps connect teen girls with potential careers.

Penn College’s SMART (Science and Math Applications in Real World Technologies) Girls program is a four-day summer camp that provides an opportunity for girls in grades 9-11 to experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology.

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Campers Find Refreshing Respite in Cool-Down ESCAPE

Heat, humidty no match for Splashland's refuge ...

... as confirmed with a watery wave and a thumbs-up.

Campers gather on the hill overlooking Howard J. Lamade Stadium, site of next month's Little League Baseball World Series.

Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE continued its simmering summer this week with a beat-the-heat dip at Liberty Splashland in Northumberland, as well as a visit to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport. The boys and girls, aged 8-14, are winding down a seven-week schedule of campus activities and road trips to a variety of attractions. Next week will be the season’s final session, as the youngsters travel to Knoebels for one more water day as they coast to the imminent start of the school year.
Photos by Jeremy R. Bottorf, coordinator of intramural sports and campus recreation

Seasonal Work Provides High-Profile Eyeful on Main Campus

Scaffolding rises above the ATHS, where skylight repairs have understandably affected access to the building.

Tethered to a lift and shod in suction cups, a worker diligently refurbishes the skylight's skeleton.

During renovations, Keystone Dining Room patrons are detoured to another entrance further up the mall.

The red roof will remain, but a vastly new look – including glass panels etched with the college seal – will soon greet visitors to the LEC.

Penn College Proud? Say it with flowers!

Summer: a time for relaxation, family vacations, baseball … and preparation for the start of another exciting academic year. Amid an assortment of activities, including the Connections orientation program and a variety of fun and educational camps, Penn College’s main campus has been dressed in yellow caution tape and blessed with green thumbs as fall nears. Working on deadline (and working around this season’s near-daily threat of thunderstorms) crews on two prominent projects are making conspicuous progress. Demolition work continues at the entrance to the Hager Lifelong Education Center, where renovation will extend handicapped accessibility and enlarge the patio space. The LEC improvements include two firsts, according to Andrew M. Richardson, General Services clerk of the works/construction manager: Natural stone veneer will be attractively featured on the exterior and a Snow and Ice Melt system will keep the ramps, stairs and patio safely dry in the winter. Wilk Contracting Inc., South Williamsport, is the general contractor for the project, and college GS staff have been trained to install the hydronic SIM system. To the south, at the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, employees of the Wisconsin-based Super Sky Products are repairing leaks and other damage that has resulted from the misdirected channeling of rainwater off the atrium. Cleaning out old caulking and resealing the skylight has proved a painstaking task, requiring patience and – because workmen are scaling the steeply pitched roof – a decided degree of surefootedness. While the work has been apparent to those traveling the campus mall, visitors to the Field House area are getting another striking visual courtesy of GS horticulturalists. “PCT,” spelled out in floral glory, adorns the fence east of the basketball court.

Automated Manufacturing, Machining Majors Renew Accreditation

National Institute for Metalworking Skills

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills has recognized the excellence of the manufacturing and machining curriculum at Pennsylvania College of Technology by renewing the college’s accreditation.

Majors covered by the accreditation are a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, associate degrees in automated manufacturing technology and machine tool technology, and a certificate in machinist general.

“In receiving this national recognition, the college and its faculty demonstrate their continued commitment to excellence in metalworking training within the state of Pennsylvania and for the greater good of the U.S. manufacturing industry,” said Catherine L. Ross, director of accreditation for NIMS.

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Graphic Digital Art at Penn College Explores Richness of the Psyche

“Man at Crossroads,” digital media, 52 x 36 inches

A mental health counselor-turned-artist brings his unique perspective to The Gallery at Penn College with an exhibit of contemporary digital compositions running July 9 through Aug. 9.

Daryl Thetford’s “The Struggle to Evolve Before the End of Time” explores humans’ external and internal information overload and chaos, and attempts to offer a visual dialogue that will advance individual perspective rather than alienate.

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State Cabinet Officials Tour Campus on ‘Jobs’ Visit

With campus beauty all around, including the "Student Bodies" art installation spanning the campus mall, the group takes a shady stroll north from the ATHS.

Stopping by the dental hygiene lab

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour (left) walks with Secretary Manderino and others alongside the robotic welding stations.

Michael K. Patterson, a member of the college's welding faculty, scores a hit with his impressive work-in-progress: a larger-than-life baseball glove, complete with welded metal strands to simulate stitching.

Secretary Davin, at the podium

Two cabinet secretaries from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration continued the “Jobs That Pay” tour in a Monday visit to Penn College, where they focused on workforce development and employer-training initiatives within the governor’s proposed 2015-16 budget for the commonwealth. Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis M. Davin and Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy M. Manderino toured the college’s dental hygiene and welding labs, instructional areas that could benefit from a proposed increase in state appropriation. A press conference followed in the welding lab.

Students Get Down-to-Earth Perspective as ‘Life Flight’ Makes Return Landing

One of Geisinger’s Life Flight helicopters provides a morning learning experience on the library lawn.

Emergency medical services students listen attentively to practical information about Life Flight landings.

Students get hands-on practice, securing a classmate to be “loaded” onto the helicopter.

One of Geisinger Health System’s Life Flight crews landed a helicopter on the Madigan Library Lawn on Thursday for the benefit of students in the college’s emergency medical services and paramedic technician majors. The crew detailed procedures for emergency medics when a helicopter is called to an emergency scene, and the students practiced loading a classmate into the chopper. Life Flight averages 2,500 flights per year with seven helicopters that are equipped for adverse weather conditions and night vision. In-air crew consists of a pilot, a flight registered nurse and a paramedic trained in the areas of neonatal, pediatric and adult critical care. Many Penn College alumni have served in the Life Flight program.

Hands-On Wiring Project Emblematic of Program’s Civic Connections

Checking out a fleet of vintage cars ...

... including an award-winning, student-restored 1970 Chevelle SS.

The instructor lends a hand to a group supervised by YMCA Program DIrector Bryce Weaver (center).

Success and satisfaction

Displaying a patriotic eagle, one of the student projects in the Auto Graphics course

Young men and women from the Williamsport YMCA’s F.I.R.S.T. (Fostering Individuality, Respect, Success and Teamwork) Program toured Penn College’s collision repair lab Wednesday as part of a five-week summer workshop series designed for community outreach. The once-weekly activities, sponsored by Lycoming United Way, are spearheaded by Katrina A. Sinclair, part-time member of the college’s history faculty. Automotive instructor Eric D. Pruden walked the group through the restoration, paint and collision repair labs before assigning them hands-on activities involving series and parallel circuits.

Construction Deans Nurture Big Potential in Little Hands

The “Summer Bunch” from Penn College’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center visited a School of Construction & Design Technologies lab over two days this past week for a hands-on look at the builder’s trade. In separate visits Monday and Wednesday, the boys and girls learned about the proper use of tools; built wooden toolboxes with Marc E. Bridgens, the school dean; and were interviewed and photographed by assistant dean Carol A. Lugg. (When told that their parents could use the souvenir to carry around their tools, one girl responded, “My dad carries them one by one. He doesn’t need a toolbox.”)

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