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New Noncredit Computer Courses Scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering several easy-to-learn computer courses.

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Benefactor of Penn College Diesel, Aviation Programs Dies

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr.

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr.

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr., a retired Williamsport orthodontist whose philanthropic contributions benefit students in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the age of 85. Welch and his wife, Mary, are among those enshrined on the college’s Donor Wall as members of the Millionaire’s Society. Their generosity is also reflected in the hangar at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the diesel lab at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and a scholarship fund for diesel technology students – all of which bear the Welch family’s name. A full obituary can be found on the website of the Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

Supervisory Program to Begin Sept. 11 at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering the first of four modules in its Team Leader/Supervisor Program beginning Sept. 11.

The research-based, instructor-led program is anchored around 32 competencies identified in industry clusters across the commonwealth, and is appropriate for current or prospective first-line supervisors and team leaders.

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Major at Penn College Receives Industry Recertification

The American Design Drafting Association recently recertified Pennsylvania College of Technology’s engineering CAD technology major.

The associate-degree major prepares students for mechanical and engineering drafting positions in manufacturing- and engineering-based industries using advanced 2-D and 3-D CAD applications. Graduates also can continue their education in the college’s engineering design technology baccalaureate major.

“This recertification by the ADDA is an important credential for our program, and we are proud that we have maintained it since 1997,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “The ADDA stamp of approval helps ensure our program is the best it can be for students.”

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President Keeps College in World Spotlight While Going to Bat for LLB
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In her capacity as chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Gilmour addresses the 25,000-plus crowd at Howard J. Lamade Stadium for Sunday's title matchup.

As chair of the Little League International Board of Directors, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour helped make the 68th annual Little League Baseball World Series one to remember. While tending to Welcome Weekend and other fall startup activities back on campus, the president navigated a cyclonic Little League schedule that began with a campus picnic for the 16 participating teams and ended with Sunday’s championship between Seoul, South Korea, and Chicago. Among her official duties during this 75th-anniversary year for LLB were the enshrinement of retired major leaguer (and Lycoming County favorite son) Mike Mussina and the annual Challenger Division exhibition game. Adding to the college’s visibility were students from the School of Health Sciences, who provided medical care for players and coaches as well as outreach to the thousands of fans on hand for the Series.

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Penn College’s Summer 2014 Graduating Class Published

The names of Summer 2014 graduates have been released by the Pennsylvania College of Technology Registrar’s Office.

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The Power of an Ally: Academic Mentors Provide Another Resource for Success

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar's Office.

Joshua I. Bobenrieth meets with his academic mentor, Karen E. Wright, a graduation assistant in the Registrar’s Office.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

Human services student Stacey L. French, right, praises the support of her mentor Katie L. Mackey, coordinator of commuter services, who encouraged her when she could just as easily given up.

A student faced with leaving school remains, thanks in large part to an academic mentor who went the extra mile to seek help from other staff. Academic mentors are Penn College employees who volunteer to meet regularly with students who seek guidance and moral support. Read the full story in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue.

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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Welcome to Penn College!

Helping hands to ease the hassle

Helping hands to ease the hassle

Blue skies and blue shirts will greet new students and their families as they arrive at Penn College for Welcome Weekend on Saturday, helping demystify the wheres, whys and hows of transitioning into campus life. From housing check-in to Monday’s start of classes, the college community stands ready to lend support – including Resident Assistants and Residence Life staff who gathered for a photo outside the Student & Administrative Services Center this week.

100 Years Young: A Look at the First Half of the Centennial Celebration

Students gather in Bardo Gym for a concert by Grammy-winning quintet Switchfoot.

Students gather in Bardo Gym for a concert by Grammy-winning quintet Switchfoot.

Winfield Tannehill, '57, and his wife, Dorothy, peek through one of the vintage cars on display in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial.

Winfield Tannehill, ’57, and his wife, Dorothy, peek through one of the vintage cars on display in conjunction with the Automotive Centennial.

Actor and television producer/host John Ratzenberger helps to kick off the celebration with presentations for students and employees.

Actor and television producer/host John Ratzenberger helps to kick off the celebration with presentations for students and employees.

Penn College’s 100th birthday has brought with it events for the entire community: From colloquia to concerts and car shows, a photo essay in the Fall 2014 One College Avenue relives the Centennial celebration … so far. Visit the full photo essay.

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 →

Preparing Documentary on Shale Gas, Ukrainian Film Crew Visits ETEC

from left, Mykola Avdeenko, cameraman; Ihor Chayka, producer;  Thomas Murphy, Penn State Extension educator and co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research; and Vadym Storozhev, audio technician.

from left, Mykola Avdeenko, cameraman; Ihor Chayka, producer; Thomas Murphy, Penn State Extension educator and co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research; and Vadym Storozhev, audio technician.

John F. Strittmatter, director of ShaleNet's U.S. regional hub, is interviewed alongside student Amy L. Gallagher, of Linden.

John F. Strittmatter, director of ShaleNet’s U.S. regional hub, is interviewed alongside student Amy L. Gallagher, of Linden.

A documentary crew from the Ukraine visited Penn College’s Energy Technology Education Center on July 29 to explore how training is provided for natural gas industry jobs. The documentary will explore shale development  in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The American Embassy in Kiev provided a grant to one of Ukraine’s leading documentary producers, Ihor Chayka, to make a film on the U.S. experience with shale gas production. The documentary will be broadcast by a leading independent channel, ZIK TV, based in Lviv, Ukraine.
Photos by Greg Franklin

College Featured in Newswatch 16 ‘Back to School’ Segment

WNEP visits campus

WNEP visits campus

Newswatch 16 reporter Kristina Papa visited Penn College on Thursday, enhancing her story about back-to-school shopping. In an interview taped outside the Student & Administrative Services Center, recruitment director Joseph J. Balduino advised incoming students and families how to determine what to bring (along with some equally practical tips on what NOT to pack) when transitioning to a new campus “home.”

Penn College at Wellsboro Offers Computer Classes

Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro, located in Wellsboro Area Senior High School, will offer several computer classes this fall.

The classes are taught by qualified instructors at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners. They are held in a relaxed computer classroom environment, allowing students to learn, experiment and ask questions. Classes are “hands-on” with one student per computer station.

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Citizenship, English as Second Language Among Noncredit Classes

Two noncredit courses of interest to those wishing to become naturalized United States citizens will be offered during the fall semester by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College to Offer Computer Courses for Seniors

Adults 55 and older who want to learn more about using computers for fun may enroll in courses being offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus in Williamsport.

The easy beginners’ classes, offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, require no previous computer knowledge. 

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