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PPL Gift to Support Programs for High School Students

A $3,000 gift from PPL will help to support Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that provide innovative educational experiences to hundreds of Pennsylvania high school students.

The gift will benefit the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.

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Penn College Announces Donation of Vehicles by FedEx Freight

Amid six trucks that were donated in the past year, FedEx Freight representatives and Penn College faculty gather outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center to share career advice with diesel technology students.

Five trucks – four Volvos and a Kenworth, all in the 2003-08 model-year range – have been added to the instructional fleet in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program through ongoing support from FedEx Freight.

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UGI’s $25,000 Gift Supports Programs for High Schoolers

Elizabeth A. Biddle, left, director of corporate relations for Penn College, accepts a gift of $25,000 from Ann Blaskiewicz, community relations manager north for UGI Utilities. The gift supports the college Penn College NOW and SMART Girls programs, both of which promote technology education for high school students.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is the recent recipient of a $25,000 gift from UGI Utilities Inc. that will benefit innovative programs that serve hundreds of high school students.

The donation will help to support the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and its SMART Girls summer camp.

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First National Bank Gives $10,000 to Programs for High Schoolers

Representatives of First National Bank present a $10,000 gift that will support two innovative educational programs offered by Penn College for high school students. From left are FNB’s Don Breon, assistant vice president/treasury management; Dan Hooper, market manager/vice president; and Peter Bower, team leader/vice president; with Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

First National Bank representatives recently delivered a $10,000 gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support its SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs, innovative offerings that benefit hundreds of high schoolers.

SMART Girls is a summer camp on the Penn College campus for girls in grades nine to 11. “SMART” stands for Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies. At the camp, girls experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology. During the 2016 event, the girls explored entrepreneurship, innovation and digital fabrication as they designed a business plan, a 3-D printed product and marketing materials.

Penn College NOW is the college’s nationally accredited dual-enrollment program. It enables academically qualified high school students to earn college credit through courses taught by Penn College-approved teachers at their high school or career and technology center. Forty-two such schools participate in Penn College NOW.

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Stabler Foundation Delivers Additional Scholarship Support

An endowment established in 2015 at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a $530,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg is receiving an additional $540,000 in support from the foundation.

The $540,000 will support scholarships for students in the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program who matriculate to Penn College as full-time students.

Penn College NOW is a nationally accredited dual-enrollment program. Penn College courses are taught by approved teachers at high schools and career and technology centers. There is no tuition cost to the participating students, and the program currently works with 42 partners across Pennsylvania.

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Longtime Industry Partner Entrusts Welding Equipment to College

Representatives from Penn College’s welding department and Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. mark the company’s equipment loan to the program. From left are Matt W. Nolan, welding instructor; Michael C. Schelb, welding lecturer; Rick Conrad, field application engineer at Miller; Rick Scharenbroch, industrial district manager at Miller; and Timothy S. Turnbach, welding instructor.

A leading welding company is augmenting its strong relationship with Pennsylvania College of Technology by entrusting nearly $250,000 worth of equipment to the school.

Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. made the two-year equipment loan to benefit approximately 350 welding students at the college. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, an associate degree in welding technology, or a certificate in welding will use the entrusted arc welding equipment.

“We greatly appreciate Miller Electric’s generosity and commitment to welding’s future,” said David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Their continued support of our current students, not to mention many of our graduates, is a testament to the quality of our welding department at Penn College.”

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Waste Management Gift Benefits Innovative Educational Programs

Brian Fuhrman, public sector solutions major account manager for Waste Management, presents a check to Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for Pennsylvania College of Technology. The $8,500 gift will support the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp. Both are for high school students.

Waste Management recently provided $8,500 to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support two innovative programs that serve high school students throughout Pennsylvania.

The gift will be used for the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.

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Alumna Establishes Scholarship for Hospitality Students

An alumna and longtime adviser of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s hospitality department has established a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in the same field.

The Diane L. Dorner Scholarship will benefit first- and second-year students in several of Penn College’s hospitality-related majors: culinary arts and systems, culinary arts technology, hospitality management, and business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Dorner graduated from Williamsport Area Community College, Penn College’s immediate predecessor, in 1979 with an associate degree in food and hospitality management. She is district manager for Carrols LLC, a Burger King franchisee that operates more than 700 restaurants in 16 states.

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Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity

A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”

The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Industry Group Adds $5,000 to College’s Lumber-Kiln Upgrade

On hand for delivery of a donation from the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania are (from left) Michael Wennin, former executive director; Steve Manginell, acting executive director; Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations; and Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

A $5,000 matching grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania Inc. through Community Conservation Partnerships Program funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

The kiln project – aided financially by other related industry groups, wood products companies, and Penn College and Williamsport Area Community College alumni and friends – will augment the hands-on curriculum for students in the college’s two-year forest technology major.

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Consider Penn College in Your Year-End Giving Plans

If you are considering making a charitable donation as the 2016 tax year comes to a close, please remember the Penn College Fund. Gifts to the Penn College Fund provide scholarships, purchase the latest equipment and technology necessary to give our students the skills they need to compete in industry, and support the academic programs that make ours “degrees that work.”

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Scholarship Memorializing EMS Trailblazer Fully Endowed

From left, Mark A. Trueman, director of the Paramedic Technology Program; Linda Patrick, daughter of the late William E. Henry; Kelle Johnson, his fiancée; Molly J. Durland, recipient of the William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship; Heather, Matthew and Lilly Henry, William’s daughter-in-law, son and granddaughter; and Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

The family of William E. Henry gathered on campus Thursday to deliver a check that brings the scholarship fund established in his name to fully endowed status. Henry was a pioneer in Lycoming County’s emergency medical services. He was in the first graduating class from the Williamsport Hospital School of Paramedic Training – the Penn College emergency medical services program’s predecessor – and served many vital roles as a leader, instructor and paramedic. The William E. Henry Memorial Scholarship is open to students in the college’s emergency medical services associate-degree major or paramedic technician certificate major who are residents of Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan Tioga and Union counties and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Molly J. Durland, an emergency medical services student from Dushore, is the 2016-17 recipient and joined the family for a photo. The family gathered later Thursday evening to celebrate the scholarship becoming fully endowed and to remember the life and contributions of Henry.

Quilt Raffle Raises More Than $1,800 for Schuman Scholarship

A handmade quilt ...

... "created with love" in memory of Chester D. Schuman, a 34-year employee of the college ...

... is delivered to winner Angela L. Frontz (right) by Sarah S. Moore, one of Schuman's two daughters.

A recent quilt raffle raised $1,810 for the Chester D. Schuman Memorial Scholarship, which honors the former director of admissions and award-winning coach of the Wildcat golf team. Angela L. Frontz, a mathematics instructional specialist in the Academic Success Center, won the 71- by 83-inch quilt, which was handcrafted in Penn College colors by Schuman’s wife, Pam; his sister, Kaye; and friend Kathy Eshelman. The family is grateful to all the college employees, friends, family and alumni who purchased tickets to benefit the scholarship fund.
Photos by Sarah S. Moore, deaf services specialist, and Dawn M. Dickey, assistant director, Disability Services

West Chester Company Donates Gas Chromatograph to Penn College

Michael J. Reed, dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College, accepts a donated PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph from Kate Bowes Harris, of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

Students enrolled in natural sciences courses at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation of a PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph by Al Silkroski, president and chief executive officer of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

“The gas chromatograph is an essential piece of equipment that separates, identifies and quantifies a wide variety of organic chemicals in a mixture,” said Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology. “This GC gives our organic chemistry students hands-on experience with a sophisticated instrument found in many different types of industries, and allows students to monitor their chemical reactions and check the purity of their products.”

The equipment will also be used in science courses required for the college’s new associate degree in brewing and fermentation science, which officially launches in Fall 2017.

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College Foundation Marks 35 Years of Support to Students

The Parkes Automotive Technology Center is transformed into a banquet space complete with autumnal and automotive accents.

A mix of Le Jeune Chef Restaurant waitstaff and hospitality management students stand ready to serve authentic Oktoberfest fare. From left: Amber F. Buck, Jennifer A. Moyer, Denis V. Younken, Crystal L. Harker, Noeiris Pliego and Taylor M. Barrett.

Seasonal décor complements the festive occasion honoring the generosity of donors and their support of students.

Five of the Foundation’s executive directors were on hand for the event. From left: current executive director Robb C. Dietrich, and former executive directors Joann Kay, Frederick T. Gilmour, Lenore G. Penfield and Dennis L. Correll.

College President Davie Jane Gilmour and George E. "Herman" Logue Jr., foundation chairperson, welcomed guests and acknowledged three and a half decades of success.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary Sunday, honoring its past and present directors and the countless donors who have made “degrees that work” a reality for thousands of students. The Penn College Foundation was established in 1981 as the Williamsport Area Community College Foundation, awarding its first scholarships – totaling $2,902 – two years later. The foundation has since surpassed $13 million in total assets and, during the 2015-16 academic year, provided $620,398 in aid to students.