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Trio of Penn College Faculty Present at IT Conference

IT faculty present at conference

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members shared their expertise at a major information technology gathering.

Lisa R. Bock and Anita R. Wood, assistant professors of computer information technology, and Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media, presented at the COMMON 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.

COMMON is the world’s largest association of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users. The organization consists of professionals involved with the application of IBM Power Systems and related platforms.

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Penn College Welding Students Receive Scholarships

From left, Nicholas Mercado, recruiter/talent acquisition for Air Products, is shown with Penn College welding scholarship recipients Gavin P. Bachman, of Slatington; Katya E. Pechacek, of Fayetteville, New York; and Stephanie M. Puckly, of Spartansburg. Bachman and Puckly received $2,500 Air Product Welding Scholarships. Earlier, Pechacek received a $2,500 Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology welding students are recipients of a national industry scholarship.

Stephanie M. Puckly, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Spartansburg, and Gavin P. Bachman, a welding technology major from Slatington, each received a $2,500 Air Products Welding Scholarship, provided by the Air Products Foundation.

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IT Students Take a Walk on the Wildlife Side

Faculty members Golshan (left) and Yoas staff the grill with perfection ...

... satisfying a pavilion full of hungry hikers.

And what's a cookout without the melted-marshmallow joy of s'mores?

Students take to the foothills, surrounded by the natural beauty of Penn's Woods.

Interested in "whoooooooo" dropped by for an informational presentation is this owl, part of the park's Fall Festival attractions.

More than 30 students representing all of Penn College’s information technology majors hiked and picnicked at Little Pine State Park this past weekend, enjoying a beautiful woodland Sunday that coincided with the site’s annual Fall Festival. “Most students hiked the mountains and were just able to disconnect from their smartphones – literally, because there was no cell service!” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and mentor for the IT Living-Learning Community. The LLC co-sponsored the event, along with a number of student organizations: The Association for Computing Machinery, the Association of Professional Programmers, the Gamers’ Guild and the Information Security Association. Along for the trip were Bahram Golshan and Daniel W. Yoas, associate professors of computer information technology. “Getting out in nature with students from other IT clubs was a significant means to talk through courses, college life and where our careers were going,” said James N. Ahern, of Mechanicsburg, an information assurance and cyber security major. “I also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the history of information technology with Dr. Yoas.”
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Students Encourage Future Interns While Recounting Experiences

Students from Penn College’s engineering and industrial design technology majors recently summarized their summer internship experiences during presentations in College Avenue Labs, followed by question-and-answer opportunities that inspired their classmates.

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Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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Penn College Welding Student Honored With National Scholarship

Katya E. Pechacek

A Pennsylvania College of Technology welding student has sparked national recognition by receiving a prominent industry scholarship.

Katya E. Pechacek, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Fayetteville, New York, recently received the Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship. The $2,500 award is given to a female pursuing a welding or engineering discipline who has proven to be an exceptional student and is eager to start her career.

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Autodesk Presentation Heralds ‘National Manufacturing Day’

A capacity crowd of students attends Friday's PDC presentation ...

... by Lars Christensen, a technical marketing manager for Autodesk.

Representatives from the Autodesk software company presented “An Introduction to Fusion 360 for Design and Manufacture” among the National Manufacturing Day events hosted by Penn College. The presentation, held Friday morning in the Thompson Professional Development Center, showcased Fusion 360 as a next-generation, “cloud-based” Computer Aided Design software program that runs on both Mac and Windows operating systems. The software is free to students, enthusiasts, hobbyists and startups.  The software includes workspaces for traditional 3-D mechanical CAD modeling, complex free-form modeling with T-splines technology, surface modeling, rendering (still-image capture), animation, simulation (Finite Element Analysis) and Computer Aided Manufacturing. The visit was sponsored by the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies’ Engineering Design Technology Program and the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education office.

Students See Farm’s Solar Array During Area Field Trip

Renewable energy technologies students on a Tuesday field trip are (from left) Colten R. Temple, Catawissa; Andrew C. Schroker, Blooming Glen; Nicholas A. Daniels, Levittown; Carson J. Klikus, Beach Lake; Chet A. Schwoyer Jr., Williamsport; Matthew M. Bernick, of Lewisberry; and Eric M. Wanczak, of Chambersburg.

Seven students in Penn College’s renewable energy technologies major visited the 36-kilowatt solar array at Albavale Farm in Canton on Tuesday. The photovoltaic system uses 120 solar panels to generate more than half of the farm’s total usage of electricity. The students saw the array mounted on one of the barns, observed solar string combiner boxes, four SMA Sunny Boy utility-tied inverter and the utility metering with associated switch gear for the PV system. The field trip was a lab exercise in Jon W. Hart’s Photovoltaic Systems class. The students enjoyed the trip, and had a sampling of “fresh off the farm” milk and warm cookies.
Photo by Hart, instructor of electrical technologies/occupations

Short Video Touts Career Opportunities for Cyber Security Grads

Where can graduates of Penn College’s information assurance and cyber security bachelor’s degree expect to work? Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology, provides possible avenues for fulfilling careers in a short Guggenheim Productions video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “The hacker needs one way in and, as a professional, you have to protect against all possible ways in,” Gorka tells cyber security major Ryan Monteleone. “So we have the harder job, which makes it more exciting and more fun.”

Penn College Hosting ‘Fall Brawl 2016’ Robotic Design Competition

A student group at Pennsylvania College of Technology is inviting community members to join the fight by participating in “Fall Brawl 2016” on Oct. 22. The event will feature small robots engaging in big battles for bragging rights.

Sponsored by the Student Wildcats of Robotic Design, the competition encourages participants to design, fabricate and test “beetleweight” robots (maximum of three pounds) before engaging in “combat” to determine the toughest bot.

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Who Designs the Future?

Graphic design student Ainsley R. Bennett adds shadow to a still-life sketch. Hand-drawing skills remain important in the college’s graphic design and advertising art majors.

In a Penn College lab, a student polishes graphics for a class project.

From the Fall 2016 Penn College Magazine: As detailed in the first episode of the “Working Class” television series, a knack for design and creativity is essential to other fields, including science, math, engineering and technology. Read “Who Designs the Future?

Penn College Students Compete in IDEAL Event

Electrical technology major Joseph L. Brubaker, of Port Trevorton, displays the digital multimeter he earned for recording the fastest time during the recent IDEAL National Championship qualifying event at Penn College. With Brubaker (from left) are: Eric W. Newcomer, electrical technology/occupations lecturer at the college; James Knight, of IDEAL; and Nick Smith, of Schaedler Yesco.

Approximately 20 Pennsylvania College of Technology students in electrical-related majors recently sharpened their skills by competing in an IDEAL National Championship qualifying event on campus.

Geared to support and promote electrical careers, the competition required students to cut, strip, terminate and test using professional IDEAL tools, such as wire connectors, wire strippers, screwdrivers, testers and lineman’s pliers. Students were timed on how quickly they successfully completed all the tasks.

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Agreements Clear Path for Students to Pursue Additional Degrees

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently approved articulation agreements with several other institutions to ease students’ pathways to further education.

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Miniature Golf Big-Time Fun for Campus LLC

A night of collegial fun under the lights

Jacob R. Miller, associate professor of computer science, holds the flagstick as Daniel W. Yoas, associate professor of computer information technology, lines up his putt.

Gathered by the gazebo

Penn College’s Information Technology Living-Learning Community enjoyed a relaxing evening at Hooplas Family Fun & Grill this past week, as 17 students and four faculty members gathered to play miniature golf at the Muncy Township attraction. “It was a great time for everyone to release some stress now that tests are in full swing,” said Ryan Monteleone, of Stevens, an information assurance and cyber security major and LLC mentor (who also supplied the photos). “While we may have lost some balls in the water, everyone had a blast and we left with smiles and laughter!” The group is one of the college’s five Living-Learning Communities – themed housing arrangements for first-year residents centered around automotive, health sciences, hospitality, IT and leadership.

Center Hosts ‘Maker Week’ for Early Elementary Students

Children smile at a freshly printed toy.

Before they headed back to elementary school, a group of children at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center got a hands-on taste of the technical world, exploring how things are made.

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