Last updated June 2, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information | Leave a comment
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PPL Gifts to Penn College Bring STEM Activities to High Schoolers
PPL is providing financial support for Pennsylvania College of Technology programs designed to provide educational experience in science, math, engineering and technology to high school students.
The gifts, totaling $5,500, will support a summer camp for high school girls and a program that offers Penn College courses in Pennsylvania high schools.
College Preps Dual-Enrollment Partners for Coming Year
On May 17-18, the College Transitions Office hosted the 135 secondary teachers who will teach Penn College NOW courses to their high school students in 2016-17. The teachers spent the morning attending sessions on “Academic Resources for Students and Teachers,” led by Monica A. McCarty, the college’s dual enrollment specialist, and librarian Helen L. Yoas; and “Instructional Strategies to Nurture Student Learning and Motivation,” taught by Pat Scheib, academic skills specialist in Penn College’s Academic Success Center. The secondary teachers spent the afternoon meeting in groups with their Penn College faculty liaisons about the courses they’ll teach next school year. Thirty-eight Penn College faculty members serve as liaisons for the program. “Secondary teachers in attendance came from each of our 40 partners across the state and teach Penn College NOW courses connected with every academic school on campus,” said McCarty, who coordinated and hosted the event with colleagues Brigette M. Cleary, secretary to academic services and college transitions, and Laura M. Machak, college transitions specialist. The professional development is a requirement of the college’s accreditation through the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Penn College NOW is one of only two accredited dual-enrollment programs in Pennsylvania.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer
Last updated May 19, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Hands-On Visit Lets Middle-Schoolers Jump-Start Career Aspirations
More than 1,040 students and chaperones from seven area middle schools visited Tuesday, exploring a wide variety of technical careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with Penn College students and faculty. Career Day, organized by the College Transitions Office is held each spring and fall; the next program, for students in ninth through 12th grade, will be held Oct. 13.
Last updated May 18, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff, Students | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
K-12 Educators Invited to May 3 Public Media Conference
History provides clues for solving present-day challenges. Math explains the mystery behind technology. Communication helps individuals work together to build rich and rewarding lives. Incorporating practical experiences and career exploration into lesson planning can help students apply basic theories and find areas of interest that could lead to future career interests.
Teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and home-schooling parents in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley are invited to take part in “Working Class: Connecting Classrooms & Careers” on Tuesday, May 3, from 9-11 a.m., at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.
Last updated April 4, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
Science Festival Opens Fifth-Graders’ Eyes to Wondrous Possibilities
About 1,500 fifth-grade students from 11 school districts in Lycoming and surrounding counties attended Thursday’s Science Festival at Penn College. Co-hosted by College Transitions and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, the event offered youngsters a peek into math- and science-related career opportunities at a variety of campus locations throughout the day. Vendor exhibits continued for the public during the evening hours, filling the Field House with inquisitive elementary and middle school students and their families.
Last updated February 19, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events | This gallery contains 9 photos. | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
First National Bank Donates to Programs That Benefit High-Schoolers
First National Bank recently donated $10,000 to two innovative Pennsylvania College of Technology initiatives.
FNB’s Peter Bower, senior vice president and commercial banking team leader, and Chris Sullivan, vice president and market manager, delivered the gift to the college. The contribution was made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program in support of the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs.
Last updated February 17, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information, Institutional Advancement | Leave a comment
Science Festival to Bring Hands-On Activities to Local Families
On Feb. 18, local families are invited to the Field House at Pennsylvania College of Technology to explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math through a variety of interesting and engaging activities.
The fifth annual Science Festival is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. and is sponsored by the college and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.
Last updated February 6, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, Events | 2 Comments
Workshop for Teachers Emphasizes Creative Side of STEM
Learning looked a lot like play when more than 90 middle school educators from across Pennsylvania – and a few from other states – convened at Pennsylvania College of Technology to sit on the learning end of hands-on lessons that they can take back to school to help engage their students in science, technology, engineering and math topics.
According to a 2012 report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology, economic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical pre-eminence in science and technology.
“If we are truly preparing students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels, we are preparing them for 21st-century jobs,” said Paul R. Watson, Penn College’s dean of academic services and college transitions. “Twenty-first century jobs primarily focus on STEM.”
Last updated December 15, 2015 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, General Information |
Career-Readiness Conference Asks – and Answers – ‘Have You Ever?’
More than 80 school counselors and other educators attended a College & Career Readiness Conference at Penn College on Nov. 20, where they learned about the emerging field of mechatronics, toured the college’s programs, participated in hands-on learning activities, and gained insight that they can use as they guide students in making career and college decisions. The event is coordinated once each semester by the College Transitions Office.
Last updated November 25, 2015 | Posted in College Transitions, Events |
Penn College NOW Partners Attend Biannual Brainstorming
Penn College’s College Transitions staff, who administer the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program for high school students, held a twice-yearly meeting Wednesday with its school district partners. During fall meetings, Penn College personnel hear from the secondary schools that participate in Penn College NOW how the program is working and present changes that may be on the horizon. While here, secondary representatives choose the Penn College courses they’ll offer to their students in the following academic year. Twenty-five secondary schools were represented at Wednesday’s meeting.
Last updated October 22, 2015 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information |
SMART Money’s on Problem-Solvers at Innovative Summer Camp
Penn College’s annual SMART Girls summer camp attracted 34 high schoolers from across Pennsylvania, some with a strong interest in science, math, engineering or technology, and others just beginning to explore those options. During the four-day camp, the girls used additive manufacturing to solve problems – like creating replacement parts for broken consumer products and designing connectors to build structures out of plastic straws. They also used their newly honed computer-aided design and 3-D printing skills to develop a product line, supported by a business plan, resume and trade-show booth. All were used to pitch “investors,” the camp’s mentors, during the “Wildcat Den Showcase,” a SMART Girls take on television’s “Shark Tank.” SMART Girls – Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies for Girls – was implemented by Penn College to reverse the trend of girls to shy away from math and science courses and the rewarding, family-sustaining careers that use those skills. The camp, which also included career interest assessments and company tours, was facilitated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. Mentors were Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing at Penn College; Tom Gill, a science teacher at Central Columbia High School; Christina L. Herman, director of student services and career development for Loyalsock Township School District; and Alice S. Justice, school counselor at Central Columbia Middle School. Camp director was Tanya Berfield, project and data reporting technician in Outreach for K-12.
Last updated June 30, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, College Transitions, Events, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies |
Penn College Students Earn Industry Certifications
Pennsylvania College of Technology students representing seven different majors recently proved their mastery of computer aided drafting and design software programs by passing certification exams.
Fifty-two students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam and one student earned Autodesk Inventor Professional certification. SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor are industry-standard 3-D parametric software programs used primarily within the engineering drafting and design profession.
“Two years ago, we completely revised our curriculum to closely align with current industry standards and technology,” said J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “Our enrollment in the engineering design program has substantially increased since these changes were made. This year, we more than doubled the number of students who successfully completed the exams. I am very pleased with the increase in certified users. The certification is an external validation that our curriculum is meeting industry standards.”
Last updated June 23, 2015 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, College Transitions, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial & Human Factors Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Welding, Workforce Development & Continuing Education |
‘Career Day’ Helps Middle-School Students Focus on Future
Faculty and several staff members across campus joined Penn College’s Outreach for K-12 staff in providing a day of career learning for just over 1,000 middle-schoolers from five area school districts. The event is designed to give participants a taste of a variety of career options, which in turn will help them to make informed decisions about their futures.
Last updated May 18, 2015 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff | This gallery contains 18 photos. | Tagged as gallery |
Penn College Staff Member Offers Information on Dual Enrollment
Beverly A. Hunsberger, college transition specialist in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach for K-12 Office, recently provided information about the college’s dual-enrollment program at a Statewide Dual Enrollment Meeting.
The meeting, held Jan. 30 at Reading Area Community College, brought together representatives from the state’s 14 community colleges – as well as Penn College and University of Pittsburgh – and the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.
Last updated March 16, 2015 | Posted in College Transitions, Faculty & Staff |
Seventh-Graders Add to Career Toolkit During Campus Visit
Seventh-graders from Williamsport Area Middle School’s after-school program made a visit recently to the concrete masonry facilities in Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies. Under the direction of Harry W. Hintz, instructor of construction technology, the young students learned the tools of the trade and made concrete pavers. Participants in the after-school program visit the college once a week (seventh-graders on Wednesday and eighth-graders on Thursday) through a partnership coordinated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Last updated March 5, 2015 | Posted in Building Construction, College Transitions, Construction & Design Technologies, General Information |