News about College Transitions

Biannual Conference Helps Educators Chart Students’ Path to Rewarding Careers

Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for enrollment management, talks about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and how the earlier submission date will affect students and scholarships.

Attendees climbed a poplar tree with ropes and saddles during a session with Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture.

In the Nursing Education Center, guests attend a simulated delivery under the guidance of Jessica L. Bower (at bedside), simulation laboratory coordinator, and Samantha M. Weaver, (background) learning laboratory coordinator.

Instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. shows how computer software aids in landscape design.

A visitor explores the college's information technology offerings.

Secondary teachers, school counselors, co-op coordinators and administrators attended Friday’s College & Career Readiness Conference at Penn College. Among the highlights was a presentation by Hans Meeder, president of the National Center for College and Career Transitions, who detailed how alliances of business, community and education can develop career pathways for students. The twice-yearly event, coordinated by the College Transitions Office, also included breakout discussions, tours and “Have You Ever …?” hands-on demonstrations in a variety of majors.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Partnership Brings STEM Concepts to Life for Area K-12 Students

Keith Cremer, left, an eighth-grade science teacher in the South Williamsport Area School District, and Dan Zerbe, who teaches STEM and other courses in the East Lycoming School District, strategize to use the materials on hand to slow down the vessel that they’ve designed to carry an egg from a second-floor balcony to the ground level.

Activities to teach science, math and creative thinking were the focus for four days when Pennsylvania College of Technology partnered with BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 (which serves the needs of schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties) to provide training from the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center.

For two days, 40 middle school teachers from across the state gathered in the college’s Penn’s Inn, where curriculum designers from NICERC led them through hands-on activities that the teachers can, in turn, use in their classrooms. For the next two days, high school teachers gathered.

The activities implement the “engineering design process.” In one of three modules middle school teachers practiced, they used common items – plastic foam cups, straws and cotton balls – to devise a vessel that would protect an egg when it was dropped from a second-floor balcony.

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High School Students Get Glimpse of Imminent Tomorrow

Physician assistant major Curtis R. Gehman, of Mill Hall, shares a heartfelt "Day in the Life of a PA" with Elijah Sweeney, from Lehigh Valley Academy.

Thursday’s Career Day, meticulously arranged by the College Transitions Office, provided a premier opportunity for school districts to visit Penn College and explore a wide variety of careers through hands-on activities, demonstrations, facility tours, and discussions with students and faculty.

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College Presents 10 Penn College NOW Scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology held a reception for 2016-17 recipients of its Penn College NOW Scholarship. From left: Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost; pre-physical therapist assistant student Seth A. Dangle, of Jersey Shore; architectural technology student Nathan J. Boroch, of Jersey Shore; welding and fabrication engineering technology student Destiny R. Barto, of Wyalusing; electronics and computer engineering technology student Noah J. Hornberger, of Lewisburg; plastics and polymer engineering technology student Tyler J. Houseknecht, of Muncy; machine tool technology student Joseph A. Eirmann, of Bellefonte; plastics and polymer engineering technology student Dawson K. Ruch, of Linden; and Monica A. McCarty, Penn College’s dual enrollment specialist.

Pennsylvania College of Technology awarded Penn College NOW Scholarships to 10 first-year students who completed Penn College courses during high school as part of the college’s dual-enrollment program.

The recipients were honored during a reception on Sept. 30, during the college’s Homecoming & Family Weekend.

To be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship, students must have completed Penn College NOW courses prior to their high school graduation and must enroll at Penn College full time in the fall semester following high school graduation.

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Penn College Freshmen Bring National FBLA Ranking

Penn College students Joseph C. Lusk (left), of Linden, and Austin J. Way, of Jersey Shore, were part of a three-person team from Jersey Shore Area Senior High School taking second place in a network design competition held at the 2016 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference.

Two freshmen students at Pennsylvania College of Technology capped their high-school careers in impressive fashion. They earned a second-place showing at the 2016 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Atlanta.

Joseph C. Lusk, of Linden, and Austin J. Way, of Jersey Shore, were part of a three-person team from Jersey Shore Area Senior High School in FBLA’s network design competition, one of 65 business-related events.

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Girls Have Fun With Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology

A participant in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SMART Girls summer camp paints the building that will house her team’s “She Rocks: From Print to Air,” one of 10 new businesses established for the town of “Dreamville.” The three-girl team developed a business plan for the town’s media center (including radio and television stations and a recording studio), designed and printed a building, and produced 3-D printed headphones.

A recent summer camp at Pennsylvania College of Technology saw high school girls dreaming up their own businesses while learning the science behind digital fabrication.

Thirty-five teens recently attended SMART Girls at Penn College. The camp – which stands for Science and Math in Real-world Technologies – was supported in part by a $12,650 grant from the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.

During the five-day camp, the girls formed 10 teams, each of which was assigned a type of business to fulfill the needs of “Dreamville, USA,” residents. Businesses ranged from tech companies to a health care provider, and from an arts boutique to television and radio stations.

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Students Earn Industry Certification

For the second consecutive year, more than 50 Pennsylvania College of Technology students proved their computer-aided design prowess by passing a prominent industry certification test.

The students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam. SolidWorks is a 3-D modeling, computer-aided software program employed by more than 3 million product designers and engineers worldwide. It is one of several 3-D modeling software applications used by students enrolled in Penn College’s engineering design technology and industrial design bachelor-degree majors and the engineering CAD technology associate degree.

“We are so proud of the students,” said Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor and department head of engineering design technology. “Their performance on the exam reflects not only their hard work in the classroom, but their sincere dedication to the field. The certification will certainly help them stand out in the job market upon graduation.”

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PPL Gifts to Penn College Bring STEM Activities to High Schoolers

Courtesy of a donation by PPL, participants in Penn College’s SMART Girls summer camp will have access to the Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab, which is equipped with 3-D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, a Shop Bot and more. (Photo provided)

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.

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College Preps Dual-Enrollment Partners for Coming Year

Pat Scheib, academic skills specialist in the Academic Success Center, works with secondary teachers during her morning sessions; she focused on the choices of successful students and skills that teachers can use to motivate struggling students.

Admissions representatives Sarah R. Shott, Salvatore Vitko, Emily A. Weaver, Claire Z. Biggs (coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services) and Sean M. Stout introduce themselves, explain their territories and academic school focuses, and invite teachers to contact them for visits or for any information they may need about Penn College. Representatives also escorted groups of teachers to their academic program areas.

Eric Nagy, an English teacher at Jersey Shore Area High School, prepares to meet with Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English composition, to organize and plan ENL111 through the Penn College NOW program.

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

Hands-On Visit Lets Middle-Schoolers Jump-Start Career Aspirations

Under the supervision of Scott A. Geist (background), director of surgical technology, students explore the hands-on world of the operating room.

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.

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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.

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Science Festival Opens Fifth-Graders’ Eyes to Wondrous Possibilities

The Penn College student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers displays condensor coils in the Field House.

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.

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First National Bank Donates to Programs That Benefit High-Schoolers

First National Bank’s Peter Bower (left), senior vice president and commercial banking team leader, and Chris Sullivan, vice president and market manager, deliver a $10,000 donation to Penn College’s Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. The contribution will support the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs for high school students.

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.

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Science Festival to Bring Hands-On Activities to Local Families

Edward J. Almasy, assistant professor of electronics, explores statistical principles with visitors to a previous Science Festival at Penn College. The community is invited to the fifth annual event – geared for elementary and middle school students and their families – on Feb. 18 in the college’s Field House.

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.

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Workshop for Teachers Emphasizes Creative Side of STEM

Debra Lindner and David Lentz, both technology teachers at Sullivan County High School, assemble a rubber-band powered glider as they practice hands-on lessons they can use in their classes to help students practice creative problem solving and prepare them for potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The free STEM curriculum was developed and demonstrated by the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center; a workshop on the curriculum was offered at Penn College by the college and BLaST Intermediate Unit 17.

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.”

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