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Wide-Ranging Presidential Q&A Published Online

Z. Kelly Queijo

The CEO and founder of Smart College Visit, who spent time on campus in mid-July, has posted a profile of Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “We offer recession-proof majors that help sons and daughters fulfill a passion that will change their lives,” the president told Z. Kelly Queijo. “If they like hands-on learning and want to experience breadth and depth of opportunity, they should take a look at Penn College.”

Penn College Salon Dinner Series Debuts

Salon Dinner participants (from left) are Chad Dornan, college adviser and founder of Leonard Andrew Consulting; Alan Lightman; President Davie Jane Gilmour; Cory Tanner, a Penn College alumnus and user experience developer for DockYard; Marisa McCarthy, director, special education, Madison Park Career & Technical Vocational High School; Jennifer Smith, career and technical director, Madison Park Career & Technical Vocational High School; and Paul Hemphill, higher education blogger and college counselor.

President Davie Jane Gilmour hosted Penn College’s inaugural Salon Dinner Series event Sept. 30 in Boston. The event featured Alan Lightman, renowned physicist and author (“Einstein’s Dreams”) and professor of the practice of the humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, addressing the subject of applied technology in higher education. The college’s Salon Dinner Series provides a chance for educators, parents, companies, nonprofits, media and others to come together in an intimate, exclusive setting to discuss a wide range of meaningful, hot-button topics concerning the state of job prospects for today’s youth.

Every Day Is Manufacturing Day at Penn College

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Penn College invited innovative companies Gilson Boards and Pneu-Dart to campus to interact with students, faculty and staff on Friday. The companies fit right in at the college, which features a number of manufacturing-related degrees and a new innovation leadership minor … although many potential students and their parents aren’t aware of the natural connection. “I think the perception of manufacturing still to a great length is that it’s dark, dirty, low-paying, expendable positions that you don’t need a lot of background, experience or training for,” says David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “And that’s really just not accurate.”

Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House

Penn College’s Oct. 25 Open House provides an ideal opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.

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Presidential Student Ambassadors Mark 20th Year of Service

Presidential Student Ambassadors for 2015-16 at Penn College are, first row, from left: Michelle D. Kachik, Alexandra M. Lehman, Stephanie E. Falcone and Morgan N. Keyser; second row, from left: Daniel T. Kreger, Ryan S. Schrimp, Maggie K. Calkins, Ashley N. Irish, Kayla M. Jackson and Calah D. Doyka; third row, from left: Ryan Monteleone, Tyler R. Filipowski, Victoria L. Kostecki, Stephanie M. Puckly, Katelyn A. Wertz, Bryan M. Behm and Rafael Correa; back row, from left: Emily K. Lutz, Josiah D. Stoltzfus, Semeon R. DeBarros, Anthony D. Gobbi, Alexander R. Wetzel, Kyle D. Bomboy, James S. Alger and Tylor J. Burkett. Absent for the photo due to studying abroad are: Garrett D. Corneliussen, Bhismadut B. Contractor and Logan M. Tubiello.

Twenty-eight students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2015-16 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology, marking the 20th year student ambassadors have been spreading good will on campus.

The student ambassadors promote Penn College to prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the college. They are selected for their demonstration of leadership, campus involvement, academic achievement and Penn College pride.

“The Presidential Student Ambassadors play such an integral role in the Admissions Office,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions and enrollment event services. “They help to be the face of the college by providing student tours, completing various tasks around the Admissions Office and by helping prospective students see the endless possibilities available to them at Penn College. Fall tours are already underway, and the Ambassadors are hard at work. With the help of our Ambassadors, we hope to have a busy and successful year!”

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Blogger’s Campus Visit Produces Two More Glowing Posts

Countdown to College Coach

A blogger who channels her own experiences as a national resource for parents of rising college students has added two more postings from her trip to Penn College earlier this spring. In “Why Choose Penn College,” Shaffer gives parents five sound reasons why the institution could be a good fit for their daughters and sons; another recent article talks up the variety of scholarship opportunities – and the college’s convenient way in which students can apply for all of them at once.

Presidential Interview Available Through SiriusXM Radio

President Davie Jane Gilmour

A satellite radio appearance by Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour aired twice Thursday and is available through SiriusXM’s On Demand feature. The president was interviewed for a segment on Wharton Business Radio (Channel 111) while at the Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City on June 9-10. “Technology is in every program we have,” Gilmour told Dan Loney, host of Knowledge@Wharton. “We talk about the fact that our programs and our majors are recession-proof. If you need an HVAC technician, building automation – the building we’re in today is being controlled by computers in a back room (regulating) our comfort, our ability to hear and function. Those programs and majors are in great demand. Young people today want to do something with technology, so, whether it’s computer animation or cybersecurity or any kind of automotive repair or construction management, there’s technology in all of it. Students are coming to us because they see the value of this diverse education. You don’t grow up thinking about being a plastics technologist, you don’t grow up thinking about having a four-year degree in welding and fabrication, taking the metal to places it’s never been. So as we do career awareness, we’re seeing many more first-time college-goers coming to Penn College. College, for us, is no longer, ‘I’m coming to find myself.’ Students who come to us are saying, ‘I know where I want to be. Help me get there.'” The interview also covered the college’s interdisciplinary approach to learning – 3-D printing students helping automotive restoration majors, for instance – as well as transfer opportunities, the exercise science major beginning this fall, programs such as SMART Girls that steer young women toward technological careers, and the president’s rewarding involvement at the helm of Little League Baseball.

National Blogger Touts Penn College in Two More Posts

Countdown to College Coach

A national higher-education blogger, offering parents of college-bound teens a lifeline in the sea of options, has posted two more articles distilled from her late-April visit to Penn College. In one of those postings, Suzanne Shaffer tells of the distinction between career preparation and merely getting a job after graduation. “That’s the key,” she writes. “Students at Penn College don’t just earn a degree; they discover their true passion and learn the skills to pursue it.” Shaffer’s other recent post, “Penn College Has a Vision for Tomorrow’s Students,” details the on-campus summer camps and the college’s “Degrees That Work” television series.

Blogger Writes About College’s ‘Working World Within’

Countdown to College Coach

A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.

Impressive Projects Funded at Youth Leadership Graduation

The 2015 graduating class of Penn College’s Youth Leadership Program assembles on the stairs of the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a ceremony May 7 for graduates of its annual Youth Leadership Program, announcing winners of the program’s Social Change Competition.

Thirty-three juniors from 11 secondary schools participated throughout the year in the program, which is designed to educate and motivate them to understand community needs and take an active leadership role in addressing them.

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More Than 900 Graduate in Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Seeming superheroes keep their date with a diploma.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 15-16 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2015 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured Saturday morning, while students from the the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Matthew J. Glodowski, of Hainesport, New Jersey, awarded a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration on Friday; Andrew S. Manley, of Cogan Station, who earned two bachelor’s degrees – information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and software development and information management on Saturday morning; and Bethany M. Reppert, of Minersville, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied human services Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed three Excellence in Teaching Awards and three alumni awards.

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President Honors Co-Workers, Rallies College for ‘Tough Questions’ Ahead

President Davie Jane Gilmour closed out the 2014-15 academic year by recognizing the Penn College employees whose galvanizing work ethic will prevail against the formidable opportunities that await on the other side of summer break. “I am confident in our future and in our meeting the challenges that lie ahead,” she said. “As you well know, for me, they are opportunities. I hope you join me on the journey and continue to work to allow Penn College to become the national leader in applied technology education we deserve to be.”

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NPR Correspondent’s Visit Yields Second Story on Natural Gas Career Opportunities

Claire E. Kerstetter: ETEC-trained, wellfield-employed

A second National Public Radio report to emerge from a national correspondent’s recent visit – a three-and-a-half-minute piece on women’s increasing accessibility to energy jobs – aired Friday on “All Things Considered.” Jeff Brady’s “Oil Companies Look to Fill Employment Gap With More Women” includes interviews with Stephanie M. Puckly, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Spartansburg; Claire E. Kerstetter, of Lock Haven, who completed short-term training at Penn College’s Energy Technology Education Center; and college President Davie Jane Gilmour. (The latter two are also featured in the story’s print version.)

CAL Doubles as ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ During Pre-Show Tour

It's the Jay & Jay Show, as Leno dons a Penn College restoration hat presented to him by Jay M. Rhoads, of South Williamsport.

Jay Leno, whose flair for comedy is matched by a passion for collectible automobiles, visited Penn College on Sunday prior to his evening performance at the Community Arts Center. Meeting with students, faculty and administrators in College Avenue Labs, Leno toured the automotive restoration and collision repair facilities, and took a quartet of vintage vehicles for a road test: a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport and a 1965 Ford Mustang.

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Board Authorizes Bond Refinancing

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized refinancing of the college’s 2005 bond series to generate financial savings from reduced interest costs.

Refinancing, said Suzanne T. Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, is being undertaken at this time because of favorable interest rates. Closing is expected in June.

The board action allows the college administration to request that the Lycoming County Authority issue tax-exempt bonds on the college’s behalf in an amount not to exceed $11 million. There is no new money included in the borrowing.

When first approved 10 years ago, the Series 2005 bond issue included money for capital projects – like construction of the Madigan Library and the Center for Business & Workforce Development – as well as funds for refinancing the 1997 series bonds.

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