News: Emergency Management

Students Among ‘Evacuees’ in County Disaster Simulation

Tommie L. Smith (with clipboard), of Montgomery, an accounting student who works with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, gathers biographical information from Ronald D. Parks, of Jersey Shore, an emergency management technology major simulating contamination with radiation particles. Among others involved in the exercise, in which Parks had to be "decontaminated" before joining the general population in the mass-care shelter, is Charles E. O'Brien Jr. (background), a Penn College Police officer.

Tommie L. Smith (with clipboard), of Montgomery, an accounting student who works with the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency, gathers biographical information from Ronald D. Parks, of Jersey Shore, an emergency management technology major simulating contamination with radiation particles. Among others involved in the exercise, in which Parks had to be “decontaminated” before joining the general population in the mass-care shelter, is Charles E. O’Brien Jr. (background), a Penn College Police officer.

A mock evacuation site is in full swing in the halls of Montoursville Area High School.

A mock evacuation site is in full swing in the halls of Montoursville Area High School.

Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg, undergoes radiological "screening" during the Lycoming County drill.

Kyle G. Stavinski, an emergency medical services major from Elysburg, undergoes radiological “screening” during the Lycoming County drill.

Ten Penn College students – eight from the emergency management technology major and two from the paramedic program – attended this week’s disaster exercise hosted by the Lycoming County Emergency Management Agency. The scenario, held at Montoursville Area High School and featuring involvement by the American Red Cross, was based on a nuclear accident at PPL’s Susquehanna Steam Electric Station near Berwick. Students role-played being evacuees from the zone surrounding the nuclear power plant and underwent simulated radiological testing and monitoring.
Photos provided by David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management technology

HACC Counselors Discuss Transfer Options During Campus Visit

Visitors from Harrisburg Area Community College get together with their Penn College counterparts outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Visitors from Harrisburg Area Community College get together with their Penn College counterparts outside the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, doubles as laboratory tour guide.

Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, doubles as laboratory tour guide.

Six transfer counselors from Harrisburg Area Community College traveled to Penn College this week to learn more about the transfer process. During their stay, the counselors reviewed current and potential articulation agreements, and, with their academic program peers, discussed advisement from two-year degrees into Penn College’s four-year programs. The counselors also had the opportunity to tour academic labs, hear about services offered to international students and study-abroad opportunities, visit Madigan Library, and enjoy lunch and conversation at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. “This was a great opportunity to collaborate with Penn College faculty to create transfer paths for our students,” said Gina Bowers-Miller, a counselor and faculty member in HACC’s Computer Information Security program.  “The exchange provided the opportunity for us to forge meaningful connections with our counterparts at Harrisburg Area Community College and between our shared program areas,”  said Clifford P. Coppersmith, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications at Penn College. “We look forward to following up with visits by HACC students to our programs in the fall to further their knowledge of these continuing educational opportunities in paralegal studies and emergency management.” HACC is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so, in the spirit of institutional celebrations, enjoyed Penn College’s Centennial additions around campus, including the mosaic and the History Trail. The visit was coordinated by the Office of Transfer Initiatives, charged with fostering stronger relationships with community college partners.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, director of transfer initiatives  

Campus Visit Shows ‘SMART Girls’ Wisdom of Math, Science

In the additive manufacturing lab, Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, shows the group a grip he made for carrying grocery bags.

In the additive manufacturing lab, Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, shows the group a grip he made for carrying grocery bags.

David E. Bjorkman, emergency management/social science instructor, leads participants in a discussion about hazards.

David E. Bjorkman, emergency management/social science instructor, leads participants in a discussion about hazards.

Girls inspect the intricacies of an object made in the college’s additive manufacturing lab.

Girls inspect the intricacies of an object made in the college’s additive manufacturing lab.

Students from Montoursville Area High School, St. John Neumann Academy, Montgomery Area School District and homeschoolers from Tioga County convened at Penn College for a SMART Girls experience. During their stay Friday, they attended sessions in emergency management and additive manufacturing. SMART Girls – Science and Mathematics in Real-World Technologies for Girls – aims to keep young women interested in math and science by demonstrating how the subjects apply in interesting careers.

Penn College Approves New Academic Majors for Fall 2013

Four new programs in dynamic career fields – mechatronics, emergency management, applied technology and magnetic resonance imaging – will soon complement the list of more than 100 academic majors offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

This fall, Penn College, a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, will offer a mechatronics engineering technology associate-degree major and two bachelor-degree majors: applied technology studies and emergency management technology. An online certificate program in magnetic resonance imaging rounds out the new offerings.

“Penn College continues to aggressively manage our curriculum portfolio to assure our programs are of the highest quality and on the leading edge of applied technology,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “These four new programs will provide opportunities for both traditional and adult students to pursue studies that will lead to productive and rewarding careers. These programs, along with the more than 100 others already in existence, help us achieve our vision – ‘Pennsylvania College of Technology: A national leader in applied technology education.’”

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