News about Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Foundation’s Generosity Endows Scholarship, Creates Opportunity

A significant grant from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation will allow students from that area to enroll in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s distinctive “degrees that work.”

The nonprofit foundation’s $500,000 contribution establishes the John E. Morgan Scholarship, which will give first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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Penn College to Showcase ‘degrees that work’ at State Farm Show

Student Kassandra Sellinger, a culinary arts and systems student from Linden, and Chef Mike Ditchfield perform a cooking demonstration on the Culinary Connection stage at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January 2016.

Nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive entries and 300 commercial exhibits – and more than 100 rewarding career pathways uniquely represented by Pennsylvania College of Technology – will be on display as America’s largest indoor agricultural exposition celebrates its 101st anniversary next month.

In what has become a New Year’s custom, the college will show off its prestigious “degrees that work” from Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, where visitors can get a participatory glimpse at a rewarding future.

“Attending the PA Farm Show is a beloved tradition for Penn College. During the weeklong event, Admissions, Alumni Relations and Academic Affairs will showcase all of the amazing opportunities that await students on our campuses,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “We hope that, through our hands-on activities, students, alumni and families will learn why we have so much Penn College Pride! We can’t wait to meet all of the Farm Show guests this year and share what makes applied technology education so special.”

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Horticulture Students Awarded Scholarships From State Association

Two students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have each received $5,000 scholarships from the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation and will be publicly acknowledged at a late-winter industry event.

Recipients Tiffany E. Griffie, of Newville, and Brandon T. Graby, of Fredericksburg, are both enrolled in the two-year landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

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Penn College Students Pass Pesticide Application Exam

Sixteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students have passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification exam administered in November by the state Department of Agriculture.

“After passing this exam, the students have set themselves apart from their competition in the workplace,” said Carl J. Bower, a horticulture instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. “Many employers want to see that you have already completed this training and are ready for the field. These students prove that.”

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Holiday Happenstance Puts College Card Into Grad’s Hands

In this Instagram post, Kelvin A. Ortiz-Gomez holds an odds-defying holiday card from his alma mater.

Admissions Representative Sarah R. Shott spearheads the holiday card-signing, enlisting college co-workers to share positive and personal messages to U.S. troops.

For the past few years, admissions representative Sarah R. Shott has headed up a campus initiative in which Penn College employees write grateful messages in holiday cards for American servicemen and women. This season, 1,500 cards were signed and sent to A Million Thanks, an organization that distributes them (along with hundreds of thousands of other cards and letters) in packages for troops around the world. One of those greeting cards was astonishingly delivered to Kelvin A. Ortiz-Gomez, who earned his associate degree in collision repair technology a year ago and is now serving in the Army. “Would like to give a shoutout to @PennCollege,” he said via social media, “especially Disability Services for this holiday card I received, which is funny because it’s been a year since I graduated from Penn College and I was given this bag randomly.”

Industry Group Adds $5,000 to College’s Lumber-Kiln Upgrade

On hand for delivery of a donation from the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania are (from left) Michael Wennin, former executive director; Steve Manginell, acting executive director; Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations; and Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

A $5,000 matching grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania Inc. through Community Conservation Partnerships Program funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

The kiln project – aided financially by other related industry groups, wood products companies, and Penn College and Williamsport Area Community College alumni and friends – will augment the hands-on curriculum for students in the college’s two-year forest technology major.

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Penn College Commencement Set for Dec. 17

Caleb E. Cartmell

A commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the nearly 300 Pennsylvania College of Technology students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall 2016 semester.

The student speaker for the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., will be Caleb E. Cartmell, of Honesdale, who will receive an Associate of Applied Science in automotive technology. Cartmell will also be presented with the President’s Award for leadership and service to the college. He returns in Spring 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management.

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Poinsettias Still Available for Purchase at ESC Greenhouse

Wide assortment of poinsettias available at ESC.

Greenhouse filled with seasonal color

Potted plants among available items

The poinsettia sale continues at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where there remain lots of red and red glitter, as well as limited inventory of pink, white and burgundy. Among items for sale are pan centerpieces for $4 each, 6 1/2-inch pots for $7 and 7-inch pots for $9. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last. The greenhouse is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

Poinsettia Sale Includes Value-Added Input From Horticulture Club

Handcrafted washcloths for sale at ESC ...

... alongside concrete leaves ...

... and other apt gifts for the green thumbs on your holiday list.

Those traveling to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center to purchase poinsettias this season are encouraged to also check out the nature-inspired gifts made by the Horticulture Club. “From cool concrete leaves to display in the home or garden, to candles, to hand-knitted botanical washcloths and greens, and live materials for decorating, you can find something for this holiday season for the gardener in your life,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor and club adviser. “Whether that is you, your friends or family.” Anyone with questions can contact Bower at ext. 3534. The annual poinsettia sale will begin Wednesday, Nov. 30, and continue from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays (closed Saturdays and Sundays) while inventory lasts. Availability is limited and on a cash-and-carry/first-come, first-served basis. There will be no early sales or holds.
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Horticulture Grads Share Real-World View With Current Students

The Class of 2010's Alyssa B. Richner talks with Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor of horticulture, in the new Hershey Gardens conservatory ...

... and joins Penn College students for a group photo.

Aaron M. Shippling, a 1982 Penn College graduate and Good's general manager, shows one of the company's work trailers.

Touring the Ruppert Nursery

Penn College’s Horticulture Club went on a field trip earlier this month to Good’s Tree and Lawn Care in Harrisburg; Hershey Gardens in Hershey; and Ruppert Landscape and Nursery in Laytonsville. Maryland. Eighteen students made the trip – along with faculty members Carl J. Bower Jr. (who provided the photos) and Dennis P. Skinner – which included informative visits with alumni.

Faculty Member, Caterpillar Dealers Honored for Commitment

Chris S. Weaver (left), an instructor of diesel equipment technology at Penn College, accepts a plaque and congratulations from past recipient Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

The long-standing relationship between Caterpillar Inc. and Pennsylvania College of Technology was accentuated in recent award presentations on campus: An instructor of diesel equipment technology was honored for his dedication, and two CAT representatives were celebrated for two decades of grant-funded assistance to students and faculty.

Chris S. Weaver, a faculty member in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, was presented the Pathfinder to Excellence Faculty Award earlier this month during an advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

At that same meeting, representatives of Ransome CAT and Alban Tractor Co. Inc. were given plaques marking “20 years of participation in the Caterpillar Excellence Fund grant to provide student scholarships, instructional materials, technical equipment, curriculum development and faculty development funds in support of the diesel equipment technology programs.”

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Students Gain Vantage From Enforcement’s Side of the Road

State police talk "rules of the road" with future technicians and operators.

Pennsylvania State Police recently made their yearly visit to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, sharing with Penn College students the link between their chosen careers and safety on the commonwealth’s roadways.  Trooper David Walker and Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer Dave Kelch detailed the responsibility and liability that technicians hold in making sure the vehicles they service and operate are within the laws and regulations governing commercial highway traffic. Diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis majors also witnessed an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation.
Photo by Chris S. Weaver, diesel equipment technology instructor

Successful Business Alums Share Wealth of Real-Life Advice

Panelists (from left) Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president for FNB Bank and a member of the college’s Business Administration Advisory Committee; and alumnus Scott D. Rinker, ’12, branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank.

Ryder talks about his schedule and the importance of getting involved with community.

Penn College graduates Ryan M. Enders, ’13, a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; and Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, a project coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness. Schroeder talks with students about her work in a nonprofit.

Students listen to working-world advice from business graduates and other business professionals.

Anthony L. Peachey talks with students about the importance of networking in a crowded job market.

A group of business professionals – including four alumni – attended a recent mixer with students in Penn College’s business majors. In addition to chatting over hors d’oeuvre, the pros offered a panel talk in the Student and Administrative Services Center Presentation Room. They offered lessons they’ve learned in navigating their careers and advised students on such practical tips as submitting resumes, networking, and managing work-related stress. Panelists were Ryan M. Enders, ’13, technology management, and ’11, aviation technology, who is a field service representative for Lycoming Engines; Tracy L. Schroeder, ’13, business administration: banking and finance concentration, who is program coordinator for InCourage Financial Wellness; Lisa M. Andrus, part-time instructor of business administration/management/marketing and owner of Andrus Hospitality; Samuel Ryder, vice president-group manager for Fulton Financial Corp./FNB Bank; Scott D. Rinker, ’12, business administration: marketing concentration, who is a branch manager for Jersey Shore State Bank; and Anthony J. Peachey, ’09, business administration: marketing concentration, who is product manager for Construction Specialties Inc. and holds LEED Green Associate certification.

Formidable Accessories Supplement Career Advice

Featuring single four-blade rotor and twin engines, the UH-72 was designed as a light utility aircraft.

Students view helicopters and get an on-the-ground perspective from military personnel.

The UH-60 awaits inspection.

With its tandem rotor and heavy-lifting ability, the CH-47 cuts an imposing figure.

Maj. Kenneth Smith brought a group of 11 mechanics, crew chiefs, and maintenance and instructor pilots to the Lumley Aviation Center in three helicopters on Wednesday afternoon. The aircraft –  a Boeing CH-47, a Eurocopter UH-72 and a Sikorsky UH-60 – are from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard stationed at Indiantown Gap. Smith spoke to Penn College aviation students about federal technician openings, for which they will be qualified upon graduation.
Photos by Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation, and Matthew D. Krepps, instructor of aviation maintenance

Horticulture Instructor, Students Experience Industry Events

From left are Carl J. Bower Jr., Taylor J. Corbett, Justin M. Rinehimer, Joseph M. Brown, Griffin T. Fulton and Jeremy L. Thorne

A member of Penn College’s horticulture faculty recently attended the GIE+Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, and “Landscapes 2016,” a simultaneous educational/networking event sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Carl J. Bower Jr. was joined by four students in the college’s landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis – three who traveled to the expo and a fourth who represented Penn College as a student ambassador for the NALP. Attending the trade show were Taylor J. Corbett, of Ramsey, New Jersey; Joseph M. Brown, of Erie; and Griffin T. Fulton, of Mertztown, and the student ambassador was Justin M. Rinehimer, of Mountain Top. Alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in 2013 with a pair of horticulture-related degrees, was an ambassador as a student and still volunteers to help NALP run its ambassador program. Ambassadors are chosen from landscape and horticulture programs across the country, and Rinehimer was one of nine students nationwide to be selected. The ambassadors help the NALP register individuals, set up the educational sessions and introduce the speakers. “This gives them a great chance to network with industry leaders and listen to a wide range of professional education, which is attended by leaders from across the nation,” Bower noted, adding that they also get to visit more than 750 exhibits and tour a 19-acre demonstration area. “Getting the opportunity to represent Penn College at this year’s GIE+Expo was something that I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Rinehimer, who is scheduled to graduate in the spring. “The opportunity to meet with industry leaders, as well as making connections with business owners …, was something that I am glad to achieve. I hope that future students will realize what a great opportunity it is to be a student ambassador and hopefully experience the same things I did.”
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