News: Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Longtime Aviation Faculty Member Named Assistant Dean

Walter V. Gower

Walter V. Gower has begun duties as assistant dean in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A 25-year faculty member, Gower most recently was assistant professor of aviation at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville.

“Wally Gower is an excellent addition to the leadership team in Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost. “Wally has great experience as an educator and is respected by his peers and students. His enthusiasm for student success will be of great benefit to the school and the college.”

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Eight Penn College Students Headed for SkillsUSA Nationals

Eight first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 22-26 in Kentucky.

Five other students from the college finished in the top four places in a variety of categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 8-10 in Hershey.

“The students did very well representing the college. It was the first time competing for some of the students, but they will be back next year for another go-around,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “Many of the students advancing have been to nationals before, either as a college competitor or when they were in high school. We’re looking forward to the change of venue, as nationals will be in Louisville instead of Kansas City.”

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Auto Restoration Students Make Penn College History – Again

Automotive restoration students are honored with a First Senior Award in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the weekend.

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport restored by Pennsylvania College of Technology students for the Antique Automotive Club of America won a First Senior Award – the first for the college – during the club-sponsored Charlotte AutoFair in North Carolina.

“The award is a great recognition of the efforts of our students and faculty,” said Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. “Their dedication, work ethic and craftsmanship have resulted in a unique learning experience. We are very proud of their success on such a large stage.”

It was the latest accomplishment by students in the automotive restoration technology major, members of the Penn College Classic Cruisers Club, who won a First Junior Award with the car at an Eastern Regional Fall Meet at Hershey in October. And the glow of achievement wasn’t lost on those who lavished such painstaking attention on the muscle-car makeover.

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Penn College Students Distinguish Themselves at Woodsmen’s Meet

Representing Penn College at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet are (standing, from left) Taylor C. Moyer, Boyertown; James C. Synol, Bloomingdale, New Jersey; and Cameron M. Aumiller, McClure; and (holding banner, from left) Dalton C. Dougherty, Lancaster; Branden C. Palmer, Burdett, New York; Ashton N. Rockwell, Greencastle; and Dylan K. McNaughton, Sherman’s Dale.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Woodsmen Team participated in an April 11 regional competition at Allegany College of Maryland, with many of the members placing in their respective events.

“This is the first team we’ve had since 2010, and this was their first meet,” said G. Andrew Bartholomay, an assistant professor of forest technology. “I couldn’t be prouder of how they performed. They gave it all they had and they beat their best practice times by a long shot.”

Two students were first-place winners at the 14th annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet: Forest technology major Dylan K. McNaughton, of Sherman’s Dale, topped the Archery category, and Ashton N. Rockwell, a landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis student from Greencastle, won the Women’s Speed Chop.

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Penn College Focus of NPR Story on Marcellus Training

National Public Radio

NPR spotlights college's role in shale careers.

NPR spotlights college’s role in shale careers.

Penn College’s role in training workers for the natural gas industry is featured in a report that aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” (and affiliate stations) on Monday. Jeff Brady, a national correspondent for NPR who recently visited campus, talked with Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development at the college; onsite power generation student William N. Miller, of Hallstead; and others for a four-minute piece headlined, “In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust.”

Penn College Aviation Student Awarded International Scholarship

Scholarship recipient Jacob R. Tuck, in the hangar of Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is among only eight selected internationally to receive a Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology Scholarship from Helicopter Association International’s Technical Committee.

Jacob R. Tuck, of Hollsopple, a senior in the four-year aviation maintenance technology major, was recently awarded a scholarship that provides a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses. Tuck, who is scheduled to graduate in May, already holds an associate degree from Penn College in aviation technology.

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Penn College Students Among Top 10 Finishers at Landscape Event

Traveling from Penn College to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for PLANET Student Career Days are (front row, from left) Mikhala J. Umstead, of Williamsport; alumnus Ronald A. Burger; Emily M. Schmidt, of Muncy; Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers; Kenneth E. Zeager Jr., of Bainbridge; Seth J. Wyncoll, of Kempton; and instructor/alumnus Carl J. Bower Jr.; and (back row from left) Joshua T. Posey, of York Haven; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, N.J.; and Ashton N. Rockwell, of Greencastle.

Horticulture students from Pennsylvania College of Technology finished in the top 10 of three categories in the Professional Landscape Network’s 39th annual Student Career Days held in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The eight-member Penn College contingent competed in 14 landscape-related contests during the March 11-15 event, in addition to visiting the career fair, and networking with more than 800 students and numerous industry professionals from across the country. Traveling with the group were instructor/1993 alumnus Carl J. Bower Jr. and 1978 graduate Ronald A. Burger, an Alumni Mentorship Award winner in 2013.

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Penn College Grad Honored With Industry Group’s Inaugural Award

Penn College alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne holds his Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by PLANET President Jim McCutcheon. (Photo by Philippe Nobile Photography)

An alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s landscape/horticulture program was recently honored with the first Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Professional Landscape Network.

Jeremy L. Thorne, who graduated in May 2013 with degrees in the landscape technology and plant production emphases of the college’s two-year ornamental horticulture major (since renamed landscape/horticulture technology), was presented with the award during PLANET’s Student Career Days competition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Penn College Receives Grant to Market New Automotive Major

A $3,000 industry grant will help recruit students for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s fledgling partnership with the Chrysler family of automobile dealerships.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Foundation recently approved the college’s funding application, which requested $1,000 for travel expenses to high schools and vehicle dealerships, $1,000 for T-shirts to further the Penn College/Mopar brand and $1,000 as a need-based toolbox scholarship to encourage financially challenged students to enroll.

Penn College’s automotive technology: Mopar CAP emphasis attracted interest when launched for the Fall 2014 semester, and initial marketing helped spread the word about the associate-degree major. The grant is intended to boost that exposure, with a goal of increasing enrollment of first-year students to 16 for Fall 2015.

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Bloodmobile at ESC Aids 51 Patients

ESC blood drive aids Red Cross

ESC blood drive aids Red Cross

Seventeen pints were donated during a recent Bloodmobile visit to the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, the American Red Cross reports. As each pint of blood benefits three people, a total of 51 patients will be helped by the March 5 collection. Will E. Burns, instructor of diesel equipment technology in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, coordinated the drive.

Caleb G. Schirmer Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Caleb G. Schirmer

Caleb G. Schirmer, of Sugarloaf, a technology management major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month.

Schirmer, who earned an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis in 2014, is president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and secretary of Students Making a Contribution.

He is also a member of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a Student Government Association senator from the School of Business & Hospitality, and an English tutor in Penn College’s Writing Center. He supports a number of additional student organizations, including the Horticulture Club and Penn College Benefiting THON.

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Alumnus Honored by State Association as ‘Outstanding Educator’

Joseph C. Luther

Joseph C. Luther

A 2002 graduate of Penn College’s landscape/nursery technology major, now an instructor at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, has been named Pennsylvania’s Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator for 2014 by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. A faculty member at the Pleasant Gap institution since 2009, Joseph C. Luther was recently profiled in the school’s newsletter: Landscaping Alumnus

Anderson Equipment Co. Boosts Support for Penn College Students

Anderson Equipment Co.

Anderson Equipment Co.

Heavy construction equipment technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are benefiting from the ongoing generosity of the Anderson Equipment Co., which supplemented a recent equipment loan with the donation of an engine and other machine components.

Among the gifts from Anderson, a distributor of earthmoving and mobile equipment with 20 locations from Maine to West Virginia, was a 272-horsepower Komatsu WA470-6 engine.

“This is a great addition to our heavy equipment engine lab,” said Chris S. Weaver, a diesel equipment technology instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Management. “Until now, we did not have an engine meeting Tier 3 emission requirements with common rail-fuel injection. Because of Anderson’s generous donation, we can expose our heavy equipment students to technology that is being used in the industry.”

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Museum Celebrates Penn College Partnership at Regional Auto Show

Penn College's automotive-related "degrees that work" are on display in Harrisburg this weekend, bolstered by exemplary student work.

Penn College’s automotive-related “degrees that work” are on display in Harrisburg this weekend, bolstered by exemplary student work.

The Antique Automobile Club of America’s Museum in Hershey is promoting its partnership with Penn College at this weekend’s Harrisburg Auto Show, sponsored by Motor Trend magazine. The event began Thursday and will run through 5 p.m. Sunday in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex’s North Hall. The college’s association with the museum began in 2010 with impressive work on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, a project that ultimately gave rise to the automotive restoration technology major and affiliations with other museums. That car is on display this weekend, as is another award-winning example of Penn College students’ handiwork: a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport. Also on public view are a Mustang body donated by Buckeye Classic Car Restoration in Canfield, Ohio, and a training engine used in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.
Photo by AACA Museum

Penn College Makes Friends, Memories at State Farm Show
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Culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin (left), of Whitehall, and Victoria L. Zablocky, of Jersey Shore, serve vegetable-filled hush puppies and slaw to audience members.

Penn College’s exciting two- and four-year majors were on display throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 10-17), where representatives of the Admissions Office and the college’s six academic schools entertained, educated – and even fed – the throng attending the traditional agricultural expo.

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