News: Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Anderson Equipment Co. Lends Bulldozer to Penn College

A Komatsu bulldozer, on loan from Anderson Equipment Co., will be used through March by students and faculty in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. (Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologiesPhotos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies)

An equipment loan from an Allegheny County-based company will provide Pennsylvania College of Technology students with a state-of-the-art learning tool through the middle of the Spring 2015 semester.

A Komatsu D 37PX bulldozer was made available to the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies by Anderson Equipment Co., with headquarters in Bridgeville and locations in six states.

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Nine Students Pass State Agriculture Department’s Pesticide Exam

Nine students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification test administered Nov. 24.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture representative Jason Kehoe presided over the examination, which allows licensees to become applicators in one or more of 26 categories that cover a range of pest-control situations.

“This gives the students an opportunity to set themselves apart from their competition,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., a horticulture instructor at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. “Even if they don’t do any spraying, they are a much more informed employee for having taken and passed this test.”

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Regional Corvette Club Establishes Penn College Scholarship Fund

Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club scholarship recipient Shane R. Spencer, of Northumberland (center) is surrounded by appropriate vehicles and (from left) members of the club’s Scholarship Committee: Al Clapps, Bonnie and Gary Carstetter, and Dave Cappa. Committee member Jan Hoffman was absent.

First-year students in a variety of automotive/collision repair majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will be eligible for assistance from a scholarship fund recently established by the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club.

Awards from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Scholarship Fund will be made each fall –  preferably to a first-year student enrolled full time in the automotive technology, automotive service sales and marketing, collision repair technology, or automotive restoration technology major.

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Automotive Artisan Volunteers Time, Talent

Jillian Rossi's ready smile reflects an artist's love for her work.

Jillian Rossi’s ready smile reflects an artist’s love for her work.

Among the crafter's tools are precision and a steady hand.

Among the crafter’s tools are precision and a steady hand.

Schooled by a pro, Penn College students put those pointers into practice.

Schooled by a pro, Penn College students put those pointers into practice.

A Williamsport Area Middle School student watches a demonstration of an English wheel, among the machinery in the college's automotive restoration lab.

A Williamsport Area Middle School student watches a demonstration of an English wheel, among the machinery in the college’s automotive restoration lab.

Collision repair instructor Loren R. Bruckhart (left) checks out middle school students' attempts at pinstriping.

Collision repair instructor Loren R. Bruckhart (left) checks out middle school students’ attempts at pinstriping.

Students from Penn College and Williamsport Area Middle School got an eye-popping look at a professional pinstriper’s craft during a recent campus visit from Florida-based Jillian Rossi, AKA “Hell Cat.” The appearance was arranged by Shaun D. Hack, a faculty member in collision repair and automotive restoration, who met the St. Petersburg resident several months ago. “She had some free time after (an auto show in Hershey) and showed interest in seeing our restoration and auto graphics program,” Hack said. “I invited her up to check it out and asked if she would demo her skills.” She volunteered several hours of her artistry with instructor Michael R. Bierly’s class and in working hands-on with students on brushed pinstriping. The middle school students also tried their hand, as well as exploring the equipment in the College Avenue Labs’ instructional space. The college’s Outreach for K-12 Office is in the final year of a three-year 21st Century Learning Grant that funds such after-school opportunities.
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Brubacher Excavating Lends Skidder to College Forestry Program

Penn College forest technology students are able to replicate real-world working conditions through an equipment donation from Brubacher Excavating Inc.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s forest technology major are experiencing the type of heavy machinery commonly used in the logging industry, thanks to an equipment loan from a longtime supporter of the institution.

Brubacher Excavating Inc., with main offices in Bowmansville and an Energy Services division in Liberty, allowed the instructional use of a John Deere 648G III skidder for eight weeks during the Fall 2014 semester.

The machinery has been used in two classes taught at the 409-acre Schneebeli Earth Science Center campus near Allenwood: Forest Equipment and Safety Operation, in which students learn to properly operate such machines as skidders, loaders and chain saws, and Timber Harvesting and Equipment, which amplifies basic skills before going into full production – similar to that of an actual operations site in the woods.

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Alumni Share Industry Perspective During Horticulture Students’ Visits

Aaron M. Shippling, Good's general manager and a 1982 Williamsport Area Community College graduate in nursery management, conducts a tour of the yard.

Aaron M. Shippling, Good’s general manager and a 1982 Williamsport Area Community College graduate in nursery management, conducts a tour of the yard.

The group gathers outside The Children's Garden at Hershey with Alyssa B. Richner (right), who graduated in 2010 with a degree in ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis.

The group gathers outside The Children’s Garden at Hershey with Alyssa B. Richner (right), who graduated in 2010 with a degree in ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis.

Students get a look at Ruppert Nursery's 90- and 100-inch tree spades, capable of digging a 12-caliper tree.

Students get a look at Ruppert Nursery’s 90- and 100-inch tree spades, capable of digging a 12-caliper tree.

Jay Long (center), director of organizational and people development at Ruppert Landscape, shows visitors around the corporate offices.

Jay Long (center), director of organizational and people development at Ruppert Landscape, shows visitors around the corporate offices.

Fourteen students from Penn College’s landscape/horticulture technology majors and two faculty members last week took field trips to a variety of related businesses, including two that employ alumni. The students, who represent both the landscape technology and plant production emphases of the major, made Thursday visits to Good’s Tree Care in Harrisburg; Hershey Gardens in Hershey; and Ruppert Nursery and Ruppert Landscape in Laytonsville, Maryland. “It was a beautiful fall day and it gave the students an insight to many different types of careers – both small-scale and very large-scale – and how different types of horticultural businesses are set up,” said instructor Carl J. Bower Jr., who provided the photos and was joined on the trip by Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor of horticulture.

‘Race to Zero’ Presentation to Be Held Thursday in ACC

"Race to Zero"

“Race to Zero”

Want a $0.00 energy bill? It is possible! The Penn College community can learn how at Thursday’s “Race to Zero” presentation, set for 3:30 p.m. in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Everyone will learn about current standards that can be used to design houses that produce as much energy as they use. All students are invited to be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Student Design Competition team, putting their combined skills – architecture; surveying; construction management; estimating; interior design; landscaping; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems – toward a Habitat for Humanity home to be built in the Brodart neighborhood of Williamsport in the summer of 2015. Their design will be submitted in the DOE contest, intended to inspire and develop the next generation of building science professionals.

Students Take Restored Car to Hershey, Return Victorious – Again

Automotive restoration technology students with the Chevelle outside Madigan Library

Automotive restoration technology students with the Chevelle outside Madigan Library

A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport, fastidiously restored by Penn College students over the past three years, won a first-place junior award at the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Eastern Regional Fall Meet held this month in Hershey. “This was truly an amazing opportunity for the automotive restoration technology students of the college,” collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger said. “Student hands completed each and every task with precision.” The junior trophy, the highest that could have been awarded on the vehicle’s initial entry, came in one of the most competitive classes – and in a field dominated by restoration professionals. “The 1970 Chevelle has been a great learning experience,” said Robert J. Hiller, of Hawley. “It has enabled me to do a few things I never thought I would ever do, like laying out stripes and using the different steps required to apply them to the car, and putting in a bow-type headliner. The Chevelle has also helped me understand the importance of research; the research helped us complete the car as correctly as we could down to each nut and bolt. The car has taught me the importance of the minor details and how they are the difference between a good restoration and a very good restoration.” Watch PCToday for more on the junior award, the second won by an AACA Museum car restored at Penn College.

Culinary, Horticulture Students Exhibit Floral Handiwork in Elective

Sharing the fruits of their hands-on study of floral-design techniques are Brianna E. Bucklin ...

Sharing the fruits of their hands-on study of floral-design techniques are Brianna E. Bucklin …

... Alexander R. Campolongo ...

… Alexander R. Campolongo …

... Darren J. Layre ...

… Darren J. Layre …

... Chris J. Troxell ...

… Chris J. Troxell …

... and Brandy N. White.

… and Brandy N. White.

Acquiring an appreciation of basic floral-design principles – and colorfully applying those elements in their course work – students in Karen R. Ruhl’s Art of Floral Design class produced strikingly original and stunningly beautiful projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center this past week. Those whose craft is displayed here are culinary arts and systems majors Brianna E. Bucklin, of Whitehall, Alexander R. Campolongo, of State College, and Darren J. Layre, of Hatboro; Chris J. Troxell, of Summit Hill, enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape technology emphasis; and Brandy N. White, of Lewisburg, a landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis student.

Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Spiffed-Up ‘Millionaire’ Moves Ever Closer to Stepping Out

From left, WASD graphic-design students Zach Miller and Chase Campbell assist their CTE instructor, Timothy A. Miller,  in applying a vinyl decal ...

From left, WASD graphic-design students Zach Miller and Chase Campbell assist their CTE instructor, Timothy A. Miller, in applying a vinyl decal …

... and working out the air bubbles for a smooth, professional look.

… and working out the air bubbles for a smooth, professional look.

Kevin P. Sullivan (left), lab coordinator for programs in Penn College's School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, assists Miller on a side-door application. The two men were also among those involved in the extensive (and impressive) vinyl wrap of a FedEx cargo plane donated to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

Kevin P. Sullivan (left), lab coordinator for programs in Penn College’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, assists Miller on a side-door application. The two men were also among those involved in the extensive (and impressive) vinyl wrap of a FedEx cargo plane donated to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

Zach Miller applies a placard acknowledging the WASD Education Foundation's funding of the project.

Zach Miller applies a placard acknowledging the WASD Education Foundation’s funding of the project.

Celebrating a Millionaire moment

Celebrating a Millionaire moment

A collaborative project between Penn College students and their Williamsport Area High School counterparts entered its final phase Monday morning, as a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V was adorned with the Millionaire logo to accent its new finish in cherry-and-white school colors. The car was donated to the high school’s automotive department by a Williamsport Area School District employee last year, and, with financial support from the WASD Education Foundation, has been given new life as a showpiece for parades, Homecoming and other events. Collision repair students from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies worked on the car for nearly a year, painstakingly painting and clear-coating the luxury coupe. Vinyl decals of the high school’s emblematic top hat, gloves and cane were fabricated in the college’s graphic design lab and affixed by faculty and students from the high school’s Career and Technical Education program. Penn College students from Shaun D. Hack’s Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications class visited from an adjacent lab to watch the application. After some final touch-up of the vehicle’s trim in College Avenue Labs, the once-blue car will be returned to the district, where automotive students will be in charge of maintaining the “Millionaire-mobile.”

State Police Provide Students With Practical Look at Over-the-Road Enforcement

Trooper Beaver talks with diesel technology majors and students in the Commercial Driver's License preparatory course.

Trooper Beaver talks with diesel technology majors and students in the Commercial Driver’s License preparatory course.

Whether operators hauling heavy equipment or technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers ...

Whether operators hauling heavy equipment or technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers …

... a firsthand look at regulatory enforcement is key.

… a firsthand look at regulatory enforcement is key.

Pennsylvania State Police made their annual visit to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center recently to give students a front-line understanding of the laws and regulations governing commercial traffic on the commonwealth’s highways. Trooper Cory Beaver, along with Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers Dave Kelch and Will Latchet, outlined the extent of responsibility and liability that a servicing technicion holds in insuring that the vehicles they maintain and repair are within guidelines. Diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis majors also witnessed an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Allison Scholarship at Penn College Honors Three Generations

Larry Allison Jr. and his daughter, Sadie, join Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour in front of a heavy-construction equipment blade on the campus site of the former Lycoming Construction Co., predecessor of Allison Crane & Rigging. The Allison family has established a scholarship fund at the college.

Larry Allison Jr., a member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Board of Directors and president of Allison Crane & Rigging, has created a scholarship fund at the college in honor of his father, Larry Allison Sr., who died earlier this year, as well as his grandfather and great-grandfather.

The Larry Allison Family Scholarship gives primary preference to any student who is an employee – or the dependent of an employee – of Allison Crane & Rigging, a Williamsport-based successor to Lycoming Construction Co., which was located from 1943-80 near the current site of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences building on the main campus. The site is commemorated with a bulldozer blade, plaque and historical marker.

Larry Allison Sr., grandson of Lycoming Construction Co. founder Herbert F. Allison, died Jan. 22. The scholarship honors both men, as well as Herbert L. Allison, Larry Allison Sr.’s father.

Secondary preference for the scholarship will be given to students who are Pennsylvania residents and are enrolled in one of the following programs: civil engineering technology, surveying technology, construction management, heavy construction equipment technology and diesel technology.

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Honda PACT Alumnus Competes Among Region’s Top Technicians

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff, a 2011 graduate of Penn College’s Honda PACT program, was among the top regional finalists in last weekend’s Acura Top Tech competition. The first step in the competition was for technicians to take an online exam; those with the 10 highest scores advanced to the hands-on phase at Honda’s eastern training facility in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. While Tuff didn’t claim the top prize, the 24-year-old – a technician at Elite Acura in Maple Shade, New Jersey – was the youngest contestant. In order to be Master Certified by Acura, technicians must have completed 100 percent of their factory training. Tuff is among 31 Master Technicians in Zone 2, which covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Winning Their Share: WTI Students, Faculty Support WWII Efforts

Williamsport Technical Institute students examine a gas mask, circa 1941.

Williamsport Technical Institute students examine a gas mask, circa 1941.

An aviation mechanic student works on an airplane engine. The student was later placed as an Army Air Corps aviation mechanic.

An aviation mechanic student works on an airplane engine. The student was later placed as an Army Air Corps aviation mechanic.

From the Fall 2014 One College Avenue magazine: To help train men and women for war-related production, the institution overhauled its curriculum from 1940-45, reinforcing a growing national reputation. Read the full story.

Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Horticulture Club Beautifies Neighborhood in Service Project Near Main Campus

Digging up hostas at Way's Garden are (from left) Daniel F. Clark, of Royersford; Emily M. Schmidt, of Muncy; and Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey. Clark and Richardson are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; Schmidt is in the major's plant production emphasis.

Digging up hostas at Way’s Garden are (from left) Daniel F. Clark, of Royersford; Emily M. Schmidt, of Muncy; and Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, New Jersey. Clark and Richardson are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; Schmidt is in the major’s plant production emphasis.

Members of the Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices class, who finished the job of trimming and mulching at the YMCA, gather on the facility's front steps.

Members of the Sustainable Landscape Procedures and Practices class, who finished the job of trimming and mulching at the YMCA, gather on the facility’s front steps.

Seth W. Strickland (left), of Telford, and Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers, both majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis, work outside the "Y."

Seth W. Strickland (left), of Telford, and Elliot C. Redding, of Aspers, both majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis, work outside the “Y.”

Several members of the Horticulture Club participated in a community service project on Sept. 30, removing some perennials from Way’s Garden – a community landmark at West Fourth and Maynard streets – and transplanting them around the nearby YWCA at 815 W. Fourth St.  Way’s Garden has many hostas that they wanted to remove and YWCA officials were happy to receive them in their landscape. In addition, the Penn College students planted several other perennials and groundcover to help create a lower-maintenance landscape.
Photos by Carl J. Bower Jr., horticulture instructor and club adviser

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