News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Penn College Adds Coursework in Innovation Leadership

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently launched a program in innovation leadership that is designed to teach systematic steps to stimulate – then implement – effective new ideas, enabling graduates to lead change within their industries, careers, communities and personal lives.

Appropriate to any field, the concepts taught in the innovation leadership curriculum are based on the continuous-improvement principles of W. Edwards Deming, who is credited with helping to rebuild Japan’s economy after World War II. Deming taught that in order for companies to remain competitive, they must develop a practice of never-ending innovation to meet customers’ evolving needs and tastes. The concepts were refined into a system by corporate innovator Doug Hall, founder and CEO of the Eureka! Ranch.

“I can picture students graduating and setting the world on fire,” said Bill Mack, special assistant to the provost. “They have the technical skills they’re being hired for, but now they’ll also have innovation skills to help companies to apply those techniques to develop new processes.”

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Federal Reserve Bank President Holds Briefing at Penn College

Instructor John M. Good leads a tour of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automated manufacturing lab for a group that includes Patrick T. Harker, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. From left are Good; Erica R. Mulberger (hidden), executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College; Tracy L. Brundage, the college’s vice president of workforce development; Noelle S. Baldini, Federal Reserve community engagement associate; Harker; Elizabeth H. Lockwood (also hidden), SEDA-COG project development/grants manager and regional coordinator for Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance; and Theresa Y. Singleton, Federal Reserve vice president and community affairs officer.

The new president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia traveled with his team to Pennsylvania College of Technology for a special-invitation Community Development Briefing on Oct. 14.

Patrick T. Harker has held the position since July 2015 and is touring the Federal Reserve Bank’s region (which includes Lycoming County) to learn about the area and to understand the opportunities and constraints related to workforce, housing and energy.

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Noncredit EMT Instruction to Be Offered at Four Sites in Region

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning in mid-January, will be offered in four locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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College Offers New Course in Salesforce Reporting Fundamentals

A Salesforce Reporting Fundamentals course, open to the public, will be offered for the first time at Pennsylvania College of Technology in October.

The course is aimed at administrators, business users and managers who use Salesforce in their daily work. Participants will acquire the fundamental skills necessary to unlock the data held in Salesforce, thereby increasing the ability to make effective data-driven decisions.

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North American Delegation Explores Shale Development

The group talks about shale policy and regulation with John Ryder, director of the Bureau of District Oil & Gas Operations for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Visitors, representing commissioners and staff from New Brunswick and the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Panel gather with Thomas B. Murphy, director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. (Also helping to host the group was David C. Pistner, director of special projects for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.)

A group of Canadian commissioners and panel members from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador visited Penn College and regional gas-related sites on Monday and Tuesday to meet with key stakeholders on the workforce, economic, legislative and regulatory impacts of shale development.  The delegation met with Penn State, Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education, county and state representatives on Monday, followed by regional tours to see shale gas operations.

State Legislator Gets to Know Penn College During Campus Visit

Sens. Vogel (center) and Yaw (right) talk with David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, in the college's welding laboratory.

Brass candlesticks pique the lawmakers' interest during a stop in the automated manufacturing lab.

Vogel gets behind the wheel of a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Victoria, powered by a Lycoming engine and being restored by Penn College students – including Ian M. Bachleda, of Schaefferstown – for the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon.

State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr., whose 47th District encompasses Lawrence County and parts of Beaver and Butler counties, got acquainted with Penn College during a tour of main campus Wednesday afternoon. A legislator since 2009, Vogel chairs the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations, Banking & Insurance, Communications & Technology, Environmental Resources & Energy, Local Government, and Majority Policy committees. Accompanied by state Sen. Gene Yaw (chairman of the college’s board of directors) and members of the administration, among others, Vogel got a close look at instructional areas for welding, automated manufacturing, collision repair, automotive restoration, and mechatronics. He also visited a natural gas wellhead used by ShaleNET U.S. in the Center for Business & Workforce Development.

Plastics Students Use New Technology for Competition

Plastics and polymer engineering technology majors Jacob W. Fry and Madison T. Powell hold one of the parts they made for a recent competition at the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Conference in Atlanta. Christopher J. Gagliano (far left), program manager for the Thermoforming Center of Excellence at Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, supervised the student project.

Two plastics students at Pennsylvania College of Technology partnered with a global company to use a new technology for a major industry competition.

Plastics and polymer engineering technology majors Madison T. Powell, of Linden, and Jacob W. Fry, of Hughesville, worked with Bloomsburg-based SEKISUI SPI in their roles as research assistants at Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

SEKISUI SPI is a thermoplastic leader serving a range of industries in 34 countries. The company contacted the PIRC in the summer requesting that students work with a new, innovative technique in thermoforming.

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Penn College Center to Take Part in Autodesk Certification Days

As an Autodesk Authorized Training Center and Authorized Certification Center, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is participating in a Certification Day on Oct. 2.

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New 3-D Printing Technology Course Offered at Penn College

A noncredit 3-D technology course, starting in October and open to the public, will be offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The process of 3-D printing – making solid, three-dimensional objects from a digital computer file – will be taught by Craig A. Miller, an instructor of engineering design technology in the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.

The classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Oct. 13-22, in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The cost is $249.

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DCED Gets Firsthand Look at College’s Responsiveness to Industry

Anne K. Soucy, assistant professor of plastics technology, and Gary E. McQuay, engineering manager for the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, show visitors the afternoon project for students in the Blow Molding course.

Dave Cotner, dean of industrial, computing & engineering technologies, talks about the college’s automated manufacturing and machining majors.

Front row: Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education, and Carol Kilko, special assistant for DCED’s Agency Development Initiatives; second row: Neil Weaver, executive deputy secretary for DCED, Tracy L. Brundage, the college’s vice president for workforce development, and Steve D’Ettorre, director of policy for DCED; back row, David C. Pistner, director of special projects for Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education, and Tom Venditti, director of WEDnetPA.

Representatives of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community & Economic Development toured several areas of Penn College’s campuses Tuesday. The contingent was hosted by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College. Throughout their visit, they saw firsthand the hands-on learning taking place in the college’s labs and learned how the college works with industry, the college benefiting from industry input on curriculum as well as in-kind and monetary donations, and industry benefiting from knowledgeable graduates and customized training and product-development support. Tour stops included the Schneebeli Earth Science Center; Energy Technology & Education Center; Plastics Innovation & Resource Center; and the advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping, welding, machining, mechatronics, well-trainer, plastics, and electronics and computer engineering labs.

Laurel Health Foundation Supports Local Health Careers

WELLSBORO – Growing healthy communities means cultivating good health habits and excellent healthcare providers. Access to high quality education is key to a successful health career, and the Laurel Health Foundation is dedicated to helping local students reach their career goals.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has played a vital role in local health education in the Northern Tier since 1983 through program development and occupational training. Its medical assistant, phlebotomy and practical nursing programs meet rigorous national standards for accreditation and certification.

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ESL Program Offers Citizenship, Language Instruction

An English as a Second Language program, comprising four noncredit courses to prepare interested students for successful participation in their communities, will be offered during the fall semester by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ESL instruction, designed to help students with little or no English proficiency to gain basic language skills, is geared toward those who will be entering the local workforce or who are spouses/family members of international students or people working in or relocating to the area. They will focus on communication in essential situations, such as looking for an apartment, shopping and obtaining medical care.

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Penn College’s Workforce Development Arm Extends Outreach

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is expanding its public workshops to the Community Education Center of Elk & Cameron Counties, beginning with a variety of business and management classes this fall.

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Penn College Offering Technology Courses for Senior Citizens

Adults 55 and older who want to learn more about using today’s technology may enroll in courses being offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus in Williamsport.

The classes, offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, require no previous computer knowledge.

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Real Estate Courses to Prepare Participants for Licensing Exam

Two real estate courses, comprising 60 hours of instruction over 10 weeks, will be offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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