News: Workforce Development & Continuing Education

New Technology Overwhelming? Let Penn College Help!

Are you or a loved one overwhelmed with today’s technology? Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an introductory iPad and iPhone course for adults 55 and older.

The iPad & iPhone for Adults 55+ class, designed for those new to iPad/iPhone technology, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, March 19 and 26, in the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. The cost is $99.

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Video Crew Visits Plastics Labs in Advance of International Trade Show

Dave Pinskey (center) and Mike Lomma prep for an interview with Brittany L. Delmo, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Milford, about why she chose Penn College.

Dave Pinskey (center) and Mike Lomma prep for an interview with Brittany L. Delmo, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Milford, about why she chose Penn College.

Before the camera rolls, producer Nell Abom conducts a pre-interview with plastics and polymer engineering technology student Cody J. Fisher, of Blandon.

Before the camera rolls, producer Nell Abom conducts a pre-interview with plastics and polymer engineering technology student Cody J. Fisher, of Blandon.

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), the PIRC's program and technical service manager, leads a tour for the day's guests.

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), the PIRC’s program and technical service manager, leads a tour for the day’s guests.

Seth E. Cook (above) and Heith A. Hicks – students of Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology and department head – are filmed during a practical exercise in the injection molding lab. Cook, of Mountville, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology; Hicks, of Williamsport, is enrolled in the two-year plastics and polymer technology major.

Seth E. Cook (above) and Heith A. Hicks – students of Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology and department head – are filmed during a practical exercise in the injection molding lab. Cook, of Mountville, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology; Hicks, of Williamsport, is enrolled in the two-year plastics and polymer technology major.

Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, coolly awaits his opportunity to discuss the industry-relevant research, development and education available in the college's plastics labs.

Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, coolly awaits his opportunity to discuss the industry-relevant research, development and education available in the college’s plastics labs.

A production team from Harrisburg spent much of Tuesday in Penn College’s plastics laboratories, preparing for a brief video that will be shown at NPE: The International Plastics Showcase from March 23-27 in Orlando, Fla. Gathering footage and conducting interviews for the Team Pennsylvania Pavilion in the Orange County Convention Center were Nell Abom, a communications consultant working with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, and Commonwealth Media Services’ Mike Lomma, director of videography, and Dave Pinskey, audio engineer. The three-person crew toured labs in each of five featured processes (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming) and talked with students, faculty and Plastics Innovation & Resource Center Director C. Hank White about the hands-on education offered both on the curricular side and in helping the industry remain competitive. Penn College is one of only five colleges in the nation offering degree programs in plastics accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and boasts unique National Centers of Excellence in rotational molding and thermoforming – distinctions that will be highlighted in the video, as well.

Quick Start Leadership Program to Be Offered at Penn College

High performers are often selected for leadership roles based on demonstrated technical skills.

A 10-hour noncredit program at Pennsylvania College of Technology next month will assist individuals in launching leadership careers using several common approaches. The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 and 19 at the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport.

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Emergency Medical Responder Course Scheduled at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a 50-hour Emergency Medical Responder course, beginning March 16.

The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through May 11 at the Center for Business & Workforce Development or the nearby Klump Academic Center. The cost is $300.

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Business, Management Courses Offered at Penn College

For those ready to take themselves or their businesses to the next level, Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering an array of noncredit business and management courses.

The courses are presented by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College and are held at the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The courses are taught by qualified, experienced industry experts and faculty.

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Penn College Offers Workplace Classes in Wellsboro

Do you want to make a difference in your business or industry? Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro, located in the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building, will offer several management courses this spring.

The classes are taught by qualified instructors at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners. They are held in a relaxed classroom environment, allowing students to learn, experiment and ask questions. Bring your team members for the most benefit.

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Adobe Software Classes Scheduled at Penn College

Instruction in two of Adobe Systems’ creative software programs will be offered in February through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College at Wellsboro Offers Computer Classes

Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro will offer several computer classes this spring at Wellsboro Area Senior High School.

The classes are taught by qualified instructors at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners. They are held in a relaxed computer classroom environment, allowing students to learn, experiment and ask questions. Classes are hands-on, with one student per computer station.

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Basic Welding Skills to Be Taught in 40-Hour Course at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a basic welding course for Spring 2015.

The 40-hour program consists of eight five-hour training sessions that will help participants begin to develop highly marketable career-path skills.

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Digital Photography Course Scheduled at Penn College

Discover your creative side and learn from an industry professional how to take stunning digital photographs when Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a three-week digital photography course this winter.

The classes, taught by Wayne R. Palmer, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 22 through Feb. 5 in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The cost is $199.

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North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Graduation Held

Bottom row, from left, Stephanie Gleason, Casey Schneider, Julie Sherwood and Ashley Evans; middle row, from left, Melissa Schrader, Chrysta Knowlton and Ariane TaraBori; back row, from left, Desiree McGovern, Debbie A. Day (instructional specialist), Brooke Scott-Knecht, Ashley Graham and Natalie O. Deleonardis (coordinator of North Campus outreach services).

Ten students graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Program on Thursday, Dec. 18.

The ceremony was held at Wellsboro Area High School with a reception for family and friends afterward.

The students selected Amanda Wyble, LPN, a staff nurse at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital and alumna of the program, as speaker for the ceremony.

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Penn College Has Seat at Roundtable on Value of Apprenticeships

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development at Penn College, speaks with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez during a Dec. 11 Philadelphia visit.

Three representatives of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology were on hand when the U.S. Department of Labor recently made available $100 million in grant funding for apprenticeships.

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; John F. Strittmatter, ShaleNET U.S. regional hub director; and David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives, attended the Dec. 11 announcement in the Philadelphia School District by Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez.

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Noncredit EMT Course to Be Offered at Choice of Locations

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a new 150-hour, noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning with the Spring 2015 semester.

The course, comprising 50 hours of streaming online lectures and 100 hours of face-to-face learning, will meet National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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Ground-Stabilization Equipment Demonstrated at College Training Site

Paul Godridge, a design engineer with Faun Trackway, talks hydraulics outside the training site's classroom.

Paul Godridge, a design engineer with Faun Trackway, talks hydraulics outside the training site’s classroom.

Formation of the access surface begins with placing the Trackway – interlocking aluminum panels – beneath the wheels of a front-end loader.

Formation of the access surface begins with placing the Trackway – interlocking aluminum panels – beneath the wheels of a front-end loader.

Unspooling as the vehicle moves forward, about 40 meters of temporary roadway is laid in minutes ...

Unspooling as the vehicle moves forward, about 40 meters of temporary roadway is laid in minutes …

... providing industry representatives with sturdy footing amid sloppy surroundings.

… providing industry representatives with sturdy footing amid sloppy surroundings.

One of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and providers of portable access solutions brought military-tested technology to the civilian front at Penn College on Thursday, demonstrating its product for a group of industry representatives at the college’s riverside training grounds in Montgomery. Faun Trackway USA brought along its Medium Ground Mobility System-Beam Dispenser Lite, which it hopes will appeal to oil, gas, timber and mining interests. Mounted onto a business’s existing equipment, the product lays down an operational and environmentally sensitive roadway that allows work crews to access remote areas where conditions and maneuverability pose a challenge. Following remarks by David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, and Michael Holdcraft, vice president of Faun Trackway USA, the group watched the product at work across a muddy field at the operations site – also used by heavy construction equipment students from the college’s nearby Schneebeli Earth Science Center. The visit was facilitated by the Shale Training & Education Center at Penn College.

One-Day Excel Class Offered in December

An intermediate-level Microsoft Excel class will be offered in December through Penn College at Towanda in the Central Bradford Progress Authority building.

The noncredit class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in Suite 1, Room 1 of One Progress Plaza, 1 Elizabeth St., Towanda. The cost is $159.

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