News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Six Graduate From Latest ShaleNET ‘Roustabout’ Class

Meredith places a hard hat on his son, one of seven family members to share in the success of Meredith and his brother.

This fall's class (from left): Meredith, Bergquist, Johns, Landi, Hilfiger and Baer.

A safety vest and calculator depict the blend of skills acquired by Tuesday's graduates during their combination of classroom and on-site instruction.

Bergquist receives his certificate from Bubb as Mendell looks on.

Hilfiger, who previously operated heavy equipment for the natural gas industry, said the 15-day course “opens up the field for me more and has given me more knowledge.”

Six students in the ShaleNET training program – including two brothers and three alumni of Penn College or its immediate predecessor – received their Ready to Work Field Service Worker & Roustabout certificates at a Tuesday ceremony near Allenwood. Graduating during afternoon proceedings at the Energy Technology and Education Center were Jessica A. Baer, Antes Fort; brothers Dakota W. Berquist and Lathan Meredith III, Williamsport; Richard Hilfiger, Mansfield; Dennis M. Johns, Wellsboro; and Brock H. Landi, Williamsport. The brothers were introduced to ShaleNET by their father, who underwent natural gas training through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education department. Johns earned an associate degree in civil engineering from Williamsport Area Community College, while Landi (2004, electronics engineering technology: communications/fiber optics emphasis) and Baer (2001, building construction technology: masonry emphasis) are Penn College alums. Each of the graduates spoke during the event in the ETEC classroom; also participating were Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and Daniel R. Mendell and Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructors.

Courses to Benefit Mid-Level Managers, Front-Line Supervisors

A pair of multi-session leadership programs, to be offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, are designed to aid managers and supervisors.

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Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from Oct. 3-21 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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Regulators Get Firsthand Glimpse of College’s Oil/Gas Industry Training

Tracy L. Brundage (left), vice president for workforce development, explains ETEC's significance as a vehicle for teaching teamwork and safety before introducing her colleagues in that enterprise. From left center are Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; Craig Konkle, energy development emergency response coordinator for the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety; and Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor.

Hard-hatted ETEC visitors watch a live burn from a safe distance ...

... while capturing the simulation on cellphone cameras.

Ladlee and Bubb watch from the control tower as Moore lights another of the facility's realistic props.

Gary Eide (left), representing the Virginia Bureau of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Division of Gas and Oil, uses a self-propelled welder to heat-seal an absorbent mat. Aiding the demonstration are (from left center) New Pig field operations manager Drew Huff; Moore; and Beth Powell, the company's vice president and general manager.

Regulators from 17 states and four Canadian provinces toured the region Wednesday, stopping by the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus and the Energy Technology Education Center to its south. The visit was arranged by James R. Ladlee, interim assistant director of energy, entrepreneurship and community development programs for Penn State Cooperative Extension.  Following a stop at the wellfield training lab, facilitated by Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, the group was treated to a variety of demonstrations at ETEC (a collaborative training site for current and prospective gas-industry employees, as well as emergency response crews). New Pig Energy, among the generous corporate partners in the center’s operation, showcased its spill-containment liner before the guests traveled to lunch and other industry-related locations.

Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs Sept. 7-27 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning from instructors with real-world work experience.

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Plastics Professionals Converge at Penn College for Workshop

Plastics and polymer engineering technology major Noah L. Martin (third from left, in blue shirt), of South Williamsport, works closely with participants in the recent Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Penn College.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and its Plastics Innovation & Resource Center brought plastics professionals from 10 states and Canada to campus for the recent Seventh Annual Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The 32 participants, representing 21 companies, experienced presentations and hands-on sessions during the three-day workshop. Topics included heating technology, diagnostic tools, and thermoforming process techniques and troubleshooting.

Mark Strachan, senior technology director for First Quality Packaging Solutions in West Palm Beach, Florida, and former president of the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division, served as keynote instructor.

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QuickBooks Accounting Software Classes to Be Offered at College

Learn to run your business better when Pennsylvania College of Technology offers two levels of QuickBooks accounting software classes this fall.

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College Hosts Plastics Extrusion Workshop for National Audience

Ian C. Killian (center), a plastics and polymer engineering technology student from South Williamsport, supervises a hands-on exercise for industry professionals during the Extrusion Seminar offered by Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Plastics industry professionals from throughout the country converged at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center for the 18th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop.

Forty-four participants, representing 25 companies and 13 states, attended the three-day event led by extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal and Kirk M. Cantor. Rauwendaal, president of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering Inc. in Auburn, California, has nearly 40 years of industry experience. Cantor, a professor of plastics and polymer technology at Penn College, has taught extrusion for more than 29 years.

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College Offers Photoshop Classes in Convenient Menu Options

Beginning this fall, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer Photoshop classes – à la carte-style.

Photoshop à la carte comprises five hands-on, instructor-led training sessions, each addressing an essential skill needed to master the popular software. Select only the subjects you would like to learn, or enroll in all five classes for a bundled discount. Photoshop à la carte means lower prices and shorter class times to better fit your schedule and budget.

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Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Workshop Draws Participants’ Praise

Christopher J. Gagliano (left) leads workshop attendees on a tour of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted 21 industry professionals from seven states for its seventh annual national Hands-On Heavy-Gauge/Sheet-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day course featured presentations from renowned industry experts and hands-on sessions focusing on materials, tooling, technique, diagnostics, machine maintenance and safety.

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College Schedules ‘Mastering Your Advanced Digital Camera’ Course

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 in September.

The class, taught by Wayne Palmer, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 8-22 in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The cost is $199.

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Senator Gets Firsthand Look at Manufacturing’s Strength

President Gilmour welcomes Sen. Casey to campus and remarks on the important role his father, then governor of Pennsylvania, played in the institution's past.

Casey checks out products created in the labs, including Penn College key-ring tags, with guidance from student Wilson R. Michael (at right).

Casey extends a warm greeting to student Noah L. Martin …

… who then shows the distinguished visitor the tensile tester in the polymer lab.

Shannon M. Munro discusses industry partnerships and national plastics seminars conducted by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as JoAnn M. Otto, PIRC assistant, looks on.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, featured in Penn College’s award-winning “Working Class” documentary, toured the main campus plastics labs during a visit to Lycoming County on Wednesday. The Democratic senator, whose father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey, signed the legislation that created the college in 1989, got a close-up affirmation of applied technology’s pre-eminence in the 21st-century workforce. Industry-standard equipment, strong job placement and impressive starting salaries are among the program’s hallmarks, and collaborative relationships through the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center allow students to resolve real-world challenges on up-to-the-minute machinery. Taking part in the tour of the injection molding and polymer testing labs were college President Davie Jane Gilmour; Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology; and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. They were joined by plastics and polymer engineering technology students – and PIRC research assistants – Abdulaziz S. Alomani and Omar A. Aljallal, of Saudi Arabia; Noah M. Martin, of South Williamsport; Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport; and Wilson R. Michael, of Hughesville.

Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held in Wellsboro

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District offices, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, in the former music room at the school district’s administration building.

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College Included in National Story About Natural Gas Industry

Contributor Joseph Hammond talks with ShaleNET trainee Susan Foster, of Tioga, during his February visit to ETEC.

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development, provides the reporter with an overview of natural gas training initiatives.

A tour of the ESC with Justin W. Beishline (left), assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

A contributor to The Daily Caller has filed his story and supporting video, “After the Boom: How the Marcellus Shale Changed Life in Pennsylvania,” from reportage that included a winter visit to Penn College. Joseph Hammond spent a complete late-February day at the college, where he got a look at Workforce Development & Continuing Education natural gas training efforts; and toured the mechatronics laboratory, wellsite trainer lab, welding and machining lab, the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the Energy Technology Education Center.

Noncredit EMT Course Scheduled for Four Sites in Area

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 15, will be offered at four locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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