News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

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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Rotomolding Workshop Unites Industry Professionals, Experts

Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager, demonstrates a materials grinder in Penn College’s Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

More than two dozen professionals recently gathered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center to learn about rotational molding from some of the most knowledgeable practitioners in the business.

A total of 28 employees from 17 companies and nine states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) were represented at the eighth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop, joined by participants from Canada and India.

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NSSC Accepts Energy-Efficiency Award on Behalf of Industry Partner

Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center, accepts The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Energy Star award from Jacob Moss, deputy director of the EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, national sponsor of the Building Operator Certification program that trains and certifies workers in best practices for energy efficiency, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2016 Energy Star Award.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center is part of the network of licensed providers nationwide helping to administer the BOC program. Alison A. Diehl, NSSC director, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award on behalf of the nonprofit and its training coalition.

“EPA does an outstanding job in recognizing industry partners that are achieving real impacts on energy-efficiency efforts,” Diehl said. “We are proud to represent NEEC and the national Building Operator Certification, a program that teaches facilities personnel to improve occupant comfort while maximizing facility efficiency.”

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Regional Visitors Hope to Facilitate European Import of Marcellus Gas

Strittmatter discusses ShaleNET's successes in workforce development.

Guests mingle with their hosts before boarding their coach back to Washington, D.C.

Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, explains the virtual-reality world of wellfield training simulation, through which miscues can be ascertained and corrected ... without costly consequences.

Parties interested in the international export of natural gas included Penn College in a fact-finding visit to the region this week. Meeting with ShaleNET personnel in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center were representatives of LNG Allies Inc., a nonprofit research and advocacy group; the American Petroleum Institute; Anadarko Petroleum; the embassies of Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia; and the European Parliament Liaison Office. While on campus, the working group heard presentations from Robert Montgomery, Anadarko’s production engineering manager for the Appalachian Basin; John F. Strittmatter, director of the ShaleNET U.S. Regional Hub; Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and David Yoxtheimer, an extension associate with the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. The coalition’s two-day stay also featured a breakfast meeting with the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, as well as tours of the Panda Patriot power plant in Clinton Township and the Energy Transfer Partners compressor station along Route 87.

Short-Term 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 from July 6-26 – 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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