News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Phlebotomy Short Course Offered at College’s Wellsboro Campus

Is a rewarding career in health care in your future? Penn College at Wellsboro is offering a short course in phlebotomy beginning in April.

The six-week, part-time program combines classroom theory and clinical experience to help prepare you to become a phlebotomy technician. Students attend two evening classes per week at the Wellsboro High School Administration building beginning April 18 and ending May 25. One week of clinical will be scheduled in June.

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Alcoa Supports Mechatronics Degree, Noncredit Training

Executives from Kawneer Company Inc. in Bloomsburg, part of Alcoa’s Building and Construction Systems business, present an Alcoa Foundation grant to Penn College. From left: Natalie McIntyre, human resources manager; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Sarah Moscatello, human resources generalist and grant coordinator; and Axel Heinrich, plant manager.

A $50,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation will benefit the mechatronics associate-degree major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, as well as corresponding noncredit training courses.

The recently awarded grant is earmarked for equipment and supplies to enhance student learning and understanding of industry tools, including a laser alignment system, a vibration analysis system, inspection cameras and thermal-imaging cameras.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Alcoa Foundation,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “The grant allows us to augment the hands-on experience that is a hallmark of a Penn College education. Thanks to Alcoa’s generosity, we can continue to grow the mechatronics major and related noncredit programming for our students.”

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Safety Training Discounted for Eligible Companies in Region

Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering Industrial Arc Flash Safety Training at a substantially discounted price through funds provided by a U.S. Department of Labor Make It In America Grant to the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.

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TV Segment Shares College’s Responsiveness to Workforce Needs

"Stay Tuned" to WVIA-TV

Penn College’s success in answering the skilled demands of industry will be featured in the next episode of WVIA-TV’s “Stay Tuned,” premiering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. The recurring series continues the public television station’s goal to highlight those making a difference in meeting critical community needs. “Television viewers often are bombarded with ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ news stories. WVIA’s ‘Stay Tuned’ reminds us that great people do great things every day in our region,” said Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations. “It is an honor for Penn College to be featured in this episode.” Interviewed in the 10-minute segment are Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence; Alison A. Diehl, director, National Sustainable Structures Center; Ryan L. Newman, a former technician with the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (who has since accepted employment in Louisiana); and students Madison T. Powell, of Linden (plastics), Eric M. Danz, of Hershey, and Kyle D. Bomboy, of Unityville (both physician assistant).

Penn College Course to Help Prepare Students for Revised SATs

In anticipation of pending changes to the SAT, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a course to help high school students prepare for the standardized test used as an admissions tool by many institutions of higher learning.

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Digital Photography Course Makes Great Holiday Gift

Is buying or receiving a full-featured digital camera on your list this holiday season? Are you wondering what all of the buttons on the digital camera are used for? Consider a companion gift certificate for a digital photography class!

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a three-week digital photography course in January.

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Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Course Scheduled at Penn College

Buying or receiving a drone quadcopter this holiday season? Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a timely two-session Drone Quadcopter Technology course in January.

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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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