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Chevron Continues Support for Penn College Education, Training

Chevron continues investment

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education office, Pennsylvania College of Technology has received $416,685 from Chevron U.S.A. to support scholarships, curriculum development and ongoing outreach in energy and manufacturing.

Penn College will continue the promising practices first started through ShaleNET, a U.S. Department of Labor grant aimed at providing training and education in these important industry sectors.

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College Offers Digital Photography Course, Just in Time for Holidays

Those planning to receive or give a full-featured digital camera this holiday season might consider a companion gift certificate for “Mastering Your Advanced Digital Camera,” a digital photography class offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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One-Stop ‘Finale’ Moves Tomorrow’s Grads One Step Closer

Becky J. Shaner, manager of student/alumni engagement and special events, captures a mascot moment for Lindsey Martin, advertising art.

A line of winter graduates snakes across the Penn’s Inn floor.

Sugary blue sprinkles put the "sweet" into near-grads' 'bittersweet" departure.

Jaclyn C. Gregg, culinary arts and systems, high-fives the congratulatory commencement 'cat.

Chesnya I. Cherelus, nursing, snaps a cell phone photo as she and soon-to-be graduates make their way into the Grad Finale venue.

A number of campus offices threw a party Tuesday for students on track to graduate next month, handily helping them check off their commencement to-do list. The early-afternoon Grad Finale (which featured accommodating staff from Alumni Relations, Career Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, The College Store and Workforce Development & Continuing Education) was held in the Bush Campus Center. From 12:30-2:30 p.m., petitioned students could pick up their commencement tickets, purchase caps and gowns, and learn more about their Alumni Association benefits – all in one handy location. Penn College’s winter ceremony is at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 in the Community Arts Center.

Student Mosaics Bring Color to Penn College’s Capitol Eatery

Wall hangings designed and made by Penn College students in an Art of the Mosaic course adorn the Capitol Eatery, the college’s largest and busiest dining unit.

When you enter Capitol Eatery, one of the largest and busiest dining units on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the serving area boasts bright splashes of color throughout, but the dining room lacked those vivid accents. That changed this summer, when student works of art were installed on its walls.

While taking a ceramics class offered through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education department, Dining Services Director Crissy L. McGinness began to envision a way to spruce up the dining unit décor. She approached David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, about a plan to add student-created mosaics, similar to many he and students had created around campus, at Capitol Eatery.

“Dave is a talented ceramics instructor,” McGinness said, “and I was excited to see what he and his students could bring to our dining unit.”

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College’s Leadership Training Series Reaches National Audience

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WDCE) office, Pennsylvania College of Technology began an ambitious project in 2015 to develop a new leadership training program for companies.

In partnership with respected program developers representing many employment sectors, a curriculum was built to hone the skills of front-line leaders, mid-level managers and senior executives. It incorporates online materials and was crafted with customizable modules based on industry type and/or company-specific input.

Dubbed the Penn College Leadership Series, the program rolled out late last year and has quickly become an acclaimed training product reaching a national audience.

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Noncredit Course Aims to Enhance Client Relationship Skills

Businesspeople who desire to build their client relationship competence can benefit from a two-day noncredit course scheduled in December by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Enhancing Client Relationship Skills: Creating Win-Win Situations” will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12 in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus. This intensive series is for technical specialists, product leaders, service providers, customer relationship representatives and business owners, among others. The cost is $325.

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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 from Nov. 14 to Dec. 6 – 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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Noncredit EMT Course Scheduled for Three Area Locations

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 9, will be offered at three 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.

The course comprises 50 hours of lecture and 100 hours of practical learning. Students will select one of three sites: Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport, Penn College at Wellsboro or Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

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New Professional Development Courses Among November Offerings

Five professional development courses – four of them new to the schedule – will be held in November by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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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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