News: Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Welding Basics to Be Taught in WDCE Course at Penn College

A basic welding course is being offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Tioga County Act 13 Funds Support Tuition-Free Natural Gas Training

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $50,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to 50 veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Tioga County.

The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 (impact fee) funding approved recently by the Tioga County Commissioners.

The college will offer tuition-free training – $1,000 per student – to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry. Classes may lead to employment in the occupations of roustabout, floorhand, completion technician and welder helper. The short-term, noncredit, certificate-awarding program trains residents in three primary skill areas identified by employers as critical to successful employment: job readiness, workplace and environmental safety, and technical awareness.

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Variety of Noncredit Business/Management Courses Available

From finance to embracing change, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a range of noncredit business and management courses this fall.

Practical hands-on activities are blended with instruction, providing relevant tools that can be applied in the workplace. All of the courses may be customized and delivered on-site for groups of employees.

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Natural Gas Partners Updated at ShaleNET Gathering

Christopher J. Legarski, a knowledge engineer with Discovery Machine Inc., outlines an immersive training tool that simulates the real world of wellfield tank-servicing. The module allows an employee to follow a prescribed procedure, step by crucial step,  within the safety of an artificial environment.

Christopher J. Legarski, a knowledge engineer with Discovery Machine Inc., outlines an immersive training tool that simulates the real world of wellfield tank-servicing. The module allows an employee to follow a prescribed procedure, step by crucial step, within the safety of an artificial environment.

Hub director John F. Strittmatter (left) with one of the day's key speakers, Peter Rozelle, from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, Division of Advanced Energy Systems ...

Hub director John F. Strittmatter (left) with one of the day’s key speakers, Peter Rozelle, from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, Division of Advanced Energy Systems …

... and leading a tour of the full-size natural gas wellhead donated to ShaleNET U.S.

… and leading a tour of the full-size natural gas wellhead donated to ShaleNET U.S.

The projected longevity of shale development is tracked by James R. Ladlee, associate director of Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

The projected longevity of shale development is tracked by James R. Ladlee, associate director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

Partners within ShaleNET’s Eastern Region Hub gathered at Penn College on Wednesday for a variety of presentations and wide-ranging discussion of educational and occupational trends in the natural gas field. A number of industry representatives were on hand for the meeting, which was held in the Thompson Professional Development Center and included a video of student testimonials from a recent “roustabout” graduation. The daylong session concluded with a tour of the consortium’s well-site trainer and the college’s mechatronics lab, both in the Center for Business & Workforce Development.

New Noncredit Computer Courses Scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering several easy-to-learn computer courses.

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Supervisory Program to Begin Sept. 11 at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering the first of four modules in its Team Leader/Supervisor Program beginning Sept. 11.

The research-based, instructor-led program is anchored around 32 competencies identified in industry clusters across the commonwealth, and is appropriate for current or prospective first-line supervisors and team leaders.

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Client Development Director Named for WDCE at Penn College

Christopher P. Ray

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently appointed Christopher P. Ray as client development director for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, which partners with companies to provide short-term training and project support.

Ray brings more than 20 years of sales, management and business-development experience to the newly created post. He will work closely with WDCE’s professional staff to coordinate training and project support to industries across Pennsylvania and beyond.

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Preparing Documentary on Shale Gas, Ukrainian Film Crew Visits ETEC

from left, Mykola Avdeenko, cameraman; Ihor Chayka, producer;  Thomas Murphy, Penn State Extension educator and co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research; and Vadym Storozhev, audio technician.

from left, Mykola Avdeenko, cameraman; Ihor Chayka, producer; Thomas Murphy, Penn State Extension educator and co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research; and Vadym Storozhev, audio technician.

John F. Strittmatter, director of ShaleNet's U.S. regional hub, is interviewed alongside student Amy L. Gallagher, of Linden.

John F. Strittmatter, director of ShaleNet’s U.S. regional hub, is interviewed alongside student Amy L. Gallagher, of Linden.

A documentary crew from the Ukraine visited Penn College’s Energy Technology Education Center on July 29 to explore how training is provided for natural gas industry jobs. The documentary will explore shale development  in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The American Embassy in Kiev provided a grant to one of Ukraine’s leading documentary producers, Ihor Chayka, to make a film on the U.S. experience with shale gas production. The documentary will be broadcast by a leading independent channel, ZIK TV, based in Lviv, Ukraine.
Photos by Greg Franklin

Penn College at Wellsboro Offers Computer Classes

Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro, located in Wellsboro Area Senior High School, will offer several computer classes this fall.

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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Citizenship, English as Second Language Among Noncredit Classes

Two noncredit courses of interest to those wishing to become naturalized United States citizens will be offered during the fall semester by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College to Offer Computer Courses for Seniors

Adults 55 and older who want to learn more about using computers for fun may enroll in courses being offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus in Williamsport.

The easy beginners’ classes, offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, require no previous computer knowledge. 

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New Noncredit Computer Courses Scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering several new, easy-to-learn computer courses.

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Rotational Molding Workshop Draws Worldwide Participants

Margie Chappell, of Elkamet, East Flat Rock, North Carolina, takes a photo of a powder classifier as Brock Snyder, of Akro-Plastics in Kent, Ohio, and Shelby Fischer, a PIRC research assistant and plastics and polymer technology major, observe.

With assistance from the Association of Rotational Molders, the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology attracted a record number of participants for its sixth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding Workshop.

The recent event brought five students and 40 plastics professionals to campus, representing 14 states, as well as Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

“It was quite satisfying to serve such a diverse group of individuals for this year’s workshop,” said Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager. “ARM was instrumental in promoting the workshop and providing discounts to those who registered on its website. Attracting a growing number of professionals is a testament to ARM’s commitment, the quality of the workshop and the outstanding facilities at Penn College.”

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WDCE Client Development Specialist Named at Penn College

John F. Blasdell

John F. Blasdell has been hired as a client development specialist with Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Blasdell will provide expertise and leadership for WDCE client-development initiatives and operations in northcentral Pennsylvania. He will have responsibility for development, implementation and management of client projects in the areas of education, training and consultation.

“John’s lengthy experience in meeting the workforce-training needs of employers is a welcome addition to WDCE at Penn College,” said Shannon M. Munro, WDCE executive director. “We look forward to providing customized training, with a focus on fulfilling technical-skill needs, in the region.”

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Project Management Pro Leads Penn College Noncredit Program

When projects are well-led, they are completed on time and under budget and recognized as a positive experience by team members.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an intensive three-day program to provide managers, technical personnel and other professionals with the tools and knowledge needed to succeed as project managers. The program features a variety of planning exercises and activities with an action/learning focus.

After completing the program, participants will understand the purpose and benefits of a common project management method and the importance of planning to ensure project success. They will be able to specify objectives and constraints with respect to quality, time and cost; develop management procedures to promote coordination and cooperation among participants; and learn and apply proven management tools and techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling and budgeting projects that will improve efficiency and effectiveness.

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