News: Workforce Development & Continuing Education

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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Administrative Medical Assistant Program to Be Offered in Wellsboro

Are you interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of health care? Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro will offer an administrative medical assistant program starting in September.

This adult-learning program will focus on training students in medical office practices, including medical terminology, computer applications, reception and scheduling, billing and coding, medical law and ethics, medical records, office management, and medical insurance.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building. Students will complete an externship with medical offices to prepare for employment in physicians’ offices, clinics, billing companies or other ambulatory care facilities.

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Penn College at Wellsboro Instructor Honored by State Association

Debbie A. Day

Debbie A. Day, an instructional specialist for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, received the Educator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Practical Nursing Administrators at its spring meeting in Lewisburg.

The award recognizes an outstanding practical nursing educator within the PAPNA community and the educator’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

A former student in the North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Program nominated Day for her educational approaches that support and inspire practical nursing students in the delivery of patient care.

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Noncredit Help for New Leaders Available Through Penn College

The Quick Start Leadership program, presented by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assists those launching their directorial careers using several common approaches.

Participants – who may have been selected for leadership positions based largely on technical skills – will learn to transition into their new roles with confidence, understand and develop their own style, communicate critical job information effectively, set clear expectations and provide feedback, and understand when to refer issues to legal or human resource professionals.

The program comprises two training sessions of five hours each and includes experiential activities that will help learners apply concepts to relevant workplace situations and facilitate leadership teams.

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Penn College at Wellsboro Offers Practical Nursing Program

Is a rewarding career in nursing in your future? Licensed practical nursing is a high-priority occupation in the Northern Tier region, and according to the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers, a shortage of more than 10,000 LPNs is predicted statewide for 2015.

The yearlong practical nursing program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education for Penn College at Wellsboro prepares graduates for career opportunities in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal care facilities and human service organizations. The full-time certificate program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.

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ASE Certification Testing Offered July, August at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology partners with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and Prometric to offer certification tests at the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

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Penn College at Wellsboro Offers Computer Camp for Adults 55-Plus

Adults 55 and older who want to learn more about using computers for fun and convenience may enroll in a noncredit course at Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro, located at Wellsboro Area High School.

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ShaleNET Receives Energy Leadership Award

From left, Louis D’Amico, president and executive director, Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association; Danielle Boston, director of administration, PIOGA; Larry Michael, retired assistant vice president for workforce development and special projects, Penn College; Lea Pizzutelli, Western Hub Marcellus ShaleNET career coach, Westmoreland County Community College; David Pistner, director of energy initiatives, Penn College; Alice Schuster, ShaleNET project director, Penn College; John Strittmatter, ShaleNET regional hub director, Penn College; Patrick Gerity, vice president of continuing education, workforce and community development, WCCC; Tracy Brundage, assistant vice president for workforce and economic development, Penn College; Meredith Fahey, workplace project manager, Allegheny Conference on Community Development; Elaine Fisher, Western Hub Marcellus ShaleNET grant technician, WCCC; Byron Kohut, director, Western Hub ShaleNET, WCCC; and Dan Weaver, director of public outreach, PIOGA.

ShaleNET, a federally funded training program, recently received the Energy Leadership Award in Workforce Development at an annual awards ceremony sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

ShaleNET was launched in 2010 with a $4.96 million Community Based Job Training grant awarded to Westmoreland County Community College by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Pennsylvania College of Technology, the Allegheny Conference for Community Development and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association were the other partners in the original grant-funded program.

Accepting the award at a Business Times-hosted Energy Gala in Washington County were Patrick Gerity, vice president of continuing education, workforce and community development, Westmoreland County Community College, and Tracy L. Brundage, assistant vice president for workforce and economic development, Penn College.

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Grant Opens Access to Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Through a grant from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center partnered with Pennsylvania College of Technology to increase access to additive manufacturing among both educators and industry.

Additive manufacturing uses a 3-D printer, which builds an object from a computer-aided design by “printing” thin layers of plastic or other material on top of one another. Often used in industry to quickly prototype products or parts before putting them into production, as the process is refined, it has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing.

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Penn College Dedicates Rig Simulator Used in Natural Gas Training

At the dedication for the drilling rig simulator at Penn College’s Energy Technology Education Center are, from left: state Rep. Garth Everett, who serves on the college’s board of directors; Brian Young, district operations manager for Trican Well Services; state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the board; Tracy L. Brundage, assistant vice president for workforce and economic development; President Davie Jane Gilmour; and Lycoming County Commissioners Chairman Jeff Wheeland.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held a ceremony Friday at its Energy Technology Education Center to dedicate a drilling rig simulator that supports hands-on learning for the college’s natural gas training offerings.

The simulator was purchased with U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training funds. In addition, New Pig, of Tipton, donated a protective geosynthetic membrane that was installed beneath the rig simulator.

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Information Session for Practical Nursing Set for May 28 in Wellsboro

Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro will host a practical nursing program information session for those interested in a nursing career.

The information session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the old music room at the Wellsboro Area School District administration building. Natalie O. DeLeonardis, program coordinator, will discuss admission requirements, the application process, tuition and financial aid, as well as licensure and job opportunities for graduates. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

The next practical nursing class is scheduled to begin Jan. 5. The campus will begin pre-admission testing and accepting applications in July. All applicants must complete pre-entrance requirements by Oct. 1 to be considered for admission to the January 2015 class.

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Hygienists Complete Training in Local Anesthetics at Penn College

Participants in the Local Anesthetics for the Dental Hygienist training program gather recently at Penn College.

Eighteen dental hygienists recently completed a local-anesthesia training program offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Health Sciences and Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

The group completed the 30-hour training program, Local Anesthetics for the Dental Hygienist, on April 6.

The course is designed to provide licensed dental hygienists with the knowledge and skills to administer local anesthesia in a clinical setting. Offered over two weekends, instruction included hands-on application in the college’s dental hygiene facilities, encompassing specific requirements set forth by Pennsylvania’s State Board of Dentistry.

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Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship Established

Shannon M. Munro, left, and Tracy L. Brundage made pledges to fund the initial awards from the Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship.

A scholarship has been created at Pennsylvania College of Technology by administrators in Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

The Penn College Workforce Development Scholarship was established by Tracy L. Brundage, assistant vice president for workforce and economic development, and Shannon M. Munro, executive director of workforce development and continuing education.

The annual scholarship will benefit full-time, nontraditional – 24 years old or older – students from Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga or Union counties enrolled in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College.

Brundage and Munro have made pledges to fund the initial awards from the scholarship.

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Building Operator Certification National Sponsor Honored by EPA

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, the national sponsor of the Building Operator Certification program that trains and certifies workers in best practices for energy efficiency, has been chosen by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 2014 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.

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