News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Laurel Health Foundation Supports Local Health Careers

WELLSBORO – Growing healthy communities means cultivating good health habits and excellent healthcare providers. Access to high quality education is key to a successful health career, and the Laurel Health Foundation is dedicated to helping local students reach their career goals.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has played a vital role in local health education in the Northern Tier since 1983 through program development and occupational training. Its medical assistant, phlebotomy and practical nursing programs meet rigorous national standards for accreditation and certification.

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ESL Program Offers Citizenship, Language Instruction

An English as a Second Language program, comprising four noncredit courses to prepare interested students for successful participation in their communities, will be offered during the fall semester by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The ESL instruction, designed to help students with little or no English proficiency to gain basic language skills, is geared toward those who will be entering the local workforce or who are spouses/family members of international students or people working in or relocating to the area. They will focus on communication in essential situations, such as looking for an apartment, shopping and obtaining medical care.

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Penn College’s Workforce Development Arm Extends Outreach

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is expanding its public workshops to the Community Education Center of Elk & Cameron Counties, beginning with a variety of business and management classes this fall.

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Penn College Offering Technology Courses for Senior Citizens

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

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

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Real Estate Courses to Prepare Participants for Licensing Exam

Two real estate courses, comprising 60 hours of instruction over 10 weeks, will be offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Medical Assistant Courses Forming at Penn College

Two information sessions regarding Pennsylvania College of Technology’s medical assistant training will be held during August on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

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Medical Assistant Sessions Set for Penn College at Wellsboro

Medical assistant classes are forming at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, with a pair of information sessions scheduled in August to help interested Northern Tier residents understand enrollment requirements and program expectations.

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Enrollment Open for Practical Nursing Program at Wellsboro

Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro is accepting applications for the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program that begins in January.

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Plastics Workshop Proves Popular to Industry Professionals

At left, Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager for the Thermoforming Center of Excellence at Penn College, watches lab assistant Jacob W. Fry evaluate the wall thickness of a container produced in the thermoforming lab.

Summer is anything but vacation time for the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The PIRC recently hosted 34 industry professionals from 10 states and Canada for its Sixth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day course featured presentations from industry experts and hands-on sessions focusing on materials testing and operating and troubleshooting thermoforming equipment.

“It’s rewarding that this annual workshop attracts a variety of top experts and professionals from the plastics industry,” said Christopher J. Gagliano, PIRC program and technical service manager. “The interest in the workshop is a testament to our talented staff and the excellent facilities we enjoy at Penn College.”

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New Director Named at National Sustainable Structures Center

Alison A. Dillon

Alison A. Dillon has been named director of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center, a groundbreaking force in the field of building science and energy-efficiency training.

Effective July 1, Dillon – assistant director since 2011 – will be the main point of contact for the department, provide supervisory responsibilities for the team, and take the leadership role in working with NSSC’s clients and partners. She succeeds John E. Manz, who transitions to a role as director of special initiatives at NSSC.

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College Co-Hosts Recruitment Event for Potential CDL Students

Pamela Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, takes the wheel of the simulator.

Friendly greeters (from left) are Jim Patterson, CTS director; Carla Rhone, program support specialist, Shale TEC; and Hadly Ransom, intensive workforce specialist, PA CareerLink Lycoming County.

CTS' simulator, inside a trailer parked outside, awaits Open House attendees.

Kevin Cromley and Kathy Pentz, local CTS instructors for Penn College CDL classes

A CDL Open House, held Thursday to attract students into Penn College’s Commercial Driver’s License program, was co-hosted at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center by Workforce Development & Continuing Education and the Center for Transportation Safety. CTS brought a simulated rig to the event so that potential students could experience driving a tractor-trailer; a skid steer was also on hand to let participants practice vehicle control. WDCE, which contracts with CTS to provide CDL Class A training at the college’s Energy Technology Education Center site along Route 15 near Allenwood, hopes to add Class B and CDL Refresher Safe Driving courses to its portfolio.
Photos by Pamela Mix and Hadly Ransom

Penn College Students Earn Industry Certifications

Pennsylvania College of Technology students representing seven different majors recently proved their mastery of computer aided drafting and design software programs by passing certification exams.

Fifty-two students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam and one student earned Autodesk Inventor Professional certification. SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor are industry-standard 3-D parametric software programs used primarily within the engineering drafting and design profession.

“Two years ago, we completely revised our curriculum to closely align with current industry standards and technology,” said J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “Our enrollment in the engineering design program has substantially increased since these changes were made. This year, we more than doubled the number of students who successfully completed the exams. I am very pleased with the increase in certified users. The certification is an external validation that our curriculum is meeting industry standards.”

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Overwhelmed by New Technology? Let Penn College Help!

Are you or a loved one overwhelmed with today’s technology? Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an introductory iPad and iPhone course for adults 55 and older.

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Thermoforming Center of Excellence Again Hosts National Audience

Christopher J. Gagliano (in front of equipment), program manager for the PIRC’s Thermoforming Center of Excellence at Penn College, leads a lab tour during a May workshop for industry professionals.

Plastics employees from five states were schooled by industry experts and campus professionals when the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology held its sixth annual Heavy-Gauge/Cut-Sheet Thermoforming workshop in May.

The three-day course offered enlightening classroom presentations from several industry luminaries, as well as numerous hands-on sessions that covered operation and troubleshooting of thermoforming equipment, materials testing and introduction to new mold-making materials.

“Year after year, it is good to see that many companies across the country continue to invest in their employees and see the value in attending our workshops,” said Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

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Plastics Professionals Converge on Penn College Campus

Aided by student Madison T. Powell (left), a part-time Plastics Innovation & Resource Center research assistant, Gary E. McQuay (right), PIRC engineering manager, preps attentive participants for the hands-on portion of the workshop.

The renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology extended its expertise to plastics professionals throughout the country by hosting the seventh annual Hands-On Rotational Molding & Advanced Materials Workshop earlier this month.

With support from the Association of Rotational Molders and the Society of Plastics Engineers Rotational Molding Division, the PIRC’s workshop brought 31 individuals to campus, representing various sectors of the plastics industry and 11 states.

“It was tremendous to host diverse plastics professionals from throughout the country for this year’s workshop,” said Gary E. McQuay, PIRC engineering manager. “Attracting such talent on an annual basis speaks to the high quality of both the workshop and our plastics facilities at Penn College.”

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