News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

NSSC Accepts Energy-Efficiency Award on Behalf of Industry Partner

Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center, accepts The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Energy Star award from Jacob Moss, deputy director of the EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, national sponsor of the Building Operator Certification program that trains and certifies workers in best practices for energy efficiency, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2016 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. Alison A. Diehl, NSSC director, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the award on behalf of the nonprofit and its training coalition.

“EPA does an outstanding job in recognizing industry partners that are achieving real impacts on energy-efficiency efforts,” Diehl said. “We are proud to represent NEEC and the national Building Operator Certification, a program that teaches facilities personnel to improve occupant comfort while maximizing facility efficiency.”

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Regional Visitors Hope to Facilitate European Import of Marcellus Gas

Strittmatter discusses ShaleNET's successes in workforce development.

Guests mingle with their hosts before boarding their coach back to Washington, D.C.

Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, explains the virtual-reality world of wellfield training simulation, through which miscues can be ascertained and corrected ... without costly consequences.

Parties interested in the international export of natural gas included Penn College in a fact-finding visit to the region this week. Meeting with ShaleNET personnel in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center were representatives of LNG Allies Inc., a nonprofit research and advocacy group; the American Petroleum Institute; Anadarko Petroleum; the embassies of Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia; and the European Parliament Liaison Office. While on campus, the working group heard presentations from Robert Montgomery, Anadarko’s production engineering manager for the Appalachian Basin; John F. Strittmatter, director of the ShaleNET U.S. Regional Hub; Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and David Yoxtheimer, an extension associate with the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. The coalition’s two-day stay also featured a breakfast meeting with the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, as well as tours of the Panda Patriot power plant in Clinton Township and the Energy Transfer Partners compressor station along Route 87.

Short-Term 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 July 6-26 – 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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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 May 23 to June 14 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students undergo classroom and hands-on learning from instructors with real-world work experience.

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Two-Day WDCE Course Focuses on Project Management

In today’s business world, project managers are called upon to lead and motivate stakeholders to meet the challenging objectives of assignments ranging from small tasks to multimillion-dollar projects. Well-led projects are completed on time and under budget, effectively and efficiently, and are recognized by all team members as a positive experience.

A June 15-16 Project Management Application course offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology can help managers significantly improve the likelihood of success at all levels. Among the topics to be discussed are stopping cost overruns, improving return on investment, enhancing teamwork and improving communication.

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Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Course Scheduled at Penn College

Summertime means ballgames, picnics, nature and … drones.

Are you aware of the latest Federal Aviation Administration regulations involving drones? Do you need quadcopter control lessons? Are you interested in meeting other drone enthusiasts?

Just in time for the summer months, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a Drone Quadcopter Technology course beginning in June.

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WDCE Offering Four-Session Series for Front-Line Supervisors

Four classes comprise the Front Line Supervisor Spring Series being offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology beginning in May.

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Near-Grads Find One-Stop Convenience at Outdoor ‘Finale’

A long line forms even before the start of Grad Finale. First and second in line (at right) are building automation technology seniors and Campus View Resident Assistants Cody A. Forke, of Gilbertsville, and Christopher J. Morrin, of Morrisville. Forke has a degree in electrical technology (’14) and Morrin graduated from heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology in 2015.

A new item available in The College Store: a "Penn College Grad” baseball cap with "2016" on the back!

Nathaniel E. Brown, a business administration: management concentration senior from Philadelphia, diligently fills out a poster overflowing with thanks to his many supporters.

Warding off the morning chill by the Bush Campus Center fire pit is Hamad H. Almarri, a student from Saudi Arabia anticipating his degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology.

A mother-and-son graduating duo from Williamsport: Adam M. Bailey, information technology: web applications development concentration, and Wendy J. Gee, health information technology, start their celebrations early!

Soon-to-depart students with questions about commencement and postgraduate life – everything from the life span of student email to tickets for their big day to student loans – checked off their to-do list at Tuesday’s Grad Finale on the Bush Campus Center patio. Staff from Alumni Relations, Career Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, The College Store and Workforce Development & Continuing Education were available for the convenience of petitioned students, who could pick up commencement tickets, purchase caps and gowns, and learn more about alumni benefits at one handy location.

Practical Nursing Information Sessions to Be Held in Wellsboro

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District offices, will host an information session on Tuesday, May 10, for those interested in nursing as a career.

The session will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the former music room at the district’s administration building.

Natalie O. DeLeonardis, coordinator of the Outreach Practical Nursing Program, 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.

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International Guests Assess College’s Role in Gas Industry

Visitors from China listen to Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor ...

...and gather with their Penn College hosts in the lobby of the BWD.

A delegation from China visited Penn College on Wednesday, beginning with a presentation about the programs – credit and noncredit – that help feed the natural gas industry. Representing the Petrochina Huabei Oilfield Co., Huangding Energy Services and Henen Polytech University, the 12-member group toured the wellsite training facility and mechatronics lab in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, and the machining and welding labs in the School of Industrial & Engineering Technologies. The contingent also met for several hours with Thomas B. Murphy, extension educator and co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. Following lunch at Lycoming College, the group explored instructional space at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the wellfield simulation at the Energy Technology Education Center.
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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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