News: Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Penn College Has Seat at Roundtable on Value of Apprenticeships

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development at Penn College, speaks with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez during a Dec. 11 Philadelphia visit.

Three representatives of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology were on hand when the U.S. Department of Labor recently made available $100 million in grant funding for apprenticeships.

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; John F. Strittmatter, ShaleNET U.S. regional hub director; and David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives, attended the Dec. 11 announcement in the Philadelphia School District by Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez.

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Noncredit EMT Course to Be Offered at Choice of Locations

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a new 150-hour, noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning with the Spring 2015 semester.

The course, comprising 50 hours of streaming online lectures and 100 hours of face-to-face learning, will meet National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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Ground-Stabilization Equipment Demonstrated at College Training Site

Paul Godridge, a design engineer with Faun Trackway, talks hydraulics outside the training site's classroom.

Paul Godridge, a design engineer with Faun Trackway, talks hydraulics outside the training site’s classroom.

Formation of the access surface begins with placing the Trackway – interlocking aluminum panels – beneath the wheels of a front-end loader.

Formation of the access surface begins with placing the Trackway – interlocking aluminum panels – beneath the wheels of a front-end loader.

Unspooling as the vehicle moves forward, about 40 meters of temporary roadway is laid in minutes ...

Unspooling as the vehicle moves forward, about 40 meters of temporary roadway is laid in minutes …

... providing industry representatives with sturdy footing amid sloppy surroundings.

… providing industry representatives with sturdy footing amid sloppy surroundings.

One of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and providers of portable access solutions brought military-tested technology to the civilian front at Penn College on Thursday, demonstrating its product for a group of industry representatives at the college’s riverside training grounds in Montgomery. Faun Trackway USA brought along its Medium Ground Mobility System-Beam Dispenser Lite, which it hopes will appeal to oil, gas, timber and mining interests. Mounted onto a business’s existing equipment, the product lays down an operational and environmentally sensitive roadway that allows work crews to access remote areas where conditions and maneuverability pose a challenge. Following remarks by David C. Pistner, director of energy initiatives for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, and Michael Holdcraft, vice president of Faun Trackway USA, the group watched the product at work across a muddy field at the operations site – also used by heavy construction equipment students from the college’s nearby Schneebeli Earth Science Center. The visit was facilitated by the Shale Training & Education Center at Penn College.

One-Day Excel Class Offered in December

An intermediate-level Microsoft Excel class will be offered in December through Penn College at Towanda in the Central Bradford Progress Authority building.

The noncredit class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in Suite 1, Room 1 of One Progress Plaza, 1 Elizabeth St., Towanda. The cost is $159.

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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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