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Gov. Wolf Visits Energy Technology Education Center
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President Davie Jane Gilmour greets Gov. Tom Wolf upon his arrival.

In his first visit since taking office in January, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf toured the Energy Technology Education Center on Wednesday in support of postsecondary education that meets the needs of regional and statewide employers. “Our citizens must have access to the education and training that jobs require, particularly as we continue to grow our energy industry,” he said. “Reinvesting in programs (such as ShaleNET) will help prepare people for jobs that pay.” ETEC, a training site for current and prospective gas-industry employees and emergency response crews, is a collaboration among Penn College, Lycoming County and industry partners.

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Penn College Focus of NPR Story on Marcellus Training

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NPR spotlights college's role in shale careers.

NPR spotlights college’s role in shale careers.

Penn College’s role in training workers for the natural gas industry is featured in a report that aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” (and affiliate stations) on Monday. Jeff Brady, a national correspondent for NPR who recently visited campus, talked with Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development at the college; onsite power generation student William N. Miller, of Hallstead; and others for a four-minute piece headlined, “In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust.”

NSSC’s Training Programs First in State to Be Fully Accredited

Training programs gain across-the-board accreditation.

The National Sustainable Structures Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology has added a groundbreaking chapter to its three-decade success story: It is the first in the commonwealth to offer accredited training in all four of the Home Energy Professional programs.

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council recently approved NSSC’s application for accreditation of its Quality Control Inspector and Crew Leader training programs, completing a credentialing sweep that began with endorsement of the Retrofit Installer Technician and Energy Auditor programs in the summer of 2013.

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Administrative Medical Assistants Complete Program in Wellsboro

Recent graduates from Penn College at Wellsboro's Medical Assistant Program are (front row, from left) Angela M. Vandegrift and Katie E. Reader; and (standing from left) Monica M. Bodine, Susan A. Breck, Michelle R. McIntosh, Justina A. Hill and Becky M. Thompson.

During a March 27 graduation ceremony at Penn College at Wellsboro, seven students were recognized for completion of the Administrative Medical Assistant Program and their preparation for employment in medical or dental offices, hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities.

Certificates were presented by Brenda G. Abplanalp, director of North Campus Outreach Services to: Monica M. Bodine and Angela M. Vandegrift, Wellsboro; Susan A. Breck, Coudersport; Justina A. Hill, Mansfield; Michelle R. McIntosh, Covington; Katie E. Reader, Blossburg; and Becky M. Thompson, Ulysses.

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College Included in Plastics Video Shown at High-Profile Expo

Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center is included in a five-minute video being shown this week at NPE: The International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, Fla. Portions of the video, presented by the state Department of Community & Economic Development and focused on the commonwealth’s plastics industry, were shot Feb. 10 on main campus. A number of Penn College plastics students and faculty, as well as PIRC representatives, are attending the conference/trade show.

Open House Planned at College’s New Training Location in Towanda

The public is invited to an Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new location in Bradford County, where short-term training classes will be offered this spring.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Suite One of the Central Bradford Progress Authority Building, One Elizabeth Street in Towanda.

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Unlock Your Creative Potential With Penn College Photoshop Course

The public can learn to create stunning digital images when Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a 12-hour Adobe Photoshop course in April.

The Mastering Photoshop: Level I class, taught by industry expert Wayne R. Palmer, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from April 2 to April 30; there will be no class on April 23. The cost of the course, to be held in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport, is $260.

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Grant Funds Allow Technicians to Attend Refresher Course

WDCE's Thomas W. Fry discusses motor and motor controls during Wednesday afternoon's Refresh Tech session.

WDCE’s Thomas W. Fry discusses motor and motor controls during Wednesday afternoon’s Refresh Tech session.

Employees of area businesses fill a classroom in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, thanks to training scholarships.

Employees of area businesses fill a classroom in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, thanks to training scholarships.

Forty employees from 18 regional companies are attending a weeklong Refresh Tech class, an interactive review of selected topics designed for multidisciplined maintenance technicians and offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College. Divided into two sessions of 20 students each, the class was quickly filled due to $500-per-person scholarships from a Central PA Works grant administered by the nine-county Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. The course – taught by Thomas W. Fry, industrial technology specialist – began with electrical basics and discussed a number of other essential concepts before moving to a consideration of newer applications from a troubleshooter’s perspective.

Impact Fees to Fund $15,000 in Regional ShaleNET Scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $15,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Bradford County.

The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 funding – fees levied on each gas well drilled in the Marcellus Shale formation – recently approved by the Bradford County Commissioners.

In an agreement similar to those enacted for residents of Lycoming and Tioga counties, Penn College will offer tuition-free training – $1,000 for each of 15 qualified Bradford County students – to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry.

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New Technology Overwhelming? 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.

The iPad & iPhone for Adults 55+ class, designed for those new to iPad/iPhone technology, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, March 19 and 26, in the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. The cost is $99.

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Video Crew Visits Plastics Labs in Advance of International Trade Show

Dave Pinskey (center) and Mike Lomma prep for an interview with Brittany L. Delmo, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Milford, about why she chose Penn College.

Dave Pinskey (center) and Mike Lomma prep for an interview with Brittany L. Delmo, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Milford, about why she chose Penn College.

Before the camera rolls, producer Nell Abom conducts a pre-interview with plastics and polymer engineering technology student Cody J. Fisher, of Blandon.

Before the camera rolls, producer Nell Abom conducts a pre-interview with plastics and polymer engineering technology student Cody J. Fisher, of Blandon.

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), the PIRC's program and technical service manager, leads a tour for the day's guests.

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), the PIRC’s program and technical service manager, leads a tour for the day’s guests.

Seth E. Cook (above) and Heith A. Hicks – students of Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology and department head – are filmed during a practical exercise in the injection molding lab. Cook, of Mountville, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology; Hicks, of Williamsport, is enrolled in the two-year plastics and polymer technology major.

Seth E. Cook (above) and Heith A. Hicks – students of Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics and polymer engineering technology and department head – are filmed during a practical exercise in the injection molding lab. Cook, of Mountville, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology; Hicks, of Williamsport, is enrolled in the two-year plastics and polymer technology major.

Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, coolly awaits his opportunity to discuss the industry-relevant research, development and education available in the college's plastics labs.

Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics and polymer technology, coolly awaits his opportunity to discuss the industry-relevant research, development and education available in the college’s plastics labs.

A production team from Harrisburg spent much of Tuesday in Penn College’s plastics laboratories, preparing for a brief video that will be shown at NPE: The International Plastics Showcase from March 23-27 in Orlando, Fla. Gathering footage and conducting interviews for the Team Pennsylvania Pavilion in the Orange County Convention Center were Nell Abom, a communications consultant working with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, and Commonwealth Media Services’ Mike Lomma, director of videography, and Dave Pinskey, audio engineer. The three-person crew toured labs in each of five featured processes (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming) and talked with students, faculty and Plastics Innovation & Resource Center Director C. Hank White about the hands-on education offered both on the curricular side and in helping the industry remain competitive. Penn College is one of only five colleges in the nation offering degree programs in plastics accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, and boasts unique National Centers of Excellence in rotational molding and thermoforming – distinctions that will be highlighted in the video, as well.

Quick Start Leadership Program to Be Offered at Penn College

High performers are often selected for leadership roles based on demonstrated technical skills.

A 10-hour noncredit program at Pennsylvania College of Technology next month will assist individuals in launching leadership careers using several common approaches. The sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 and 19 at the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport.

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Emergency Medical Responder Course Scheduled at Penn College

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a 50-hour Emergency Medical Responder course, beginning March 16.

The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through May 11 at the Center for Business & Workforce Development or the nearby Klump Academic Center. The cost is $300.

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Business, Management Courses Offered at Penn College

For those ready to take themselves or their businesses to the next level, Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering an array of noncredit business and management courses.

The courses are presented by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College and are held at the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The courses are taught by qualified, experienced industry experts and faculty.

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Penn College Offers Workplace Classes in Wellsboro

Do you want to make a difference in your business or industry? Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro, located in the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building, will offer several management courses this spring.

The classes are taught by qualified instructors at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners. They are held in a relaxed classroom environment, allowing students to learn, experiment and ask questions. Bring your team members for the most benefit.

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