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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.
“Miss Representation,” a documentary that explores how mainstream media’s limited (and often disparaging) portrayals contribute to the disparity of women in influential positions, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday in Penn’s Inn (Bush Campus Center, second floor). Written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at the 2001 Sundance Festival. A panel discussion will follow the free screening.
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.
The North Central PA Technology Forum, a free event for the region’s managers and technology professionals, will be held from 7:30 a.m.-noon Friday, April 10, in the first-floor presentation room of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student & Administrative Services Center. Sponsored by Manufacturing Applications Knowledge Exchange and Susquehanna Technology Association, the event will feature industry experts from Microsoft, Comcast and TrendScape Innovation Group. For more information or to register, consult the event flier: Technology Forum
As the result of a slow ground thaw, Pennsylvania College of Technology has had all of its home baseball and softball games postponed through the end of the month, but the college’s men’s tennis and golf teams are expected to open this week as scheduled. And the archery team “put on a good show” as it recently closed out the indoor season.
Career Fairs Attract Record Number of Employers
Nationally, employment projections are encouraging for the Class of 2015. Recent career fairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology reflected that positive reality.
Approximately 210 employers offering more than 2,400 jobs and internships participated in the spring career fairs at the college’s main campus and Lumley Aviation Center. The number of employers, including several Fortune 500 companies, was an all-time high, according to Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development.
“It was so large we outgrew our capacity and had a waiting list for employers hoping to attend,” Shultz said. “That is a good problem to have! Technical education and hands-on training are in demand, and our students and alumni are highly recruited.”
The Penn College Construction Association expanded its opportunity to interact with potential employers with an invitation to remain on campus for a social event following this week’s Career Fair. Using Penn’s Inn as the backdrop, club members opened the social with a brief introduction to the purpose of the club. Officers highlighted several of their community service projects while their guests enjoyed a much-needed break to sit and enjoy the presentation. “We wanted to give students and prospective employers an opportunity to continue conversations from the Career Fair in a more informal setting,” said Ryan T. Fry, PCCA president. “While I graduate in May, my goal is for this social event to becoming a sustaining activity for future Penn College students.” After the brief presentation of club activities, the students, employers and faculty members enjoyed casual talk about the industry. For faculty, it was also an opportunity to catch up with alumni now working in the field. “I’ve been involved with the club since I started at Penn College. Being involved has allowed me to become engaged with the community,” said Vincent S. DelMonte, PCCA vice president. “The club provided me with additional avenues to apply my skills. I like to call this club my ‘free class,’” he added with a laugh.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean, construction and design technologies
PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.
Two human services faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently presented student-advising ideas at the 37th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, held at St. Pete Beach, Florida.
Deb Q. Bechtel, instructor of human services/social science, and Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology, presented “It Takes a Village: Suggestions for Advising Students at the Program Level” during one of the conference’s poster presentation sessions.
A $3,000 industry grant will help recruit students for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s fledgling partnership with the Chrysler family of automobile dealerships.
The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Foundation recently approved the college’s funding application, which requested $1,000 for travel expenses to high schools and vehicle dealerships, $1,000 for T-shirts to further the Penn College/Mopar brand and $1,000 as a need-based toolbox scholarship to encourage financially challenged students to enroll.
Penn College’s automotive technology: Mopar CAP emphasis attracted interest when launched for the Fall 2014 semester, and initial marketing helped spread the word about the associate-degree major. The grant is intended to boost that exposure, with a goal of increasing enrollment of first-year students to 16 for Fall 2015.
The Spring 2015 issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine, is on its way to mailboxes. You can also read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: A nursing student establishes a nonprofit to help others like her; coach Chris Howard’s baseball odyssey; a student’s quadcopter skills show campus from new heights; the college’s scholarship campaign exceeds expectations; and a welding student talks about his volunteer experience at a Middle East children’s home. Visit to share stories and leave your comments.
Pennsylvania College of Technology has approved an agreement allowing qualified graduates of Corning Community College the opportunity to enroll at Penn College at the in-state tuition rate.
According to the agreement, which was announced March 10 at Corning Community College, any CCC student with an eligible associate degree who enrolls at Penn College from Fall 2015 through Fall 2018 will be offered the in-state rate.
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Robert & Maureen Dunham Children’s Learning Center received a Keystone STARS Merit Award and a Keystone STARS Education and Retention Award totaling $43,485 for 2014-15.
Funds from the grants are used for staff development, the purchase of toys and furniture for the children, accreditation-related expenses, special health and nutrition activities, and family events.
The phenomenal growth of an already-successful Penn College athletics program into an NCAA Division III presence – complete with full-time coaches, a Hall of Fame, official apparel and a new website – was featured in a recent Webb Weekly cover story. Lou Hunsinger Jr.’s March 4 article, featuring a cover photo of college President Davie Jane Gilmour and athletic director Scott E. Kennell, is reprinted here with permission: Webb Weekly – A New Era of Athletics