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05.26.2022

Visitors set sights on tomorrow during summertime’s first Open House

05.18.2022

Penn College Baja SAE team captures coveted race victory

05.15.2022

President’s commencement finale hits all the right notes

05.12.2022

President says farewell with authenticity, humility … and accolades

05.10.2022

CAC’s Educational Series delights young eyes, enriches minds

05.26.2022

Industry pros’ informal talk adds to students’ formal education

Advice from industry partners led to the creation of the Human Services & Restorative Justice Coffee & Conversation series this past semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology, and plans are underway to continue the initiative in the fall. Hosting three speakers across three months of Spring 2022, the sessions provided candid conversations on hot topics impacting the HSJ field.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Events Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Students
05.26.2022

Traveling Penn College students mentioned in Italian news media

Penn College students are among the visitors to an Italian outdoor market, seeing firsthand the connection between farmers and consumers.
Penn College students are among the visitors to an Italian outdoor market, seeing firsthand the connection between farmers and consumers.

A group of Penn College students, visiting three distinct regions of Italy to study their hospitality culture, were the subject of a May 24 article in Italian online news publication Estense.com. “Estense” is the Italian term for people from Ferrara, in northern Italy. The publication featured the students’ visit to a farmers market in the city. Local representatives talked with students about the market; how it facilitates the use of fresh, in-season foods and a short supply chain; and typical products of the region, including rice, pasta, sugar, garlic, wine, cold cuts, Ferrara peanuts and rice biscuits. The students are enrolled in a study abroad course titled Global Food & Hospitality: Cuisine, Culture and Perspectives, taught by Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts. Watch PCToday for more about the trip (and other college-sanctioned Global Experiences).

Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Management Faculty & Staff Students
05.26.2022

Visitors set sights on tomorrow during summertime’s first Open House

​More than 400 prospective students and their guests attended Wednesday’s first Open House of the summer season, which featured weather as warm as the welcome they received from accommodating faculty and staff. Attendees got an informative “sneak peek” at what awaits Penn College’s Tomorrow Makers, including tours of instructional space and various aspects of student life. Visit the Admissions Office to register for one of the season’s remaining Open Houses: Sunday, June 26; Saturday, July 23; and Friday, July 29.
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Admissions Events Faculty & Staff Students
05.25.2022

Penn College employee-recruiting video captures Telly Award

A video highlighting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dynamic environment and culture – and serving as a recruitment tool for faculty – has earned bronze recognition in the 43rd annual Telly Awards, a competition honoring excellence in video and television across all screens.

The video “Make a Hands-on Difference: Teach at Penn College” received a bronze Telly in the General-Workplace Culture category.

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Faculty & Staff
05.25.2022

Community Arts Center awarded EITC funds from C&N Bank

A $20,000 donation from Citizens & Northern Bank as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program will be used to support approved educational programming at the Community Arts Center.

“The Community Arts Center provides exceptional live entertainment to the region and we are proud to continue our support of their programs,” said Thomas Rudy, region president at C&N. “This year’s donation benefits their Youth Educational Series, which gives younger community members interested in the arts the opportunity to be involved.”

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General Information
05.25.2022

Flags lowered for victims of Texas school shooting

Flag at half-staffAs a mark of respect for the victims of “the senseless acts of violence perpetrated” on Tuesday, President Biden has ordered that American flags be flown at half-staff until sunset Saturday. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

General Information
05.24.2022

Unwind, Wildcat-style!

Student life is about so much more than hands-on learning and late-night study sessions. As much as Wildcats love their labs, they also enjoy relaxing with friends. A fast-paced 72-second video offers a glimpse of what it’s store at Penn College on any given day: from dog hugs to disc golf … hoops to hatchets … and a jam-packed calendar of campus events.

Students
05.24.2022

Community Arts Center receives arts grant

The Community Arts Center has received a $3,671 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, PCA received funds to distribute to Pennsylvania arts organizations and programs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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General Information
05.23.2022

Penn College grads listed for Spring 2022

The list of graduates for the Spring 2022 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released.

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Alumni
05.23.2022

Spring 2022 dean’s list announced

The Spring 2022 dean’s list has been issued at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Alumni Students
05.20.2022

Bridal path leads floral design grad back to Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center holds such a special place for alumna Elizabeth M. Getchen that, when it came time to arrange her wedding flowers, no other venue could come close to warmly honoring the occasion.

Getchen holds two associate degrees from the college – floral design/interior plantscape (2007) and ornamental horticulture: landscape technology emphasis (2009) – and obtained administrative permission to return to the Allenwood-area campus in advance of her nuptials.

She and fiancé Ian J. Mowatt are to be married Saturday, May 21, at Sacred Oak Vista in Jersey Shore.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Landscape/Horticulture
05.20.2022

Architecture alum featured in WVIA’s ‘Careers That Work’ series

Kalvin-Gold joins co-workers Visco (left) and Eric E. Laughrey, who graduated from Penn College in 2001 with a degree in architectural technology.
Kalvin-Gold joins co-workers Visco (left) and Eric E. Laughrey, who graduated from Penn College in 2001 with a degree in architectural technology.

Haley M. Kalvin-Gold, who earned an associate degree in architectural technology during the spring semester, is profiled in a new video posted to WVIA’s “Careers That Work” playlist. Kalvin-Gold, an architectural technician with Anthony H. Visco Jr. Architects in Williamsport, takes viewers through a day in the life of a drafter – a career that supports architecture, civil engineering, electrical work, manufacturing and construction.

Kalvin-Gold, on a site visit to the Muncy Bank & Trust Co. offices under construction in South Williamsport.
Kalvin-Gold, on a site visit to the Muncy Bank & Trust Co. offices under construction in South Williamsport.

“We do a range of things,” says Kalvin-Gold, who will return to campus in the fall in pursuit of a bachelor’s in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. “From projects and visits and field measuring to drafting, modeling in 3D and 2D, and creating hand sketches.”

Visco, who also appears in the video, earned his associate degree in architectural technology from Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College and is a member of the School of Engineering Technologies’ Architectural Technology Advisory Committee.

Alumni Architecture & Sustainable Design Engineering Technologies Students Women in STEM
05.20.2022

Pre-apprentices AMPed-up for advancement

Attendees get small-group attention from First Quality employees Zachary Kies, Rick Bloom and Karen Wertz.
Attendees get small-group attention from First Quality employees Zachary Kies, Rick Bloom and Karen Wertz.
From left: Yoder, Gramling and Berger commend the pre-apprentices for successfully finishing the AMP program and being part of the skills-gap solution. "Apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships are really expanding in Pennsylvania," Berger said. "We hear a lot about a worker shortage; these programs are a way to train individuals for those positions."
From left: Yoder, Gramling and Berger commend the pre-apprentices for successfully finishing the AMP program and being part of the skills-gap solution. “Apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships are really expanding in Pennsylvania,” Berger said. “We hear a lot about a worker shortage; these programs are a way to train individuals for those positions.”
Instructors Yoder (left) and Gramling pose with Elisha Sam, who was among those recognized. "This speaks to your passion for lifelong learning and puts you in a position for success, no matter where it leads," Yoder said. "The skills you've attained are going to be with you forever, even if you're uncertain today," Gramling told them. "You now have the foundation that you're going to need to grow."
Instructors Yoder (left) and Gramling pose with Elisha Sam, who was among those recognized. “This speaks to your passion for lifelong learning and puts you in a position for success, no matter where it leads,” Yoder said. “The skills you’ve attained are going to be with you forever, even if you’re uncertain today,” Gramling told them. “You now have the foundation that you’re going to need to grow.”
Engaging ambassadors from West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. showcase some of the products manufactured at their various locations and talk with families about career opportunities. From left are Ronald Long, Karen Daugherty and Heather Allison.
Engaging ambassadors from West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. showcase some of the products manufactured at their various locations and talk with families about career opportunities. From left are Ronald Long, Karen Daugherty and Heather Allison.
Groups rotated among the three businesses' tables, including this contingent with Kawneer's Sarah Moscatello.
Groups rotated among the three businesses’ tables, including this contingent with Kawneer’s Sarah Moscatello.

Penn College’s Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program culminated in graduation on Friday morning, followed by breakout networking opportunities with three of the initiative’s industry partners. Seven of the pre-apprentices (four high schoolers and three young adults from across Pennsylvania) attended in person with their families, receiving certificates of completion and Certified Manufacturing Associate status from the Society for Manufacturing Engineers, among other credentials. Participants learn foundational knowledge and skills related to manufacturing careers during the semester-long program, a substantial commitment that was acknowledged at the ceremony by Ross A. Berger, manager of the MIDAS grant that funds the college’s pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship offerings, and industry technology specialists Chris D. Gramling and Adam J. Yoder. The brief ceremony in Penn’s Inn was followed by Industry Day and a campus tour; taking time to talk with the pre-apprentices were representatives of First Quality, Kawneer and West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.

Apprenticeships Faculty & Staff Workforce Development
05.19.2022

‘Employers seek it; how do we teach it?’

Kat A. Valentine, coordinator of makerspace operations, engages faculty in discussion, including encouraging them to reach out to her to develop ideas for using maker activities in their classrooms and labs.
Kat A. Valentine, coordinator of makerspace operations, engages faculty in discussion, including encouraging them to reach out to her to develop ideas for using maker activities in their classrooms and labs.
An introductory DIY – electronic greeting cards with LED lights – gets faculty thinking about using “maker” activities to engage students in the topics they teach.
An introductory DIY – electronic greeting cards with LED lights – gets faculty thinking about using “maker” activities to engage students in the topics they teach.
Qiang Cao, assistant professor of radiography, adds copper tape to create a circuit connecting his card’s LEDs to a battery.
Qiang Cao, assistant professor of radiography, adds copper tape to create a circuit connecting his card’s LEDs to a battery.
Laying the groundwork to incorporate creativity and innovation, at work and at home
Laying the groundwork to incorporate creativity and innovation, at work and at home
Smaller breakout sessions give participants space and opportunity for fruitful spontaneity.
Smaller breakout sessions give participants space and opportunity for fruitful spontaneity.

Penn College faculty and staff this week attended the 2022 Summer Teaching Institute, one and a half days of professional development that focused on “Creative Thinking Strategies.” Delivering the keynote address – “Why Teach Creativity and Innovation: Why Is It Important and Where Do I Start?” – on Tuesday’s opening day was Larry Keiser, assistant clinical professor and program director for the graduate and undergraduate creativity & innovation degree and certificate programs in Drexel University’s School of Education. That afternoon brought additional sessions on the topic, presented by campus specialists, as well a hands-on activity in the Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. Wednesday’s half-day brought more interaction, including “Where Do Good Ideas Come From?” led by Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost. That conversation about innovation encouraged attendees to brainstorm how to best fulfill the college’s Mission, Vision and Values. Held shortly after the end of each academic year, the Summer Teaching Institute helps lay a productive foundation for an engaging return to instruction in the fall semester.

General Information
05.19.2022

Plastics professionals converge at Penn College

Plastics professionals from throughout North America enhanced their skills at a recent workshop hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

The two-day Rotational Molding & Advanced Materials Workshop offered a mix of lecture and hands-on instruction at the college’s Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence. Twenty-six individuals, representing 13 companies from seven states and Canada, learned the connection between material preparation, molding and final part quality.

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General Information