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Penn College hosting FAFSA completion sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is aiding college students, prospective students and families in completing the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The college is hosting free FAFSA completion sessions on its main campus for staff to assist with the online application. The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and some scholarships.

The sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Both will be in Room 1049 of the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center. Students currently enrolled or planning to attend any college or university are invited. Students who are 23 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Future-seekers meet their match at Fall Open House

Savoring an autumn outing and academic exploration

Fall Open House visitors had unfettered access to Penn College’s vibrant campuses Sunday, as today’s faculty/staff, alumni and students provided them with a tantalizing view of a very real and credible tomorrow. All six academic schools put out the welcome mat through information sessions, tours and laboratory demonstrations, and guests were encouraged to explore the institution’s myriad complementary services and activities.

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Start building a Penn College future at Oct. 28 Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center are two of the facilities that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology may tour during Fall Open House on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Students looking for a bold next step in their educational journey are encouraged to attend an Oct. 28 Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where “future made by hand” is a template for success.

“Visiting a college campus should be an experience. At Open House, students are able to touch, see and explore their future,” said Claire Z. Biggs, assistant director of admissions. “From the state-of-the-art labs to the knowledgeable faculty and staff, Penn College is the place to be if you want to be a tomorrow maker.”

The college will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for prospective students and their families to explore more than 100 bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs. Free bus service will be available on the main campus in Williamsport, and shuttles will transport guests to and from the nearby Lumley Aviation and Schneebeli Earth Science centers throughout the day.

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Visitors Get Eyeful on Aptly Named ‘Summer Preview Day’

Admissions Counselor Lee A. Dawson provides an overview of life at Penn College during a welcome session in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Chef Mary G. Trometter, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, shows families around the kitchens where students prepare fine food for Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

Michelle D. Kachik, a student ambassador and physician assistant student from Clarence, leads a group on a tour of campus.

Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor, talks with families about the ins and outs of the college’s automotive technology majors.

Penn College welcomed nearly 100 potential students and their guests Friday for the season’s second Summer Preview Day. The visitors explored instructional labs; enjoyed campus and housing tours; and connected with Admissions, Student Activities, Athletics, Financial Aid and other resources. The final Summer Preview Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

Visitors Soak in Campus, Spring Sunshine at Open House

The sun warms up a campus tour.

The Penn College community welcomed prospective students, their families and their friends to Spring Open House on Saturday. The entire campus was open for exploration, with knowledgeable and friendly students, employees and alumni around every corner to help potential enrollees and other guests make the most of their stay.

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Limitless Opportunity Awaits at College’s March 24 Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center are two of the facilities that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology may tour during Fall Open House on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Students looking for a meaningful next step in their education should plan a spring road trip to Pennsylvania College of Technology, where leading-edge technology complements a hands-on philosophy that has been a hallmark for more than a century.

The college will hold an Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24 – with an emphasis on “open” – where departments and services across its campuses provide a truly accessible first exposure to “degrees that work.”

Visiting campus is crucial when choosing where to enroll, and prospective students are encouraged to “see it all” during the 9-a.m.-to-3-p.m. event.

“Open House is an opportunity for students at every stage of the college exploration process to experience all that Penn College has to offer,” said Audriana L. Empet, associate director of admissions. “The entire campus community looks forward to welcoming our guests to campus on March 24.”

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Stabler Foundation Boosts Scholarship Funding for Penn College

Additional funding from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg will help qualified transfer students enrolling at Pennsylvania College of Technology achieve their educational objectives.

The $460,000 in scholarship funding – allocated by Penn College for the unique needs of transfer students – brings to $1.53 million the total scholarship support the college has received from the philanthropic organization over the past three years.

Transfer students are strongly represented within Penn College’s high-demand, 100-plus academic majors, accounting for nearly 25 percent of those enrolling at the institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

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Penn College to Again Make Impression on Farm Show Attendees

Students in Penn College’s hospitality majors join their instructor, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, on the Culinary Connection stage at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last January.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors will soon flock to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center to celebrate the commonwealth’s leading industry, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be on hand for an interactive peek into the real-world applications of “degrees that work.”

“A beloved tradition of Penn College, the Pennsylvania Farm Show continues to be the highlight of the new year. During the weeklong festivities, members of Admissions, Alumni Relations and Academic Affairs bring Penn College to Harrisburg and showcase all of the amazing opportunities that await students on campus,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through our interactive and hands-on activities, we hope that friends of the college will come to learn what makes applied technology education so special.”

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Deep-Thinking Delegates Take Law Into Their Own Hands

Fronted by table tents identifying their adopted states of origin, delegates prepare to tackle a packet of resolutions.

Tomorrow’s leaders convened at Penn College on Wednesday, acting as delegates from across the country considering amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The 133 high school students from nine districts (Bellefonte Area, Berwick Area, East Lycoming, Hazleton Area, Jersey Shore Area, Loyalsock Township, South Williamsport Area, Susquenita and Williamsport Area) remained in their assigned characters throughout the mock constitutional convention – informally known as “ConCon” – in the Bush Campus Center, representing their respective states in discussing the ever-weighty issues of governing and preserving this American republic. Among those welcoming the group was Ashley R. Murphy, director of admissions, who applauded the young men and women for “thinking about things bigger than yourselves, boldly and bravely effecting positive change” in society.

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A Sun-day in Name Only … but, Oh, What a Day!

Pottstown residents Tom, Kim and Jason Francis pause during their soggy stroll for a portrait in campus exploration.

Umbrellas were the most coveted accessory, but nowhere near as essential as the information that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall Open House carried home. Held across the institution’s awe-inspiring campuses, the autumn tradition delivered tours, priceless exchanges with helpful members of the campus community, valuable exposure to student life with those who live it and close-up views of the newest majors at a 103-year-old institution that never shows its age.

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New Majors Add to Campus Energy for Penn College Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center are two of the facilities that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology may tour during Fall Open House on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Fall Open House at Pennsylvania College of Technology returns Sunday, Oct. 29, with a public invitation to experience a fascinating array of opportunities.

“We are all really excited about our upcoming fall Open House,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events/services. “This is such a great day on campus for our prospective students and their families to get a true taste of what Penn College has to offer.”

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can learn more about 100-plus bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs when they visit the college’s main campus and the nearby Lumley Aviation and Schneebeli Earth Science centers. Free shuttles will traverse main campus, and buses will transport visitors to and from the other locations throughout the day.

“Open House is one of those days where the entire campus community – faculty, staff and students – come together to show our pride for Penn College,” Biggs added. “We can’t wait to share our excitement with all of our guests this October!”

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Presidential Student Ambassadors Begin Year of Service

Front row, from left: Michelle D. Kachik, Cassandra D. Henderson, Maepearl E. St. George and Dianna R. Weaver. Middle row, from left: Majid Al-Amri, Cera N. Blunk, Kayla M. Jackson, Lindsey A. King, Erin N. Shaffer and Thomas A. D’Arcy; Back row, from left: Ryan Monteleone, Jonathan R. Hendrickson, Troy A. Stair, Travis J. Scholtz, Alexander C. McDonnell, Nathaniel H. Lyon and David M. Zlotnicki. Not pictured: Kelsey L. McKenrick, Mary K. Slipe, Logan M. Tubiello and Alexander R. Wetzel.

Twenty-one students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2017-18 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Selected for their demonstration of leadership, involvement, academic achievement and campus pride, the student ambassadors promote Penn College to prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, business partners and friends of the college.

“The Presidential Student Ambassadors are such a huge part of the Admissions team,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “They make such a great first impression on our prospective students; it’s hard to imagine not having them around! The ambassadors are already hard at work, and we’re so excited to see what’s in store for this great group of students this year!”

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Penn College Appoints Associate Director of Admissions

Audriana L. Empet

Audriana L. Empet has been named associate director of admissions at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Empet, of Corning, New York, comes to Penn College from Cornell University’s Center for Technology Licensing, Ithaca, New York, where she was employed as a communication and outreach officer and, prior to that, as a communication and event specialist.

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Brewing Up Some Major Promotion

Major swag: Glasses, openers and coasters promote the new brewing and fermentation science degree.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s new brewing and fermentation science degree was highlighted at the Billtown Brewfest on Saturday. Held in downtown Williamsport at Midtown Landing, an area behind Trade and Transit Centre II, the festival featured 30 craft breweries offering tastings. Representatives from the college’s Admissions, Alumni Relations and Corporate Relations offices were on hand for the event, answering questions about the new major and greeting alumni in attendance. Also participating was Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science and an award-winning brewmaster, who visited with fellow brewers and promoted Penn College’s academic entry into the industry. “I thought it was a great event in a great location,” Yarrington said. “It was good to see so many of my brewing peers here in Williamsport and be able to taste so many great products. I enjoyed catching up with some old friends and also making some new ones. I look forward to this becoming an annual Williamsport tradition.” Organized by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and Brickyard Restaurant & Ale House, the celebration of craft beers offered two three-hour tastings and featured entertainment by two local bands – The No Maddz and The Family Ties. Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science degree begins this fall.

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Penn College Becomes Full Member of NCAA Division III

Wildcat Athletics

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wildcat Athletics teams will compete as full members of NCAA Division III when students return this fall.

The NCAA Division III Management Council notified Penn College on Thursday that it has successfully completed the provisional membership process. As a full NCAA Division III member, the college will be eligible to compete for national championships and will have voting rights on NCAA legislation.

“This is wonderful news for Wildcat Athletics and for Penn College,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Full Division III membership will help us attract more student-athletes. These students enter our gates with a heightened sense of grit and drive, and we know that Penn College student-athletes find the competition, discipline and teamwork required of a collegiate athlete integral to their record of success as leaders in their chosen professions.

“The college’s work toward full NCAA membership has already injected a welcome boost to campus spirit, which was on full display when we recently introduced our new Wildcat Athletic logo to a capacity crowd of students, faculty and staff. I want to commend everyone at the institution who played a role in moving this process forward.”

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Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State