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Fashionably protected from the elements

The weather was as mercurial as you’d expect from autumn in Pennsylvania – persistent precipitation giving way to scrumptious sunshine – but Fall Open House at Penn College was much more predictable: a daylong forecast of helpful employees, students and alumni, all eager to guide the stream of visitors that wound its way from building to building, hoping to join an imminent cohort of “tomorrow makers.”

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Incentive program freezes tuition for baccalaureate students

Baccalaureate students who commit to completing their degrees in four years can freeze their tuition rates as part of a new initiative launching at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Momentum Incentive Program enables students to opt in for a Fall 2020 start. The program is open to first-time, full-time bachelor-degree students who enroll by May 1, 2020.

To keep their incoming-year tuition rate the same for the remaining three years, students must complete at least 30 credits each academic year and maintain a GPA of at least a 3.0.

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Presidential Student Ambassadors promote college pride

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Presidential Student Ambassadors gather for a photo in front of the Madigan Library. Front row, from left: Sophia G. Wiest, Maepearl St. George, Elizabeth Wellar, Danielle R. Wesneski and Autumn G. McCrum. Middle row, from left: Wesley S. McCray, McKenna N. Myers, Lindsey A. King, Gabrielle R. Fries and Drake R. Lenker; Back row, from left: Nathan Rader-Edkin, Zachary J. Kravitz, Travis J. Scholtz, Jon R. Hendrickson and Nathaniel H. Lyon. Not pictured: Kate M. Ruggiero.

Sixteen students are serving as Presidential Student Ambassadors for the 2019-20 academic year at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Selected for their demonstration of leadership, campus involvement, academic achievement and college pride, the student ambassadors act as liaisons between Penn College and prospective and current students and their families, guests, alumni, industry partners and friends of the college.

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Penn College hosting free FAFSA completion sessions

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering free assistance for current and future college students and their families to complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The college is hosting FAFSA completion sessions on its main campus 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. 9, from noon to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Both sessions 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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Join ‘tomorrow makers’ at Penn College’s Oct. 27 Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center near the main entrance of Pennsylvania College of Technology will be open for campus visitors along with cutting-edge labs and classrooms for more than 100 academic program areas during an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s rich history of turning today’s eager learners into the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow will be on ample display during an Oct. 27 Open House.

The college will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for prospective students and their families to delve into scores of bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs. Buses will conveniently traverse main campus throughout the day, and shuttles will regularly carry guests to and from the Schneebeli Earth Science and Lumley Aviation centers.

“Our students learn by doing, and our Open House is no different. Guests will get a taste of the student experience by exploring labs and participating in hands-on activities,” said Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick, coordinator of admissions events and communications. “Connecting with faculty, staff, students and alumni provides ample opportunity for prospective students to have their questions answered and to discover their path at Penn College.”

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Partnership extends scholarship support to ‘YES’ program grads

A partnership between Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council is creating a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates who enroll at the college. Administered by the council, YES is a year-round elective course addressing the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants. Celebrating the partnership recently are (from left) Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost at Penn College; Courtney L. Fasnacht, executive director of the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council; NEPA MAEC President Darlene J. Robbins; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; Matt Shuey, communications and program director for the council; and Audriana L. Empet, the college’s director of admissions.

The Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council and Pennsylvania College of Technology have announced a partnership and a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates.

YES, which is administered by the council, is a 120-hour, one-credit, year-round elective course that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants.  The course covers 38 modules in all, including communication, team building, interview/resume/cover letter writing, completing a job application, personal finance, conflict resolution, and time management.

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Speaker takes ‘diversity’ from buzzword to reality

Glass shares his powerful voice with an engaged audience.
Glass shares his powerful voice with an engaged audience.
Men's basketball coach Geoff B. Hensley shares diversity initiatives undertaken in Wildcat athletics.
Men’s basketball coach Geoff B. Hensley shares diversity initiatives undertaken in Wildcat athletics.
Bywords for change
Bywords for change
Jeanne M. Kerschner, director of the college's occupational therapy assistant program, relates how knowledge and sensitivity are key to providing health care to a widely varied client population.
Jeanne M. Kerschner, director of the college’s occupational therapy assistant program, relates how knowledge and sensitivity are key to providing health care to a widely varied client population.
Beerman, who introduced Glass to those assembled in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, closes with sincere gratitude for his eye-opening dialogue.
Beerman, who introduced Glass to those assembled in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, closes with sincere gratitude for his eye-opening dialogue.

Mobilized by a guest speaker’s incisive perspective and moved by his inspiring experience, a cross-section of faculty, staff and students engaged in an essential conversation about furthering academic achievement for all. In a Thursday presentation titled, “Action and Accountability,” Quadrese’ M. Glass – a recent Dickinson College alumnus about to assume a graduate program coordinator position in South Africa on behalf of an educational nonprofit – discussed how “inclusivity” can be more than a concept; how the Penn College family can provide a welcoming home to students who don’t feel as though they belong here. Facilitated by the Admissions Office (particularly Nicole G. Beerman, admissions counselor for diversity initiatives, and counselors Lorenzo A. Marefka and Lee A. Dawson), the talk addressed how the campus community can fold diversity into its daily interactions and classroom curricula. Glass is a graduate of Philadelphia Futures, which provides low-income, first-generation students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for college success. Penn College has a relationship with that program, funded by the Brook J. Lenfest Foundation, which provides financial and academic support for students enrolled in associate degree majors.

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Office hours extended to assist incoming students

In an effort to better serve incoming Penn College students and their families, offices within Enrollment Management – Admissions, Financial Aid, and College Transitions & First Year Initiatives – will be open until 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through Aug. 15.  Get your admissions, financial aid, placement testing and scheduling questions answered before the rapidly approaching start of the fall semester! Each of those offices is conveniently located on the first floor of the Student & Administrative Services Center near the college’s main entrance off Maynard Street, as well as available by phone:

  • Admissions – 570-327-4761 or 800-367-9222
  • Bursar (open until 6 p.m., on call until 8) – 570-327-4762 or 800-367-9222
  • Financial Aid – 570-327-4766 or 800-367-9222
  • College Transitions & First Year Initiatives – 570-320-8003 or 800-367-9222
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‘The future belongs to you’

A new branding spot, featured on Penn College’s YouTube channel, puts “tomorrow” within reach of prospective students interested in taking on high-demand careers, mastering practical skills and putting technology to the test. “The time is now,” the 30-second video reminds them. “The future is in your hands!”

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Accepted Student Day adds fun, focus to enrollment decision

Kathleen V. McNaul, director of college transitions and first year initiatives, talks with Frankie M. Gagliardi III, of Pottstown.
Kathleen V. McNaul, director of college transitions and first year initiatives, talks with Frankie M. Gagliardi III, of Pottstown.
Accepted students and their families hear an informative overview from Murphy.
Accepted students and their families hear an informative overview from Murphy.
Lunch, featuring a teeming end-of-the-line cookie tray, beckons visitors.
Lunch, featuring a teeming end-of-the-line cookie tray, beckons visitors.
Sandra L. Richmond (center left), dean of nursing and health sciences, engages guests in conversation.
Sandra L. Richmond (center left), dean of nursing and health sciences, engages guests in conversation.

Accepted Student Day, designed to celebrate all students accepted to Penn College for the Fall 2019 semester, was held this past weekend. No matter where they are in the enrollment process, Sunday’s event was to help incoming students solidify their decision to attend Penn College. The day began with lunch, during which attendees could interact with relevant office representatives, alumni, current students and other accepted students. In addition to networking opportunities, select activities were available to help them navigate their next steps. Initially, the Admissions Office planned to host the event under a tent on the intramural field, but moved it into the Field House. (Yard games were then moved to the tent to provide a dry place to play.) During lunch, several campus offices and groups from across campus mingled with families, including Academic Affairs, Admissions, alumni volunteers, College Transitions and First Year Initiatives, Financial Aid, Residence Life, Student Activities and various student leaders. The day also included a welcome by Ashley R. Murphy, associate dean for admissions and financial aid; a drawing for a $50 gift card from The College Store; a “Student’s Choice” menu of optional activities; and a new campus tour centered around such traditions as therapy dogs in Madigan Library and Midnight Breakfast in the Keystone Dining Room.
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A shining example

Blue skies erupt over campus, joining a new entrance sign in welcoming those ready to embrace a "Future Made by Hand."

Less than 24 hours after freezing April showers and overhead gloom shrouded the area, far more seasonal conditions prevailed for a Spring Open House that more than lived up to its name. Rising temperatures were matched by warm smiles and abundant goodwill in every corner of Penn College’s campuses, where students, employees and alumni helped inquisitive visitors spend a Saturday to remember.

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Match your interests to your future at Spring Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will be hubs of activity during Penn College’s Spring 2019 Open House, an April 6 event highlighting the college’s unique educational mission and hands-on approach to learning.

College-minded students, overwhelmed by piles of possibilities as they consider which career path to follow, can sort through the clutter of options during a revealing visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, members of the Penn College community will welcome potential students and their families, sharing their unique experiences from an institution that has helped tomorrow makers find their niche for more than a century.

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Penn College offering FAFSA completion session

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology will help current and future college students and their families complete the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The FAFSA online application is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, federal loans and some scholarships.

Penn College’s free FAFSA completion session is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The session will be in Room 1049 of the Student & Administrative Services Center on the college’s main campus. Students enrolled or planning to enroll at any college or university are invited. Students who are 23 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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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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