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Aviation alum showcased among trade group’s ’40 under 40′

Patrick J. ReedA Penn College graduate is included on’s list of 40 aircraft maintenance professionals under age 40, characterized as “some of the best, brightest and hardest-working young people of the industry.” Patrick J. Reed, a flight technician with Equus Capital, earned an associate degree in aviation technology from the college in 2003 and holds two master technician certificates. “I just had a really blessed career, a lot of really good opportunities, and it’s been an awesome journey so far,” said Reed, who is in line to become director of maintenance when the current director retires. “It’s such an interesting career – every day is something different.”

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It’s a college premiere … at a premier college!

"The College Tour"The campus community will get an advance look at the Penn College episode of “The College Tour” – a half-hour installment of the series’ fifth season, debuting soon on Amazon Prime – when it premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Can’t attend in person? Catch the livestream from the ACC on YouTube.

Students will have the chance to win some great prizes that evening, including a $200 Amazon gift card, and that’s just the capper to a fun-filled day of Launch Party activities! Join Public Relations & Marketing from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on the mall for goats; games; free snow cones, popcorn and Penn State Creamery ice cream; and a dunk tank (with a small fee) to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship.

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In light of bias, student project explores ‘Health Caring’

As Pennsylvania College of Technology student Bryan M. Bilbao, of Old Forge, sat in a hospital room with his aging grandmother near the end of her life, he noticed a difference in the way health care professionals interacted with her.

Providers entering the room asked friendly, caring questions of his grandmother’s roommate: “Are you feeling OK?” “Do you need anything?” But the same bedside manner did not reach his “nonna,” Italia Cusati. Cusati, who was born in Italy and moved to Uruguay to work when she was 5, did not speak English.

Perhaps hospital employees were intimidated about initiating a conversation with someone whose language they didn’t speak, Bilbao reasoned. But he longed to see some attempt at communication with his grandmother – a simple question to which she could say yes or no, some empathetic body language.

Two weeks after his grandmother died in July 2020, Bilbao began classes in the physician assistant studies major at Penn College.

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Congratulations, Summer 2022 grads!

Pennsylvania College of Technology has released its list of graduates for the Summer 2022 semester.

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Summer 2022 Dean’s List announced

The Dean’s List for the Summer 2022 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been issued.

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After an interminable wait, it’s time to ‘Play ball!’ again

Following a pandemic hiatus that seemed to last longer than its comparably brief span, Penn College excitedly welcomed visitors Monday to a campus picnic: the leadoff to the diamond anniversary of the Little League Baseball® World Series (Aug. 17-28). For the 16th time, and the first since 2019, the college hosted a picnic for players, coaches, team hosts and umpires in the middle of campus; students and employees, including new President Michael J. Reed, also participated in an evening Grand Slam Parade into downtown Williamsport. Both events featured a special visit from Mariano “Sandman” Rivera – a record-setting New York Yankees relief pitcher who retired in 2013 – and a crowd-pleasing appearance by a series team representing The Keystone State (from Blair County’s Hollidaysburg Little League).

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Students welcomed with upbeat reminder: ‘This is YOUR time!’

Renewing an autumnal rite of passage, Penn College greeted first-year and returning students for the start of the Fall 2022 semester during Welcome Weekend: a three-day (re)introduction to campus life that brings down the curtain on blissful summer and offers up a clean slate of possibility. President Michael J. Reed – marking his own first year – was among a collegewide throng of well-wishers and helping hands as students moved into housing, took part in enlightening and entertaining activities, and forged connections with new friends and college resources. “You’ve all come here with a goal of success,” Reed told students Sunday night, food for thought as the first day of classes drew nigh. “This is your time, and it’s time to get started!”

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Penn College students, staff to feed World Series competitors

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant – including the staff, students and faculty who support it – will again prepare meals for the teams participating in the Little League Baseball® World Series, a few miles from campus.

For the second year, the restaurant – a living lab for students in the college’s baking, pastry and culinary arts majors – will provide dining services inside the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, where teams stay during the series.

“The culinary program and Le Jeune Chef are teaming up to execute these daily meals with faculty, students and professional staff all working side by side,” said Michael R. Triassi, director of sales and restaurant operations for the college’s hospitality program. “The best part of doing any event twice is it gets easier each time, through experience.”

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Student receives award for extraordinary nursing students

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented a DAISY Award to nursing student Julia M. Abraham, of Milton, on Aug. 5.

Abraham, who graduated on Aug. 6 with an associate degree in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, received The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students.

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As fresh semester nears, new president vows to ‘listen, learn and lead’

In his first all-college address as Pennsylvania College of Technology president, Michael J. Reed reviewed a busy institutional summer and engaged a talented team for continued service to a common goal: placing students in the most competitive position possible for long-term success.

“The expertise on this campus is truly extraordinary, and I will do all I can to listen and learn and lead with our team as we evaluate systems campuswide and make decisions in the best interest of our mission. I will always attempt to build off the strengths of our experts, be transparent and work relentlessly to make continual improvements for our institution,” he said, setting the tone in his remarks. “We have many strengths, opportunities and challenges as we enter Fall 2022, and I strongly believe the best ideas emerge when we work together and multiple points of view are considered.”

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New Penn College civil engineering faculty returns ‘home’

When Ruth A. Hocker first visited Pennsylvania College of Technology, she didn’t know of civil engineering. Nearly a quarter century after that fateful day, Hocker is back on campus preparing tomorrow makers for the rewarding field.

The new civil engineering technology instructor is more than the first full-time female faculty member in the Materials Science & Engineering Technologies Division that Penn College formed in 2020. Hocker is an industry leader, specializing in water resources and management. The engineer has shared her expertise throughout the world but has never forgotten where it was cultivated.

“My entire career and everywhere that it has taken me started right here on this campus,” said Hocker, who graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. “I think it’s always been in the back of my mind that I would love to be able to come back and teach.”

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Graduate’s path to graduation includes selfless gift

When Pennsylvania College of Technology radiography student Sarah S. Conrath crossed the stage at commencement ceremonies on Aug. 6, she celebrated not only the culmination of her education, but a personal triumph that has deeper meaning for her family – especially her father.

Conrath, of Pottsville, began providing care long before she entered a health care major at Penn College.

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A day of firsts – and lasting achievement

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Summer 2022 Commencement at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport, a milestone ceremony that marked Michael J. Reed’s first as college president. Aided by another new college administrator (Neslihan “Nesli” Alp, who began her duties Monday as vice president for academic affairs/provost), Reed conferred degrees – including the first master’s-level degrees “in our storied history.” Bryan M. Bilbao, of Old Forge, one of the students in that initial cohort for the Combined Bachelor/Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies, was the student speaker. The 90-minute ceremony also featured a Distinguished Alumni Award to 2002 welding technology grad Richard A. Conrad Jr. and acknowledgement of more than 25 awards to graduating seniors.

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Welding graduate honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented Richard A. Conrad Jr. with a Distinguished Alumni Award at its Summer 2022 Commencement ceremonies, held Aug. 6 at the Community Arts Center.

Conrad, of Selinsgrove, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Penn College in welding technology in 2002 and holds a dozen welding certifications. He has 32 years of experience in welding manufacturing and is employed by ITW Welding North America as a field application engineer, providing process technical support for key industrial accounts, including Miller Electric and Hobart Brothers.

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Penn College presents awards to summer graduates

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented student achievement awards to its Summer 2022 graduates.

A commencement ceremony was held Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Community Arts Center. Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

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