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05.14.2022

Penn College bestows Distinguished Alumni Award

Pennsylvania College of Technology has presented a Distinguished Alumni Award to Larry A. Ward, a retired business owner whose philanthropic efforts helped the college undertake a complete renovation of its expansive machining lab.

The alumni honor was presented to Ward at a Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony at the Community Arts Center.

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03.24.2022

‘Be that person for someone else’

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s “Women’s Wednesday” series continued this week with Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies, engaging students during a late-afternoon social in College Avenue Labs.

With a background in elementary and early childhood education, as well as experience in 4-H and literacy programs, Hampton joined the college staff in 2006 as a matriculation and retention coordinator. Among the acknowledged keys to her success, both in personal development and institutional outreach, are the connections that she’s made.

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02.21.2022

Penn College student chosen for ‘trades’ scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology manufacturing student is one of four undergraduates nationwide to be awarded a “trades” scholarship.

Alec D. Rees, of Centerport, New York, received a $2,500 scholarship from Rock the Trades, a workforce development initiative that raises awareness of careers in the skilled trades by celebrating the American industrial worker.

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02.09.2022

Virtual tour highlights ‘amazing’ prospects for manufacturing grads

A new video on Penn College’s YouTube channel offers a fair exchange: four minutes of your day for a rewarding lifetime in manufacturing. Join Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing technology, for an in-depth tour of the college’s hands-on facilities – instructional labs that reflect the desirability of our graduates to the industries that provide the state-of-the-art equipment housed within. Discover the benefits of immersive learning across all of the program’s majors, from a one-year CNC machinist certificate to associate degrees in machine tool technology and automated manufacturing technology to a four-year degree in manufacturing engineering technology. “Manufacturing is thriving in this country, as well as other parts of the world, and our students are in constant demand,” the 25-year faculty member says. “There’s a shortage of people going into the trades, so we’re very confident that our students are going to have multiple career opportunities. Job placement is almost guaranteed.”

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01.27.2022

Alumnus/labor leader makes eye-opening return to campus

Jason W. Killinger (left), assistant professor of HVAC technology, leads the group on a Carl Building Technologies Center lab tour.
Jason W. Killinger (left), assistant professor of HVAC technology, leads the group on a Carl Building Technologies Center lab tour.
Appropriately pausing for photos outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, home to the college's welding labs, are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer; Yaw, who also chairs the college's board of directors; Steffee; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost.
Appropriately pausing for photos outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, home to the college’s welding labs, are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer; Yaw, who also chairs the college’s board of directors; Steffee; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost.
The Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and College Avenue Labs were among the day's popular destinations; Steffee here gets a dose of faculty expertise from Howard W. Troup (left), instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology.
The Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and College Avenue Labs were among the day’s popular destinations; Steffee here gets a dose of faculty expertise from Howard W. Troup (left), instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology.
Clothing bearing the historic insignia of Steffee's union local awaits distribution to students.
Clothing bearing the historic insignia of Steffee’s union local awaits distribution to students.
An alumnus of a program that now enjoys a vastly more spacious and well-equipped workplace, Steffee (right) engages with James N. Colton II (left), assistant professor of welding, and Reed.
An alumnus of a program that now enjoys a vastly more spacious and well-equipped workplace, Steffee (right) engages with James N. Colton II (left), assistant professor of welding, and Reed.

The business agent for Boilermakers Local 154, who earned a Williamsport Area Community College welding degree in 1987, came back Thursday for a visit arranged by state Sen. Gene Yaw. Shawn M. Steffee, greatly impressed by the changes at his alma mater during the intervening years, was greeted by a variety of college administrators before touring instructional labs in the School of Engineering Technologies. The Indiana County resident also met members of the Baja SAE team, delivered a boxful of giveaways to be distributed to students and was met by President Davie Jane Gilmour during lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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01.20.2022

Gene Haas Foundation provides grant to Penn College

Students in manufacturing-related majors and those competing in Baja SAE racing competitions at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a $15,000 grant award from the Gene Haas Foundation.

The foundation, established in 1999 by the owner of Haas Automation Inc., offers scholarship grants to institutions that provide education and training in CNC (computer numerical control) machining.

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12.08.2021

Manufacturing student aims to inspire Deaf community

Jay Patel wants to inspire the Deaf community to pursue hands-on education at Pennsylvania College of Technology. He believes working individually with one’s hands is a better way for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn than sitting in a large classroom lecture.

The young Michigan man knows a thing or two about navigating the world with the inability to hear, but that has not held him back from pursuing his dreams. Self-described as “motivated,” Patel holds an Associate of Science degree in precision manufacturing technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Penn College in manufacturing engineering technology.

For his bachelor’s degree, he desired a more hands-on approach, found Penn College via a Google search and drove the eight hours from his Ann Arbor-area home to campus for a tour.

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12.08.2021

Penn College students lead in manufacturing scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology students earned the most scholarships in the country from a foundation that promotes skilled manufacturing careers.

Four students from Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies were among the 23 nationwide recipients of $1,500-$2,500 scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. Full-time students enrolled in manufacturing-related majors were eligible for the Spring 2022 semester scholarships.

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12.07.2021

Collaboration leads to test track for Penn College Baja team

Cross-campus collaboration has put Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team in the driver’s seat for this spring’s competitions, featuring top schools from throughout the nation.

A student-driven partnership between the Baja team and the heavy construction equipment technology program resulted in the creation of a quarter-mile test track through the woods at the college’s operations training site near Allenwood. The track replicates conditions the team will face at Baja competitions conducted by SAE International, an organization for engineering professionals.

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11.18.2021

College’s Baja team sets pace for full-tilt success

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team hope their performance at the recent Baja Butler Bash is a preview of what’s to come in full-scale competitions next spring.

The college’s two cars dominated the four-hour endurance race at the one-day event hosted by Grove City College. Its car from last spring’s race in Louisville finished 15 laps ahead of the second-place entry – the college’s reassembled car from 2016-18.

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10.13.2021

In-demand careers brought into focus during Rep. Keller’s visit

President Davie Jane Gilmour and the congressman lead the group through the BTC, where they toured building construction and HVAC labs. Enlightening the entourage are Bradley M. Webb (left foreground), dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester (to Keller's right), assistant dean for construction and architectural technologies; and (in plaid) Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
President Davie Jane Gilmour and the congressman lead the group through the BTC, where they toured building construction and HVAC labs. Enlightening the entourage are Bradley M. Webb (left foreground), dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester (to Keller’s right), assistant dean for construction and architectural technologies; and (in plaid) Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
Webb (left) talks with Owlett (center) and Keller in an electrical lab.
Webb (left) talks with Owlett (center) and Keller in an electrical lab.
Keller holds a serendipitous meeting with two electrical construction students – Brady J. Dible (center), of Milroy, a member of the Air National Guard, and Craig A. Seasholtz, of Avis – who expressed gratitude for his support of veterans, as well as the constituent service his office provided in response to recent requests.
Keller holds a serendipitous meeting with two electrical construction students – Brady J. Dible (center), of Milroy, a member of the Air National Guard, and Craig A. Seasholtz, of Avis – who expressed gratitude for his support of veterans, as well as the constituent service his office provided in response to recent requests.
Kathleen D. Chesmel, assistant dean for materials science and engineering technologies, joins the legislators during a tour of the machining and manufacturing labs.
Kathleen D. Chesmel, assistant dean for materials science and engineering technologies, joins the legislators during a tour of the machining and manufacturing labs.
Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, and Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development, are among the panelists during a working "boxed lunch" session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.
Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, and Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development, are among the panelists during a working “boxed lunch” session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) returned to Penn College’s main campus on Wednesday, touring a number of instructional areas and moderating a roundtable discussion of workforce development. The congressman was accompanied by state Rep. Clinton D. Owlett (R-68), among others, for a tour of the impressively equipped Carl Building Technologies, Electrical Technologies, Lycoming Engines Metal Trades and Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies centers – all facilities that help prepare today’s college students for tomorrow’s careers.

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10.12.2021

TE Connectivity donates components to various college majors

An engineering manager at TE Connectivity facilitated the donation of electronic components to a number of instructional areas at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology in May 2004.

William J. “Will” Moyer II, based at the company’s Middletown location, worked with Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations, to put a variety of products into the hands of tomorrow’s industry professionals. Campus beneficiaries include students in electronics, mechatronics, electrical, aviation, automotive, diesel, manufacturing/machining, and at the Dr. Welch Workshop: a Makerspace at Penn College.

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10.06.2021

Gemini KB Systems supports students with scholarship

Gemini KB Systems has established an annual scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology for students enrolled in a range of manufacturing-related programs.

The Philadelphia-based company is a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of Penn College.

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09.30.2021

Lycoming Engines continues longtime support of students

Lycoming Engines, a decades-long partner of Pennsylvania College of Technology, is once again offering financial support to a student organization competing in a prestigious off-road racing venue. The company also served as a sponsor for the Penn College Spring 2021 Car Show.

Students in Penn College’s Baja SAE club have registered 10 top 10 endurance race finishes since 2011 in the Society of Automotive Engineers annual marquee event. The most recent competition represented the best overall performance in the team’s 16-year history.

The college has excelled in the Baja SAE competitions, for which students design and build a single-seat, off-road vehicle to survive a battery of performance tests, including a four-hour endurance race over rough terrain. Approximately 100 colleges and universities from around the world compete.

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09.22.2021

Penn College hosts PPL Electric Utilities Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit

PPL Electric Utilities recently offered a Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit and demonstration for students and first responders at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

PPL, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of the college, takes its mobile electrical safety exhibit across its service territory to teach first responders, contractors, businesses, school students and the public about the dangers of live wires and how to stay safe around them.

The exhibit is a scaled-down 7,200-volt electrical distribution system that features live electrical wires, utility poles and transformers. It was designed in 2016 by representatives from across PPL Electric Utilities’ operations who met in PPL’s Innovation Lab to brainstorm ways to present the information. PPL provides 100 such demonstrations to more than 10,000 people annually.

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