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11.15.2022

Students eye function of – and potential futures at – PEMA

Nineteen students enrolled in emergency management & homeland security at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently toured the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg.

“Touring PEMA was a great experience,” said Colten C.B. Hajicek, a freshman from Redmond, Washington. “It was amazing to see all the technology and intricate parts that go into emergency management.”

Students learned about the role PEMA plays in emergencies and regularly planned events throughout the commonwealth, as well as jobs for which students may apply after graduating.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Faculty & Staff Students
10.10.2022

Do you want to see the world?

John F. Chappo (left), assistant professor of history/history of technology, finds a receptive audience for a world of possibility.
John F. Chappo (left), assistant professor of history/history of technology, finds a receptive audience for a world of possibility.
Cupcakes and other treats let students know they're in the right place.
Cupcakes and other treats let students know they’re in the right place.

Students learned about Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring 2023 Global Experience itinerary during a recent drop-in session at The LEAP Center, a valuable resource on the first floor of the Davie Jane Gilmour Center, offering a convenient forum in which to explore a half-dozen attractive travel options.

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08.16.2022

Students assist with health, safety at Little League World Series

Nine students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program will be part of the health care team at the 2022 Little League Baseball® World Series, scheduled for Aug. 17-28.

In addition, a student in Penn College’s emergency management & homeland security major is helping to keep participants and guests safe through a summer internship at Little League’s international headquarters, where the series is held.

The nationally televised series draws tens of thousands of spectators each day to the Little League World Series complex in South Williamsport, just a few miles from the Penn College campus.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Nursing & Health Sciences Students
08.10.2022

Faculty welcomed as Fall 2022 semester dawns

Among the newer additions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community as the Fall 2022 semester begins are 19 faculty members, as provided by the Office of People & Culture. Fifteen will begin their instructional duties on Aug. 11; the remainder were added to the roster as noted.

“This cohort of new faculty possesses a wide range of experiences and skills,” said Joanna K. Flynn, dean of curriculum and instruction. “We are excited to see the impact they will have on our students and the college.”

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07.19.2022

My Tomorrow previews a not-so-distant future

A second week of Penn College’s My Tomorrow day camp (July 12-15) led middle-school students down more time-tested roads to career success and personal fulfillment. The program – again sponsored by the Soars Family – followed the template of the first: offering sixth through eighth graders an enviable palette of hands-on options, from emergency preparedness and health sciences to concrete, aviation and electrical.

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11.03.2021

Severe storms immerse emergency management student in disaster response

When emergency management and homeland security student Evan J. Kelbaugh returned to Pennsylvania College of Technology for the Fall 2021 semester, he did so with an enhanced sense of emergency response to parlay into his coursework. As part of his recent internship with the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency, the Langhorne resident was called into action when severe storms caused flash flooding in what the National Weather Service termed a “100-year flood event” for that county.

“This was my first real taste of an actual disaster that affected a large amount of people,” Kelbaugh said. “Looking at disasters in class can only influence someone so much. When I saw the people impacted just wandering and trying to collect their salvageable items, it hit me that this was real and not something I was just reading about.”

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Faculty & Staff Students
07.24.2021

Magazine chronicles kayak outing’s ‘transformational impact’

Pennsylvania Angler & Boater magazineAn article in the July/August issue of Pennsylvania Angler & Boater features a field trip taken by Rob Cooley’s Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool course during the spring semester. The class traveled to nearby Rose Valley Lake, accompanied by Lycoming College’s director of outdoor learning and education, for an enjoyable and insightful day of kayaking. Students making the trip were Colin G. Browne Jr., Cody R. Englehart, Brad S. Grenoble, Payge C. Hess, Kai K. Marshall, Krystle J. Richardson, Nicole M. Smulligan and Devon M. Wasson. Grenoble is an emergency management technology major; the others are enrolled in human services and restorative justice. The magazine piece was facilitated by Douglas M. Hess, manager of the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s Benner Spring State Fish Hatchery in Centre County (and Payge Hess’ father). Included are a number of quotes about the day’s positive effects on members of the group, from enjoyment of local wildlife to the accent on their chosen field – such as this from Wasson: “There is something about just being on the water that is so calming to me and brings me that instant stress relief that everyone needs.”

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Faculty & Staff Human Services & Restorative Justice Students
05.04.2021

Experienced emergency manager shares ‘boots on the ground’ insight

The crucial role that Incident Management Teams play in a coordinated response to emergencies was recently highlighted for Pennsylvania College of Technology students by a nationally contracted instructor, mentor and consultant.

Susan Taylor-Hall, the executive associate/director of ETC and Associates (and one of the cross-country luminaries rounded up by instructor David E. Bjorkman) met virtually with emergency management students to enlighten them on a variety of rewarding and challenging careers.

Her message to the class was clearly one of partnership, in which each of the disparate agencies involved in emergent incidents functions as part of a fully engaged team. In that spirit, she told the aspiring practitioners, it is vital to know individuals’ strengths and weaknesses. In the heat of the moment in the Emergency Operations Center, being able to tap into and utilize each person’s particular skill, knowledge and ability is crucial for success.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security General Information Students
03.21.2021

Amid challenging vaccine rollout, emergency manager makes time for tomorrow makers

On the one-year anniversary of the coordinated emergency response to COVID-19, Pennsylvania College of Technology students had the opportunity to hear from the director of the Snohomish County (Washington) Department of Emergency Management, whose jurisdiction includes the country’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus.

Jason M. Biermann spoke with Penn College students on March 2, part of a series of presentations arranged by David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science at the college.

Biermann told his audience that he got involved in emergency management “by accident … literally” when he lost his wallet after getting a flu shot through the local health department. Returning to reclaim it, he noticed a job posting – “hiring for a public health response coordinator” – and pursued it.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Faculty & Staff Students
03.13.2021

Leader in crisis mediation shares valuable expertise with students

An Emergency Management Leadership Series, featuring topic experts recruited by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member to provide his students with topical and credible perspectives from their chosen career fields, recently kicked off with a presentation by Amazon’s global business continuity and supply chain risk leader.

Andrew Owlett, among the corporate professionals who generously answered a LinkedIn solicitation from David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science, visited with Penn College emergency management and information assurance and cyber security students over Zoom.

While he has only been with Amazon for less than a year, Owlett brings to his position an eye-opening breadth of knowledge accrued since his teenage days – the time he realized that his goal was, quite simply, to help people.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Information Technology Students
12.16.2020

Emergency management student thrives outside comfort zone

Juggling full-time college classes by day and full-time emergency medical technician work by night, Brooke M. Strubel is earning her Bachelor of Science degree in emergency management and homeland security in just two and a half years. For a young woman who recommends getting out of your comfort zone to achieve your highest potential, this past year, intensified by a global pandemic, has offered an ideal environment in which to enhance her people-centered skills.

“I never thought that I’d be working during a pandemic … but it’s an experience that I won’t forget,” said the soon-to-be Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate from Strasburg. “Challenges get you out of your comfort zone, and that is the area in which you will find yourself, your passions, your strengths and, yes, even your weaknesses. This is the area in which you will thrive and improve. Everything you learn advances your knowledge and leads to personal and professional growth.”

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Business, Arts & Sciences Emergency Management & Homeland Security Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Nursing & Health Sciences Students
05.05.2020

Emergency management major anticipates surge in career field

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is upending the norm in most sectors of society, students and faculty in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s emergency management and homeland security major remain steady, observant and engaged in their education as they watch the historic crisis unfold and their career field move to center stage.

“I do tell students jobs will be aplenty as there will be a lot of money thrust at health care, public health, emergency management, homeland security, other critical infrastructure sectors and private sector consulting for preparedness measures moving forward,” said David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science.

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Emergency Management & Homeland Security Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students
10.28.2019

College’s emergency management program ‘Wows’ podcast hosts

David E. Bjorkman (right) visits the KEMA podcast booth.
David E. Bjorkman (right) visits the KEMA podcast booth.

David E. Bjorkman, instructor of emergency management/social science at Penn College, was a recent guest on the Keystone Emergency Management Association’s podcast. Bjorkman serves as secretary for the association, which is holding its second annual Emergency Preparedness Conference through Tuesday at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. In a 10-minute interview with co-hosts Paul Falavolito and Amy Amer, the faculty member provided an overview of the college’s four-year emergency management technology degree – career opportunities, the realistic disaster simulations in which students participate, the overwhelming acceptance by veteran first responders to this “new generation” of emergency personnel and the college’s participation with KEMA’s mentorship committee.
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Emergency Management & Homeland Security Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications
05.22.2019

Career Day sets middle schoolers’ sights on tomorrow

College employees rallied to provide nearly 40 educational sessions for middle schoolers from across the region who visited campus on Monday for the college’s twice-a-year Career Day. Facilitated by the college’s College Transitions Office, the event provided 1,267 students with opportunities to explore a wide variety of careers in each of the college’s six academic schools. Visitors included 13 schools and home-schooled students.

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04.25.2019

Mock crisis authentically adds to interdisciplinary preparedness

Students from Penn College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences and School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications joined area law enforcement, emergency management and health care professionals in a recent simulation at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a variety of other locations.

The college’s paramedic program has participated in the drill since its inception, and this year, the School of Nursing & Health Sciences decided to participate schoolwide to provide an interdisciplinary learning opportunity. The school had conducted its own Interdisciplinary Professional Experience on campus for several years.

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