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ACCA chapter spends cool day in Lions’ den

Opened six years ago this month, the ice arena plays host to an inquisitive Penn College contingent.
Opened six years ago this month, the ice arena plays host to an inquisitive Penn College contingent.
Evan Cleary (in plaid shirt), who arranged the campus visit as facilities manager in Penn State's Office of Physican Plant, joins his guests outside the famed Berkey Creamery. Cleary is a 2017 alumnus of Penn College's heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major.
Evan Cleary (in plaid shirt), who arranged the campus visit as facilities manager in Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant, joins his guests outside the famed Berkey Creamery. Cleary is a 2017 alumnus of Penn College’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major.

Penn College’s Air Conditioning Contractors of America student chapter recently traveled to Penn State’s University Park campus, visiting four areas that represent the sprawl of careers in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Accompanied by faculty colleagues Kenneth E. Welker Jr. and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh, the students toured the Pegula Ice Arena, learning what it takes to prep, paint and maintain the 1.5-inch playing surface for the Nittany Lions hockey team; the Berkey Creamery, where freezers are integral to the sale of 750,000 ice cream cones each year; and the North Campus Chilled Water Plant and East Campus Steam Plant, essential in operation of the university’s facilities. (The steam plant includes a boiler manufactured by the former E. Keeler Co. in Williamsport, it was noted.) Samuel J. Bertolino, manager of design services, shared his criteria for assessing potential employees: Show up on time, have a great attitude, do what’s asked in a timely manner and earn a degree. At least a half-dozen Penn College alumni are now on Penn State’s HVAC payroll, Welker said, a testament to graduates’ hands-on abilities and teamwork ethic.
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Six Penn College students awarded national HVAC scholarships

Rees Scholarship FoundationA half-dozen students in two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s academic schools are among 36 recipients of financial assistance from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Rees Scholarship Foundation.

Sharing a total of $8,000 are Peter W. Bennett, of Sea Cliff, New York, and Christopher J. Milliken, of Bellefonte, majoring in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Luke Samuel Mika Brambley, of Breezewood, and Aiden Chestnut, of Aston, enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology; and building automation technology students Austin R. Reynolds, of Enola, and Adam J. Tarnowski, of Shickshinny.

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Two HVAC students awarded national industry scholarships

OESP awards scholarships

Two of five $5,000 scholarships recently awarded by the Oil and Energy Service Professionals and its co-sponsors have gone to Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

The scholarships were presented to Peter W. Bennett, of Sea Cliff, New York, and Ian H. West, of Hummelstown. Bennett is enrolled in the two-year heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major; West is working toward a bachelor’s degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology.

The financial assistance comes from the organization’s Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program, established in 1999 to memorialize an OESP member’s commitment to education.

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Nine Penn College students medal at SkillsUSA nationals

SkillsUSANine students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team earned medals in six categories – three silvers and three bronzes – during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 24-29.

“The students represented themselves and the college well, and it showed with the number of medals we returned home with,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “I look forward to next year and the students that we will have competing.”

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Women in Energy Mentorship Awards presented to two students

Penn College students Autumn N. Schreiber (left), of St. Marys, and Celeste G. Moquin, of Port Matilda, were presented with Women in Energy Mentorship Awards in Hershey on May 19.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students received two of the three Women in Energy Mentorship Awards presented this month at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

Celeste G. Moquin, of Port Matilda, enrolled in on-site power generation, and Autumn N. Schreiber, of St. Marys, majoring in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, were honored at a May 19 dinner.

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Weis Markets service team hosts HVAC students

Hostler explains the controls on a low-temperature parallel rack system.
Hostler explains the controls on a low-temperature parallel rack system.
The students get an overview from Frisenda about the benefits of using adiabatic condensers in supermarket refrigeration.
The students get an overview from Frisenda about the benefits of using adiabatic condensers in supermarket refrigeration.
Reilly describes the store's multizone leak detector and its importance to grocery operations.
Reilly describes the store’s multizone leak detector and its importance to grocery operations.
Laylon illustrates how a glycol loop works on the medium-temperature rack.
Laylon illustrates how a glycol loop works on the medium-temperature rack.

The Penn College HVAC technology program’s historically strong partnership with Weis Markets continued last month, as students in the commercial refrigeration classes toured a Weis store with members of the chain’s service team – including a number of graduates. The experience gave the students an opportunity to see operation of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment they covered over the semester. Welcoming the students were Louis J. Frisenda and HVAC alumni Taylor P. Hostler (2010), Nicholas R. Laylon (2008), and John H. Lowe and Stephen J. Reilly (both 1989).
Photos by Stephen D. Manbeck, assistant professor of HVAC technology

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Supplier sponsors students’ attendance at training

The students tear down a semi-hermetic compressor during the hands-on portion of the class.
The students tear down a semi-hermetic compressor during the hands-on portion of the class.
Bernard Servello, technical training specialist for Emerson, explains compressor cooling.
Bernard Servello, technical training specialist for Emerson, explains compressor cooling.
Ostrowski (left) and Woelfel (right), join Manbeck at the COSS training. Both students are actively involved in the Penn College student chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America : Ostrowski as president and Woelfel as vice president.
Ostrowski (left) and Woelfel (right), join Manbeck at the COSS training. Both students are actively involved in the Penn College student chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America : Ostrowski as president and Woelfel as vice president.
Dave Dunn, technical training specialist for Emerson, explains compressor applications for R290 propane refrigerant.
Dave Dunn, technical training specialist for Emerson, explains compressor applications for R290 propane refrigerant.
Makdad (center), with Hassinger (left) and Manbeck
Makdad (center), with Hassinger (left) and Manbeck

Through support from Makdad Supply Co. Inc., two Penn College students and an instructor recently attended an Emerson Compressor Operation and Service Seminar at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology. While heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors from across the region attended the event – an in-depth, three-day program packed with everything an HVACR service technician needs to know to install, service and maintain Copeland compressors – Makdad sponsored seats for HVACR majors from CPI and the two students from Penn College. Among attendees were Ronald J. Ostrowski III, of Shavertown, and Zeph L. Woelfel, of Kersey, graduating next month with associate degrees in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, and Stephen D. Manbeck, an assistant professor of HVAC technology. Company owner Jack Makdad met with Manbeck and CPI’s Ken Hassinger to discuss how to provide similar training, as well as access to a variety of vendors and industry resources. The institutions already share a strong connection through the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. That initiative allows high school seniors to earn up to five college credits while enrolled at CPI, credits that help them get a head start on an associate degree at Penn College.
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Women in Construction builds confidence in tomorrow’s workforce

A half-dozen high school students hobnob with the Wildcat outside the ACC Auditorium.

About 35 area high school girls met their potential destiny during Penn College’s annual “Framing Your Future” event Friday, gaining hands-on exposure to the vast career opportunities represented by the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The college’s Women in Construction club inspired the ninth through 12th graders and coordinated the activities, which included a networking lunch and group sessions in the architecture/sustainable design, building construction and HVAC/plumbing labs.

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Scholarship luncheon provides firsthand look at donors’ impact

Ferki tells guests, “Scholarships act as a gateway to inspire growth in a student’s academics and passion for his or her industry.” She is the recipient of the SEKISUI SPI Workforce Development Scholarship and the Penn College Foundation Scholarship.

The empowering combination of applied technology education and financial support was celebrated Sunday afternoon, as Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted its second annual Scholarship Luncheon in the campus Field House.

“I am overwhelmed by the collective energies in this room to transform tomorrow,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said, addressing students, families and donors alike. Announcing that the coming academic year will include the largest total amount of scholarships awarded in any one year during the college’s history, she thanked attendees for their significant role in helping students succeed.

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HVAC students help ‘Cinderella’ prep for big dance

Proudly sporting affiliation with ACCA
Proudly sporting affiliation with ACCA
From left are Klose, Gaffney, YWCA boutique manager Kahlie DeHotman and Keiser.
From left are Klose, Gaffney, YWCA boutique manager Kahlie DeHotman and Keiser.
Making quick work of a drapery job
Making quick work of a drapery job

Students from Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies – all members of the campus chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America – once again lent their skills to “Cinderella’s Closet,” which offered a donated selection of very affordable prom gowns, shoes and accessories to high school juniors and seniors. Helping with dressing booths for the March 23-24 event at the YWCA Northcentral PA were Alex A. Klose, of Bethlehem, and Griffin L. Keiser, of Lewisburg, both enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, and Patrick C. Gaffney, of Plymouth Meeting, an HVAC technology major.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies

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Dual-enrollment students attend Penn College NOW visit days

Daniel J. Harris, instructor of HVAC technology, talks with a group about classes in air conditioning and refrigeration while showing them a lab.

More than 400 high school students, all enrolled in Penn College classes at their respective high school or career and technology center, visited campus on Friday. A visit to campus is a required part of every course offered through the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The program offers Penn College classes at more than 50 partner secondary-education facilities throughout the state. College Transitions and First Year Initiatives hosts visits for participating schools throughout the year. To ensure that courses offered through Penn College NOW maintain the same rigor as those offered on campus, secondary teachers work with Penn College faculty liaisons who train them to teach the course curriculum, visit each school at least once a year, and grade high school students’ final projects. In addition to hosting Penn College NOW student visits – including a March 19 trip, also documented in this photo gallery – College Transitions and First Year Initiatives conducts frequent group visits for other secondary students, providing college and career exploration, including a campus tour. On April 2, Lycoming Career and Technology Center plans to bring 200 students to campus for sessions with Career Services, the Academic Success Center and more.

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HVAC faculty attend industry conference

Penn College HVAC faculty members attending an industry conference are (from left) Kenneth E. Welker Jr., Jason K. Killinger, Daniel J. Harris and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh.
Penn College HVAC faculty members attending an industry conference are (from left) Kenneth E. Welker Jr., Jason K. Killinger, Daniel J. Harris and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh.

Faculty members from the School of Construction & Design Technologies were among nearly 800 instructors from across the country who attended this month’s 13th annual HVAC Excellence Conference at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference provided more than 70 sessions from the latest instructional methods to accommodate Generation Z’s learning styles to the fast-growing technological advancements being introduced into the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration market to meet today’s required energy standards. “It’s extremely difficult to keep up with technological advancements in the HVCAR industry,“ said Jason W. Killinger, an assistant professor of HVAC technology and co-department head. “Advancements in our industry are being made faster than ever. This conference has provided us with specialized training to be more effective and to ensure training we offer is aligned with industry to educate successful HVAC technicians and designers.” Killinger was joined at the conference by faculty colleagues Kenneth E. Welker Jr., Daniel J. Harris and Bradley Q. Kishbaugh.
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BE Scholars visit Larson Design Group

Built Environment Scholars tour LDG's Williamsport headquarters ...
Built Environment Scholars tour LDG’s Williamsport headquarters …
... getting a real-world feel for their eventual careers.
… getting a real-world feel for their eventual careers.

The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ second-year cohort of Built Environment Scholars visited Larson Design Group on Tuesday. The 14 students – accompanied by Carol A. Lugg, dean, and Naim N. Jabbour, assistant dean – toured LDG’s newly renovated state-of-the-art office space in Water Tower Square, and had a discussion with project designer (and 2006 architectural technology alumna) Kara Demmien and Vice President Robert Gehr. Topics included the state of architectural practice today, as well as possible future trends, the importance of creating collaborative open environments, and the significance of an interdisciplinary team approach within the construction and design industry. The first-year students have been awarded scholarships through a $1 million National Science Foundation grant that aims to increase retention, graduation and career readiness for enrollees in Penn College’s STEM-focused majors. The 2018-19 class represents architectural technology; building construction technology; civil engineering technology; heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; and surveying technology.
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Aspiring Professionals Awarded National HVAC Scholarships

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among the 34 national beneficiaries of $58,000 in financial assistance from a partnership of longtime industry supporters.

Joseph V. Gullace, of Livingston, New Jersey; Christopher J. Milliken, of Bellefonte; and Austin R. Reynolds, of Enola – all enrolled in Penn College’s two-year heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology major – are recipients of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship. Milliken and Reynolds each received $2,000; Gullace was awarded $1,500.

The Rees Scholarship Foundation has distributed nearly $700,000 since 2003 to honor a former organization president for his efforts to encourage HVAC, refrigeration and water-heating manufacturers’ support for aspiring industry technicians across the country.

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Fourteen Incoming Students Chosen as 2018-19 ‘BE Scholars’

Fourteen of this fall’s first-year students in construction and design majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been selected as Built Environment Scholars in a program that rewards academic talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related fields.

Scholarship funding up to an annual $10,000 per student is awarded through a $1 million National Science Foundation grant that aims to increase retention, graduation and career readiness for students in six of Penn College’s STEM-focused pursuits.

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