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06.25.2022

What better way to prep for college!

Nearly 140 campers from near and far participated in the past week’s seven Pre-College Programs, giving teens a taste of Penn College through an engrossing variety of academic adventure and social interaction: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience, Automotive Technology, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs and Health Careers.

A second week of camps, featuring an equally tantalizing menu of opportunities spread among eight more programs, convenes in mid-July.  Registrants for both weeks hail from 14 states – some from as far away as Connecticut, Florida and Virginia – and include a camper from Santiago, Chile!

Don’t think high school students are the only ones in on the fun, however! Pre-College Programs include My Tomorrow, a middle school career exploration day camp sponsored by the Soars family, from June 28 to July 1 and July 12-15.

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05.04.2022

Revisiting an award-winning outreach program

The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter's banner.
The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter’s banner.
The team that delivered a "outstanding" program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
The team that delivered a “outstanding” program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Penn College students and Cadettes assemble for an all-inclusive group photo.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day's three badge sessions.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day’s three badge sessions.

Recognition as Penn College’s “Outstanding Program of the Year” among student organizations begs a deeper dive into the resourcefulness that brought the campus IEEE chapter such acclaim.

Advised by Scott D. Neuhard, assistant professor of electronics, the club last month developed and executed a community service initiative that involved teaching a troop of Girl Scouts about robotics and allowed them to earn one badge each in programming, designing and showcasing a robot.

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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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03.16.2022

When building a career, mentorship tops this dean’s list

Lester recaps a rewarding professional life that led to her Penn College position – a road that wound from San Diego to Washington, D.C., to New York City en route to Williamsport.
Lester recaps a rewarding professional life that led to her Penn College position – a road that wound from San Diego to Washington, D.C., to New York City en route to Williamsport.
Cementing a community partnership are (from left) Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College's Clean Energy Center; Duane Hershberger, executive director of Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity; and Lester.
Cementing a community partnership are (from left) Alison A. Diehl, director of Penn College’s Clean Energy Center; Duane Hershberger, executive director of Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity; and Lester.
Among the morning's giveaways, a Pennsylvania-based company's flagship product sweetly salutes women's contributions.
Among the morning’s giveaways, a Pennsylvania-based company’s flagship product sweetly salutes women’s contributions.

The “Women’s Wednesday” program, an Office of Student Engagement-sponsored forum for inspiration from those excelling in traditionally male-dominated fields, kicked off this week with a presentation by the assistant dean of architectural and construction technologies.

Ellyn A. Lester provided the Penn’s Inn audience – which included colleagues from the Clean Energy Center, The Madigan Library and architecture faculty, as well as students  – with a summary of her considerable experience and success.

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03.01.2022

Breaking barriers

The reporter interviews Birotte.
The reporter interviews Birotte.
Keating talks with Harner in the automation lab.
Keating talks with Harner in the automation lab.
Capturing footage of Ken J. Kinley, assistant professor of electronics and computer engineering technology, instructing Figuereo on a KUKA robot
Capturing footage of Ken J. Kinley, assistant professor of electronics and computer engineering technology, instructing Figuereo on a KUKA robot
Parracho takes her turn in front of the camera.
Parracho takes her turn in front of the camera.

Three women majoring in automation and robotics at Penn College attracted the attention Tuesday of WNEP-TV’s Chris Keating, who visited campus to share their story with viewers. Keating prepared a segment that aired during evening newscasts and featured first-year students Ava A. Birotte, Kayla M. Figuereo and Angelica J. Parrocho, as well as Joseph M. Harner, instructor of electronics/automation and robotics. Parrocho and her classmates have a message for girls who may be dissuaded from entering such a male-dominated field: “If you like it,” she told Keating. “I just say, ‘Go for it!'”

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02.11.2022

Female automation students making their mark at Penn College

During his 27 years teaching electronics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Ken J. Kinley has experienced evolutions of curriculum, equipment and facilities. He hopes to add “student demographics” to the list.

Three female students in the early stages of studying robotics and automation at Penn College offer promise for that wish to be realized.

“I believe this is a first – having three female students enroll in robotics and automation about the same time,’’ said Kinley, assistant professor and department head. “I’m happy to see women branch out in nontraditional fields and do very well in the coursework, like these three young ladies.”

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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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09.22.2021

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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09.17.2021

Corporate partner donates industrial robot to Penn College

About 50 Pennsylvania College of Technology engineering and electronics students per year will benefit from a recent addition to their state-of-the-art facilities, courtesy of Elsner Engineering Works Inc.

The third-generation family owned and operated company donated a decommissioned Fanuc M-10iA/12 6-axis robot with an R-30iB PLUS controller for the college’s process control training lab.

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08.16.2021

Female trio helps lead engineering technologies at Penn College

For two years, Lauryn A. Stauffer has seen only male faces in her electronics classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This fall, she’ll at least see multiple women leaders within the School of Engineering Technologies.

The school devoted to careers rooted in science, technology, engineering and math boasts three female assistant deans.

Kathleen D. Chesmel and Ellyn A. Lester were hired in late spring to head the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies Division and the Construction and Architectural Technologies Division, respectively. They join longtime college employee Stacey C. Hampton, who is assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies.

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07.12.2021

Penn College grad takes ‘nontraditional’ route to success

Ryan M. Burton punched his ticket on the proverbial train to nowhere. He just didn’t know it at the time.

For years, unhealthy pursuits in the midst of unemployment blurred the bleak destination awaiting and provided distractions from a life spiraling out of control.

The intervention of individuals he respected helped Burton eventually realize his destructive route. He accepted the challenge to turn his life around for the sake of his family and himself.

“I needed to jump off this train somewhere,” Burton said. “I didn’t know where I was going to land.”

Fortunately, he landed at Pennsylvania College of Technology. A hard-earned associate degree in electronics launched a rewarding career.

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05.04.2021

Penn College student ‘plays’ chess for senior project

A Pennsylvania College of Technology electronics student used a game synonymous with skill to showcase his automation and robotics acumen.

For his senior project, Aaron T. McGinley, of Williamsport, created a virtual version of chess that allows a robot to mimic the game. Users play via a computer screen and a Kuka industrial robot picks up and arranges 3D pieces on wooden chessboards to reflect the on-screen action.

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01.13.2021

Memorial service set for retired ‘Master Teacher’

Victor A. Michael Sr.Services will be Saturday evening for Victor A. Michael Sr., an award-winning former member of Penn College’s electronics faculty, who died Jan. 10, 2021, at the age of 86. Michael, who retired as an associate professor during the 1996-97 academic year, was an inaugural recipient of the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award (1982) and was honored with the Master Teacher Award – the institution’s most prestigious faculty accolade – in 1991. He also was a member and past president of the Penn College Education Association, which represents all full-time faculty, librarians and counselors. An obituary was published in Wednesday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

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11.30.2020

New majors ‘power’ electronics lab at Penn College

The addition of two automation degrees is powering a new electronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Located in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, the 906-square-foot space is accommodating about 60 students per semester who are seeking an automation engineering technology baccalaureate degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

“Industry was telling us that they liked what our students were doing, but they were looking for more because of the growth of automation in industry,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “We looked at what we already had and how we could expand on that. When we expanded the program, we needed to expand the space. Now that we put stuff in there, I don’t know if it’s big enough!”

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