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09.22.2021

Museum patrons enjoy timeless treat

Back in display in the Hershey museum, the vehicle has been shown at a number of venues since its restoration.
Back in display in the Hershey museum, the vehicle has been shown at a number of venues since its restoration.
Visitors to the AACA Museum can learn about the students' painstaking work on the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport.
Visitors to the AACA Museum can learn about the students’ painstaking work on the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport.
Still winsome after all these years, a time-honored "muscle car" flexes its attributes.
Still winsome after all these years, a time-honored “muscle car” flexes its attributes.
Information about Penn College's related curricular offerings accompanies the display.
Information about Penn College’s related curricular offerings accompanies the display.

A vintage vehicle, winningly refurbished for the Antique Automobile Club of America by three years’ worth of Penn College students, caught the eye of a college employee and her husband as they visited the AACA Museum in Hershey last weekend. “While checking out the exhibitions, we came across a beautiful 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle that was restored by our Penn College students,” said Barbara Adzema after touring the automotive showplace with car buff/spouse Robert (who commented that the work “was meticulously done to perfection,” she reported).
Photos by Barbara A. Adzema, residence life assistant

Collision Repair & Restoration Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
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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College Relations Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Students
09.09.2021

Penn College students certified as vinyl siding installers

Twenty-nine construction students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have earned Certified Installer status from the Vinyl Siding Institute, the first to receive the value-added credential under the institution’s fledgling partnership with the trade association.

“This will be another tool in your toolbox,” Rob Balfanz, VSI’s director of workforce development, told the inaugural class at a Sept. 2 ceremony in the Student & Administrative Services Center. “You’re not only building your portfolio, you’re also building your future.”

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Building Construction Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
09.08.2021

Penn College plastics students awarded scholarships

SPEThe Society of Plastics Engineers Foundation has honored three Pennsylvania College of Technology students and one recent graduate with scholarships.

Morgan T. Bartholomew, of Etters, and Andrew B. Folk, of Bernville, each received $1,500 general scholarships, and Trent D. Longenberger, of Bloomsburg, was awarded the $3,000 Blow Molding Carrie Fox Solin Scholarship. The three students are seeking bachelor’s degrees in plastics and polymer engineering technology.

Olivia C. Ferki, of Richboro, earned that degree in May and is pursuing a master’s in plastics engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She received $3,000 in scholarships for her graduate studies.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies PIRC Plastics & Polymer Students
09.07.2021

Entranceway repairs open door to honoring a community pillar

The Witmer Group, a masonry contractor based in Mount Joy, is continuing remediation of the 22-year-old entrance fountains and repairs to the brick pillars surrounding Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus entrance – presenting an opportunity for well-wishers to honor the legacy of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The entrance and the capstoned pillars, linked by black fencing along Maynard Street and beyond, were dedicated in September 1999. That ceremony – a little more than a year after Gilmour assumed the college presidency – was the culmination of Penn College’s Diamond 10 anniversary, marking 85 years of education and a decade as a Penn State affiliate.

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Building Construction College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff President Scholarships Students
09.01.2021

Automotive virtual tour: a first step to fueling your future

Considering a career in automotive? You’ve come to the right place! In this YouTube video, you’ll get a snapshot of the power-packed programs at Penn College. Meet automotive instructor Joe Tavani, and take a look inside lab spaces loaded with specialized tools and equipment just like you’ll find in the real world. With small class sizes, intensive hands-on lab experiences, true-to-life internships and the support of dedicated faculty, a degree from Penn College is your ticket to a boundless future. “You can go anywhere in the world – not just in the United States – but anywhere in the world, and have a job,” Tavani says.  “You don’t necessarily speak the language, but you speak the language of the automobile. And if you can fix that, repair that, diagnose that? That, on its own, will get you … wherever you want to go.”

Automotive Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Honda Students
08.26.2021

Worth & Company Excellence Scholarship supports students

Worth & Company Inc. has established a scholarship to assist Pennsylvania College of Technology students pursuing careers in the building equipment contractors industry.

First preference for the Worth & Company Excellence Scholarship will be given to a student who is an intern, employee or dependent of an employee of Worth & Company Inc.

Second preference will be given to a student who is enrolled full time in one of the following majors: heating, ventilation & air conditioning design technology; heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology; welding & fabrication engineering technology; welding technology; or construction management; has been a recipient of a scholarship from the fund in prior years; and has a residence in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton or Philadelphia counties.

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College Relations Construction Management Engineering Technologies Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Scholarships Students Welding
08.25.2021

Loan of excavator to benefit heavy-equipment instruction

Komatsu is once again providing Pennsylvania College of Technology with an excavator for instructional use at the college’s 125-acre heavy equipment operations site in Brady Township.

The like-new unit – a Komatsu PC210LCi intelligent machine control excavator, featuring onboard GPS guidance – is being provided as part of an entrustment agreement with Komatsu. The company has entrusted similar equipment to Penn College since 2019.

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College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment
08.24.2021

Seek and ye shall find!

Properly masked and artfully composed, students connect with another new arrival (and unfailingly good sport) Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies.
Properly masked and artfully composed, students connect with another new arrival (and unfailingly good sport) Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies.
Another stop on the cross-campus itinerary: the entrance sign at Maynard Street and Hagan Way
Another stop on the cross-campus itinerary: the entrance sign at Maynard Street and Hagan Way
Hoping to add some style points to their contest total, the "ties have it" in Career Services' clothes closet.
Hoping to add some style points to their contest total, the “ties have it” in Career Services’ clothes closet.
A stopover in the veritable playground that is The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College checks another box on the students' scorecard.
A stopover in the veritable playground that is The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College checks another box on the students’ scorecard.
A crime-free capture outside Penn College Police headquarters, as a team meets up with Lt. David C. Pletz
A crime-free capture outside Penn College Police headquarters, as a team meets up with Lt. David C. Pletz

In a creative and instructive icebreaker for the fall semester, first-year construction management students participated in a sweeping scavenger hunt intended to boost their familiarity with classmates and Penn College alike. Following guidelines shared by Wayne R. Sheppard, assistant professor and department head, teams were charged with moving around main campus, obtaining selfies and satisfying other criteria at a variety of locations. Groups were instructed not to disrupt classes as they worked through their assignments, designed to let first-year students get to know one another; to introduce them to supportive upperclass colleagues; and to acquaint them with some of the people and resources that can help them along their road to success: administration and faculty, Construction Management Association officers, LEAP advisers, Tutoring Services and the Center for Career Design, among them.
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Construction Management Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
08.18.2021

Penn College welding alum designs transducer

Natalie J. Rhoades is thankful that Pennsylvania College of Technology allowed her to branch out and become what she was meant to be. Her employer is also grateful.

The 2020 graduate from Weedville designed the SensorScan DHT-400 ultrasonic transducer, recently brought to market by Sensor Networks Inc. for the oil and gas and power generation industries. Rhoades is an applications engineer for State College-based SNI, which specializes in ultrasonic and remote visual technologies for monitoring and testing of vital components. Ultrasonic transducers are one of its chief products.

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Alumni Engineering Technologies Welding
08.18.2021

Challenge Course furthers skills ‘to make the world a better place’

Campuswide ingenuity and the generosity of a longtime supporter have produced the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course at Penn College. Architecture and concrete science students; General Services personnel; and Rob Cooley, associate professor of anthropology/environmental science, played vital roles in developing and building the course. Brent and Daria Fish funded the project in honor of Brent’s father, William H. Fish, a respected businessman, community leader and friend of the college. A wide variety of student and industry groups will use the course to enhance problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and communication skills. “The purpose of a challenge course is to create structured, physical outdoor activities that draw people together,” Cooley explains in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “It’s not me up at the whiteboard or me at the computer telling them what to do. It’s me presenting a challenge and stepping back. The collective effort is what solves the problem and creates the learning experience.”

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08.17.2021

House GOP panel holds campus hearing on boosting state’s economy

Bradley M. Webb (left), dean of engineering technologies, discusses plastic pellets during a lab tour with Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-199) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-67), committee chair.
Bradley M. Webb (left), dean of engineering technologies, discusses plastic pellets during a lab tour with Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-199) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-67), committee chair.
Causer is framed by the Baja SAE team's vehicle in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.
Causer is framed by the Baja SAE team’s vehicle in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.
The tour group moves to a welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. At left (in red tie) is Rep. Joe Hamm (R-84), whose district includes part of Lycoming County.
The tour group moves to a welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. At left (in red tie) is Rep. Joe Hamm (R-84), whose district includes part of Lycoming County.
Webb leads visitors – including Wheeland (front row, center), the county's other representative – to College Avenue Labs.
Webb leads visitors – including Wheeland (front row, center), the county’s other representative – to College Avenue Labs.
Munro testifies and answers questions about the many ways Penn College addresses workforce challenges, from apprenticeship programs to the Clean Energy Center to WEDnetPA training of companies' employees.
Munro testifies and answers questions about the many ways Penn College addresses workforce challenges, from apprenticeship programs to the Clean Energy Center to WEDnetPA training of companies’ employees.

The state House Majority Policy Committee visited Penn College’s main campus on Tuesday, taking a tour before holding a hearing on “Growing Pennsylvania’s Economy.” Twelve members of the committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer, of McKean County – joined remotely by others – heard testimony during the two-hour session in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Among those sharing their expertise were Shannon M. Munro, the college’s vice president for workforce development, characterized by co-host Rep. Jeff Wheeland as “the go-to person” in her field. “Because employers grow the economy, we must respond to their needs,” Munro said. “Penn College does this in two distinct ways: We provide a pipeline of graduates in degrees that align with what employers are looking for, and we also offer lifelong training opportunities for their incumbent workers.”

Apprenticeships Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Plastics & Polymer Skills Gap Welding Workforce Development
08.17.2021

Penn College engineering design grad seizes ‘second chance’

When told that he would be moving from Vietnam to the United States, Long H. Nguyen embraced the adventure as a second chance at life. More than 13 years later, it’s obvious the Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate has taken full advantage of that precious opportunity.

Nguyen recently earned his second Penn College degree and received a promotion at his employer of five years – the Andritz Group, an international technology company. The honors graduate is a design engineer at Andritz’s global foundry and manufacturing facility for Durametal refiner plates in Muncy.

“Why try to follow the path that everyone else follows? You’ve got to make your path,” Nguyen said.

His path was 8,700 miles away in the United States.

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Alumni Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies
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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Architecture & Sustainable Design Automated Manufacturing & Machining Building Construction Civil Engineering & Surveying Construction Management Electrical Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Industrial Design Information Technology Plastics & Polymer Students Welding
08.13.2021

Penn College welcomes new Fall 2021 faculty

Among the latest additions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community are four full-time faculty members for the Fall 2021 semester, as provided by the Human Resources Office (all effective Aug. 12).

“The new faculty joining us this fall come to us with much enthusiasm and relevant experiences,” said Joanna K. Flynn, dean of curriculum and instruction. “We welcome them to campus and can’t wait to see what they do.”

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Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students