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07.19.2022

Regional ABC affiliate visits ‘Thingamajig’ camp

Keating interviews Stilson about his experiences in the Thingamajig Fabricator Pre-College Program.
Keating interviews Stilson about his experiences in the Thingamajig Fabricator Pre-College Program.
Durant captures high school students hard at work in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.
Durant captures high school students hard at work in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.
The reporter speaks with Webb about the program's value to high schoolers.
The reporter speaks with Webb about the program’s value to high schoolers.

The Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program, widening high school students’ eyes to in-demand manufacturing skills through wide-open access to campus labs – was featured on Newswatch 16’s Tuesday broadcasts. WNEP reporter Chris Keating made an afternoon visit to Penn College with videographer Tom Durant, talking with students Tanner Green, a Sayre 11th grader, and Sullivan Stilson, a ninth grader from State College; as well as Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies, about the camp. “It lets you experience it so you know what it’s like,” said Stilson, spending the day in the welding lab, “because you can’t tell if you enjoy something without experiencing it.”

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07.18.2022

Aspiring (and inspiring) young manufacturers visited by state cabinet official

Allen captures footage as (from left) Secretary Weaver, Rice and Webb talk about the career opportunities represented by Penn College's various manufacturing majors.
Allen captures footage as (from left) Secretary Weaver, Rice and Webb talk about the career opportunities represented by Penn College’s various manufacturing majors.
Weaver snaps a cellphone photo of the impressive equipment in the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence (where, Rice noted, even the yellow steps were made in-house).
Weaver snaps a cellphone photo of the impressive equipment in the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence (where, Rice noted, even the yellow steps were made in-house).
In a plastics lab, the acting secretary converses with young visitors and faculty about their experiences so far. Among those sharing insight are Mark A. Sneidman (left) and Joshua R. Rice (background, behind Weaver), instructors of plastics technology.
In a plastics lab, the acting secretary converses with young visitors and faculty about their experiences so far. Among those sharing insight are Mark A. Sneidman (left) and Joshua R. Rice (background, behind Weaver), instructors of plastics technology.

The acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development visited campus on Monday to talk with Penn College faculty and high school students participating in the four-day Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program that was partially funded by the Governor’s Office.

“The Wolf Administration is proud to support camps like these and introduce the next generation to different ways they can work in the manufacturing industry,” Neil Weaver said. “It’s exciting to be here to see firsthand the excitement and enthusiasm these students have for manufacturing. From what I’ve seen here today, the future of Pennsylvania manufacturing is in very good hands.”

Weaver and Webb emerge from the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center for a campus stroll to other sites.
Weaver and Webb emerge from the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center for a campus stroll to other sites.
Campers, some of whom traveled hours from home for the participatory pleasure of a hands-on summer adventure, take a break from designing toolboxes in the CAD lab to talk about that attraction to applied technology learning.
Campers, some of whom traveled hours from home for the participatory pleasure of a hands-on summer adventure, take a break from designing toolboxes in the CAD lab to talk about that attraction to applied technology learning.
Weaver traveled to Penn College to assess the summer camps' success in sparking interest among future manufacturers and their parents. Mission accomplished!
Weaver traveled to Penn College to assess the summer camps’ success in sparking interest among future manufacturers and their parents. Mission accomplished!

Gov. Tom Wolf had earmarked nearly $80,000 in grants to Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, a charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, to partner in six Summer Manufacturing Camps this year and another dozen in 2023.

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07.18.2022

Lycoming Engines’ gift supports Penn College Baja SAE team

Lycoming Engines, a longtime corporate partner of Pennsylvania College of Technology, has made a gift to help the college’s Baja SAE team purchase an enclosed trailer – one that will safely store and transport the club’s off-road racing vehicle and related equipment to prestigious competitions nationwide.

For a decade, Penn College’s Baja SAE team has placed among the nation’s elite during the Society of Automotive Engineer’s Collegiate Design Series endurance races. This year, the team captured the top spot at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech and Baja SAE Rochester, besting the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Cornell, Rochester Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech, among others.

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07.06.2022

Penn College students receive manufacturing scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology leads the nation in scholarship recipients from a foundation that promotes skilled manufacturing careers.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs – the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International – awarded the $1,500-$2,500 scholarships to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a certificate or degree program leading to a career in manufacturing.

Penn College students received six of the 32 scholarships for the Fall 2022 semester.

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07.05.2022

Video spotlights industrious grad-turned-entrepreneur

David A. Smith, a 2014 graduate of Penn College’s automated manufacturing technology major and owner-operator of Motive Machine Works LLC in Lancaster, is the subject of a 14-minute YouTube video uploaded by Practical Machinist for its expansive online community. After working several years for others, Smith said he determined that he wanted to start his own business with a focus on rapid prototyping and quick turnaround for computer numerical control machine products. “I saw a need to improve some of the processes that were done around the industry – a need that I could personally make better – so I ended up leaving my job and went completely ‘full steam ahead’ on the business and acquiring customers.” Four years later, he has one full-time employee, three CNC machines and plans to expand into adjoining space. Check out Smith’s walk-through of the facility, among the latest to be showcased in the “Machine Shop Tour” series.

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06.27.2022

Rep. Keller’s ‘District Energy Day’ includes stop on campus

The congressman (in dark shirt at right rear) presides over a lunchtime roundtable in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
The congressman (in dark shirt at right rear) presides over a lunchtime roundtable in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
Keller visits the college's internationally renowned Thermoforming Center of Excellence with Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development.
Keller visits the college’s internationally renowned Thermoforming Center of Excellence with Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development.
On a spectacular early-summer day, the group moves north from its tour of the labs that comprise the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.
On a spectacular early-summer day, the group moves north from its tour of the labs that comprise the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.
Kathy D. Chesmel (right center), assistant dean of materials science and engineering technology, leads a tour of the welding labs in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.
Kathy D. Chesmel (right center), assistant dean of materials science and engineering technology, leads a tour of the welding labs in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.
Michael J. Reed (left), who will assume the presidency on Friday, talks with the group in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center. In the foreground is Penn College's Baja SAE car, recently driven by students to back-to-back endurance titles against formidable challengers in national competition.
Michael J. Reed (left), who will assume the presidency on Friday, talks with the group in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center. In the foreground is Penn College’s Baja SAE car, recently driven by students to back-to-back endurance titles against formidable challengers in national competition.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th, met with local elected officials and representatives of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry during a District Energy Day that included a roundtable discussion at Penn College. “Right here at Pennsylvania College of Technology, we see the great work they’re doing to educate the future workforce,” said the congressman, who supplemented Monday’s session with tours of plastics, welding and machining labs.

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06.22.2022

Grant helps Penn College ‘manufacture’ career exploration

A national foundation devoted to manufacturing’s future is teaming with Pennsylvania College of Technology to spark interest among high schoolers in the sector’s rewarding careers.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, provided a $2,000 grant for the college to host the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program for students entering grades 9-12. The program is also supported by the PMMI Education and Training Foundation and Construction Specialties Inc.

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06.17.2022

On the double

After 17 years of racing, the Penn College Baja SAE team finally captured a coveted first-place finish. Twice. First in Tennessee and next in New York, the all-star team outperformed a strong field from around the world in the famed endurance event. “Going into Tennessee, we really didn’t know if we could do it. It was a lot more of a surprise,” said Dakota C. Harrison, of Lewisberry, Baja club vice president and one of two drivers for the endurance race. “By the time we finished Tennessee, that gave us the confidence to show up to Rochester. We knew that we could do it, but there’s so many things out on the track that could have taken us out at any time.” Rugged terrain, changing elevation, and tight turns were no match for the team’s grit and their buggy’s durability. Meet the team. Hear their story. And relive the victory that will fuel all future competitions.

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06.07.2022

Penn College Baja SAE team reigns supreme … again

During the past decade, Pennsylvania College of Technology emerged as a top contender in the prestigious Baja SAE endurance race with several top-10 finishes. During the past month, the Penn College team established itself as the best in the world with two victories.

Penn College topped a 77-car field in Palmyra, New York, on Sunday, June 5, to win the four-hour endurance race at Baja SAE Rochester. Three weeks earlier, the team captured the endurance competition at Baja SAE Tennessee Tech. At both events, Penn College bested the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Cornell, Rochester Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech.

“I’m overwhelmed by the team’s performance,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and adviser to Penn College’s Baja SAE club since its inception 17 years ago. “Winning the race once was amazing, but winning twice in three weeks over such outstanding schools is unbelievable. I couldn’t be prouder!”

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05.18.2022

Penn College students obtain valuable industry certifications

More than 40 Pennsylvania College of Technology students obtained valuable industry certifications related to engineering design in 2021-22, including one student who became the first in school history to earn certified SolidWorks expert status.

Benson P. Weaver, an engineering design technology major from Lititz, passed four advanced topic tests (sheet metal, drawing tools, surfacing and weldments) before successfully completing the most challenging SolidWorks exam: Certified SolidWorks Expert in Mechanical Design.

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05.18.2022

Penn College Baja SAE team captures coveted race victory

For a decade, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team has placed among the nation’s elite in grueling endurance races. After Baja SAE Tennessee Tech, the team reigns supreme.

Penn College topped a 72-car field in Cookeville, Tennessee, on Sunday to win the endurance race for the first time, besting the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Cornell, Rochester Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Texas A&M. The four-hour race, consisting of rugged terrain and tight turns, is Baja SAE’s marquee event.

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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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