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10.31.2022

October on campus: Where Wildcats and scaredy cats meet

Halloween Time brings everything but “eye of newt and toe of frog” to the witches’ brew of seasonal activities at Penn College, as students – in a traditional commingling of the gruesome and the gleeful – enjoyed several days (and nights) of frightful fun. Wednesday saw Dining Services’ annual Halloween Boofet in Capitol Eatery, followed by Thursday’s Arc Asylum in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, and sun-smooched Trunk or Treat and Fall Fest events on a beautiful outdoor Saturday in late October. Accenting the occasion were costumed office mates, fully embracing some lightheartedness amid their workdays.

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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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09.21.2022

Penn College welding student receives scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was one of about 100 nationwide to receive a scholarship from the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association, an organization serving the automotive aftermarket industry.

The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $2,750 scholarship to Brandan R. Marhefka, of Windber. A Dean’s List student, Marhefka is seeking a bachelor’s degree in welding & fabrication engineering technology.

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09.06.2022

Coventry Foundation provides financial aid, student projects

Described by its chairman as a “little fish in a big pond,” the Coventry Foundation nonetheless has provided vast opportunities for Pennsylvania College of Technology students through an endowed scholarship and provision of hands-on automotive work.

“We were small at the time, but we really wanted to support the next generation of car people, preferably in restoration,” said Gary Kincel, who heads the foundation board, recalling the genesis of its partnership with the college about five years ago. “Gary Hagopian, one of our board members, brought the school to our attention and led the effort to create a scholarship fund.”

That fund – which met its goal of full $25,000 endowment last year, ahead of schedule – provides annual awards to full-time students enrolled in the two-year collision repair major or the automotive restoration certificate program. Preference is given to students with an expressed interest in restoration, particularly related to British cars.

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07.15.2022

College amplifies role in meeting automotive workforce needs

Two representatives of Pennsylvania College of Technology traveled to the nation’s capital on July 13, detailing the institution’s efforts to meet the challenges of recruiting and preparing students for careers as qualified technicians in the increasingly complex world of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Among those sharing their insightful perspectives during the morning roundtable in Washington, D.C., were Bradley M. Webb, Penn College’s dean of engineering technologies, and Christopher J. Holley, an assistant professor of automotive technology.

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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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06.09.2022

What has 46 lifts … and a leg up to career success?

Mark R. Bierly and Shawn R. Simmons, both of whom graduated last month in automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis, take viewers on a tour of Penn College’s automotive majors. In a newly released video, shot in their dwindling time as students, the pair discuss why they chose Penn College and what they like most about their program. “I knew that I wanted to do something that was hands-on and not sit behind a desk all day,” Simmons says. “When I found out about the eight-week classes and the eight-week paid internships, I was sold!” Bierly adds. They also show off the labs, explain the various degree options, and talk about the ease of leveling up from certificate to associate to bachelor’s.

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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 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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01.13.2022

For this thriving Wildcat, ‘forward’ is a position AND a direction

Sharing the pride and sense of family that come with wearing his soccer team’s uniform, as well as the alluringly tactile focus of his chosen career path, Colton N. Wartman is the latest Penn College student-athlete illuminated by the Wildcat Spotlight. “They call your name, you step out, you’ve got the logo on your chest,” the automotive technology management student from Ellicott City, Maryland, says in a 2½-minute YouTube video. “It’s a cool moment to just stand there, be recognized and … represent your school.”

 

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12.03.2021

Board member establishes scholarship honoring her father

Lynda Livingston, a member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors, has established an automotive scholarship at the college in memory of her father.

The Pepper-Livingston Memorial Automotive Scholarship honors the memory of Duane F. Pepper, who owned and operated Pepper’s Body Shop in Franklin Township, Bradford County.

The scholarship supports incoming students from Lycoming or Bradford counties who are pursuing their education in automotive majors at Penn College. It is renewable for up to four years and includes support to offset costs for recipients to complete their automotive internships.

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11.18.2021

College’s Baja team sets pace for full-tilt success

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team hope their performance at the recent Baja Butler Bash is a preview of what’s to come in full-scale competitions next spring.

The college’s two cars dominated the four-hour endurance race at the one-day event hosted by Grove City College. Its car from last spring’s race in Louisville finished 15 laps ahead of the second-place entry – the college’s reassembled car from 2016-18.

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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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09.30.2021

Lycoming Engines continues longtime support of students

Lycoming Engines, a decades-long partner of Pennsylvania College of Technology, is once again offering financial support to a student organization competing in a prestigious off-road racing venue. The company also served as a sponsor for the Penn College Spring 2021 Car Show.

Students in Penn College’s Baja SAE club have registered 10 top 10 endurance race finishes since 2011 in the Society of Automotive Engineers annual marquee event. The most recent competition represented the best overall performance in the team’s 16-year history.

The college has excelled in the Baja SAE competitions, for which students design and build a single-seat, off-road vehicle to survive a battery of performance tests, including a four-hour endurance race over rough terrain. Approximately 100 colleges and universities from around the world compete.

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09.23.2021

Ciocca Dealerships Scholarship to benefit automotive students

Ciocca Dealerships has established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology for students in two- and four-year automotive programs.

The Ciocca Dealerships Scholarship will provide two $1,000 awards to students in the automotive technology associate degree programs and two $1,000 awards to students in the automotive technology management baccalaureate degree program.

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