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11.09.2022

In-state architectural masterwork visited by Women in Construction

The 12-member Penn College contingent enjoys its scenic trip to the popular attraction.
The 12-member Penn College contingent enjoys its scenic trip to the popular attraction.
A driveway leads to the entrance of Fallingwater, named for the waterfall that flows beneath the house.
A driveway leads to the entrance of Fallingwater, named for the waterfall that flows beneath the house.
Ritter (left) and Oberlin stand outside Fallingwater, inhabiting the cantilevered structure's coalescence of art and nature.
Ritter (left) and Oberlin stand outside Fallingwater, inhabiting the cantilevered structure’s coalescence of art and nature.
The group moves inside the Kauffman family's former woodland retreat, designed in the 1930s for the owners of Pittsburgh's largest department store, where its original artwork and furnishings remain intact.
The group moves inside the Kauffman family’s former woodland retreat, designed in the 1930s for the owners of Pittsburgh’s largest department store, where its original artwork and furnishings remain intact.

Five students from Penn College Women in Construction, their family members and three college co-workers toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Fallingwater in Fayette County on Saturday.

“The weather was perfect, and it was cool to see the property in the fall,” said club President Amanda F. Ritter, of Williamsport, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student. “We learned a lot about the residence and how the Kaufmann family lived in the house. We also learned how they dealt with the issues that the architecture caused, and how Mr. Wright dealt with those issues when he was alive.”

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11.08.2022

Construction students visit Clean Energy Center for instructive demo

Students of Barney A. Kahn IV, a building construction technology faculty member, visit the Clean Energy Center for a lesson on blower doors that included classroom instruction ...
Students of Barney A. Kahn IV, a building construction technology faculty member, visit the Clean Energy Center for a lesson on blower doors that included classroom instruction …
... and hands-on lessons from instructor Franklin D. Gillis in one of the renowned facility's real-world labs.
… and hands-on lessons from instructor Franklin D. Gillis in one of the renowned facility’s real-world labs.

Barney A. Kahn IV’s Construction Materials & Applications II (BTC118) students visited the Clean Energy Center’s energy efficiency lab for a blower door demonstration on Monday.

“As I mostly teach people who are working on existing structures, it is a welcome treat to talk to students who will be involved in the design and build of new construction homes,” said Franklin D. Gillis, a building science instructional specialist at the center. “I particularly enjoy it when they see how the home works as a whole and not just their piece of the puzzle.”

A blower door is a diagnostic tool used by home energy professionals to determine how airtight a home is and how much air is entering or escaping the residence. Blower door testing aids home energy professionals in selecting and installing energy-saving improvements, as air leakage has a direct impact on how much energy is required to heat and cool a home.

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11.05.2022

Construction students help Camp Cadet step up its game

The Penn College Construction Association partnered with Pennsylvania State Police this semester, creating two sets of custom cornhole boards and four awards for Lycoming County Police Camp Cadet’s second annual tournament next summer.

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10.14.2022

College’s first post-COVID ‘PA Build My Future’ engages tomorrow’s workforce

The neon T-shirts of students, chaperones and volunteers sufficiently chased away the gloom and allowed a rainy Thursday’s “PA Build My Future” to flourish unimpeded.

A construction career day and industry showcase not held at Penn College since 2019, the event introduced nearly 1,000 students from more than 30 high schools and career and technical centers to the breadth of occupations available in construction and design – thanks, in turn, to scores of exhibitors in and around the Carl Building Technologies Center and other campus sites.

WBRE/WYOU’s Jazzmyn Allen and WNEP’s Chris Keating interviewed organizers and attendees for their respective newscasts, and the event also merited front-page coverage in Friday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

“PA Build My Future” is co-sponsored by a Homebuilding Education Leadership Program grant, with additional assistance from Construction Specialties, the Pennsylvania Builders Association, West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association and Zartman Construction Inc.

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08.10.2022

Faculty welcomed as Fall 2022 semester dawns

Among the newer additions to the Pennsylvania College of Technology community as the Fall 2022 semester begins are 19 faculty members, as provided by the Office of People & Culture. Fifteen will begin their instructional duties on Aug. 11; the remainder were added to the roster as noted.

“This cohort of new faculty possesses a wide range of experiences and skills,” said Joanna K. Flynn, dean of curriculum and instruction. “We are excited to see the impact they will have on our students and the college.”

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07.28.2022

Penn College receives $314,440 PAsmart grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded Pennsylvania College of Technology a PAsmart Advancing Computer Science and STEM Education Grant.

The $314,440 grant is part of a Department of Education initiative to help regions grow partnerships between LEAs (Local Education Agencies), higher-education institutions, businesses, early childhood institutions, community groups, and other computer science/STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-focused organizations.

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07.21.2022

Construction alum schedules second VSI training, draws industry spotlight

Williamson enlightens her Reach Road audience during an installation training in late June. (Photo provided)
Williamson enlightens her Reach Road audience during an installation training in late June. (Photo provided)

Building construction technology alumna Daun M. Williamson will conduct a second Vinyl Siding Institute installer training next month at the college’s Clean Energy Center, 2245 Reach Road. Williamson, part of the college’s inaugural group of certified installers in September, will instruct the course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. The May graduate’s success in obtaining industry certifications (she already is credentialed as an installer trainee, an installer and a trainer) is noted in a recent article at ForConstructionPros.com. Those interested in attending should consult the course flyer and register by the Aug. 19 deadline: Installer Training

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06.15.2022

Recent grad offers vinyl-siding installation training

Daun WilliamsonDaun Williamson, who graduated from Penn College last month with an associate degree in building construction technology, will conduct a Vinyl Siding Institute installer training later this month at the college’s Clean Energy Center.

Williamson, the only person to hold three VSI certifications – as an installer trainee, an installer and a trainer – will instruct the course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at 2245 Reach Road. She was among the college’s first group of students to be certified as installers last fall.

“For me, teaching vinyl siding is a great way to create my own unique career path,” she said, “certifying others in the industry and becoming a greater asset to local contractors and our community.”

Those interested in attending should consult the course flyer: VSI flyer

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06.13.2022

Dozens of Penn College students earn building-code certificates

Thirty-four Pennsylvania College of Technology students – half of whom subsequently earned degrees last month – recently attained International Codes Council certification as Building Code Specialists.

The students comprised three sections of construction technology instructor Harry W. Hintz Jr.’s Codes in Construction class during the spring semester. To earn certificates, students had to score 70% or better on a 60-question, 2-hour-allotted, written examination on the building provisions of “The International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.”

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06.10.2022

Racket or hammer, student-athlete takes a hands-on grip

Meet Tucker D. Phillippe-Johansson, a member of the men’s tennis team who recently graduated with a bachelor’s in residential construction technology & management and an associate degree in building construction technology. “When I’m serving, usually I think about where I want to hit the ball before I do it,” the Mattituck, New York, resident says in a new Wildcat Spotlight video. “I kind of clear my mind so I don’t really think about anything else but the shot that I’m hitting.” It’s that singular focus that brought him success on and off the court, allowing him to compete collegiately and guaranteeing an immersive learning experience.

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05.14.2022

Penn College’s partnership with Lenfest Foundation yields first graduate

A building construction technology student is Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first graduate in its alliance with The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation Inc., which funded a $1.8 million scholarship program for underserved populations from the commonwealth’s southeastern neighborhoods. The distinction belongs to Isaiah S. Robinson, of Philadelphia, who received his associate degree during commencement exercises on May 14 and will begin working in the field the following week.

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05.02.2022

‘As meaningful as an experience gets’

Members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s ConCreate Design Club joined municipal Department of Public Works employees Friday for installation of three benches in Williamsport’s Memorial Park, the culmination of a yearlong civic-improvement enterprise.

“The city bench project began as an idea last spring, after our club had already completed several community-based projects,” said Harrison Wohlfarth, of Midlothian, Virginia, who serves as co-president of the student organization. “During that time, the club was finding its identity as not only a concrete science educator, but also a community leader.” He and other club officers decided to continue in that direction, agreeing to provide the city with seven concrete benches for placement in local parks. (One more bench will be delivered to Memorial Park, while three are destined for Shaw Place this fall once a “Splash Pad” there is finished.)

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04.13.2022

From the ground up

All lined up and ready to work
All lined up and ready to work
Work completed, safety restored
Work completed, safety restored

Spring projects are in full bloom for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s concrete science and building construction technology students, who recently completed several improvements at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and the institution’s General Services building along Reach Road.

Spearheading the work were three faculty members in building construction technology: Garret L. Graff,  assistant professor; and instructors Barney A. Kahn IV and Franklin H. Reber Jr. no strangers to advancing Penn College students’ skills through hands-on betterment of their surroundings.

 

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02.18.2022

‘World of Concrete’ opens worlds of opportunity for students

Seven students and two faculty members from Pennsylvania College of Technology recently attended World of Concrete 2022, the only annual international event dedicated to commercial concrete and masonry construction industries.

The 47th annual WOC, held in mid-January in and around the expansive Las Vegas Convention Center, featured more than 1,100 exhibitors and nearly 37,000 registered industry professionals engaged in several days of networking, education and competition.

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01.27.2022

Alumnus/labor leader makes eye-opening return to campus

Jason W. Killinger (left), assistant professor of HVAC technology, leads the group on a Carl Building Technologies Center lab tour.
Jason W. Killinger (left), assistant professor of HVAC technology, leads the group on a Carl Building Technologies Center lab tour.
Appropriately pausing for photos outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, home to the college's welding labs, are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer; Yaw, who also chairs the college's board of directors; Steffee; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost.
Appropriately pausing for photos outside the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, home to the college’s welding labs, are (from left) Loni N. Kline, vice president for college relations/chief philanthropy officer; Yaw, who also chairs the college’s board of directors; Steffee; and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost.
The Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and College Avenue Labs were among the day's popular destinations; Steffee here gets a dose of faculty expertise from Howard W. Troup (left), instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology.
The Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and College Avenue Labs were among the day’s popular destinations; Steffee here gets a dose of faculty expertise from Howard W. Troup (left), instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology.
Clothing bearing the historic insignia of Steffee's union local awaits distribution to students.
Clothing bearing the historic insignia of Steffee’s union local awaits distribution to students.
An alumnus of a program that now enjoys a vastly more spacious and well-equipped workplace, Steffee (right) engages with James N. Colton II (left), assistant professor of welding, and Reed.
An alumnus of a program that now enjoys a vastly more spacious and well-equipped workplace, Steffee (right) engages with James N. Colton II (left), assistant professor of welding, and Reed.

The business agent for Boilermakers Local 154, who earned a Williamsport Area Community College welding degree in 1987, came back Thursday for a visit arranged by state Sen. Gene Yaw. Shawn M. Steffee, greatly impressed by the changes at his alma mater during the intervening years, was greeted by a variety of college administrators before touring instructional labs in the School of Engineering Technologies. The Indiana County resident also met members of the Baja SAE team, delivered a boxful of giveaways to be distributed to students and was met by President Davie Jane Gilmour during lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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