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Penn College students receive Mike Rowe scholarships

Nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students were selected to receive scholarship assistance for 2020-21 from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, established by skilled-labor advocate Mike Rowe.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation recognized the potential of nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students to shrink the skills gap by awarding them Work Ethic Scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year.

The foundation, created by skilled-labor advocate Mike Rowe, distributes the scholarships annually to students who “embrace personal responsibility, delayed gratification, a positive attitude and a strong work ethic” in preparing for a career in the skilled trades. Over $1 million was distributed to 223 recipients nationwide. Nearly 1,000 students applied for the scholarships.

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National magazine explores college’s concrete science major

The college's program comprises a mixture of theory, management practices and hands-on education.
The college’s program comprises a mixture of theory, management practices and hands-on education.

Penn College’s concrete design technology major, an industry favorite that recently sent its first class of seven graduates into immediate employment, is featured in Concrete Decor magazine. Writer Stacey Enesey Klemenc talked with building construction technology instructor Franklin H. Reber, along with new alumnus Jeremiah Dyer, for “Concrete Science Degree Program Aims to Fill Manager Void,” an online exclusive. “I really enjoy our hands-on training. I think this is what sets us apart from other programs,” Dyer told the publication, the world’s foremost magazine on decorative concrete. “I feel you can read, watch videos or see someone demonstrate how to do something, but there is nothing like doing it. Our program prepares students for what they’ll be doing in the field,” For more on the college’s two-year concrete science degree, visit the School of Engineering Technologies.

June 12, 2020
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Going the extra mile(s)

A well-traveled Warren (foreground) completes a delivery to Stahley in a vacant parking lot.

A group of building construction students, grateful to see a familiar faculty face after six weeks away from their Pennsylvania College of Technology classes, were on the receiving end of some very special deliveries Friday.

In a Keystone State journey that covered more than 500 miles – a top-to-bottom odyssey that included stops in Tunkhannock, Plymouth Meeting, Lehighton, Allentown and Harrisburg – instructor Charles C. “Chris” Warren dropped off materials so students in his Interior Finish class could, well, finish a pared-down version of their laboratory project at home.

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April 20, 2020
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Concrete science technology at Penn College

When most people think of concrete, sidewalks and bridges come to mind. But there’s much more to this widely used construction material than meets the eye. Take a look inside the concrete science technology major at Penn College. The only one of its kind on the U.S. East Coast, the hands-on program explores diverse admixtures and their applications, invites creativity with decorative designs, and prepares graduates with the specialized skill set – not just to thrive in the industry, but to lead it. “There is so much involved in it. It’s not what people would think of as just pouring concrete,” says student Jeremiah Dyer, of State College. “One of my favorite classes was our mixed-design class, where we’ve worked on how you design concrete in the proper proportions and the proper additives. It’s not necessarily just back-breaking work; it’s a lot of science and a lot of math involved and a lot of problem-solving.”

 

April 1, 2020
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ConCreate Design Club to host jewelry workshop

Attendees at Tuesday's pendant decorating workshop can turn concrete runes ...
Attendees at Tuesday’s pendant decorating workshop can turn concrete runes …
... into beautifully original pieces of jewelry.
… into beautifully original pieces of jewelry.

The ConCreate Design Club, a student organization that grew out of one of Penn College’s newest majors, will hold a concrete pendant decorating workshop from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday in the Bush Campus Center lobby. “Decorating a pendant is a quick and easy process that will allow students and faculty to be creative,” explained Joseph F. DiBucci, the club’s founder and president (who also provided the photos). “The workshop will give you the ability to choose a concrete pendant and decorate it with an assortment of paints, stains or dyes.” Each stone costs $3 and will come with a necklace or keychain on which to place it. All funds raised by the ConCreate Design Club will go toward more hands-on workshops for the campus community.

February 19, 2020
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Networking opportunities plentiful at concrete conventions

Penn College's Joseph F. DiBucci (back row, second from left) joins other American Concrete Institute honorees at the organization's annual convention in Cincinnati. In the front row is Tricia G. Ladely, assistant director of the ACI Foundation. (Photo provided)

The School of Construction & Design Technologies’ concrete science technology major was well-represented by students and faculty at a trio of industry gatherings during the Fall 2019 semester.

Joseph F. DiBucci, of Glenshaw, an applied technology studies student and founder/president of the college’s ConCreate Design Club, attended all three: the American Concrete Institute convention, Oct. 20-24 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati; the International Concrete Repair Institute convention, Nov. 11-13 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City; and the Pennsylvania Aggregates & Concrete Association annual meeting, Nov. 18-19 at the Hotel Hershey.

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January 13, 2020
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Ceremony marks college’s contribution to veterans memorial

Markley (left) listens as Howard Wilt, a Marine veteran of the Korean War and chair of the memorial commission, reads the award inscription.
Markley (left) listens as Howard Wilt, a Marine veteran of the Korean War and chair of the memorial commission, reads the award inscription.
Lugg and Reed accept plaques on behalf of the college's role in the veterans memorial.
Lugg and Reed accept plaques on behalf of the college’s role in the veterans memorial.
A memorial brick casts in stone the institution's timeless commitment to veterans.
A memorial brick casts in stone the institution’s timeless commitment to veterans.
Veterans gather with Penn College students, administrators and faculty in unified appreciation of those honored at the solemn site.
Veterans gather with Penn College students, administrators and faculty in unified appreciation of those honored at the solemn site.

“God bless these students and their instructors,” the manager of the Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park project said this past weekend, presenting a pair of awards honoring Penn College’s involvement with the expansive monument in Williamsport’s West End. Army veteran John O. Markley offered those remarks early Friday evening during a brief, informal ceremony attended by a number of construction students and instructors Harry W. Hintz and Glenn R. Luse. He also thanked “two more people who made it happen” – college President Davie Jane Gilmour and Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies – who helped the commission realize its 15-year dream by greenlighting the off-campus enterprise. Lugg and Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, were presented with plaques “in grateful recognition of your enduring commitment and leadership to the ongoing improvements and expansion of the stone wall and memorial brick display” at the West Fourth Street park. Work continues at the site, which is scheduled to be dedicated during next year’s Memorial Day weekend.

November 18, 2019
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Manufacturer opens plant to college’s concrete program

Lehigh Hanson's massive horizontal rotary kilns were among the highlights of a plant visit by concrete science students and faculty.
Lehigh Hanson’s massive horizontal rotary kilns were among the highlights of a plant visit by concrete science students and faculty.

Penn College students and faculty were recently invited by Doug Cassatt, of the Lehigh Hanson Heidleberg Cement Group, to tour the company’s Fleetwood Cement Manufacturing facility. “The students were introduced to the sophisticated process of cement production by an extremely knowledgeable Lehigh Hanson staff, from the raw material in the quarry to the final packing facility where the product is loaded and transported by truck or rail,” said Joseph F. DiBucci, a concrete science technology major and president of the ConCreate Design Club. The plant boasts numerous recycling processes – water pumped from the quarry provides an active supply for the borough, for instance, and 7,000 to 10,000 tires per day are used as a heat source – and $16 million was spent for equipment to cut down or eliminate carbon emissions in the production process. The Berks County facility is equipped with a “state of the art” lab to analyze the chemical makeup so the customer is given the best product possible. “One of the main attractions was the horizontal rotary kilns that broke down the raw material to clinker at a temperature of 2,500 degrees,” added DiBucci, from Glenshaw. “The visit was an eye-opening experience that demonstrated the amount of work that is required to produce cement, the most widely used building material in the world.” The tour was followed by a luncheon and discussion. The college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies offers a two-year degree in concrete science technology, unique to the East Coast.
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November 7, 2019
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Jewelry-makers draw inspiration from concrete lab

Raw materials await artisans' hands
Raw materials await artisans’ hands
Crafting keepsakes
Crafting keepsakes
Students and employees beautifully explored concrete's versatility.
Students and employees beautifully explored concrete’s versatility.

A jewelry workshop, a recent fundraiser for Penn College’s ConCreate Design Club, allowed participants to personalize a small concrete pendant that could be placed on a necklace or keychain. “The workshop was the first one carried out by the club and we plan on having more throughout the year,” said Joseph F. DiBucci, the organization’s founder and president. “The club is focused around teaching students and faculty about the multiple uses of concrete with a more hands-on approach.”
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

October 29, 2019
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Penn College ROTC cadet honored for performance

Penn College Army ROTC cadet Austin S. Weinrich (right), of Jenkintown, receives the RECONDO badge for displaying superior skills at Advanced Camp. Held at Fort Knox, Ky., Advanced Camp is considered ROTC’s most significant training experience. Weinrich was one of 14 cadets out of approximately 600 in the 4th Regiment to receive the RECONDO Badge. Presenting the RECONDO badge is Brigadier General Antonio V. Munera.

An Army ROTC cadet from Pennsylvania College of Technology distinguished himself with an exemplary performance at a key training and evaluation event and by participating in a selective overseas training mission.

Austin S. Weinrich, of Jenkintown, who is seeking a bachelor’s degree in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, earned the RECONDO badge for displaying superior skills at Advanced Camp, considered ROTC’s most significant training experience.

Held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the 37-day camp challenges cadets to demonstrate proficiency in basic officer leadership tasks at squad and platoon levels through five phases; ranging from reception, staging and onward movement to redeployment and reintegration. Successful completion is required for commissioning.

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October 25, 2019
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‘PA Build My Future’ extends its reach in Year Two

About 75 current Penn College students, eager cheerleaders all, sacrificed part of Fall Break to advocate for their chosen career paths.

Penn College’s second annual PA Build My Future event, an interactive academic and industry showcase on Thursday, provided more than 900 high-school students with an opportunity to experience the full range of possibilities in the construction and design field. Scores of current students in the School of Construction & Design Technologies joined faculty and administrators, along with many of the college’s commercial benefactors, in guiding visitors toward their potential careers.

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Newswatch 16 visits ‘PA Build My Future’

Student Christine Limbert begins Fall Break by mentoring others.WNEP’s Chris Keating visited campus for Thursday’s PA Build My Future, filing a report on the second annual introduction of secondary students to the wide-open world of construction and design careers. Keating visited indoor and outdoor exhibits facilitated by industry sponsors, Penn College faculty and current students (who gave up a day of Fall Break to excitedly represent their respective majors). Included in the broadcast were Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies; building construction technology instructor Levon A. Whitmyer; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville, enrolled in architectural technology; and Lucas Vandergrift, a sophomore at Wellsboro High School who was among the day’s 929 students from nearly 30 high schools and career and technical centers.
(“PA Build My Future photo gallery)

October 17, 2019
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Penn College grants emeritus status to two retired faculty

Sandra Lakey and Thomas J. Mulfinger

Two recently retired faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been granted “faculty emeritus” status by the institution.

The emeritus recommendations for Sandra Lakey, associate professor of speech communication-composition, and Thomas J. Mulfinger, associate professor of building construction technology, both were approved by the Penn College Board of Directors on Oct. 3.

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October 3, 2019
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Students bolster classroom lessons through industrial site visit

ACH119 students visit Centre Concrete on Fairfield Road, Montoursville, for a much-appreciated tour.
ACH119 students visit Centre Concrete on Fairfield Road, Montoursville, for a much-appreciated tour.

Students in Rob A. Wozniak’s Building Materials I class recently visited Centre Concrete in Montoursville, valuably leaving the classroom to reinforce topics learned on campus. “Discussions and demonstrations around the plant included aggregate types, moisture content, tests for concrete slump, temperature, and air and compression, along with applicable discussion on admixtures, batching, travel distance and related costs,” said Wozniak,  an associate professor of architectural technology. “On site, retaining wall block and pervious concrete was also observed and spoken about.” Building Materials I is a required first-semester course in the two-year architectural technology major, as well as in the four-year building science and sustainable design and residential construction technology and management majors. Its focus is on residential building materials and how they are integrated into students’ drawings and designs.
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September 10, 2019
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Students, veterans share monumental meet-up

A cornerstone marks Penn College's role in a collaboratively crafted community landmark.
A cornerstone marks Penn College’s role in a collaboratively crafted community landmark.

A Penn College construction class, continuing its involvement with a memorial project along West Fourth Street, was visited Thursday by a trio of appreciative submarine veterans. The mutually rewarding experience was recounted in a letter to Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies, from Franklin D. Gillis, a Navy veteran and construction/building science instructional specialist at the college’s National Sustainable Structures Center.

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August 23, 2019