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11.11.2022

Kenworth, Thermo King expand Penn College partnership

Motor Truck Equipment Co., the parent company of Kenworth of Pennsylvania and Motor Truck Thermo King, has enhanced and expanded its partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Primarily represented as Kenworth of Pennsylvania, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker, the sister companies have partnered with Penn College for nearly 10 years in association with the diesel technology program. The company, headquartered in Carlisle, is recognized as an Ambassador’s Society ($25,000-$49,999) member on the college’s Donor Wall.

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College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
10.28.2022

John Deere dealer provides hands-on exposure to well-known brand

Uhrich demonstrates John Deere diagnostic tools for students.
Uhrich demonstrates John Deere diagnostic tools for students.
An alumnus returns, bringing along a respected industry name.
An alumnus returns, bringing along a respected industry name.

Plasterer Equipment Co. Inc., a longtime John Deere dealer in the Lehigh Valley, recently provided a 310SL backhoe for short-term educational use at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

Students had the opportunity to service the equipment and better understand the John Deere brand, capitalizing on access to the machine for repair and maintenance.

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Alumni Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students
10.25.2022

‘Pathfinder Award’ again presented to diesel faculty member

For the second time in his career, an assistant professor of diesel equipment technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Caterpillar Inc.’s Pathfinder to Excellence Faculty Award.

A plaque was presented to Chris S. Weaver, a faculty member at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, during this month’s advisory committee meeting of Caterpillar dealer representatives at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

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Alumni Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students
10.20.2022

Branded field site exemplifies Allan Myers’ extensive support

Naming of the Allan Myers Field Site within Pennsylvania College of Technology’s designated area for heavy equipment and diesel instruction – a 125-acre “sandbox” where students can learn and safely practice the hands-on skills necessary for workplace proficiency – amplifies the company’s 30-year record of encouraging students and hiring graduates.

Allan Myers, a cherished Corporate Tomorrow Maker, has pledged $250,000 to expand its support of academic programs at Penn College.

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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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10.14.2022

Hydraulics Lab celebrated amid tribute to Foley Inc. partnership

The two-decade alliance between Pennsylvania College of Technology and Foley Inc. was punctuated Oct. 10 with formal recognition of the Foley Hydraulics Lab in tribute to the first Caterpillar dealer to brand its territory at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

Designation of the lab is just one part of Foley’s five-year, $250,000 commitment to Penn College’s heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis and electric power generation technology: diesel emphasis programs.

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Alumni College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students
10.04.2022

Future technicians benefit from Groff Tractor’s generosity

Faculty and students from Pennsylvania College of Technology – comprising all heavy construction equipment powertrain and engines classes, as well as three enrollees from a hydraulics course – attended an informative Sept. 28 open house at Groff Tractor & Equipment LLC  in Mechanicsburg.

Transported from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and back on a chartered bus provided by the company, the Penn College contingent was treated to a tour of corporate headquarters – human resources, parts, and service and sales.

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09.02.2022

Loaned-equipment pipeline flows under historic partnership

The loan of a Volvo Construction Equipment excavator to Pennsylvania College of Technology, provided through Highway Equipment & Supply Co., adds another level to the corporate partners’ foundational focus on student success.

As with past loans from the industry leaders, the Volvo EC 220 EL excavator will be put to good use among students at the college’s 125-acre heavy equipment training site in Brady Township, just south of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

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College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students
09.01.2022

Thermo King donation heightens diesel students’ education

A donation from Motor Truck Thermo King has significantly upgraded the technology available to diesel students learning about transport refrigeration at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

An electrical generator, belts and mounting brackets for a refrigeration unit (which was also donated) will bolster students’ hands-on experience at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center and add to their relevance in an industry hungry for technicians.

Motor Truck Thermo King is a sister company to Kenworth of PA, which has partnered with Penn College for almost 20 years.

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College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
08.29.2022

Cleveland Brothers brings electric semi-truck to ESC lab

Ford (in blue shirt) – who said he never dreamed of such an industry development when he was a student 20 years ago – talks with Mark E. Sones, one of his former diesel equipment technology instructors; and Shelley L. Moore, who, as senior director of the Center for Career Design, traveled to the ESC to greet the returning alumni.
Ford (in blue shirt) – who said he never dreamed of such an industry development when he was a student 20 years ago – talks with Mark E. Sones, one of his former diesel equipment technology instructors; and Shelley L. Moore, who, as senior director of the Center for Career Design, traveled to the ESC to greet the returning alumni.
After the guests opened the front and tilted the cab ...
After the guests opened the front and tilted the cab …
... curious students enjoyed the access routinely provided by the college's corporate partnerships.
… curious students enjoyed the access routinely provided by the college’s corporate partnerships.
Explaining that Cleveland Brothers is "all in" on the latest zero-omission technology, Chase fields questions about battery life, recharging range and reduced maintenance costs.
Explaining that Cleveland Brothers is “all in” on the latest zero-omission technology, Chase fields questions about battery life, recharging range and reduced maintenance costs.
Freshmen take turns stepping up for a better view.
Freshmen take turns stepping up for a better view.

Two alumni employed by Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc. – Nathan E. Chase, a 1988 diesel mechanics graduate of Williamsport Area Community College (Penn College’s immediate predecessor institution) and Joshua D. Ford, who earned an associate degree in diesel technology in 2002 – visited the Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Monday to give first-year students and seniors an exciting look at the future of the commercial trucking industry.

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Alumni Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students
08.25.2022

FedEx Freight donates truck for instructional use in diesel

FedEx Freight donated a 2014 Kenworth T680 semi-trailer truck to Pennsylvania College of Technology to facilitate hands-on learning in diesel courses.

Students will benefit from the donation for regeneration and emissions testing in courses such as Diesel Electronic Fuels: Systems, Operation & Diagnostics; and Vehicle Electronics/Diagnostic Procedures.

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College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students
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

Donated transfer switches boost power generation curriculum

Fidelity Power Systems, a Fidelity Building Services Group company, has donated three KOHLER® transfer switches to help support the electrical power generation: diesel emphasis curriculum at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Fidelity Power Systems is one of the nation’s largest distributors of KOHLER generators and power systems, providing services to commercial, industrial and residential facilities throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

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07.26.2022

Pre-College Programs move campers miles ahead

A second week of Pre-College Programs, providing an absorbing midmonth bill of fare, winningly delivered eight more options for teenagers looking for purposeful summer diversion. Attracting both the well-traveled and the close-to-home, the latest Penn College sessions covered a range of career-focused opportunity: Automotive Restoration; Design, Build & Grow (landscape and horticulture); Diesel Truck & Heavy Equipment; Fundamentals of Emergency Response; Graphic Design Summer Studio; the first-time offerings of Have Your Cake & Decorate It, Too and Non-Destructive Testing; and Thingamajig Fabricators. This photo gallery provides a sampling of the visitors’ enlightening encounters with their potential futures, with a slightly heavier dose of the inaugural cake-decorating camp … because who doesn’t want an extra helping of cake? (Readers can also relive the first round of Pre-College Programs, published elsewhere on PCToday.)

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06.30.2022

Foley Inc. expands partnership with Penn College

Foley Inc., a Cat® equipment dealer serving New Jersey; southeast Pennsylvania; Staten Island, New York; and northern Delaware, has enhanced and expanded its partnership with Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Foley, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker, has partnered with Penn College for 20 years in association with the heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis and heavy equipment technology programs. The company is recognized as a Visionary Society member ($100,000-$499,999) on the college’s Donor Wall.

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College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Students