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09.16.2015

Three Montoursville Sisters Attend Penn College

Depending on the preferred cliché, threes may be a threat, a charm or a crowd. For the Bennett family of Montoursville, it’s a triple blessing that all three sisters are attending Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Aubrey G., 23; Ainsley R., 20; and Addey L., 19, are enrolled in a range of majors: nursing, graphic design and diesel technology, respectively.

Aubrey said the proximity of the college to their home and the ability to save money by commuting made the choice “perfect for our situation.”

According to the sisters, they are the first generation in their family to attend college, and their mother was the encouraging factor.

“Mom really pushed for it,” Addey said. “She always said she wanted us to have what she didn’t have.”

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08.07.2015

Penn College Names New Assistant Dean for Academic School

Justin W. Beishline has been named assistant dean for the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Beishline, who grew up in Benton and resides in Millville, had been an instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college since the Fall 2008 semester.

“Justin will be an excellent addition to the leadership team in Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “He has been an excellent teacher for a number of years and is noted for his commitment to his students. He brings creativity and a great work ethic to this new role.”

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07.02.2015

Ransome CAT Donates Diesel Engine to Penn College

Ransome's Ron Garber secures diesel engine for ESC
Ransome’s Ron Garber secures diesel engine for ESC

A Caterpillar C6.6 diesel engine, which became available after it was replaced under warranty by the dealership, has been donated by Ransome CAT for use by students at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth science Center. “Since I know the college is always looking for recent engines for instructional purposes, we made the call to Dr. (Mary A.) Sullivan (ESC executive director and assistant dean of the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies) and arrangements were made for the pickup of the engine,” said Ron Garber, Ransome’s fluids lab general manager and Whitehall/Fleetwood regional manager. “We had no further cost in the item and it made sense to donate it to Penn College. All dealers in the program keep an eye out for such items … and make them available whenever we can.”
Photo by Ken J. Bashista, laboratory technician for diesel equipment technology

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07.02.2015

Alumnus Among Top Competitors in Employer’s Skills-Testing

Under the critical eye of a judge and his clipboard, Brian P. Weidner competes ...
Under the critical eye of a judge and his clipboard, Brian P. Weidner competes …
... in a series of skills tests ...
… in a series of skills tests …
... that pitted him against other top-performing Ryder technicians.
… that pitted him against other top-performing Ryder technicians.

After only 20 months on the job, Brian P. Weidner – a 2011 diesel technology graduate working as a Tech 3 for Ryder Systems Inc. – tested his way into the third level of his employer’s prestigious Top Tech Competition. During the awards ceremony, the alumnus from Quakertown said, his mentor cited Weidner’s educational background at his technical high school and his degree from Penn College.
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06.09.2015

CAT Dealers, Foundation Add More Than $150,000 in Fiscal Support

A long-standing alliance that prepares Pennsylvania College of Technology students for careers in a variety of fields will continue with the recent donation of $151,076 from the Caterpillar Foundation and a consortium of regional dealerships.

Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc., Alban CAT, H.O. Penn Machinery Inc. Ransome CAT and Southworth-Milton Inc. donated a total of $93,706 to help students in the college’s diesel technology, heavy construction equipment technology and on-site power generation majors. Matching funds amounting to $58,000 were provided through the Caterpillar Foundation.

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05.16.2015

Penn College Honors Three Alumni at Commencement

Pennsylvania College of Technology bestowed honors upon three alumni during Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held May 15-16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

Adam J. Yoder, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, received the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award on May 15. Joseph H. and Barbara A. Reynolds, of Williamsport, were presented with the Humanitarian/Citizenship Award during the same ceremony. Michael K. Patterson, of Oval, received a Mentorship Award on May 16.

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04.14.2015

Eight Penn College Students Headed for SkillsUSA Nationals

Eight first-place winners from Pennsylvania College of Technology have advanced to the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, to be held from June 22-26 in Kentucky.

Five other students from the college finished in the top four places in a variety of categories during the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held April 8-10 in Hershey.

“The students did very well representing the college. It was the first time competing for some of the students, but they will be back next year for another go-around,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “Many of the students advancing have been to nationals before, either as a college competitor or when they were in high school. We’re looking forward to the change of venue, as nationals will be in Louisville instead of Kansas City.”

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04.13.2015

Penn College Focus of NPR Story on Marcellus Training

National Public Radio

NPR spotlights college's role in shale careers.
NPR spotlights college’s role in shale careers.

Penn College’s role in training workers for the natural gas industry is featured in a report that aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” (and affiliate stations) on Monday. Jeff Brady, a national correspondent for NPR who recently visited campus, talked with Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development at the college; onsite power generation student William N. Miller, of Hallstead; and others for a four-minute piece headlined, “In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust.”

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01.05.2015

Hawbaker Family Scholarship Established at Penn College

The president and CEO of a well-known State College-based highway construction company and his wife have established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Daniel R. and Suzie Hawbaker recently created the Hawbaker Family Scholarship at Penn College. Daniel Hawbaker heads Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., a firm established in 1952 that performs asphalt paving, road construction, gas well service and construction, and engineering design services in northern Pennsylvania, southern New York and eastern Ohio.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded from the Hawbaker Family Scholarship Fund for the 2015-16 academic year; the recipients will be presented with $500 each in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

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10.20.2014

State Police Provide Students With Practical Look at Over-the-Road Enforcement

Trooper Beaver talks with diesel technology majors and students in the Commercial Driver's License preparatory course.
Trooper Beaver talks with diesel technology majors and students in the Commercial Driver’s License preparatory course.
Whether operators hauling heavy equipment or technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers ...
Whether operators hauling heavy equipment or technicians inspecting the trucks and trailers …
... a firsthand look at regulatory enforcement is key.
… a firsthand look at regulatory enforcement is key.

Pennsylvania State Police made their annual visit to Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center recently to give students a front-line understanding of the laws and regulations governing commercial traffic on the commonwealth’s highways. Trooper Cory Beaver, along with Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers Dave Kelch and Will Latchet, outlined the extent of responsibility and liability that a servicing technician holds in ensuring that the vehicles they maintain and repair are within guidelines. Diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis majors also witnessed an actual roadside commercial vehicle safety evaluation.
Photos by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

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10.17.2014

Allison Scholarship at Penn College Honors Three Generations

Larry Allison Jr., a member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Board of Directors and president of Allison Crane & Rigging, has created a scholarship fund at the college in honor of his father, Larry Allison Sr., who died earlier this year, as well as his grandfather and great-grandfather.

The Larry Allison Family Scholarship gives primary preference to any student who is an employee – or the dependent of an employee – of Allison Crane & Rigging, a Williamsport-based successor to Lycoming Construction Co., which was located from 1943-80 near the current site of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences building on the main campus. The site is commemorated with a bulldozer blade, plaque and historical marker.

Larry Allison Sr., grandson of Lycoming Construction Co. founder Herbert F. Allison, died Jan. 22. The scholarship honors both men, as well as Herbert L. Allison, Larry Allison Sr.’s father.

Secondary preference for the scholarship will be given to students who are Pennsylvania residents and are enrolled in one of the following programs: civil engineering technology, surveying technology, construction management, heavy construction equipment technology and diesel technology.

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09.02.2014

Benefactor of Penn College Diesel, Aviation Programs Dies

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr.
Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr.

Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr., a retired Williamsport orthodontist whose philanthropic contributions benefit students in Penn College’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the age of 85. Welch and his wife, Mary, are among those enshrined on the college’s Donor Wall as members of the Millionaire’s Society. Their generosity is also reflected in the hangar at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville, the diesel lab at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and a scholarship fund for diesel technology students – all of which bear the Welch family’s name. A full obituary can be found on the website of the Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

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07.28.2014

Diesel Instructor Honored With Caterpillar ‘Pathfinder’ Award

An instructor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program has been honored with Caterpillar Inc.’s annual Pathfinder to Excellence faculty award.

Mark E. Sones, who teaches in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, received the award during a recent advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers.

“I’m pleased that Mark received this recognition. It acknowledges that what he does on a daily basis makes a difference in the lives of his students,” said Mary A. Sullivan, executive director of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. “This is a great way for him to receive the ‘Thank you’ he deserves.”

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06.23.2014

Wayne Township Landfill Scholarship Initiated at Penn College

Officials at the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County have established a scholarship fund to benefit Pennsylvania College of Technology students enrolled in diesel and heavy equipment majors.

The fund will generate two $1,000 awards each year to full-time students from Clinton and Lycoming counties. Preference will be given to those seeking two-year degrees in heavy equipment technology (including the technician, operator and Caterpillar equipment emphases) or diesel technology.

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06.05.2014

Cummins Boosts Student Support Through Additional Donation

Cummins Power Systems, with a local branch that employs five Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates, has donated a 12-liter ISX industrial engine to the institution’s diesel program.

The newer-model engine was recently delivered to the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood by Cummins Power Systems, which has an office on Lycoming Creek Road.

“Supporting the programs at Penn College with Cummins products will help develop future diesel technicians to support the growing demand in our area,” said Donald E. Musser, service manager at Cummins Power Systems.

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