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10.21.2022

Construction Specialties’ generosity expands college partnership

Construction Specialties, a New Jersey-based building products manufacturer with four local operations in eastern Lycoming County, has appreciably broadened its collaboration with Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The company, a participant in Penn College’s Corporate Tomorrow Makers program, has established an endowed scholarship and sponsored three Pre-College Programs this past summer.

Preference for the Construction Specialties Building the Future Scholarship, which will be awarded annually starting with the Fall 2022 semester, will be given to full-time students from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Texas who are pursuing a variety of degrees in the college’s School of Engineering Technologies. Scholarship awards are renewable for up to four years.

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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

Penn College building automation student earns scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is one of 59 individuals nationwide to receive a scholarship from the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association’s Educational Foundation.

Riley E. Van Liew, of Stevensville, Maryland, earned a $2,500 scholarship sponsored by Delta Faucet Co. Liew is seeking a bachelor’s degree in building automation engineering technology and an associate degree in electronics & computer engineering technology: robotics & automation emphasis.

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10.11.2022

Electrical class pulls its weight … and then some

Joe R. Raup’s Electrical Construction Lab III–Industrial class took part in a memorable project on Monday, lending capable hands to ongoing renovation of the heating, ventilation & air conditioning lab in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

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09.09.2022

Penn College Army ROTC cadets receive commissions

Four years of arduous training and rigorous study culminated in a recent commissioning ceremony for two Army ROTC cadets at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, and Megan Nosker, of DuBois, were commissioned as second lieutenants during an on-campus ceremony. The cadets committed to four years of active duty or eight years in the Army Reserve or National Guard.

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07.19.2022

My Tomorrow previews a not-so-distant future

A second week of Penn College’s My Tomorrow day camp (July 12-15) led middle-school students down more time-tested roads to career success and personal fulfillment. The program – again sponsored by the Soars Family – followed the template of the first: offering sixth through eighth graders an enviable palette of hands-on options, from emergency preparedness and health sciences to concrete, aviation and electrical.

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05.03.2022

Penn College electrical students serve area nonprofits

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to hands-on education aided area nonprofit organizations throughout the spring semester.

Two sections of electrical construction students contributed nearly 400 hours of work, saving the YWCA, Sojourner Truth Ministries and the Avis Area Recreation Association labor expenses in completing a variety of projects.

“The quality of the students’ work was excellent. They did a great job,” said Joseph R. Raup, instructor of the course, Construction Lab IV: Practical Experience. “They had good attitudes throughout the semester and worked very hard.”

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01.12.2022

Penn College student awarded engineering scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is one of two nationwide recipients of a scholarship for those seeking to shape tomorrow through a career in engineering.

Emerson, a global technology and engineering company, awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Kolin R. Limburg, of Fairless Hills, through its ASCO Engineering Scholarship Program. Limburg is a senior majoring in building automation engineering technology. Emerson also bestowed a $1,000 grant to Penn College’s engineering department.

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10.13.2021

In-demand careers brought into focus during Rep. Keller’s visit

President Davie Jane Gilmour and the congressman lead the group through the BTC, where they toured building construction and HVAC labs. Enlightening the entourage are Bradley M. Webb (left foreground), dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester (to Keller's right), assistant dean for construction and architectural technologies; and (in plaid) Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
President Davie Jane Gilmour and the congressman lead the group through the BTC, where they toured building construction and HVAC labs. Enlightening the entourage are Bradley M. Webb (left foreground), dean of engineering technologies; Ellyn A. Lester (to Keller’s right), assistant dean for construction and architectural technologies; and (in plaid) Peter Kruppenbacher, assistant professor of building construction technology.
Webb (left) talks with Owlett (center) and Keller in an electrical lab.
Webb (left) talks with Owlett (center) and Keller in an electrical lab.
Keller holds a serendipitous meeting with two electrical construction students – Brady J. Dible (center), of Milroy, a member of the Air National Guard, and Craig A. Seasholtz, of Avis – who expressed gratitude for his support of veterans, as well as the constituent service his office provided in response to recent requests.
Keller holds a serendipitous meeting with two electrical construction students – Brady J. Dible (center), of Milroy, a member of the Air National Guard, and Craig A. Seasholtz, of Avis – who expressed gratitude for his support of veterans, as well as the constituent service his office provided in response to recent requests.
Kathleen D. Chesmel, assistant dean for materials science and engineering technologies, joins the legislators during a tour of the machining and manufacturing labs.
Kathleen D. Chesmel, assistant dean for materials science and engineering technologies, joins the legislators during a tour of the machining and manufacturing labs.
Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, and Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development, are among the panelists during a working "boxed lunch" session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.
Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost, and Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development, are among the panelists during a working “boxed lunch” session in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller (R-12) returned to Penn College’s main campus on Wednesday, touring a number of instructional areas and moderating a roundtable discussion of workforce development. The congressman was accompanied by state Rep. Clinton D. Owlett (R-68), among others, for a tour of the impressively equipped Carl Building Technologies, Electrical Technologies, Lycoming Engines Metal Trades and Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies centers – all facilities that help prepare today’s college students for tomorrow’s careers.

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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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09.22.2021

Penn College hosts PPL Electric Utilities Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit

PPL Electric Utilities recently offered a Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit and demonstration for students and first responders at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

PPL, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of the college, takes its mobile electrical safety exhibit across its service territory to teach first responders, contractors, businesses, school students and the public about the dangers of live wires and how to stay safe around them.

The exhibit is a scaled-down 7,200-volt electrical distribution system that features live electrical wires, utility poles and transformers. It was designed in 2016 by representatives from across PPL Electric Utilities’ operations who met in PPL’s Innovation Lab to brainstorm ways to present the information. PPL provides 100 such demonstrations to more than 10,000 people annually.

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08.16.2021

Female trio helps lead engineering technologies at Penn College

For two years, Lauryn A. Stauffer has seen only male faces in her electronics classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology. This fall, she’ll at least see multiple women leaders within the School of Engineering Technologies.

The school devoted to careers rooted in science, technology, engineering and math boasts three female assistant deans.

Kathleen D. Chesmel and Ellyn A. Lester were hired in late spring to head the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies Division and the Construction and Architectural Technologies Division, respectively. They join longtime college employee Stacey C. Hampton, who is assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies.

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07.28.2021

Nine students awarded Lockheed Martin scholarships

Lockheed Martin Corp. has awarded vocational scholarships of $6,600 each to nine Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

The students are among 150 to receive financial assistance toward their pursuit of associate degrees, credit-bearing certificates or industry-recognized credentials in cutting-edge technology and advanced manufacturing fields. Penn College had the second-highest number of awardees in the Lockheed Martin Vocational Training Scholarship program, a first of its kind within the aerospace and defense industries.

“I was pleased to see Lockheed Martin’s awarding of scholarships to so many Penn College students,” said Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies. “This recognizes the critical role the college plays in bolstering America’s skilled technical workforce, and the focus our students have on building the future.”

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06.17.2021

ABB provides software for offline robotic programming

A partnership with ABB, a leading global technology company, is bringing an industrial robot and software licenses to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in manufacturing engineering programs.

ABB, based in Zurich, Switzerland, with U.S. operations headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, is providing $150,000 worth of software licenses for offline programming of its YuMi robot, which the college has purchased. This eliminates the need for programming at the robot itself using the teach pendant. The software can communicate with all ABB robots to download and upload files. Software benefits include freeing the robot for production or maintenance and allowing multiple programmers simultaneously to create and edit programs.  In manufacturing, today, most robot programs are created offline and “touched up” at production lines.

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05.11.2021

Student to cap family tradition at Penn College commencement

For Thomas L. Snyder, his graduation at Pennsylvania College of Technology on May 16 will mark more than the end of a rigorous academic pursuit. It will close his family’s chapter at the college, which dates to the Kennedy Administration.

The Weedville native’s lineage is linked to the college’s evolution from a renowned postsecondary technical institute to the second community college in Pennsylvania to its current status as a national leader in applied technology education.

Snyder’s maternal grandfather, Thomas E. Foster, earned a machinist certificate from Williamsport Technical Institute in 1962, and his father, Troy L. Snyder, attended Williamsport Area Community College in the mid-1980s, just a few years before it became Penn College, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

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