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04.21.2017

Penn College Students Finish Well at Regional Woodsmen’s Meet

A team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students recently competed in the 16th annual Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen’s Meet, charting Top Four performances in nine of the day’s events.

Penn College was one of six participants in the April 8 competition, held this year at Penn State Mont Alto in Franklin County: Others, in addition to the host institution, were Allegany College of Maryland, Haywood Community College, Montgomery Community College and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

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03.23.2017

PPL Field Manager Emphasizes Workplace Safety in Classroom Talk

With instructor Andrew R. Wolfe watching from right, PPL's Chuck Wood (left) demonstrates personal protective equipment with the help of electrical technology major John J. Aleksiejczyk IV, of Hatboro.
With instructor Andrew R. Wolfe watching from right, PPL’s Chuck Wood (left) demonstrates personal protective equipment with the help of electrical technology major John J. Aleksiejczyk IV, of Hatboro.

Chuck Wood, field manager of distribution operations for PPL Electric Utilities, was a guest speaker at Andrew R. Wolfe’s Accident Prevention class Tuesday night. Wolfe, a part-time instructor of electrical technology/occupations, invited him to talk about the importance of safety in the workplace. Wood supervises and directs maintenance of all substations, low-tension networks and underground utilities in PPL’s Susquehanna and Central divisions (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton).
Photo by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

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01.25.2017

WVIA to Rebroadcast Series Episode on ‘Green’ Careers

"Working Class"
“Working Class”

Working Class: Build and Grow Green,” the second episode of a Telly Award-winning series co-produced by Penn College, will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday on WVIA. The hourlong documentary invites consideration of a range of options by those looking into “green” careers, exploring opportunities such as architecture and sustainable design; building construction and construction management; building automation; electrical technology and power generation; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; forestry; and horticulture. The episode can also be viewed on the series’ comprehensive website, which additionally features a producer’s blog, video segments, K-12 educational resources and an art challenge.

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11.23.2016

Chevron Continues Support for Penn College Education, Training

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education office, Pennsylvania College of Technology has received $416,685 from Chevron U.S.A. to support scholarships, curriculum development and ongoing outreach in energy and manufacturing.

Penn College will continue the promising practices first started through ShaleNET, a U.S. Department of Labor grant aimed at providing training and education in these important industry sectors.

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10.07.2016

Penn College/WVIA Documentary Explores Green Career Options

“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hourlong documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

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10.05.2016

Students See Farm’s Solar Array During Area Field Trip

Renewable energy technologies students on a Tuesday field trip are (from left) Colten R. Temple, Catawissa; Andrew C. Schroker, Blooming Glen; Nicholas A. Daniels, Levittown; Carson J. Klikus, Beach Lake; Chet A. Schwoyer Jr., Williamsport; Matthew M. Bernick, of Lewisberry; and Eric M. Wanczak, of Chambersburg.
Renewable energy technologies students on a Tuesday field trip are (from left) Colten R. Temple, Catawissa; Andrew C. Schroker, Blooming Glen; Nicholas A. Daniels, Levittown; Carson J. Klikus, Beach Lake; Chet A. Schwoyer Jr., Williamsport; Matthew M. Bernick, of Lewisberry; and Eric M. Wanczak, of Chambersburg.

Seven students in Penn College’s renewable energy technologies major visited the 36-kilowatt solar array at Albavale Farm in Canton on Tuesday. The photovoltaic system uses 120 solar panels to generate more than half of the farm’s total usage of electricity. The students saw the array mounted on one of the barns, observed solar string combiner boxes, four SMA Sunny Boy utility-tied inverter and the utility metering with associated switch gear for the PV system. The field trip was a lab exercise in Jon W. Hart’s Photovoltaic Systems class. The students enjoyed the trip, and had a sampling of “fresh off the farm” milk and warm cookies.
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09.26.2016

Penn College Students Compete in IDEAL Event

Approximately 20 Pennsylvania College of Technology students in electrical-related majors recently sharpened their skills by competing in an IDEAL National Championship qualifying event on campus.

Geared to support and promote electrical careers, the competition required students to cut, strip, terminate and test using professional IDEAL tools, such as wire connectors, wire strippers, screwdrivers, testers and lineman’s pliers. Students were timed on how quickly they successfully completed all the tasks.

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09.21.2016

Agreements Clear Path for Students to Pursue Additional Degrees

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently approved articulation agreements with several other institutions to ease students’ pathways to further education.

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08.23.2016

Local Firm’s Anniversary Celebration Includes Scholarship Fund

The intertwined histories of an employee-owned architectural engineering survey firm and a national leader in applied technology education have resulted in a new scholarship fund in honor of a company co-founder.

In the midst of marking its 30th anniversary, Larson Design Group recently announced that it has begun fundraising for the Ken Larson Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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04.13.2016

Students Travel to Lebanon to Serve in Children’s Home

During their Winter Break, a pair of Pennsylvania College of Technology students traveled to Lebanon, where they spent two weeks volunteering at a children’s home near Beirut.

George Settle III, a student in the welding and fabrication engineering technology major, and Tyler D. Hodge, who is studying building automation technology, stayed, worked and played at Home of Hope in the village of Kehale, Lebanon, about 10 miles from Beirut. The home provides shelter, education, socialization and recreation for street children, many who have been abused or abandoned.

While there, Settle, who hails from Dillsburg, used his welding know-how in the home’s shop, where he worked with a few of the boys to build two steel picnic tables and four steel-framed dining-room tables, along with some smaller projects.

Hodge, a resident of Gillett, spent much of his time helping to clean and organize donations received during the Christmas season.

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01.20.2016

Alcoa Supports Mechatronics Degree, Noncredit Training

A $50,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation will benefit the mechatronics associate-degree major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, as well as corresponding noncredit training courses.

The recently awarded grant is earmarked for equipment and supplies to enhance student learning and understanding of industry tools, including a laser alignment system, a vibration analysis system, inspection cameras and thermal-imaging cameras.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Alcoa Foundation,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “The grant allows us to augment the hands-on experience that is a hallmark of a Penn College education. Thanks to Alcoa’s generosity, we can continue to grow the mechatronics major and related noncredit programming for our students.”

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10.23.2015

Number of ‘Tech Scholars’ Grows at Penn College

With support from the National Science Foundation, the number of Tech Scholars at Pennsylvania College of Technology continues to grow. Eight new students in STEM majors have been awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years.

Those students join four returning scholarship recipients from 2014, the first year of a five-year grant designed to increase retention, degree completion and career preparation for students in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies.

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10.01.2015

Renewable Energy Students Visit Heavily Solar-Powered Farm

Students on Wednesday's Bradford County field trip are (from left) Dakotah J. Hewson, of Dingmans Ferry; Nicholas J. Porreca, of New Hope; Antonino Farina, of Camp Hill; Alec R. Bouch, of Brockway; Thomas J. Hirneisen, of Blandon; and Lukas E. Jensen, of Etters. Bouch is a building automation technology: electrical technology concentration major; the others are all enrolled in renewable energy technologies.
Students on Wednesday’s Bradford County field trip are (from left) Dakotah J. Hewson, of Dingmans Ferry; Nicholas J. Porreca, of New Hope; Antonino Farina, of Camp Hill; Alec R. Bouch, of Brockway; Thomas J. Hirneisen, of Blandon; and Lukas E. Jensen, of Etters. Bouch is a building automation technology: electrical technology concentration major; the others are all enrolled in renewable energy technologies.

Six students in instructor Jon W. Hart’s Photovoltaic Systems class visited the 36-kilowatt solar array at Albavale Farm in Canton this week, enjoying the trip in spite of Wednesday’s wet weather. The photovoltaic system uses 120 solar panels to generate more than half of the farm’s total usage of electricity. The students saw the array mounted on one of the farm’s barns, observed four SMA Sunny Boy utility-tied inverters and saw the utility metering with the associated switch gear for the PV system. The field trip was a lab exercise in the class, part of Penn College’s renewable energy technologies major.
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06.05.2015

PPL Corp. Donates $3,000 to College’s Electrical Technology Program

A $3,000 donation from PPL Corp. will benefit students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s various electrical majors.

Teri MacBride, PPL’s regional affairs director, recently presented the check to the college’s Institutional Advancement Office for use in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies’ Electrical Technology Program.

“PPL has been a generous supporter of Penn College for years in a variety of ways, including annual cash gifts and in-kind donations,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations. “We appreciate the continued support for students and program with this donation.”

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