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08.26.2021

Worth & Company Excellence Scholarship supports students

Worth & Company Inc. has established a scholarship to assist Pennsylvania College of Technology students pursuing careers in the building equipment contractors industry.

First preference for the Worth & Company Excellence Scholarship will be given to a student who is an intern, employee or dependent of an employee of Worth & Company Inc.

Second preference will be given to a student who is enrolled full time in one of the following majors: heating, ventilation & air conditioning design technology; heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology; welding & fabrication engineering technology; welding technology; or construction management; has been a recipient of a scholarship from the fund in prior years; and has a residence in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton or Philadelphia counties.

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08.18.2021

Penn College welding alum designs transducer

Natalie J. Rhoades is thankful that Pennsylvania College of Technology allowed her to branch out and become what she was meant to be. Her employer is also grateful.

The 2020 graduate from Weedville designed the SensorScan DHT-400 ultrasonic transducer, recently brought to market by Sensor Networks Inc. for the oil and gas and power generation industries. Rhoades is an applications engineer for State College-based SNI, which specializes in ultrasonic and remote visual technologies for monitoring and testing of vital components. Ultrasonic transducers are one of its chief products.

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08.17.2021

House GOP panel holds campus hearing on boosting state’s economy

Bradley M. Webb (left), dean of engineering technologies, discusses plastic pellets during a lab tour with Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-199) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-67), committee chair.
Bradley M. Webb (left), dean of engineering technologies, discusses plastic pellets during a lab tour with Rep. Barbara Gleim (R-199) and Rep. Martin Causer (R-67), committee chair.
Causer is framed by the Baja SAE team's vehicle in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.
Causer is framed by the Baja SAE team’s vehicle in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.
The tour group moves to a welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. At left (in red tie) is Rep. Joe Hamm (R-84), whose district includes part of Lycoming County.
The tour group moves to a welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center. At left (in red tie) is Rep. Joe Hamm (R-84), whose district includes part of Lycoming County.
Webb leads visitors – including Wheeland (front row, center), the county's other representative – to College Avenue Labs.
Webb leads visitors – including Wheeland (front row, center), the county’s other representative – to College Avenue Labs.
Munro testifies and answers questions about the many ways Penn College addresses workforce challenges, from apprenticeship programs to the Clean Energy Center to WEDnetPA training of companies' employees.
Munro testifies and answers questions about the many ways Penn College addresses workforce challenges, from apprenticeship programs to the Clean Energy Center to WEDnetPA training of companies’ employees.

The state House Majority Policy Committee visited Penn College’s main campus on Tuesday, taking a tour before holding a hearing on “Growing Pennsylvania’s Economy.” Twelve members of the committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer, of McKean County – joined remotely by others – heard testimony during the two-hour session in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Among those sharing their expertise were Shannon M. Munro, the college’s vice president for workforce development, characterized by co-host Rep. Jeff Wheeland as “the go-to person” in her field. “Because employers grow the economy, we must respond to their needs,” Munro said. “Penn College does this in two distinct ways: We provide a pipeline of graduates in degrees that align with what employers are looking for, and we also offer lifelong training opportunities for their incumbent workers.”

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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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08.05.2021

PennStater features ‘Living Chapel’ in latest issue

Passante (left) talks with students during a visit to campus in early 2020. At right are Sara D. Stafford, of West Chester, who earned a welding technology degree in May 2020 and is working toward her bachelor's in applied management, and Axel A. Murillo, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Watsontown.
Passante (left) talks with students during a visit to campus in early 2020. At right are Sara D. Stafford, of West Chester, who earned a welding technology degree in May 2020 and is working toward her bachelor’s in applied management, and Axel A. Murillo, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Watsontown.

The Living Chapel, an intercontinental project that featured elemental collaboration by Penn College welding faculty and students, is spotlighted in the July/August issue of PennStater magazine. Although an official publication of the Penn State Alumni Association, with content traditionally accessible only to members, “This Sacred Space” – written by managing editor Robyn Passante – has been made available to all. Passante’s extensive article chronicles the once-secretive and forever-surreal creation of the chapel, as proliferation of COVID-19 altered plans and perspectives among the many hands involved in the ecological installation.

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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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07.07.2021

Penn College students dominate national scholarship awards

A foundation that promotes skilled manufacturing careers has awarded more than a third of its scholarships for the Fall 2021 semester to Pennsylvania College of Technology students.

Eleven students from Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies were among the 31 nationwide recipients of $1,500-$2,500 scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International. Full-time students enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study were eligible.

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06.22.2021

Construction Specialties partners with welding program

Construction Specialties, a New Jersey-based building products manufacturer with local operations in Muncy, has entered into a material-exchange agreement with Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.

Construction Specialties has been a valued corporate partner of the college for many years. Recently, through the assistance of alumnus Anthony J. Peachey, senior marketing manager, the company agreed to provide scrap material, aluminum and stainless steel to the welding program for Penn College students and faculty to use in hands-on coursework. The college then returns the welded materials to Construction Specialties for scrap recycling purposes. The welding program saves on materials purchased for training, and the materials are recognized as a charitable donation from Construction Specialties.

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06.02.2021

Students earn Innovation Engineer Blue Belt credential

Twenty-seven Pennsylvania College of Technology students received Innovation Engineering Blue Belt certification following their successful completion of all modules within the Principles of Innovation course at the college.

The course teaches the fundamentals of innovation, emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving and stimuli for effective innovation.

“The class helps you to think more broadly and helps you get closer to the consumer,” said Nolan M. Hickok, an industrial design student from Troy.

“I think it helps you push the boundaries of your mind and what you can create,” added Harrison Wohlfarth, a concrete science technology and applied technology studies student from Midlothian, Virginia, citing rapid research and other techniques that “help you to think about what you can add to an idea and combine ideas that you might not otherwise think to combine.”

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05.20.2021

ESAB donation benefits Penn College welding program

ESAB, a leading manufacturer of welding and cutting equipment and consumables, has donated equipment to benefit instruction in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.

ESAB Welding and Cutting Products has been a partner of Penn College for nearly three decades. It recently donated a submerged arc welding system that includes an Aristo 1000 AC/DC welding power source and an A6S heavy duty wire feed system mounted on an A6B side beam carriage. The system also includes a flux recovery system. ESAB provided the technical support to get the system installed and running. The total value of the donation is nearly $64,000.

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05.17.2021

Collaborative effort returns ‘Shad Run’ sculpture to public display

Restored by Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty and students in a cocurricular alliance, then relocated and rededicated Thursday evening, a piece of public art that enshrines a significant West Branch Susquehanna River phenomenon now graces Pine Square Alley.

The stainless steel “Shad Run” sculpture was created by Seattle artist Joseph McDonnell and unveiled by Public ARTWORKS in 2005, intended as a welcoming landmark at Third and Market streets. When the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and Little League International decided in 2014 to commission “Bases Loaded,” a baseball diamond in Market Square, complete with bronze “players” frozen in midgame – including a stray fielder along the Penn College entranceway – the artwork was put into storage at the River Valley Transit bus garage.

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05.12.2021

Philly Shipyard donates consumables to welding program

Philly Shipyard Inc. recently donated welding consumables to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college’s welding program.

The donation includes nine pallets of Lincoln Electric brand welding consumables; Lincoln Electric paid for the freight costs associated with the donation.

Philly Shipyard, a leading U.S. shipbuilder presently pursuing a mix of commercial and government work, expects to hire nearly 200 welders in 2021 to accommodate work on a new project involving four government training vessels for use at the state maritime academies. The donated material had to be replaced with material specific to the company’s new contracts.

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04.12.2021

Penn College offering summer manufacturing experience

Pennsylvania College of Technology will expose high schoolers to the marvels of manufacturing and the sector’s rewarding career possibilities, thanks to a grant-supported initiative.

From July 18-22, the college will host the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program for students entering grades 9-12. Participants will learn how everyday objects are designed and fabricated while receiving hands-on experience with 3D design software, machining, CNC automation and welding. Students will use their new skills to fabricate a toolbox, hammer and nail punch.

Penn College faculty will lead individual workshops in the school’s state-of-the-art labs. Sessions will be complemented by guest speakers and tours of regional manufacturing sites.

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09.29.2020

Italy’s top-rated newscast features Living Chapel

Magnificent visuals of the Living Chapel, including images provided through Penn College’s partnership in the international project, accompany a story recently posted to the Facebook page of a prominent newscast in Italy. The segment appeared on TG5, broadcast from Rome and airing on Italian TV channel 5 – reported to have the highest ratings on commercial television in Italy.

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09.22.2020

Mascot assumes rightful place on Wildcat Den wall

Roar, Wildcats, roar!A multidisciplinary project that began a year ago – fabricating a logo for the Wildcat Den esports room – has borne fruit on the second floor of Penn College’s Madigan Library.

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