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Construction management at Penn College

From the boardroom to the job site, construction managers call the shots. They take the lead to ensure building projects are completed on time and within budget. Take a look at Penn College’s bachelor of science degree in construction management, meet a few soon-to-be construction managers and see how they’re preparing to rise to the top of this dynamic and exciting career field. “Ultimately, what I would love to do is just to go back to the community I’m from with the education I’ve gotten here,” says Zachary N. Wilkinson, of North Wales, one of the students included in a college YouTube video. “And then, maybe, change the skyline of Philadelphia.”

March 4, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

News site profiles international students on local campuses

Po-Ju Sung
Po-Ju Sung

The On the Pulse local news site is in the midst of a weeklong series, highlighting international students who have found a home in Williamsport (and the college employees who have smoothed their path to adjustment). Following an introductory article that includes Shanin L. Dougherty, Penn College’s coordinator of international programs, the series continues with profiles of selected students. A recent posting, based on an interview conducted by Allison Lax, a creative writing major at Lycoming College, features Penn College student Po-Ju Sung, an applied management major from Taiwan. “I like it here,” says Po, who holds an associate degree in heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis. “I feel like I grew up here. Ideally, I would like to stay here, because it’s such a good area. I like it. You can go to the store really quick and then go to the country in 20 minutes. So I think if I have to leave here today and never come back here, I’ll be really sad … but it all depends where I get the job.”

March 4, 2020
Automated Manufacturing & Machining Faculty & Staff General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies STEM

Penn College offering summer manufacturing experience

Pennsylvania College of Technology will expose high schoolers to the rewarding possibilities of manufacturing careers, thanks to a grant-supported initiative.

The college will host the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program from July 19-23 on its main campus. Students entering grades 9-12 are eligible for the session, featuring hands-on experience with 3D design software, mills and lathes, and welding. Participants will use their new skills to fabricate a toolbox, hammer and nail punch.

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March 2, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Getting wind of science

Charles built a tower of cups, then – with Mom's valuable assistance – used wind power generated by an Airzooka to knock it down.
Charles built a tower of cups, then – with Mom’s valuable assistance – used wind power generated by an Airzooka to knock it down.
Albert (left) listens as a child explains how she knows the wind is blowing.
Albert (left) listens as a child explains how she knows the wind is blowing.
At one station, the children (with help from family) create air rockets from straws.
At one station, the children (with help from family) create air rockets from straws.
Caleb and his mother use a wind detector to judge the strength of a fan.
Caleb and his mother use a wind detector to judge the strength of a fan.

Friday’s blustery afternoon provided a timely backdrop for family participation in a “Leap Into Science” activity about wind at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center. Barbara J. Albert, director, and Linda S. Dellaquila, group leader, facilitated the workshop. Leap into Science, a national program designed to build interest and skills in science and literacy for children ages 3-10 and their families, was developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Penn College’s CLC is one of 45 sites throughout Pennsylvania offering the program.
Photos by Dellaquila

March 2, 2020
Admissions Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Explore, discover and define your future at March 28 open house

Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will welcome visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology during Spring Open House, set for Saturday, March 28. Prospective students can tour campus and explore 100-plus academic majors emphasizing hands-on learning for high-demand STEM and related careers.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, Spring Open House was canceled.)

When it comes to choosing a college, seeing is believing. And there’s a lot to see at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House!

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, members of the Penn College community will welcome thousands of potential enrollees and their families, opening wide the doors to a landmark institution that has helped tomorrow makers fulfill their destinies for more than a century.

“Open House provides a unique way for prospective students to explore our campus,” said Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick, coordinator of admissions events/communications. “With no set agenda to follow, guests can take the day to explore what matters most to them. Whether that is seeing as many labs as possible, checking out the residence halls, connecting with current students, or all of the above.”

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February 26, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Le Jeune Chef’s signature Chocolate Soup

It’s rich. It’s creamy. It’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant’s signature Chocolate Soup. If you’ve visited the casual fine dining restaurant on Penn College’s main campus, you’ve probably tasted this craveable masterpiece. Join Chef Chris Grove and Claudia Walling, a baking and pastry arts student from Williamsport, to learn how easy it is to bring home this crowd favorite.

February 26, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

Welding lab gets cross-country exposure through FOX News

The journalist tells viewers that Penn College welding students have to complete a minimum of 144 hours of hands-on lab experience.

The media spotlight on Penn College’s expanded welding lab shone brightly – and nationally – this week, attracting a visit from Philadelphia-based FOX News reporter Katie Byrne. The multimedia journalist spent much of Tuesday morning in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, talking with students and administration from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. She also captured considerable video footage of the enhanced instructional space, resulting in online and broadcast versions of her story. The latter was distributed to FOX affiliates throughout the country, airing on Byrne’s home station (FOX29) Friday evening and during weekend newscasts on the FOX News cable network.

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Alumni Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Graphic design at Penn College

Get an insider’s look at Penn College’s graphic design program through an engaging video created and edited by Luke A. Bierly, a 2019 alumnus of the major.

“A graphic designer isn’t just somebody who’s solid in art, or can draw, or can build websites,” instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson says in the three-minute piece, which has been added to the college YouTube channel. “A graphic designer has to be somebody who understands solving problems and about coming up with ideas.

“I’m enormously proud of what the students have done here,” the faculty member adds. “I’m constantly humbled by the incredible work and the incredible understanding of design, and ability to produce really good graphic design.”

February 21, 2020
Alumni Corporate Relations Faculty & Staff Forestry Landscape/Horticulture Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Forestry grad facilitates equipment donation to alma mater

Shreiner, employed at his family's tree care business outside Philadelphia, demonstrates the Bandit chipper at the Earth Science Center campus.

A December graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, whose family’s tree care business in suburban Philadelphia fueled his choice of both college and career, recently arranged for the donation of a newly reconditioned chipper to his alma mater’s forestry program.

Thanks to the resourcefulness of Michael S. Shreiner, now employed full time at Shreiner Tree Care in southeastern Pennsylvania, forest technology students at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center will have access to a 150XP Bandit Tree Chipper that the 2019 alumnus solicited from the manufacturer.

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February 21, 2020
Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

Eyewitness News reporter goes ‘under the mask’ for welding story

Maenza, of Sayre, by one of the college's new robotic welders.
Maenza, of Sayre, by one of the college’s new robotic welders.
Allen, co-department head for welding, gets the on-air treatment.
Allen, co-department head for welding, gets the on-air treatment.
Parrish talks with Digan, of Mifflinburg.
Parrish talks with Digan, of Mifflinburg.

Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish toured the expanded welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center on Wednesday, interviewing instructor Michael R. Allen along with welding and fabrication engineering technology students Josiah D. Maenza and Cinnamon A. Digan. For her piece, Parrish donned a safety helmet and embraced just one of the hands-on opportunities that Penn College students regularly experience. “Adds welder to resume,” she tweeted in advance of her report on WBRE/WYOU and pahomepage.com.

February 19, 2020
Building Construction Construction & Design Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Students

ConCreate Design Club to host jewelry workshop

Attendees at Tuesday's pendant decorating workshop can turn concrete runes ...
Attendees at Tuesday’s pendant decorating workshop can turn concrete runes …
... into beautifully original pieces of jewelry.
… into beautifully original pieces of jewelry.

The ConCreate Design Club, a student organization that grew out of one of Penn College’s newest majors, will hold a concrete pendant decorating workshop from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday in the Bush Campus Center lobby. “Decorating a pendant is a quick and easy process that will allow students and faculty to be creative,” explained Joseph F. DiBucci, the club’s founder and president (who also provided the photos). “The workshop will give you the ability to choose a concrete pendant and decorate it with an assortment of paints, stains or dyes.” Each stone costs $3 and will come with a necklace or keychain on which to place it. All funds raised by the ConCreate Design Club will go toward more hands-on workshops for the campus community.

February 19, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Annual Scouting event meshes well with college curriculum

Connie J. Plankenhorn, a physician assistant studies major and an EMT in College Health Services, provides a lifesaving demo.
Connie J. Plankenhorn, a physician assistant studies major and an EMT in College Health Services, provides a lifesaving demo.
Scouts bundle up to survey the landscape under the day's brisk sunshine.
Scouts bundle up to survey the landscape under the day’s brisk sunshine.
Electronics instructor Ken J. Kinley shares his quarter-century-plus experience.
Electronics instructor Ken J. Kinley shares his quarter-century-plus experience.
Going green: Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, takes his young audience outside to explore the well-landscaped main campus.
Going green: Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, takes his young audience outside to explore the well-landscaped main campus.
Kyle P. Amon (in red shirt), an engineering design technology student from Lafayette Hill, supervises a hands-on lab exercise.
Kyle P. Amon (in red shirt), an engineering design technology student from Lafayette Hill, supervises a hands-on lab exercise.

State-of-the-art instructional facilities and experienced faculty/staff enabled 164 Scouts from four states (Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) to earn up to three merit badges during Saturday’s fifth annual Merit Badge College on campus. “Penn College offered five of the 10 least-earned badges across all of Scouting (landscape architecture, composite materials, drafting, American labor and surveying),” noted Bradley M. Webb, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. “Each of these badges links strongly to an academic program at the college. Since we are able to offer these ‘rare’ badges, our event – in coordination with the Susquehanna Council – is becoming a “go-to” event for Scouts throughout the U.S.”
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

February 18, 2020
Alumni Engineering Design Technology Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies

Faculty member, alum attend international 3D showcase

Walker and Allebach reunite at an industry event in Nashville, Tenn.
Walker and Allebach reunite at an industry event in Nashville, Tenn.

An assistant professor of engineering design technology attended 3DExperience World 2020, a Feb. 9-12 event dedicated to the three-dimensional design and engineering community.

Penn College’s Katherine A. Walker was among those on hand at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to explore the latest innovations in 3D design, data management, simulation and manufacturing.

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February 17, 2020