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Skilled-Trades Spokesman Again Champions Penn College Students

Penn College students Benjamin P. Coppola (left), of Danville, and Andrew M. Shane, of Boyertown, who have each been awarded $1,000 national tool scholarships, celebrate with diesel equipment technology instructor Chris S. Weaver (center).

For the seventh consecutive year, Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been selected for $1,000 national scholarships to help them buy tools for their imminent employment in the heavy construction equipment field.

Benjamin P. Coppola, of Danville, and Andrew M. Shane, of Boyertown – both about to graduate in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis – were among the high-achieving students receiving funds through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an Associated Equipment Distributors affiliate.

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Advertising Art Faculty Member’s Work Featured in Exhibits

John M. McKaig’s “Blind Crown” is a color pencil drawing measuring 36 inches by 72 inches.

Artwork created by John M. McKaig, an adjunct faculty member in advertising art at Pennsylvania College of Technology, is being showcased in a number of exhibits.

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Penn College Students Bat a Thousand in SkillsUSA Competition


All 25 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team, including more than half moving on to national competition June 19-23 in Louisville, Kentucky, were medalists during the Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference held late last month in Hershey.

Fifteen team members advanced to nationals with first-place finishes, seven placed second, and three placed third in their respective categories.

“I feel great about the students’ performance at the state competition. It goes to show how well prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding and the college’s SkillsUSA adviser. “I’m excited for the students going to the national competition in Louisville. I have every confidence they will put their best performance forward.”

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Penn College Announces Spring Food Show Winners

A water lily-inspired cake by Penn College student Rachel A. Henninger, of Bellefonte, took first place among entries in the Cakes and Decorations course at the college’s Spring Food Show.

Pennsylvania College of Technology announced winners of its Spring Food Show, a showcase of food artistry and expertise by students in the college’s hospitality majors.

The show included final projects by students in Advanced Baking Applications for Culinary Arts, who showed high-end plated desserts; Advanced Garde Manger, who produced cold-food platters and charcuterie boards; Cakes and Decorations, who decorated plant-inspired two-tier cakes; Culinary Senior Project; and Hospitality Beverage Management Service and Controls.

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College’s Hydroponic Garden Yields Vegetables, Inspiration

Plant production students at Penn College are at the forefront of the “buy local, eat fresh” movement, thanks to the hydroponic garden at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center. As assistant professor of horticulture Dennis P. Skinner explains, their cross-curricular collaboration culminates in the dishes crafted by culinary arts students in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant on campus. Along the way, the horticulture/landscape technology majors get a sense of something larger than themselves. “I think that’s one of the things that drives them,” Skinner says. “They want to be part of a community; they want to give back or provide, rather than being takers.”

Northern Tier Educators Hold Informative In-Service Day at College

Roy H. Klinger (right), instructor of collision repair, provides a hands-on lesson on the louver press, used to make hood vents.

Watson talks about motivating students by proving that the high school subjects they’re learning are important.

The president discusses hands-on education at Penn College, the role of industry partnerships, graduate placement rates, and the need to close the skills gap in many technology-related fields that lack qualified employees.

In the Machining Technologies Center, a group talks with a member of the Baja team, which is putting the final touches on the off-road vehicle it has manufactured from the ground up. The team will enter the first of two collegiate competitions in 18 days, he said.

Reed helps to lead a group discussion.

Seventy-two educators from the Northern Tioga School District spent their scheduled in-service day at Penn College on Friday. The College Transitions Office scheduled a full day of professional development for the group, including tours of the college’s six academic schools, a keynote by President Davie Jane Gilmour on applied technology in the 21st century, and a conversation about how the college and school district can work together to face the challenges in educating students, led by Paul R. Watson, dean of academic services and college transitions, and Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications. The school district reached out to the college to arrange the professional development opportunity for its teachers, said Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions. “They wanted to look beyond the Northern Tier and see what other postsecondary institutions they can be in collaboration with,” she said.

Interning at an Icon

Chef Virginia Willis, an acclaimed food writer, James Beard Award winner and editor at-large for Southern Living, arrived Thursday and paused for a photo with Chef Charles R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts. Students assigned to “The Mansion,” an exclusive Churchill Downs venue that attracts the rich and famous, will work alongside Willis.

On their first day at Churchill Downs, students unpack chocolate bars as they begin preparing 4,000 bourbon-caramel s’mores.

Students take photos at the iconic site, where they were hired to serve a weeklong internship by Levy Restaurants, which manages food operations at Churchill Downs. Levy representatives visited campus to conduct interviews with the students.

Culinary arts and systems students R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Md; Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport; and Cy C. Heller, of Milton, work an à la carte lunch in the Turf Room on Oaks Day.

Students in several majors are working hard this week throughout Churchill Downs as the facility – and horseracing fans already onsite – gear up for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The students are stationed in kitchens and luxury suites to prepare food and help serve guests. While Derby Week encompasses a variety of events at the Downs throughout the week, including the Kentucky Oaks race for fillies on Friday, the main event, scheduled for 6:46 p.m. Saturday, is expected to attract more than 170,000 guests.
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Real-World Projects Allow Students to Leave Lasting Impact

From left, landscape/horticulture technology majors Gabriela J. Grandy, Belleville; Natasha M. Martin, Avis; and Noah L. English, Bloomsburg, straighten a cherry tree at the ESC.

At WAHS, students planted trees, shrubs and perennials to enhance this semester's community-service project

Completing the high school's legacy garden that incorporated students' skills, from design to ordering to installation

During a soggy Arbor Day week, one in which a damaging storm uprooted trees at Penn College and across the region, students fittingly did their part to beautify their natural surroundings. Horticulture instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. and his students performed maintenance on some of the trees in the Schneebeli Earth Science Center arboretum, and, at Williamsport Area High School (in a project that attracted front-page coverage in Tuesday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette), Michael A. Dincher, assistant professor of horticulture, and students in his Landscape Construction (HRT 224) class put the finishing touches on a legacy garden near the Millionaires’ stadium.
Photos by Bower and Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

Professor’s Wood Engravings Book Purchased by MIT Library

David M. Moyer

An artist’s book crafted by David M. Moyer, assistant professor of graphic design at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been purchased by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Moyer’s creation, titled “Speculative Motion,” was sold by the Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, to MIT’s Rotch Library, home to a growing collection of contemporary artists’ books. The Rotch collection focuses on artists’ books published from the 20th century to the present and explores a range of techniques and technologies employed by the books’ creators.

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Brewing/Fermentation Major Spotlighted in Media Reports

Eyewitness News Cody Butler interviews brewmaster Timothy A. Yarrington ...

... and Michael J. Reed during his campus assignment.

Penn College’s new brewing and fermentation science degree has attracted the interest of a number of media outlets. WBRE’s Cody Butler visited the lab in the Hager Lifelong Education Center on Monday, interviewing brewmaster Timothy L. Yarrington – instructor for the two-year major that begins this fall – and Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications. Butler’s report, pre-empted by storm coverage earlier this week, aired Thursday night. Another story, joining several that have cropped up recently in regional newspapers, was published this week by WITF, which provides public television and radio programming for 17 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Penn College Physics Professor Writes Laboratory Manual

Joseph E. LeBlanc

A physics professor’s quest to create inspiring and practical lab exercises for his students has resulted in the publication of a physics laboratory manual published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.

“Physics Laboratory Manual: Physics with Technological Applications” is written by Joseph E. LeBlanc, professor of physics at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The manual is the result of more than 10 years of work for LeBlanc, who began compiling his own physics lab exercises out of a desire to create stronger relevance for his students in applied technology majors.

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Volvo Video to Celebrate Corporate Support of Education

Grouped near a Volvo excavator at the training site, alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, are (from left): Flood, Breon, Peck, Hoffman, Witmer and Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

Peck (center) and Hoffman talk with Amy Crouse, Volvo Construction Equipment's product marketing and communication specialist.

Getting it on record, the crew talks with Flood ...

... and captures Witmer's hands-on perspective from behind the controls.

A long-standing partnership between Penn College and Volvo, emblematic of the corporate support that helps provide all six of the institution’s academic schools with relevant technology and laboratory tools, will be extolled in a video partially filmed this past week at the college’s heavy equipment training site in Brady Township. The visit by a crew from Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg was arranged by Brian Hoffman, regional manager of Highway Equipment & Supply Co., itself a longtime supporter of students and faculty in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. Interviewed on camera at the work site were Makenzie E. Witmer, of Bellefonte, and Tyler M. Breon, of Millheim, both majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis; Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology; and Highway Equipment’s Ryan Flood, a member of the college’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technician Emphasis Advisory Committee.

Penn College Spring Commencement Ceremonies Set for May 12-13

Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold three commencement ceremonies May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport for the more than 900 students who have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2017 semester.

More than 900 students have petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2017 semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Three commencement ceremonies will be offered on May 12-13 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, with more than 780 students expected to march.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, May 12, a ceremony will be held for students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

On Saturday, May 13, two ceremonies are scheduled. At 10 a.m., students from the School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences will receive their degrees. At 1:30 p.m., a ceremony will be offered for students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College, PCEA Agree on Five-Year Contract

Pennsylvania College of Technology and the members of the Penn College Education Association – which includes full-time teaching faculty, librarians and counselors employed by the college – have agreed on a new contract that will run from 2018 through the 2022-23 academic year.

Annual salary increases specified in the five-year agreement, which takes effect in Fall 2018, are: 2018-19, 1.55 percent; 2019-20, 1.65 percent; 2020-21, 1.75 percent; 2021-22, 1.85 percent; and 2022-23, 2 percent.

The Penn College Board of Directors today Thursday to authorize the 2018-23 contract, which covers more than 290 PCEA members. The college has approximately 590 full-time nonfaculty employees.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said faculty and administration negotiators who worked on the contract were guided by a commitment to collegiality and collaboration.

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