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Brewing certificate begins Fall 2021 at Penn College

Starting in Fall 2021, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s associate-degree major in brewing and fermentation science will become a one-year certificate offering, reducing the time needed to complete the program, while maintaining the rigor and quality of the instruction.

Brewers are always tinkering, crafting new and better beers, and the same can be said for the innovative brewing education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Starting in Fall 2021, the college’s brewing and fermentation science major is evolving from a two-year associate degree into a one-year certificate, narrowing the time it’ll take for students to move through the program, but maintaining the rigor and quality of the training. The certificate is designed for adults 21 and older who wish to work in the dynamic commercial brewing industry; ideal for either returning-to-education or recently graduated individuals.

Applications are now being accepted.

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4 days ago
General Information

Flags at half-staff in tribute to ‘RBG’

Associate Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgAmerican flags are flying at half-staff in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who died Friday at the age of 87. “Renowned for her powerful dissents, Justice Ginsburg epitomized powerful yet respectful argument; that you can disagree with someone without being disagreeable to them,” the presidential proclamation reads. “Justice Ginsburg’s work helped bring about greater equality for women, secure rights for the disabled, and will continue to influence our nation for generations to come. Her commitment to the law and her fearlessness in the face of death inspired countless ‘RBG’ fans, and she continues to serve as a role model. Her legacy and contribution to American history will never be forgotten.” The flag will remain lowered until her interment.

6 days ago
Events General Information Students

Thinking about community service? Here’s something to chew on!

Student Engagement provided all the materials with which to make a dog's day.
Student Engagement provided all the materials with which to make a dog’s day.
The second floor of the Bush Campus Center, equipped with the necessary technology for group instruction, also provides ample room to responsibly spread out.
The second floor of the Bush Campus Center, equipped with the necessary technology for group instruction, also provides ample room to responsibly spread out.
Handcrafted with love, and destined for a doggie donation
Handcrafted with love, and destined for a doggie donation

Seventeen service-driven Penn College students, many of them representing campus organizations, took part in the Office of Student Engagement’s recent “(community) Service Saturday” in Penn’s Inn. “We made dog toys from T-shirts and dog-friendly tennis balls using a ‘recipe’ packet I compiled and watching YouTube video tutorials,” said Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization and information center specialist, who facilitated the Sept. 12 activity (and provided the photos above). “Many learned how to tie square knots during the event, an essential skill in making homemade dog toys. We had a great time!” The box of toys fashioned by the properly masked and socially distanced group will be donated to the Lycoming County SPCA. “(community) Service Saturday” events, held the second Saturday of the month, provide Penn College students with opportunities to volunteer within the Greater Williamsport area. The next will be held from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 10, when participants will clean up off-campus neighborhoods and Ways Garden. All (community) Service Saturdayappropriate supplies will be provided; the group will meet in front of the ACC for 9 a.m. Those interested should sign up in advance by submitting the “(community) Service Saturday” registration form on the Student Engagement portal page. Questions? Email the office for answers!

September 18, 2020
General Information

Community Arts Center merger with Penn College proposed

The Community Arts Center hosts a Penn College commencement ceremony in 2017.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is recommending a merger of its corporation with that of the Community Arts Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of the college, pending approvals by the college’s Board of Directors and state and county entities.

Costs related to both the operations and infrastructure of the Arts Center are largely, and increasingly, subsidized by Penn College, although the center also relies upon philanthropic support from the community (led by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania), as well as local government and Visitors Bureau grant funding, and investment from a partnership with Lycoming College, now in its fourth year.

Nevertheless, the venue’s closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored the need to identify significant efficiencies for the long-term sustainability of the facility.

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September 16, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Memorial blood drive tops 130 pints

American Red Cross Blood ServicesA Sept. 2-3 Bloodmobile in memory of Patrick M. Breen, a longtime General Services employee who died in June 2018, resulted in the lifesaving collection of 131 pints. Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds; it is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, the process starts with one person making a generous donation. The next blood drive on campus – American Red Cross Blood Services’ No. 1 collection site in northeastern Pennsylvania – will be from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 11-12 in Penn’s Inn (CC, second floor).

September 15, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

College remains standout in magazine’s national rankings

Pennsylvania College of Technology has retained its Top 10 ranking among the best public schools in its category in the just-published U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2021” edition.

According to rankings released Monday, Penn College is No. 9 among public institutions in Best Regional Colleges-North for 2021; the college is tied at No. 15 when private colleges are factored into the list.

Among Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges-North, Penn College is ninth.

The college is at No. 6 among public institutions (and tied at No. 7 overall) in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category among Regional Colleges-North.

And Penn College is rated No. 10 among public institutions in Regional Colleges-North in the “Best Value Schools” category for 2021. It is ranked 15th when considered along with private colleges in that group.

September 14, 2020
General Information

Campus fun? Par for the course in Student Engagement!

A socially distant wave across the fairway
A socially distant wave across the fairway
Aidan J. Turner, an industrial design major from Fogelsville, exhibits finesse on the green.
Aidan J. Turner, an industrial design major from Fogelsville, exhibits finesse on the green.
A dimpled invitation to come out and play
A dimpled invitation to come out and play
Snaking one's way to a hoped-for birdie
Snaking one’s way to a hoped-for birdie
Enjoying some early-semester diversion are Brian J. Bustard, an industrial design major from Alva, Fla., and nursing student Callie A. Sobolewski, of Budd Lake, N.J.
Enjoying some early-semester diversion are Brian J. Bustard, an industrial design major from Alva, Fla., and nursing student Callie A. Sobolewski, of Budd Lake, N.J.

Working their magic to provide winning activities for students – not only during the “PC3” start of the semester, but year-round – the Office of Student Engagement transformed the lawn of the Thompson Professional Development Center into a challenging nine-hole miniature golf layout on Friday night.
Photos by Tim Wegman, student photographer

August 24, 2020
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

Practical nursing information session set for Northern Tier

WELLSBORO, Pa. – Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal care facilities and human service organizations.

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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August 20, 2020
General Information Workforce Development

West Pharmaceutical employee among apprenticeship successes

West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. employee Tyler G. Smith, shown in a screenshot from a Workforce Development video on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s YouTube channel, has found his niche in the department’s renowned apprenticeship program.

“Every minute you’re here, you’re getting trained.”

That’s the real-world perspective of Tyler G. Smith, a maintenance technician at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc., who is three-quarters into a four-year registered apprenticeship program administered by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development department.

“Every minute” is part of the 144 hours of annual classroom theory – four hours, once a week – designed to help employees and employers alike plug the gap between skilled positions and the workers who fill them. This instruction supplements the 2,000 hours that Smith and his classmates each spend training on-the-job.

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July 27, 2020
Admissions General Information

Tour video opens door to further campus exploration

Presidential Student Ambassador Autumn G. McCrum, an applied management major from Kennesaw, Georgia, leads a fast-paced virtual tour of Main Campus – highlighting Penn College’s major academic areas and student life opportunities – in a new video released by the Admissions Office and Public Relations & Marketing. “When you come to campus, there’s even more to see,” says McCrum, an invitation for prospective students and their families to schedule an in-person visit. “I can’t wait to see you!”

July 23, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Thorough safety measures inform college’s fall reopening plan

With a focused eye toward honoring its reputation for hands-on instruction, all the while abiding by up-to-the-minute advice from government and health experts, Pennsylvania College of Technology will fully reopen for the fall semester on Aug. 17 with in-person instruction.

“We stand ready to recommit to the pivotal role our institution plays in delivering STEM education, partnering with business and industry, and producing the highly skilled ‘tomorrow makers’ needed for essential occupations in Pennsylvania and beyond,” college President Davie Jane Gilmour said.

The president and other college administrators held a series of virtual “town hall” meetings on July 20-21 for students and their families, faculty, and staff, answering questions about the comprehensive and collaborative procedures in place to balance the institution’s moral, ethical and professional obligations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 23, 2020
General Information

Waldron grant boosts funding for CAC Educational Series

A $2,500 grant from the Waldron Memorial Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania has been awarded to the Community Arts Center, specifically to assist Muncy School District students in attending the facility’s 2020-21 Educational Series shows.

The Educational Series, offered free to students, serves nine school districts in Lycoming and Sullivan counties. All costs related to the program – including artists’ fees, technical labor and busing – are absorbed by the CAC.

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July 20, 2020