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Board Approves UPMC Gift Supporting Nursing Expansion at Wellsboro

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved accepting a gift of a property that will enable the college to expand its Practical Nursing Program in Wellsboro.

The board also authorized parameters for the college’s 2018-19 state budget request; accepted the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30; approved the college’s Vision, Mission and Values Statement; signed off on an appointment to the Corporate Advisory Board, and endorsed updates to the college policy for a contingency reserve fund.

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UPMC Gift to Support Penn College Nursing Expansion in Wellsboro

The gift of a UPMC Susquehanna-owned property to Pennsylvania College of Technology will enable the college to address workforce and educational needs in the Northern Tier by expanding the nursing program it offers in Wellsboro.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Thursday approved transfer of the 8,400-square-foot facility at 22 Walnut St., Wellsboro, for $1. The agreement is contingent upon the college using the building to expand its Practical Nursing Program in Wellsboro.

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Career Services Presents Financial Literacy Challenge Award

Students in Sharon K. Waters’ FYE 101, Section 65, receive the Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge Award – and a pizza party courtesy of Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming.

Students in FYE 101, Section 32, receive second prize in Career Services’ Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge. The class was taught by Carolyn R. Strickland (in red), vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.

Students in FYE 101, Section 5, taught by Brooke E. Nenadal, adjunct instructor of First Year Experience, were awarded third prize the Financial Literacy Challenge.

Career Services’ Dana R. Suter recently presented the Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge Award to the “most engaged” First Year Experience class, based on students’ reactions during presentations by Suter. The top prize went to students in FYE 101 Section 65, taught by Sharon K. Waters. Second and third place, respectively, went to students in Section 32, taught by Carolyn R. Strickland, and Section 5, taught by Brooke E. Nenadal, with honorable mention to Monica B. Freeman’s Section 34, and Jennifer McLean’s Section 9.

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THON Donations Boost Incentive for Jan. 16-17 Blood Drive

Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Nov. 15-16Members of the Penn College community can help ease the national Red Cross blood shortage and aid the fight against pediatric cancer by donating from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 16-17 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Online appointments are available, all presenting donors will receive free pizza from Bart’s Pizzeria and complimentary T-shirts while supplies last, and the Red Cross will donate $4 to the Four Diamonds Fund on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON for each unit of blood collected. Potential donors can streamline their experience and save 15 minutes by completing a RapidPass – a pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire – on the day of their appointment.

Industry-Centered Classes Scheduled by WDCE for Early 2018

Four classes have been announced for the Spring 2018 semester by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Office.

The classes begin in February and will be offered on the college’s main campus.

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Equipment Donation Benefits Penn College Manufacturing Students

Rudy Gebhard (right), senior sales representative for Southwestern Industries Inc., and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining at Penn College, with a TRAK KMX milling machine donated by Southwestern Industries

Manufacturing students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are the beneficiaries of a recent equipment donation from the owners of a company with strong ties to the institution.

Richard and Marion Leonhard, part owners of Southwestern Industries, donated two computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. Hundreds of students in the college’s four manufacturing majors will gain experience on the equipment each academic year.

“Our students will learn to set up, program and operate these machines that are very popular in the low-volume CNC production environment,” said Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining. “The machines provide another valuable tool for us to enhance students’ hands-on education.”

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Penn College to Sponsor Apprenticeship Programs

Penn College is presented with a Certificate of Registration for new apprentice training programs in mechatronics and CNC. From left are Eric Ramsay, director, Apprenticeship and Training Office, state Department of Labor & Industry; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development, Labor & Industry; Shannon Munro (holding National Apprenticeship Week proclamation), vice president for workforce development at Penn College; Christopher Ray (holding certificate), the college's executive director of business development; John Paul, business engagement coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.; Sara Gligora, Ramsay's executive assistant; and James Chiarchiaro, Keystone Development Partnership.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing the manufacturing skills gap by sponsoring apprenticeship training programs for regional companies.

The Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Office recently approved the college’s programs focusing on mechatronics and computer numerical control occupations. As sponsor, the college will oversee all elements, including related classroom training and collection of records from the companies offering on-the-job training.

“Through sponsorship, Penn College is able to bring companies together in a way that reduces cost and minimizes administrative burden,” said Christopher P. Ray, executive director of business development for workforce development and continuing education. “The benefits to manufacturers are considerable when you add industry-recognized credentials and delivery methods tailored to company schedules.”

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Penn College Basketball Teams Ranked 13th

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams opened their seasons last week going a combined 1-5, all in non-conference games, and in a preseason poll of North Eastern Athletic Conference coaches both teams were ranked 13th. Conference play begins Nov. 29.

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Creative Craftsfolk Flock to College Warehouse for Holiday Tradition

The Physician Assistant Club charts the medical history of a holiday humbug with a "heart 3 x too small."

A member of the Penn College Diesel Club details the group's "Coal for Christmas" entry.

Paint cans + foam cups = a portable palette

Collision repair and automotive restoration students put their detail-oriented talents to work in another venue.

The Penn College Motorsports Association incorporates its organizational logo into this year's holiday card.

Wednesday’s card-decorating blowout in the General Services warehouse along Reach Road produced another assortment of holiday greetings from Penn College offices and student organizations. The 32-square-foot wooden cards will be installed Tuesday on the lawn between the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center and the Thompson Professional Development Center, and will be lighted at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. Prizes will be awarded by the Student Activities Office to the top three entries in each of the two categories.
Photos by James J. “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

Mobile Attention-Getter Pays Tribute to Law Enforcement’s Past

Officer Charles E. O'Brien Jr. sits in his restored 1929 Ford Model A coupe outside Penn College Police headquarters.

Ever on the lookout to boost the rapport between police and the public, a Pennsylvania College of Technology patrolman has found the perfect vehicle for community outreach.

In a project that combined hobby and history, restoration and research, Penn College Police Officer Charles E. O’Brien Jr. recently turned a 1929 Ford Model A coupe into a traffic-stopping icebreaker.

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College Sets Digital Photo Course, Just in Time for Holidays

Do you have plans to receive or give a full-featured digital camera this holiday season? Consider a companion gift certificate to a digital photography class at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Instructor Wayne Palmer has been involved with some facet of photography for over 45 years. The owner of Palmer Multimedia Imaging will share his mastery of digital photography with Workforce Development & Continuing Education students from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18 through Feb. 1.

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The Eagle Has Landed

Looking for lunch? A bald eagle makes a midday landing on the American flag near the main entrance.

National symbols meet: A bald eagle found a fitting perch on campus Friday, stirring a great deal of excitement as the Penn College family gazed out windows and gathered outdoors to savor the moment of grandeur. It stayed atop the 120-foot flagpole at the main entrance for nearly an hour. The flag is a local landmark, the largest American flag allowed to be hung on a pole.

Art Challenge Invites K-12 Student, Teacher, Parent Participation

Recycled art created by Judy Fink, an alumna and longtime employee who retired during the 2016-17 academic year, was featured in an earlier “Working Class” blog.

Hands-on projects provide great bonding opportunities for adults and young people who work together toward a common goal.

That is the idea behind a new K-12 Student and Teacher/Parent Art Challenge sponsored by “Working Class,” a public television documentary series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media.

Teachers and parents are encouraged to work side-by-side with K-12 students to produce their own unique, individual works of art based on topics featured in the first three episodes of the Telly Award-winning “Working Class” series.

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Area Real Estate Firm Donates Vehicle to Penn College

Brent M. Fish (center), president of Fish Real Estate, delivers a box truck to Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations at Penn College, and Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement.

Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from the gift of a Ford box truck from Fish Real Estate and its president, Brent M. Fish.

The Ford E-350 Super Duty box truck will be used by the college’s General Services department primarily, but will also be available to other offices and academic schools, including the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. The gift also includes funds for a variety of parts associated with the vehicle.

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A Sun-day in Name Only … but, Oh, What a Day!

Pottstown residents Tom, Kim and Jason Francis pause during their soggy stroll for a portrait in campus exploration.

Umbrellas were the most coveted accessory, but nowhere near as essential as the information that visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall Open House carried home. Held across the institution’s awe-inspiring campuses, the autumn tradition delivered tours, priceless exchanges with helpful members of the campus community, valuable exposure to student life with those who live it and close-up views of the newest majors at a 103-year-old institution that never shows its age.

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