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Students at Yaw-hosted seminar keep it real in simulated debate

Students and faculty from all 13 attending schools had the opportunity to pose with Yaw in the Field House and commemorate the day.
Students and faculty from all 13 attending schools had the opportunity to pose with Yaw in the Field House and commemorate the day.
Introduced by college President Davie Jane Gilmour (right), the senator outlines the day's agenda, reminding students that "compromise is a very important thing in any successful legislative work."
Introduced by college President Davie Jane Gilmour (right), the senator outlines the day’s agenda, reminding students that “compromise is a very important thing in any successful legislative work.”
Crompton, not above good-naturedly needling his audience into thoughtful participation, also takes time for one-on-one engagement – this time on the pros and cons of lobbyists.
Crompton, not above good-naturedly needling his audience into thoughtful participation, also takes time for one-on-one engagement – this time on the pros and cons of lobbyists.
Addressing the prickly issue of whether legislators should follow their conscience or their constituents, students take sides on raising the gas tax to pay for infrastructure improvements.
Addressing the prickly issue of whether legislators should follow their conscience or their constituents, students take sides on raising the gas tax to pay for infrastructure improvements.
Yaw listens as opponents of legalizing marijuana refine their position during a breakout discussion in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. Guiding them through the process are some of the seminar's many knowledgeable facilitators (counterclockwise from bottom right): state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York); Fred R. Strathmeyer Jr., the state Department of Agriculture's deputy secretary for plant industry and consumer protection; and Fred Sembach, chief of staff to state Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon).
Yaw listens as opponents of legalizing marijuana refine their position during a breakout discussion in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. Guiding them through the process are some of the seminar’s many knowledgeable facilitators (counterclockwise from bottom right): state Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York); Fred R. Strathmeyer Jr., the state Department of Agriculture’s deputy secretary for plant industry and consumer protection; and Fred Sembach, chief of staff to state Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon).

More than 200 students from 13 school districts in Bradford, Lycoming and Union counties gathered at Penn College on Thursday for the annual Student Government Seminar hosted by state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23). “This seminar is a great opportunity for high school students to interact with their local, state and federal officials,” said the senator, who also serves as chair of the college’s board of directors. “It allows students to develop legislation, debate important issues with key policymakers, offer their personal input and vote on “mock” bills in an open session. The intent is for students to obtain a better understanding of the legislative process and develop professional relationships that can open the door for future internships and job opportunities.” The commonwealth’s largest Senate-organized student government event, the seminar incorporates student delegates and their teachers; local, state and federal officials; lobbyists and special interests; and the news media. After a dynamic presentation by Drew Compton, counsel/chief of staff to state Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, on the “push and pull” of enacting legislation, the students broke into committee sessions to debate such hot-button issues as legalization of recreational marijuana. Student participants represented Athens Area High School, Canton Area High School, Jersey Shore Area High School, Lewisburg Area High School, Loyalsock Township High School, Mifflinburg Area High School, Montoursville Area High School, North Rome Christian High School, Northeast Bradford High School, South Williamsport Senior High, St. John Neumann Regional Academy, Troy Area High School and Williamsport Area High School.

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Standby helicopter housed in college hangar during president’s visit

Bearing the presidential seal and emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes ...
Bearing the presidential seal and emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes …
... the twin-engine, four-blade aircraft takes up temporary residence in the college hangar.
… the twin-engine, four-blade aircraft takes up temporary residence in the college hangar.

A Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk helicopter, part of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, was on standby for President Trump’s visit to Montoursville on Monday night, housed temporarily in the hangar at Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center. Marine One, the call sign used whenever the commander in chief is aboard one of the fleet of helicopters, departed on Tuesday. Marine One accompanies the president on travels in the U.S. and abroad. The Marine One detachment officer-in-charge offered access and granted permission for the college to publish photos.

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On-campus bicycle repair station funded in record speed

Devon DeVito (left), owner of The Bicycle Center, and Everett B. Appleby, 2018-19 Student Government Association president at Pennsylvania College of Technology, partnered to bring a freestanding bike repair station to campus.

Spurred by a local merchant and setting a blistering pace for fundraising, the Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology met its 2018-19 goal of purchasing a bicycle repair station for the Rose Street Apartments housing complex.

SGA’s Executive Board contacted the proprietors of The Bicycle Center – a 90-year-old, fourth-generation shop in South Williamsport – explaining its objective and seeking expert advice.

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Pre-apprenticeships: ‘Training for the job you don’t have’

Penn College offers a unique manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program for high school students through its Workforce Development department. “We structure the … program around an industry-recognized credential,” Christopher P. Ray, Workforce Development’s executive director for business development, says in a video on the college’s YouTube channel. “Our pre-apprenticeship program is designed to provide foundational topics in manufacturing. The manufacturing pre-apprenticeship can lead to a potential career in almost any manufacturing field.” Students complete the yearlong program through a combination of hands-on work, online study modules and visits to the state-of-the-art labs at the college. Ray is a guiding force behind the college’s second annual Apprenticeship Summit, scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday in the Bush Campus Center.

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Wide-ranging tour enlightens state Senate committee chairs

Haywood marvels at the breathing chest of a "patient" in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, where Dean Sandra L. Richmond (left) explained the simulation aids available to nursing students.

A bipartisan group of state legislators, all present for President Davie Jane Gilmour’s budget request to the Senate Appropriations Committee in February, got a follow-up look at Penn College during a trip to main campus on Tuesday. Touring a number of instructional labs with Sen. Gene Yaw (chairman of the college’s board of directors), administrators, faculty and staff were Sen. Art Haywood (D-Cheltenham), minority chair of the Health and Human Services Committee; Sen. Thomas H. Killion (R-Middletown), who chairs the Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee; Sen. Daniel Laughlin (R-Erie), chair of the Game and Fisheries Committee; and Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), minority chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee. Along for the visit were H. Fred Walker, director of Erie County Technical School; Kendall Alexander, Haywood’s communications director; and three members of Street’s staff: policy assistant Micah Mahjoubian, legislative aide Angel Betancourt and special assistant Kenneth Carter. Some members of the Senate contingent, who collectively represent highly populated areas from Erie in the northwest to Philadelphia in the southeast corner of the commonwealth, also enjoyed lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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Apprenticeships allow employees to ‘earn while they learn’

Through Workforce Development, Penn College offers leading-edge registered apprenticeship programs for mechatronics technician, CNC precision machinist, industrial manufacturing technician and infrastructure maintenance technician. The college organizes and executes the programs for companies of all sizes, while incorporating state-of-the-art instruction – including streaming video between the college and employers at multiple off-campus locations. Under the program, featured on Penn College’s YouTube channel, apprentices can earn industry credentials, increased income, career advancement and credit toward Penn College degrees. “We have to start training our people to be more effective, more efficient, more productive,” says Eric Ramsay, director of the Apprenticeship and Training office in the state Department of Labor and Industry. If we want to make a better prodct, if we want to serve our customers better, we need more skilled, trained people.” Ramsay will be among the speakers at the college’s second annual Apprenticeship Summit, scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday in the Bush Campus Center.

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High school juniors awarded $2,100 toward community projects

The 2019 Penn College Youth Leadership Program class stands for an official portrait in the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Student teams from four area high schools will share $2,100 to realize community projects they presented as part of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s ninth annual Youth Leadership Program.

Twenty-nine students graduated May 2 from the initiative, which is designed to educate and motivate students to understand the needs of their communities and to take an active leadership role in addressing them.

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College included on marijuana ‘listening tour’

President Davie Jane Gilmour introduces the lieutenant governor, a graduate of Albright College and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
President Davie Jane Gilmour introduces the lieutenant governor, a graduate of Albright College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Fetterman welcomes the ACC crowd and sets ground rules for respectful dialogue.
Fetterman welcomes the ACC crowd and sets ground rules for respectful dialogue.
Lines for public comment form in each of the aisles ...
Lines for public comment form in each of the aisles …
... providing Fetterman with the local feedback he seeks throughout his statewide outreach.
… providing Fetterman with the local feedback he seeks throughout his statewide outreach.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman brought his statewide “listening tour” to Penn College on Wednesday, the 53rd stop in his 67-county campaign to gauge residents’ views on the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana in the commonwealth. Fetterman addressed a crowded Klump Academic Center Auditorium audience, gathering public opinion on both sides of the complex and controversial issue. The lieutenant governor’s tour includes stops this week in Bradford and Sullivan counties; comments are also being solicited via an online submission form.

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Board approves Fiscal 2019 auditor, hears senior capstone presentations

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the appointment of the college’s auditing firm, viewed senior capstone presentations by two students, and heard updates on new majors and faculty promotions and sabbaticals.

The meeting was held at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, allowing board members to tour that campus, which hosts programs in forestry, landscape/horticulture technology, diesel technology, on-site power generation and heavy construction equipment.

In the only action item on the agenda, the board authorized the appointment of Baker Tilly to perform audit services for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Hannah G. Maize, of Riverside, who will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology next month, and Brandon M. Wolff, of Effort, who will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design, presented their senior capstones to the board.

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Arts grant supports educational outreach through college gallery

Among the more than 1,300 student artworks that will be displayed in The Gallery at Penn College as part of “The Hundred Dresses Project” are these examples from students in Jersey Shore Area School District elementary schools.

Pennsylvania College of Technology has received a $1,587 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The funds are supporting programming and educational outreach efforts in conjunction with the exhibit “The Hundred Dresses Project: We Are All in This Together,” slated for this summer at The Gallery at Penn College.

The gallery invited third, fourth and fifth grade students from Lycoming County’s eight school districts to create works of art to add to the exhibit, scheduled for June 4 through July 23. Art educators from six of the school districts accepted the invitation to participate and received a copy of the book, markers and dress prints for each participating student.

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New members join CAC board of directors

CAC anniversary logoTwo new members have been appointed to the Community Arts Center Board of Directors during the downtown facility’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Robert P. Walker and Nicole Nardi, both of Williamsport, were recently added to the 12-member governing board, which will oversee implementation of a new Strategic Plan that will take the organization through 2019-22.

“The function of the board is to ensure that programming and operations at the Community Arts Center maintain the highest standards that have marked the CAC for the past quarter-century,” board chairman William J. Martin said. “Mr. Walker and Ms. Nardi are splendid additions to the board.”

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Green getaway provides breath of fresh air

“Veronica’s Garden,” in all of its green glory

“Veronica’s Garden,” a new indoor terrarium, is breathing beauty and oxygen into the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Named in honor of Veronica M. Muzic, the first recipient of Penn College’s Master Teacher Award, the terrarium has been installed in the former “Core” on the second floor of the building and is visible from all three floors. Visitors are also welcome to enter the terrarium and meander along a small curved walkway to take in the greenery or sit awhile on one of two benches.

The “Core” featured seating and a portable whiteboard, but the small meeting space was rarely used. President Davie Jane Gilmour suggested the re-envisioning of the space as a terrarium – a feature she has noticed in various venues during her travels. The college’s grounds crew, known for its creative additions to the campus scene, took on the project from design to construction and planting.

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‘Helping Hands/Healing Hands Art Challenge’ seeks K-12 entries

The Helping Hands/Healing Hands Art Challenge invites K-12 students to create artwork using the theme of hands. Embroidery artist Amanda McCavour’s “Hands” has previously been displayed in The Gallery at Penn College.

Does art have the power to relate a positive message to someone in need? How can you use your hands to help others? A new art challenge invites K-12 students to create a work of art using the theme of hands, and is open to artwork in any medium.

Pennsylvania College of Technology invites Pennsylvania elementary, middle and high school students to enter the Helping Hands/Healing Hands Art Challenge inspired by the new public television documentary film, “Working Class: Helping & Healing.”

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Chemical dependency credential to empower professionals

Responding to the chemical dependency crisis, Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering an online credential that will educate and empower professionals to make transformative change in their workplaces and communities.

The chemical dependency credential will enhance the skills of professionals working in fields such as health care, human services, law enforcement and education, and will also support the private sector, where employers are finding an increasing need to identify workers who might be struggling with chemical dependency.

Providing a comprehensive understanding of the scientific causes of addiction, prevention strategies, intervention opportunities and treatment options, the 12-credit credential is accepting students for the Fall 2019 semester. Consisting of four eight-week classes, the coursework can be completed in two semesters.

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