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Penn College’s 2020-21 budget, tuition, fees approved

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved a $156.6 million budget for 2020-21, reflecting a $3.9 million (2.41%) decrease in spending from 2019-20.

For Pennsylvania residents, who comprise 90.3 percent of the college’s total enrollment of 4,981, the budget includes an increase of 2.62% for tuition and fees combined. The increase for tuition alone is 3.07%.

The budget includes a flat (no increase) state appropriation of $26.7 million, accounting for 17.1% of the college’s total budget and 23.9% of its operating budget, which is $112 million (4.88% less than 2019-20).

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June 18, 2020
General Information President

President’s PCN interview to air Monday

PCNA Pennsylvania Cable Network conversation with President Davie Jane Gilmour will air at noon and 8 p.m. Monday, June 15, on PCN’s “Coronavirus Impact” program. Among the topics discussed during the interview – which will be available online for a week after broadcast – were the president’s Tuesday testimony before the state Senate Education Committee, enrollment impacts across higher education, Penn College’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester and campuswide protocols for reopening. (The president’s interview with PCN’s Francine Schertzer comprises the first eight minutes of the video thumbnailed with a photo of state Rep. Bryan Cutler.)

June 12, 2020
General Information

Downtime allows spruce-up at CAC

Roof repairs were completed last month at the Community Arts Center, seen in this photo looking to the northeast from West Fourth Street.

Last July, the Community Arts Center was worse for wear after a heavy rainstorm left the roof and stage water-damaged. Through the support and generosity of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, and the guidance of Pennsylvania College of Technology, roof repairs began on March 10.

Just days later, Lycoming County went into quarantine. The contractor was able to secure a permit to continue repairs, however, and successfully completed the project on May 7.

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June 11, 2020
Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies General Information Makerspace Scholarships

Benefactors’ matured charitable trust supports strategic needs

A trust established two decades ago by the late Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr. and his wife, Mary L. Welch, has matured, and its remaining proceeds are being designated for a variety of efforts campuswide to assist students and bolster instruction.

Twenty years ago, the couple established a charitable remainder unitrust with Pennsylvania College of Technology with the intent of enhancing their endowment and supporting academic programs and students.

The Welch family has always believed in providing long-term support through endowments, but they have also recognized the immediate and critical needs of Penn College. Now, the college is partnering with Marshall D. Welch III, past board chair and current Executive Committee member of the Penn College Foundation, and Mary Welch to designate funds from the trust to meet those strategic needs.

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June 8, 2020
Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff General Information Students Welding

Videos reflect college’s work on ‘Living Chapel’

A pair of YouTube videos adds perspective to the Living Chapel, an international gift that seamlessly melds architecture, botany, theology, sustainability and music – with a vital assist from Penn College welding faculty and students. The first, produced by Gillean Denny, chief architectural designer of the “enormous jigsaw puzzle,” includes footage from the college’s welding labs and on-screen input from James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding. “The music can be continuously adapted and reimagined,” Denny says, commenting on just one of the project’s stunning features: water-fed instrumentation that accents its natural artistry. “Just like the Living Chapel design itself, it should never be finished,” she says. “The design is alive. And I think that is the most important thing.”

A second video, provided by the Botanical Garden of Rome and presented in Italian, offers an overview of the entire process. Among the principals interviewed is Fabio Attorre, the garden’s director, who talks of the focus required to complete the project contemporaneous to a pandemic. During “a moment so difficult for our country,” he says, “we managed to bring home this beautiful structure.”

June 8, 2020
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Practical nursing information sessions set for Northern Tier

Penn College at Wellsboro's Practical Nursing Program will host two information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career. The sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 15 and 22.

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 two information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career. The sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, June 15 and 22. Limited seating will be available in the nursing classroom at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.; the site also offers videoconferencing capability.

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June 3, 2020
General Information Scholarships

Scholarship created for career, technical education graduates

A new scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides financial assistance to students who complete career and technical education programs statewide.

A new scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers support to completers of career and technical education programs statewide for their higher-education expenses.

To be eligible for the Career & Technical Education Student Scholarship, a 2020 applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident, enrolled full time, have completed a minimum of one year (or 360 hours) in a Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education program, earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA for all CTE-completed coursework, submit a final official CTC/CTE transcript, and submit the Penn College Scholarship Application.

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May 27, 2020
College Transitions General Information

Virtual Career Day proves popular statewide resource

Despite canceling the May 18 tours and hands-on workshops that are part of the traditional twice-yearly Career Day that Pennsylvania College of Technology hosts for middle school and high school students, the College Transitions and First Year Initiatives Office provided a “Career Day – The Virtual Way” resource for Pennsylvania K-12 educators to share with their students.

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May 26, 2020
Alumni Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff General Information Students Welding

Penn College welding faculty, students build ‘Living Chapel’

The Living Chapel measures about 45 feet long by 30 feet wide, with heights ranging between 10 and 15 feet. The structure will remain at the Botanical Garden of Rome until social distancing rules permit a stay at the Vatican before being moved to its permanent location in Assisi, Italy.

A massive structure meant to encourage the “ecological awakening of humanity” can trace its foundation across the Atlantic Ocean to the welding expertise and facilities offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Nine instructors and 15 students spent 10 weeks fabricating the structural framework for the Living Chapel, unveiled this week at the Botanical Garden of Rome during Global Catholic Climate Movement activities. Its formal unveiling via streaming video is scheduled for June 5, U.N. World Environment Day.

When social distancing rules permit, the open-air sanctuary – made of aluminum and recyclable and repurposed materials – will be placed at the Vatican before being moved to its permanent home in Assisi, Italy, the birthplace of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology, whose small church provided the footprint for the Living Chapel.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, what it’s going to mean to everybody,” said James N. Colton II, assistant professor of welding, who led the Penn College fabrication team. “It’s definitely a big deal.”

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Dental Hygiene Faculty & Staff General Information Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Speaker provides timely inspiration to dental hygiene students

Last week, the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dental hygiene program held a special event for its first- and second-year students, engaging an international motivational speaker who is well-known in the dental field to speak with students via videoconference.

“Our students have been going through such turmoil during this COVID-19 pandemic, that we felt the need to lift their spirits,” said Shawn A. Kiser, the college’s director of dental hygiene.

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May 22, 2020
Automated Manufacturing & Machining Engineering Technologies General Information

Penn College offering new manufacturing certificate

Pennsylvania College of Technology is accepting applications for its CNC machinist certificate. The program will be offered for the first time this fall.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is providing a new pathway for aspiring skilled machinists and computer numerical control operators. The college is accepting applications for its CNC machinist certificate, offered for the first time this fall.

“Industry needs skilled machinists and CNC operators. This program can be completed in nine months, so students can quickly obtain the skills required by industry and get right to work,” said Bradley M. Webb, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

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May 19, 2020
General Information

Service pending for former WACC trustee

Lester L. "Jack" Lessig Jr.A memorial service will be scheduled for Lester L. “Jack” Lessig Jr., a former college board member, who died Monday, April 27, in Bluffton, South Carolina, at age 90. Lessig served on the board of trustees for Williamsport Area Community College – Penn College’s immediate predecessor – from 1982-87, including two terms as vice chair. A full obituary was published in Sunday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

May 11, 2020