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Penn College first in U.S. higher education to get innovative welder

Through a partnership with Cambridge Vacuum Engineering Inc., Pennsylvania College of Technology will soon have an electron beam welder, similar to the unit shown here, for use in its welding and metal fabrication program.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is partnering with Cambridge Vacuum Engineering Inc. to bring electron beam welding to the curriculum of its welding and metal fabrication program.

A 6okV electron beam welder from CVE, a Cambridge, England-based, company with a U.S. sales and support office, will be used by the college in its soon-to-be expanded welding instructional facility in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trade Center.  This is the first electron beam welder placed by the company in any college or university within the United States, and one of only a few in higher-education institutions worldwide.

The welder will be installed in the fall of 2019, immediately enabling the college to enhance the majors offered within the welding and metal fabrication program, providing exceptional opportunities for Penn College students.

The need for electron beam welder technicians is increasing in industry; the partnership with CVE will help Penn College satisfy that demand. Electron beam welding has become a vital technology in the aerospace, automotive, energy, medical, semiconductor and military industries.

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Latest board appointee tours college

A clearly enjoyable meeting of Harpster (right) and David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, featured a peek at the in-progress expansion of the school's welding labs.

In College Avenue Labs, the group inspects a limousine formerly used by the Milton Hershey School. The vehicle, on extended loan from the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, represents a multiyear project for Penn College students.

In an impromptu visit with manufacturing engineering technology students – and Baja teammates – Dakota C. Harrison (left), of Lewisberry, and Christopher M. Schweikert, of Jamison, engage tour participants.

The entourage passes the Student Bodies art installation that lines the campus mall ...

... where Harpster checks out the "welded" signatures of Gilmour and Starkey (in background).

M. Abraham Harpster, the newest member of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors, got further acquainted during an enlightening institutional visit Thursday. After lunch at Le Jeune Chef and a stroll through the restaurant’s kitchens, Harpster embarked on a wide-ranging tour that included plastics, welding and collision repair/restoration labs. The group – which included state Sen. Gene Yaw, board chairman; President Davie Jane Gilmour; Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost; Suzanne T. Stopper, senior vice president for finance/chief financial officer; and Patrick Marty, chief of staff/assistant to the president for college relations – also talked with manufacturing students on the Baja SAE team and stopped by Dauphin Hall.

State ag secretary champions Penn College education

A parent’s proud endorsement of a Penn College education, which propelled his son into an imminent career as a landscape designer, kicks off a Pennsylvania Farm Show video from state Sen. Gene Yaw. The legislator – who chairs the college’s board of directors – sat down with state Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding, father of a 2016 landscape/horticulture technology alumnus. Elliot C. Redding carried his two-year degree to Penn State, where he will graduate with a bachelor’s degree later this year. Watch PCToday for photos from the 103rd annual expo, at which the college was a weeklong presence.

Microsoft Office courses scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering several easy-to-learn computer courses.

The Microsoft Office courses are taught by qualified instructors at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners. The classes are held in a relaxed computer-classroom environment, allowing participants to learn, experiment and ask questions. Courses are hands-on, with each participant working at a computer station.

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Wildcat sports teams set to resume seasons

With the new year upon us, Pennsylvania College of Technology winter sports teams now turn their attention to the spring semester and second half of their respective seasons. The men’s basketball team resumes play at 4 p.m. Thursday at SUNY Delhi, the women’s basketball team picks up at 5 p.m. Thursday at Misericordia University and the wrestling squad hits the mats at 10 a.m. Saturday in the North-South Duals at Ursinus College. 

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Farm Show offers ‘inspiring’ look at college’s varied majors

School of Business & Hospitality majors from Penn College take part in a Student Cooking Challenge at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show. All six of the college’s academic schools will again be represented at the Jan. 5-12 event, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo. (Photo by Davey Rudy)

Throngs of visitors will soon converge on Harrisburg to celebrate the commonwealth’s agricultural prominence, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be there to help honor the event’s 2019 theme of “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.”

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B.R. Kreider & Son establishes two Penn College scholarships

Representatives of B.R. Kreider & Son are, from left, Courtney Dougherty, operations assistant; Heidi Hollinger, human resource manager; and Brent Kreider, president.

A pair of scholarships established by a Lancaster County excavating and paving firm will assist students enrolled in diesel and automotive majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology with their education costs.

B.R. Kreider & Son Inc., based in Manheim, has funded the “Pin Oak Service Center, a Sister Company of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Diesel Technology Scholarship,” and the “Pin Oak Service Center, Automotive Technology Scholarship.”

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Dent Fix donates aluminum repair station to Penn College

Penn College students and collision repair instructor Shaun D. Hack (in black shirt) listen as Daniel L. Maloney Jr., national sales director for Dent Fix Equipment and a member of the college’s Collision Repair Advisory Committee, demonstrates a donated aluminum dent-repair station.

Reflecting the increasing use of aluminum by automakers and affirming the value of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s industry partners, Dent Fix Equipment has donated a self-contained aluminum dent-repair station for use by the institution’s collision repair and automotive restoration students.

“This equipment package provides all the necessary tools to complete aluminum repairs to an industry standard,” said Shaun D. Hack, instructor of collision repair. “This adds value to the collision repair technology, collision repair technician and automotive restoration technology majors by adding skill sets that will be desired by potential employers.”

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Penn College Board of Directors welcomes new member

M. Abraham Harpster

M. Abraham Harpster has been appointed to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors by The Corporation for Penn State.

A co-owner of Evergreen Farms Inc., Spruce Creek, the largest dairy farm operation of its type in the Northeast, Harpster is also a member of the Penn State University Board of Trustees, having been elected by delegates from Agricultural Societies in July 2013.

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Board approves synthetic turf field, welcomes new member

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized a project to install a synthetic turf field for Wildcat Athletics, accepted audited statements for Fiscal Year 2018 and welcomed a new member to its ranks.

The board approved a request from the college administration to borrow funds from reserves to move forward with the synthetic turf field project, which features a 123-by-85-yard field, base, drainage and associated improvements. The field will allow for play through a variety of temperatures and in wet, dry and frozen conditions. Installation is anticipated to begin soon after the Spring 2019 Wildcat Athletic sports schedule is finished. Completion is due in time to accommodate the Fall 2019 sports schedule.

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Read the college’s 2017-18 Impact Report: ‘Guarantee Momentum’

Pennsylvania College of Technology Impact Report 2017-18“Guarantee Momentum,” the Pennsylvania College of Technology 2017-18 Impact Report, is available online and is set to arrive in mailboxes in the coming days. Read the President’s Message and review the college’s efforts to empower industry, inspire innovation, prepare tomorrow makers and more.

Selflessness ensures tradition’s seamless continuity

Cousins Booker (left) and Maverick enjoy their trackside vantage ...

... and move closer to Albert for the big-picture perspective.

A commemorative plaque celebrates the children's benefactors.

All aboard for magical holiday travel!

Older toddlers watch and wave as the train makes its rounds.

A holiday present first delivered in 2010 by Patrick M. Breen keeps on giving at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, thanks to the generosity of his widow. Breen – who died in June – was a first-shift custodian in the Bush Campus Center (where the childcare facility once was housed) and a mutual attachment among him, the youngsters and staff was quick to form. When the CLC moved to the Hager Lifelong Education Center eight years ago, Breen maintained the connection by installing a train set in a nearby conference room. Honoring the custom and her late husband’s memory, Laura Breen has donated the train layout, which shipping/receiving worker Eric W. Huffman recently set up and made operational. “This continues Pat Breen’s tradition of bringing his display to the center each December,” an appreciative CLC director Barbara J. Albert said. “The children love seeing the train, and even our 1-year-olds point to the door of the room and say ‘Train’ as they come and go each day.”
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer, and Michelle M. Cowher, assistant group leader

Penn College grapplers continue to find success

While early-season woes continued for the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams, the college’s wrestlers continued to find success.

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‘Why Science Matters’ Art Challenge seeks K-12 entries

Albert Einstein once said, “The greatest scientists are artists as well.”

Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, producers of the “Working Class” public television series, invite elementary, middle and high school students to enter the “Why Science Matters K-12 Art Challenge.”

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College establishes advanced credit agreement through ProStart

This fall, Pennsylvania College of Technology entered an advanced credit agreement with the ProStart program to pave the way for high school students to get a head start on their degree, eliminate duplication of instruction and, ultimately, make a college degree more affordable.

ProStart, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that cultivates tomorrow’s restaurant and food service industry leaders. The curriculum was developed by industry and academic experts and reaches more than 90,000 students in 1,700 high schools and career and technical education centers.

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