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President delivers keynote for STEAM Academy launch

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Michael J. Reed delivered the keynote address Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly launched River Valley School District’s STEAM (Science, Math, Engineering, the Arts and Math) Academy in Indiana County.

The academy, which is at the school district’s Saltsburg campus, about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh, is a workforce development initiative focusing on meeting the list of Pennsylvania in-demand occupations for high-priority occupations, as well as in-demand career pathways.

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‘MasterChef Junior Live!’ coming Thursday to CAC

'MasterChef Junior Live!'The Community Arts Center is presenting “MasterChef Junior Live!” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, with the support of Business & Hospitality at Penn College.

This high-energy, interactive stage production brings the culinary hit TV show,  “MasterChef Junior,” directly to fans and foodies alike … live on the CAC stage!

Watch Season Eight winner Liya; finalist Grayson; and fan favorites Molly and A’Dan as they take to the stage in head-to-head cooking demonstrations and fun (sometimes messy!) challenges with an overall immersive audience experience that is fun for all ages.

Penn College students, faculty and staff can get $15 seats by using code STUDENT when buying tickets at the Arts Center website or CAC box office.

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Corporate partner reaffirms electrical safety in return visit

Haupt appropriately holds forth in a parking area near the Electrical Technologies Center.
Haupt appropriately holds forth in a parking area near the Electrical Technologies Center.
Students, faculty/staff and visitors from the Dunham Children's Learning Center get closer to the truth of electricity's might ... from a safe vantage, of course.
Students, faculty/staff and visitors from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center get closer to the truth of electricity’s might … from a safe vantage, of course.
A glove quickly bursts into flames after coming in contact with an electrical line.
A glove quickly bursts into flames after coming in contact with an electrical line.
It's no party, either, when mylar balloons cause countless power outages each year.
It’s no party, either, when mylar balloons cause countless power outages each year.
The risks are serious, indeed, in this scenario.
The risks are serious, indeed, in this scenario.

A safety demonstration, as shockingly eye-opening as it is thoroughly crowd-pleasing, returned to a Penn College parking lot on Wednesday. Three employees of PPL Electric Utilities (Jared Dyer, Doug Haupt and Chad Waltman) enlightened a main campus audience through the Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit: a 7,200-volt distribution grid that uses live wires, utility poles and transformers to make abundantly clear the dangers associated with electricity. The utility’s well-trained and protectively attired staff employs ladders, gloves, shovels and other tools in a controlled outdoor environment to recreate the sparks, flames, smoke and crackling that occur when items come in contact with live electrical lines. It was the third college appearance for the attraction – first invited last fall by faculty in the School of Engineering Technologies – that makes frequent free appearances across a 29-county service area, sharing vital information with first responders and other interested audiences. PPL Electrical Utilities is among Penn College’s Corporate Tomorrow Makers, collaborating in a mutually beneficial partnership for student success and innovation.

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Penn College shines in latest U.S. News ‘Best Colleges’ rankings

Pennsylvania College of Technology earned the No. 4 berth among Top Public Schools-Regional Colleges North in the U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, published today. The college ranked No. 6 in Best Regional Colleges North when private colleges were included.

Additionally, Penn College earned a pair of No. 2 rankings in Best Colleges: for Best Colleges for Veterans-Regional Colleges North, and for Best Undergraduate Teaching-Regional Colleges North (tied).

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EMT course scheduled at three area sites for spring semester

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 9 and running through early May, will be offered at three locations by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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Penn College tennis, esports teams set

Five Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams are underway and three more will join their ranks this week when men’s and women’s tennis and esports seasons begin.

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Children’s Learning Center receives workforce support grant

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center recently received a $30,683 Work Force Support Grant.

The state Office of Child Development and Early Learning offered the grants to Department of Human Services-certified child care providers. It uses American Rescue Plan Act Stabilization and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funds to support the workforce of DHS-certified child care providers.

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Friday Mass scheduled for foundation board member

Sleboda welcomes guests, acknowledges sponsors and introduces then-President Davie Jane Gilmour at the 2019 Golf Classic luncheon.
Sleboda welcomes guests, acknowledges sponsors and introduces then-President Davie Jane Gilmour at the 2019 Golf Classic luncheon.

Steve Sleboda, a member of the Penn College Foundation Board of Directors, died Monday, Aug. 29, at the age of 79. He also served as a committee member for the college’s annual Golf Classic, the source of substantial scholarship assistance to students. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Rd. Visitation will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday at Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2102 Northway Rd. An obituary has been posted to the funeral home’s website.

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Campus atmosphere helps illustrate magazine’s Little League coverage

Sports Illustrated 'Daily Cover'Penn College gets a scene-setting mention in the Daily Cover feature on Sports Illustrated’s website, a 4,300-word article that traces the Little League Baseball® from local roots to international phenomenon.

“It’s slightly overcast around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, and the 20 teams that will play in the 75th Little League Baseball World Series later this week are gathered at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport for a picnic,” reads the opening to “The Little League World Series Is 75 and Still Growing,” Matt Martell’s evocative piece. “Dressed in their full uniforms, each team enters the campus’s main courtyard and grabs burgers and dogs. From there, they head under a different pavilion and sit at one of the large picnic tables with their teammates.”

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PPL Foundation grant benefits Arts Center’s Educational Series

Cultural enrichment offered by the Community Arts Center to students in nine local school districts will benefit from a $5,000 PPL Foundation grant. The funds help to support the 2022-23 Educational Series hosted by the Arts Center.

“PPL is a valued partner of the Community Arts Center, and the foundation’s generosity is a significant component of what makes our Educational Series possible,” said Jim Dougherty, executive director of the CAC. “We’re grateful to be able to bring incredible performances and educational content to our stage for local schoolchildren, and philanthropic gifts like this allow us to continue to do so.”

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It’s a college premiere … at a premier college!

"The College Tour"The campus community will get an advance look at the Penn College episode of “The College Tour” – a half-hour installment of the series’ fifth season, debuting soon on Amazon Prime – when it premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

Can’t attend in person? Catch the livestream from the ACC on YouTube.

Students will have the chance to win some great prizes that evening, including a $200 Amazon gift card, and that’s just the capper to a fun-filled day of Launch Party activities! Join Public Relations & Marketing from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on the mall for goats; games; free snow cones, popcorn and Penn State Creamery ice cream; and a dunk tank (with a small fee) to benefit the Student Leader Legacy Scholarship.

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After an interminable wait, it’s time to ‘Play ball!’ again

Following a pandemic hiatus that seemed to last longer than its comparably brief span, Penn College excitedly welcomed visitors Monday to a campus picnic: the leadoff to the diamond anniversary of the Little League Baseball® World Series (Aug. 17-28). For the 16th time, and the first since 2019, the college hosted a picnic for players, coaches, team hosts and umpires in the middle of campus; students and employees, including new President Michael J. Reed, also participated in an evening Grand Slam Parade into downtown Williamsport. Both events featured a special visit from Mariano “Sandman” Rivera – a record-setting New York Yankees relief pitcher who retired in 2013 – and a crowd-pleasing appearance by a series team representing The Keystone State (from Blair County’s Hollidaysburg Little League).

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Children’s Learning Center earns continued accreditation

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center has earned continued accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

“This is the highest level of accreditation that a program can receive in early education,” said Linda A. Reichert, Children’s Learning Center director. “The staff and I work very hard to uphold these standards each day.”

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As fresh semester nears, new president vows to ‘listen, learn and lead’

In his first all-college address as Pennsylvania College of Technology president, Michael J. Reed reviewed a busy institutional summer and engaged a talented team for continued service to a common goal: placing students in the most competitive position possible for long-term success.

“The expertise on this campus is truly extraordinary, and I will do all I can to listen and learn and lead with our team as we evaluate systems campuswide and make decisions in the best interest of our mission. I will always attempt to build off the strengths of our experts, be transparent and work relentlessly to make continual improvements for our institution,” he said, setting the tone in his remarks. “We have many strengths, opportunities and challenges as we enter Fall 2022, and I strongly believe the best ideas emerge when we work together and multiple points of view are considered.”

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Gallery’s LLB exhibit subject of WVIA radio interview

The exhibit includes fascinating photos and memorabilia, including these Caribbean-designed cleats worn by former L.A. Dodger Kiké Hernández. Adam Thompson“A Diamond Anniversary: A Celebration of 75 Years of the Little League Baseball® World Series,” on exhibit in The Gallery at Penn College through Aug. 25,  is the focus of an interview with Adam Thompson, director of the World of Little League Museum, that aired shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday on WVIA Radio’s “Art Scene” with Erika Funke. After the morning broadcast on 89.9 FM and 89.7 FM, it was posted to the WVIA website.

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