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Before the Deluge, a Colorful Calm

The SASC, in vivid floral focus

It’s said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it is also quite evident in the eye of the storm! Shortly before skies darkened over Penn College on Monday, bringing the flash and crash of a textbook summer thundershower, Noelle B. Bloom took this photo north of the Bush Campus Center. “I love the flowers and greenery on our campus,” the Dining Services assistant director said, providing a stunning view of the Student & Administrative Services Center as seen through the “living wall” nurtured by nature (with a noticeable assist from General Services horticulturists).

Penn College’s Le Jeune Chef Honored by Wine Spectator

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant is among Wine Spectator magazine’s 2017 “Award of Excellence” winners.

Wine Spectator reaches over 3 million readers with each issue and is the largest paid wine-focused/wine-lifestyle magazine.

Its annual Restaurant Awards, which are published in the August issue, acknowledge the best wine lists in the world. Winning restaurants offer interesting wine selections that are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

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Scoop du Jour

Lining up for a homemade treat

Showing off their bagsful of yumminess

Enjoying an appropriate treat on a muggy Monday − one day after National Ice Cream Day − youngsters in Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE made ice cream in the Keystone Dining Room. Temperatures neared 90 as Week Six of the summer camp began, a situation made much more tolerable with the help of Rebecca L. Pawlik, Dining Services’ registered dietitian, and Andrea N. Breon, the dining unit’s head cook.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

EMT Course Scheduled in Mid-August at Four Sites in Area

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 14, will be offered at four locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets 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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WEDnetPA Seminar Coincides With New Year of Training Funds

The Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania, created to strengthen the statewide business environment, is accepting training reimbursement applications for the 2018 fiscal year.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is one of 27 educational partners statewide that comprise WEDnetPA, providing access to training funds and serving as a point of contact for businesses utilizing the grant program. WEDnetPA is funded under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s PA First line item.

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Concrete Science Technology Major to Debut in Fall 2018

The specialized properties of one of the world's most popular construction materials will be conveyed in a new two-year major – concrete science technology – to begin in Fall 2018 at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A two-year major in the opportunity-rich field of concrete science technology will be offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology – the only program of its kind on the East Coast – beginning in the Fall 2018 semester.

The new associate degree, to be available through the college’s School of Construction & Design Technologies, will prepare students to succeed in the production and analytical evaluation of concrete, as well as the applications, aggregate selection, and admixture techniques and products specific to the concrete industry.

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New Penn College Bachelor’s Degrees to Prepare Innovation Leaders

Innovation, identified as vital to the nation’s economic growth, is the focus of two new bachelor’s degrees at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The new degrees are part of the college’s quest to prepare graduates for success and to provide the community with a highly qualified workforce.

Innovation – developing new products, services or processes or improving existing ones – is a skill that is in demand in all occupations. It is recognized by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as essential not only to the nation’s economy, but to improving quality of life.

Students may begin coursework toward a degree in applied innovation in Fall 2017, and applications are being accepted for the college’s entrepreneurial innovation major, which will start in Fall 2018.

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Restaurant Again Favored Among Area Newspaper’s Readers

Michael R. Triassi, Le Jeune Chef’s director of sales and restaurant operations, receives a silver Reader’s Choice Award from Becky Fitzwater, an advertising representative for the Milton Standard-Journal.

For the second year, Le Jeune Chef Restaurant has received silver honors in the Milton Standard-Journal’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The Standard-Journal ran a Reader’s Choice contest form in its daily newspapers and provided ballots to local businesses for submission by their patrons. Voters could also fill out ballots online and write in additional categories. Becky Fitzwater, an advertising representative for the newspaper, delivered a certificate to the restaurant on Friday, signifying that it was the second-highest vote-getter in the Best Restaurant category. Le Jeune Chef presents a fine-dining experience hosted by Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. The restaurant offers a gourmet menu, much of it prepared by students, and features the area’s most extensive wine list. The full list of award winners will be announced in the newspaper in July. To make a reservation, call 570-320-CHEF (570-320-2433). To view menus and special events, visit the restaurant’s website.
Photo by Anna C. Miller, marketing and communications specialist for the School of Business & Hospitality

College’s Madigan Library Quickly Advances in ‘Star’ Program

Penn College’s Madigan Library has earned the first of five Silver Stars available to libraries through Pennsylvania’s PA Forward program.

In only six months as a participant in the state’s PA Forward program, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library has reached – and transcended – Bronze Level status to earn the first of five Silver Stars on the basis of a recent professional-development event.

The three-tiered PA Forward initiative was launched in January, with Penn College among its earliest adherents, to spotlight the commonwealth’s libraries and their integral connection to their communities.

“The Madigan Library faculty and staff are so pleased to be recognized by the Star Library Program for our efforts in literacy education, on behalf of our students and the Williamsport community,” said Tracey Amey, library director.

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Pallet Company Donates Handcrafted Display Case to College

Showcasing a display case constructed of Pennsylvania lumber are, from left, Don Remmey, the business owner who donated the piece to Penn College; Abe Weaver, the woodworker who crafted it; Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations; and Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at the college.

A Snyder County pallet company donated a handmade display case to Pennsylvania College of Technology during the Keystone Wood Products Association’s recent annual meeting on the college’s main campus.

Remmey, the Pallet Company – a KWPA member that has relied heavily on Pennsylvania lumber during 60 years of manufacturing durable shipping pallets – presented Penn College with the beautifully crafted piece by woodworker Abe Weaver.

“Penn College is the only college in the Keystone Wood Products Association region that offers a forestry and forest products curriculum,” said Don Remmey, company owner and president. “To show our appreciation to the college for training the next generation of forest industry personnel, we are presenting them with this beautiful wooden display case to use in the lobby of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.”

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Record-Low Tuition Increase Approved at Penn College

The 2017-18 budget for Pennsylvania College of Technology includes the lowest percentage increase for tuition in the college’s history.

For the third consecutive year, tuition will rise by the smallest percentage since the institution became an affiliate of Penn State in 1989. When fees are combined with tuition, the total increase is 1.68 percent – another record low for the college.

Approved Thursday by the Penn College Board of Directors, the budget calls for a 1.99-percent increase in tuition for Pennsylvania residents, who constitute 89 percent of the student body. Starting this fall, students enrolled in online degree programs, regardless of their residence, will also pay the in-state tuition rate. Out-of-state residents not enrolled in online degree programs will see a 1.70-percent increase in tuition and fees.

Additionally, there will be no increase in the rates charged for on-campus student housing in 2017-18. Rates for Dining Services’ board plans will rise by 2 percent ($40 per semester for a typical student’s 14-meal plan).

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Grant for Welding Expansion OK’d Pending Award, Conditions

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program could be in line for expansion, pending award of a $2 million federal grant and the college satisfying various conditions associated with the funding.

The Penn College Board of Directors approved acceptance of the grant – from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce – provided it is awarded to the college, and all of its conditions are met.

If awarded, the EDA grant would require a cash match of $3 million, allowing the college to expand its welding facility by 22,000 square feet.

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Board Approves Budget, Welding Grant, New Workforce VP, Title Change

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved the college’s 2017-18 budget, tuition and fees; authorized acceptance of a grant facilitating welding expansion; and gave its blessing to the appointment of a new vice president overseeing workforce development.

The board also approved a title change for the administrator overseeing student affairs and the appointment of the firm that will perform auditing services for the college for the fiscal year ending June 30.

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Working Hand-in-Hand to Make Mementos

With materials arrayed before him and classmates waiting their turn behind him, Ghazi sets the pace for hands-on learning.

With determination and drive – and, of course, safety glasses – woodworker Sidney gets the job done.

Bella helps craft a keepsake.

Marc the Mentor gets a guiding hand from Harrison.

The dean and his morning construction team show off their assembly-line output.

Six youngsters from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center traveled down the hall and rounded the corner into a School of Construction & Design Technologies carpentry lab on Thursday morning, confidently wrapping their smaller hands around a “big people” power tool. Marc E. Bridgens, dean of the school, built an instant rapport with his summertime guests – then helped them assemble Penn College-branded toolboxes as souvenirs of their visit.

Ten More Complete ShaleNET Roustabout Training

Celebrating their completion of short-term roustabout training are (from left) Weston A. Bushyeager, Coleman R. Wolfe, Nur Hafid Mohadi, Zachary D. Nowicki, Garrett P. Zola, Brendan M. Carothers, Brad S. Fuller, Keith P. Bates, Matthew Diaz and George A. Rippel.

Ten young men in the latest natural gas roustabout class successfully completed training this month through ShaleNET’s Eastern Hub at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“The group was composed of college students who completed our short-term training to gain industry credentials as well as practical experience,” said Diane H. Bubb, a career counselor with Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College. “The training was scheduled to allow the students to enroll following the completion of their spring semesters. We are very proud of those who completed this class.”

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