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Penn College Course to Help Prepare Students for SAT

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English-composition at Penn College – pictured during a Spring 2017 review session offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education – will return this semester to help high school students prepare for SATs in advance of the Dec. 2 testing date.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a course to help high school students prepare for the standardized test used as an admissions tool by many institutions of higher learning.

The course will help students better prepare for success on the SAT through live instruction, self-paced learning and individual interaction with a professional instructor. The focus will be on math, English and reading, with an optional writing session available for those who wish to practice their college-ready skills and review with a Penn College faculty member.

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College’s Sigma Pi Chapter Wins National Honors

Sigma Pi brothers gather 'round their Silver Standards plaque ...

... and continue the celebration with a larger group (and oversized cutouts of the Greek letters that form their fraternity's name).

Penn College’s Theta-Phi Chapter of Sigma Pi fraternity has received a national Silver Standards of Excellence award for the 2016-17 school year.

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Visiting Chef Series Celebrates 25th Anniversary

During preparation for the college’s first Visiting Chef dinner in 1992, students Ric Newton and Vanessa Buck study the technique of Visiting Chef Richard L. Kimble Jr.

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: The Visiting Chef Series was established to inspire students by working alongside the nation’s best chefs. A quarter-century and more than 50 chefs later, renowned culinarians continue to bring the vision to life. Read student memories and view a visual history of the series.

Campus Food Pantry Begins Second Year of Operation

An array of tabletop nonperishables represents what a student can receive weekly from the campus pantry.

Cheryl Y. Hammond, Dining Services' special events manager, serves Community Peer Educator Tasia A. Werkmeister ...

... as students gain food for thought about The Cupboard.

An anniversary dinner in a pleasant locale

A pair of Dining Services events this week marked the first anniversary of The Cupboard, which assists Penn College students and their families who are struggling with food insecurities. The food pantry – on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center – supported about 380 people last year, and opened its doors to visitors Tuesday in observance of Hunger Action Month.  A spaghetti dinner that evening, held on the CC patio, also raised awareness and attracted donations. There are a number of ways to help The Cupboard: Fresh produce from backyard gardens is welcome, as are contributions of nonperishable food; students can donate through their meal plans at any Dining Services unit, and employees can make monetary gifts through the Annual Giving Office. For more about The Cupboard, call 570-327-4764.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Penn College Launches Skills-Assessment Program

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is concluding a six-month pilot program for an innovative skills-assessment program.

Development Needs Assessment (DNA) for Business is a competency-based platform that identifies areas of strength and opportunity related to job skills, and provides targeted recommendations for training to maximize return on investment.

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Penn College Moves Up in ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings

Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its regional prominence in the 2018 edition of the “U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges” guidebook.

Penn College is ranked fifth among public colleges – up from seventh a year ago – and 13th overall (when private institutions are included) in the Regional Colleges North category.

The publication compared a total of 324 regional colleges on such statistical criteria as student retention, graduate rates and student-faculty ratio.

Penn College’s support of military veterans and active-duty personnel – including an in-state tuition rate to all servicemen and women, regardless of their residence – is reflected in its No. 2 ranking among public institutions (and No. 7 overall) in the Best Colleges for Veterans category for Regional Colleges North.

For comparative purposes, regional colleges are defined as schools that “focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing and education.”

The annual rankings, which were announced Tuesday, will be published in the “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook available for purchase this fall.

Professor’s Physics Manual Brings Real-World Understanding to Subject

During a 2004 study abroad trip, LeBlanc (in white shirt) joins students at a cultural site in Japan. LeBlanc led six Penn College study abroad courses in Japan, where students visited Tsuyama National College of Technology. Photo courtesy of LeBlanc

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: Physics faculty member Joseph E. LeBlanc lived in three other nations before making his home at Penn College, where he finds creative ways to make physics meaningful to students. Read “Life’s Work.”

Award-Winning Documentary Series Explores Why Math Matters

Filming “Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” led Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator at Penn College, to scale a mountain in the Shawangunk Ridge, an internationally famous rock climbing area within the Mohonk Preserve in New York state. Leigh interacts with members of the Shawanpunk climbing team featured in the documentary.

Mountain climbers, a superhero and the legendary video game pioneer who founded Atari join with faculty to explain the importance of mathematics when Pennsylvania College of Technology’s award-winning public television series returns this fall.

“Working Class: Game On! Why Math Matters” explores the link between math, computers and technology and helps connect the study of math with real-world experiences that engage student interests.

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Personal Protection Courses Scheduled for Fall

A series of courses designed to teach personal protection techniques will be offered during the fall semester by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Well-Rounded: Campus Involvement Reflects Appreciation for Life

Hanna Williams. Photo by Tia G. La

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: Student-athlete Hanna Williams’ farming childhood established her work ethic; tragedy inspired her to make the most of her student experience. Read “Well-Rounded.”

College Pitches In With Sign Language Assistance

From left, Sarah S. Moore, Travis Mikulka and Korey T. Keyser sign "L," "L," and "W.S." for Little League World Series during their "awesome" weekend of teamwork.

Two members of the Pennsylvania College of Technology family offered their sign language assistance at the annual Challenger Division exhibition game, held Saturday as part of the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport.

Sarah S. Moore, disability services and deaf services specialist, and Korey T. Keyser, a senior in aviation maintenance technology from Waldorf, Maryland, pitched in to aid Travis Mikulka, a deaf catcher for Freehold Township Little League from New Jersey.

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Math Matters: Atari Founder, Faculty Contend There’s a Better Way

At a Penn College Career Day, a middle-schooler learns the color-coded programming language that will make an Ozobot dance. (Photo by Tia G. La, student photographer)

From the Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine: If students don’t like math or aren’t grasping the concept, it’s the responsibility of educators to help them understand before they move on, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell contends. Penn College faculty in mathematics, electronics, and information technology provide insight on why math matters.

Roll-Fed Thermoformer Adds to Center of Excellence at College

Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager for Penn College’s Thermoforming Center of Excellence, operates the new equipment.

A custom-built, roll-fed, thin-sheet thermoformer is the latest addition to the Thermoforming Center of Excellence at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Thermoforming is a process by which plastic film or sheet is heated and then molded into three-dimensional shapes for such everyday uses as packaging, displays and components for a variety of transportation applications. The new equipment is a semi-commercial scale thermoforming machine that feeds rolls of plastic film into the thermoformer to produce and duplicate multiple formed packaging techniques used in industry.

According to Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence, “This equipment expands Penn College’s capability, which already includes a heavy-gauge thermoformer, to support additional (research-and-development) projects and teach incumbent workers and students using the latest technology.”

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Solar Eclipse to Be Broadcast Live in SASC on Monday

Students with free time between classes and labs are invited to watch Science Channel‘s high-definition broadcast of the total solar eclipse from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday in the Student & Administrative Services Center’s first-floor presentation room (1056).

Cookout, Parade Ease Little Leaguers Toward Series Opener

The Asia-Pacific and Japan teams gather around the Wildcat.

Pennsylvania College of Technology once again helped embrace visitors to the Little League Baseball World Series, which begins Thursday and culminates in the title game on Sunday, Aug. 27. On the eve of play, the college hosted its ninth annual cookout for more than 350 Little League players, coaches, team “uncles,” umpires and officials on the lawn outside the Bush Campus Center. Penn College also participated in Wednesday evening’s Grand Slam Parade, which started near the Center for Business & Workforce Development and traveled down West Fourth Street to Market.

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