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Newsletters bridge social divide between CLC staff, children

Keeping communication lines open

As Penn College faculty find unique ways to teach their students remotely, teachers in the college’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center are keeping their young charges engaged from a distance, too.

“Each day, the teachers are sending an email to families with a suggested activity,” explained Barbara J. Albert, director of the children’s learning center. “The families are sending back photos of the children. The teachers then create a ‘newsletter’ which is shared with the families.”

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14 hours ago
Construction & Design Technologies Faculty & Staff General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies NSSC Nursing & Health Sciences Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

College pitches in to protect COVID-19 front line

Donated equipment awaits delivery to health care providers.
Donated equipment awaits delivery to health care providers.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is aiding the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by donating personal protection equipment to area health care facilities.

Various departments have spent the past week collecting supplies – originally intended for on-campus student and staff use – to be distributed within the next few days to the college’s nursing home partners.

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17 hours ago
General Information

Campus Bloodmobile moved to downtown hotel

American Red CrossThe American Red Cross blood drive scheduled for April 8-9 at Penn College has been moved to The Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. If those dates are not convenient, other drives are scheduled in the surrounding area. The Red Cross has a critical need for blood product donations as uncertainties remain during the coronavirus pandemic. Blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming rate, and patients need a sufficient blood supply throughout the many weeks of this crisis and beyond. Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment and donate in the days and weeks ahead to help patients who need lifesaving blood. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by logging onto the Red Cross website.

18 hours ago
General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Welding

Welding Digest spotlights college’s enhanced lab

An article and YouTube video about Penn College’s expanded welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center have been added to the Welding Digest website. The American Welding Society’s premier digital news source, the site is designed to provide thousands of welders and allied professionals with news and information related to the welding/fabrication industry.

March 24, 2020
General Information

Arts Center closed, plans to reopen April 6

Community Arts CenterIn keeping with directives of President Donald J. Trump, Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Derek Slaughter, the Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania College of Technology, the Community Arts Center officially closed Tuesday afternoon, March 17, and will tentatively reopen Monday, April 6.

March 17, 2020
General Information

Gallery at Penn College closed

As of March 16, The Gallery at Penn College is closed until further notice. Gallery staff is committed to continuing to provide a safe, healthy environment for employees and visitors. The current exhibit, “Victory for a Dime: The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War,” will soon be available online. Follow along on Facebook for details.

March 16, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Spring Break extended as precaution

Pennsylvania College of Technology has no reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the college has extended Spring Break for students by one week, until Monday, March 23.

Students should remain at their permanent residences during this time. There will be no academic-related activities for students on or off campus.

Faculty should plan to report during the week of March 16 at times designated by their academic school dean. For more detailed information, students, faculty and staff should refer to email communications issued March 11 by the college president, provost and vice president for student affairs.

Updates on postponement/cancellation of campus events will follow as the information becomes available.

Please continue to refer to the college’s Coronavirus COVID-19 web page for the latest updates.

March 12, 2020
General Information Workforce Development

NSSC offers discounted Building Operator Certification courses

NSSC

The National Sustainable Structures Center of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the mid-Atlantic administrator of the Building Operator Certification, will offer two BOC Level I courses at a 75% discount made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with DEP to be able to offer BOC courses at a significantly reduced cost,” NSSC Director Alison A. Diehl said. “BOC teaches facilities personnel how to apply low-cost techniques to lower their building’s annual utility costs, while making their buildings more comfortable and safer for occupants.”

Tuition discounts for the BOC courses are available to a limited number of facilities personnel employed by K-12 school districts, local government, community colleges/universities or state agencies in Pennsylvania. Participants must have two or more years of experience in their field. The cost of the course is normally $1,895, but thanks to the DEP grant, the course is being offered for $475 (plus an optional $285 national certification exam fee for those who wish to earn their Certified Building Operator credential).

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March 10, 2020
General Information Penn College Magazine

Read Penn College Magazine’s Spring 2020 edition

Penn College Magazine Spring 2020 cover

The Spring 2020 issue of Penn College Magazine features the college’s new electron beam welder, turf field and NCAA lacrosse team; celebrates alumni who are feeding those who are hungry, restoring smiles for those recovering from addiction, and preserving aviation artifacts for the Smithsonian Institution; and looks at the well-lived life of former Penn College provost Veronica M. Muzic. Pick up a copy in lobbies across campus, or read and share online.

March 5, 2020
General Information President

President advocates for tomorrow makers in Capitol appearance

In a screen capture from streaming video, President Gilmour talks about gender diversity in the college's welding program and the attractive starting salaries that await graduates.
In a screen capture from streaming video, President Gilmour talks about gender diversity in the college’s welding program and the attractive starting salaries that await graduates.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour appeared before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday afternoon to address the college’s proposed 2020-21 budget allocation. The 3:35 p.m. “general conversation” with legislators which addressed the college’s critical role in meeting the needs of tomorrow-minded students and the employers that will hire them was streamed live by Pennsylvania Cable Network and the State Senate. It is available for viewing through the Pennsylvania Senate Republicans website. Gilmour was joined on the panel by Betty K. Tompos, interim president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and Mark H. Erickson, president of Northampton Community College, who represented community colleges throughout the commonwealth.

March 3, 2020
Automated Manufacturing & Machining Faculty & Staff General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies STEM

Penn College offering summer manufacturing experience

Pennsylvania College of Technology will expose high schoolers to the rewarding possibilities of manufacturing careers, thanks to a grant-supported initiative.

The college will host the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program from July 19-23 on its main campus. Students entering grades 9-12 are eligible for the session, featuring hands-on experience with 3D design software, mills and lathes, and welding. Participants will use their new skills to fabricate a toolbox, hammer and nail punch.

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March 2, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Getting wind of science

Charles built a tower of cups, then – with Mom's valuable assistance – used wind power generated by an Airzooka to knock it down.
Charles built a tower of cups, then – with Mom’s valuable assistance – used wind power generated by an Airzooka to knock it down.
Albert (left) listens as a child explains how she knows the wind is blowing.
Albert (left) listens as a child explains how she knows the wind is blowing.
At one station, the children (with help from family) create air rockets from straws.
At one station, the children (with help from family) create air rockets from straws.
Caleb and his mother use a wind detector to judge the strength of a fan.
Caleb and his mother use a wind detector to judge the strength of a fan.

Friday’s blustery afternoon provided a timely backdrop for family participation in a “Leap Into Science” activity about wind at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center. Barbara J. Albert, director, and Linda S. Dellaquila, group leader, facilitated the workshop. Leap into Science, a national program designed to build interest and skills in science and literacy for children ages 3-10 and their families, was developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Penn College’s CLC is one of 45 sites throughout Pennsylvania offering the program.
Photos by Dellaquila

March 2, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Le Jeune Chef’s signature Chocolate Soup

It’s rich. It’s creamy. It’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant’s signature Chocolate Soup. If you’ve visited the casual fine dining restaurant on Penn College’s main campus, you’ve probably tasted this craveable masterpiece. Join Chef Chris Grove and Claudia Walling, a baking and pastry arts student from Williamsport, to learn how easy it is to bring home this crowd favorite.

February 26, 2020
General Information

Legendary funk and soul group coming to Williamsport

Legendary funk and soul group Tower of Power will bring its renowned horn-driven sound to Williamsport’s Community Arts Center on March 18. (Photo by Rob Shanahan)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, the scheduled March 18 performance was postponed to Oct. 4.)

Just two days prior to releasing their 27th album, Tower of Power will bring their renowned horn-driven sound to Williamsport’s Community Arts Center.

The legendary Oakland, California, group will perform on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.

For over 50 years, Tower of Power has entertained with dynamic genre-blending music, mixing soul, funk, pop, rhythm and blues, and rock. Tenor saxophonist and band leader Emilio Castillo founded the group in 1968 when he teamed with baritone sax player Stephen “Doc” Kupka.

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February 24, 2020