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06.27.2022

Remarks honoring President Gilmour entered into Congressional Record

During his visit to campus on Monday, U.S. Rep Fred Keller, R-12th, delivered a printed copy of remarks entered into the Congressional Record on Friday.

The remarks recognize the service of retiring Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour. Keller surprised Gilmour with the printed remarks while on campus for a roundtable discussion and tour.

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06.27.2022

Rep. Keller’s ‘District Energy Day’ includes stop on campus

The congressman (in dark shirt at right rear) presides over a lunchtime roundtable in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
The congressman (in dark shirt at right rear) presides over a lunchtime roundtable in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.
Keller visits the college's internationally renowned Thermoforming Center of Excellence with Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development.
Keller visits the college’s internationally renowned Thermoforming Center of Excellence with Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development.
On a spectacular early-summer day, the group moves north from its tour of the labs that comprise the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.
On a spectacular early-summer day, the group moves north from its tour of the labs that comprise the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.
Kathy D. Chesmel (right center), assistant dean of materials science and engineering technology, leads a tour of the welding labs in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.
Kathy D. Chesmel (right center), assistant dean of materials science and engineering technology, leads a tour of the welding labs in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.
Michael J. Reed (left), who will assume the presidency on Friday, talks with the group in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center. In the foreground is Penn College's Baja SAE car, recently driven by students to back-to-back endurance titles against formidable challengers in national competition.
Michael J. Reed (left), who will assume the presidency on Friday, talks with the group in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center. In the foreground is Penn College’s Baja SAE car, recently driven by students to back-to-back endurance titles against formidable challengers in national competition.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th, met with local elected officials and representatives of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry during a District Energy Day that included a roundtable discussion at Penn College. “Right here at Pennsylvania College of Technology, we see the great work they’re doing to educate the future workforce,” said the congressman, who supplemented the session with tours of the college’s plastics, welding and machining labs.

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06.25.2022

Administration building named for retiring college president

The Student & Administrative Services Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology will soon bear the name of retiring President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The college’s Board of Directors convened a special meeting to approve the action at a gala event honoring Gilmour’s 24-year presidency. The board also granted emeritus status to Gilmour, who retires June 30.

The Student & Administrative Services Center, known in campus shorthand as “the SASC,” houses offices for student services such as Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Veterans & Military, the LEAP Center (first-year student assistance) and more. The upper floors of the three-story facility, which opened in 2003, includes spaces for People & Culture (formerly Human Resources), Financial Operations, Information Technology Services, Public Relations & Marketing and executive offices, including the President’s Office and Academic Affairs.

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06.22.2022

Grant helps Penn College ‘manufacture’ career exploration

A national foundation devoted to manufacturing’s future is teaming with Pennsylvania College of Technology to spark interest among high schoolers in the sector’s rewarding careers.

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, provided a $2,000 grant for the college to host the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program for students entering grades 9-12. The program is also supported by the PMMI Education and Training Foundation and Construction Specialties Inc.

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06.21.2022

‘There’s so much to love here!’

Ready to see what hands-on learning is all about? Here’s a teasing glimpse of the action that’s set to unfold in the Pennsylvania College of Technology episode of The College Tour, produced nationally and streaming on Amazon Prime when Season Five drops on Aug. 31:

 

Now that your interest is piqued, watch the full episode at Penn College’s College Tour website. Filmed over five days during the spring semester and edited into 27 brisk minutes, the video features 10 standout students in dedicated segments: Ashlee Felix, human services & restorative justice (Business, Arts & Sciences); Caila N. Flanagan, who earned two business degrees (Wildcat Life); Alejandro F. Huaman, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration alumnus (Engineering Technologies); Dacia J. James, dental hygiene (Nursing & Health Sciences); Jesse D. Laird V, a nursing student and ROTC cadet (Commitment to Service); Danielle E. Malesky, construction management (Momentum Guaranteed); Maggie J. Mangene, a softball player and heating, ventilation & air conditioning design technology student (Stay Wild); Wesley S. McCray, an engineering design technology grad (Future Made by Hand); Kathryn A. Plankenhorn, physician assistant studies (Explore Campus & Beyond); and automotive technology management alumnus Dhruv Singh (Come Ready, Leave Prepared). After hearing their stories and getting the inside track on campus life, we’re sure you’ll agree with host Alex Boylan that “There’s so much to love here!”

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06.09.2022

Board approves 2022-23 budget/tuition, emeritus actions, Strategic Plan

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors on Thursday approved a 2022-23 budget, granted emeritus status to a retired senior administrator and a retired faculty member, approved the institution’s Strategic Plan for 2022-26, and authorized the appointment of the firm to conduct the college’s audit for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

The $161.5 million total budget includes a 1.87% tuition increase for in-state students and a 2.03% increase for non-Pennsylvania residents. Residence Life rates for on-campus student housing and Dining Services meal plan rates both will rise by 2% in 2022-23.
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06.09.2022

Penn College Board approves budget, tuition/fees for 2022-23

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors on Thursday approved a 2022-23 total budget of $161.5 million calling for a 1.87% increase in tuition for in-state students.

The total budget represents a 3.22% increase over 2021-22. The operating budget for 2022-23 is $113.3 million.

The state appropriation is budgeted at $28.1 million, based on Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal, which prescribes a 5% increase for Penn College. The projected appropriation accounts for 17.4% of the college’s total budget and 24.8% of the operating budget.

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06.02.2022

Treasurer Garrity, Sen. Yaw visit to promote PA 529 savings program

Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity joined state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) on a Thursday tour of Pennsylvania College of Technology, hosted by President Davie Jane Gilmour, to promote the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program.

“Penn College offers a wide range of programs that are crucial to making sure Pennsylvania has the highly skilled workers we need for the future,” Garrity said. “Treasury’s PA 529 plans are the perfect tool to help families save and pay for education – including the popular nursing, welding and information technology programs here at Penn College. I want to thank Sen. Yaw and Dr. Gilmour for inviting me to tour this impressive campus.”

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05.25.2022

Community Arts Center awarded EITC funds from C&N Bank

A $20,000 donation from Citizens & Northern Bank as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program will be used to support approved educational programming at the Community Arts Center.

“The Community Arts Center provides exceptional live entertainment to the region and we are proud to continue our support of their programs,” said Thomas Rudy, region president at C&N. “This year’s donation benefits their Youth Educational Series, which gives younger community members interested in the arts the opportunity to be involved.”

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05.24.2022

Community Arts Center receives arts grant

The Community Arts Center has received a $3,671 grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Through the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, PCA received funds to distribute to Pennsylvania arts organizations and programs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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05.19.2022

‘Employers seek it; how do we teach it?’

Kat A. Valentine, coordinator of makerspace operations, engages faculty in discussion, including encouraging them to reach out to her to develop ideas for using maker activities in their classrooms and labs.
Kat A. Valentine, coordinator of makerspace operations, engages faculty in discussion, including encouraging them to reach out to her to develop ideas for using maker activities in their classrooms and labs.
An introductory DIY – electronic greeting cards with LED lights – gets faculty thinking about using “maker” activities to engage students in the topics they teach.
An introductory DIY – electronic greeting cards with LED lights – gets faculty thinking about using “maker” activities to engage students in the topics they teach.
Qiang Cao, assistant professor of radiography, adds copper tape to create a circuit connecting his card’s LEDs to a battery.
Qiang Cao, assistant professor of radiography, adds copper tape to create a circuit connecting his card’s LEDs to a battery.
Laying the groundwork to incorporate creativity and innovation, at work and at home
Laying the groundwork to incorporate creativity and innovation, at work and at home
Smaller breakout sessions give participants space and opportunity for fruitful spontaneity.
Smaller breakout sessions give participants space and opportunity for fruitful spontaneity.

Penn College faculty and staff this week attended the 2022 Summer Teaching Institute, one and a half days of professional development that focused on “Creative Thinking Strategies.” Delivering the keynote address – “Why Teach Creativity and Innovation: Why Is It Important and Where Do I Start?” – on Tuesday’s opening day was Larry Keiser, assistant clinical professor and program director for the graduate and undergraduate creativity & innovation degree and certificate programs in Drexel University’s School of Education. That afternoon brought additional sessions on the topic, presented by campus specialists, as well a hands-on activity in the Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College. Wednesday’s half-day brought more interaction, including “Where Do Good Ideas Come From?” led by Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost. That conversation about innovation encouraged attendees to brainstorm how to best fulfill the college’s Mission, Vision and Values. Held shortly after the end of each academic year, the Summer Teaching Institute helps lay a productive foundation for an engaging return to instruction in the fall semester.

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05.19.2022

Plastics professionals converge at Penn College

Plastics professionals from throughout North America enhanced their skills at a recent workshop hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

The two-day Rotational Molding & Advanced Materials Workshop offered a mix of lecture and hands-on instruction at the college’s Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence. Twenty-six individuals, representing 13 companies from seven states and Canada, learned the connection between material preparation, molding and final part quality.

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05.17.2022

Video explores proven apprenticeship pathways for women

With more than 2 million manufacturing jobs projected to go unfilled by 2030 and women making up just 29% of the field’s workforce, it’s undeniable: There’s untapped potential in the world of manufacturing – especially for women. A new YouTube video lets employers and job-seekers alike discover the advantages of these game-changing apprenticeship programs and gives women a huge step toward higher-level positions in the nation’s fast-paced, technologically advanced manufacturing sector. “I don’t think a lot of women understand what manufacturing is,” says Shannon Bower, quality manager at First Quality Products. “I think they see it as that stereotypical laborer getting dirty working with their hands. But new manufacturing is definitely not that.” The 5½-minute video – produced, photographed and edited by Penn College’s Tom Speicher – premiered at Tuesday’s 2022 Penn College Apprenticeship Summit.

 

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05.10.2022

CAC’s Educational Series delights young eyes, enriches minds

The Community Arts Center annually hosts an Educational Series for school-aged children from Lycoming and Sullivan counties, four morning performances that give them the opportunity to see a professional stage show at no cost. Performances weren’t offered during 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the 220 W. Fourth St. showpiece – a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology – is again entertaining and illuminating young visitors, some of whom have never experienced live theater.

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05.09.2022

Nursing students’ research earns recognition

A group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students took second-place honors for their research poster during the first Geisinger Nursing Student Scholarship Conference. The conference was initiated by faculty to help nursing students share their research.

Students Jenay Brown, of Williamsport; Connor J. Burke, of St. Clair; Emily L. Durbin, of Danville; Sydney E. Heiser, of Shamokin Dam; and Callie A. Sobolewski, of Budd Lake, N.J., were honored for their “Become a Master of Central Line Care” poster.

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