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05.04.2021

Experienced emergency manager shares ‘boots on the ground’ insight

The crucial role that Incident Management Teams play in a coordinated response to emergencies was recently highlighted for Pennsylvania College of Technology students by a nationally contracted instructor, mentor and consultant.

Susan Taylor-Hall, the executive associate/director of ETC and Associates (and one of the cross-country luminaries rounded up by instructor David E. Bjorkman) met virtually with emergency management students to enlighten them on a variety of rewarding and challenging careers.

Her message to the class was clearly one of partnership, in which each of the disparate agencies involved in emergent incidents functions as part of a fully engaged team. In that spirit, she told the aspiring practitioners, it is vital to know individuals’ strengths and weaknesses. In the heat of the moment in the Emergency Operations Center, being able to tap into and utilize each person’s particular skill, knowledge and ability is crucial for success.

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04.29.2021

College part of pioneering $1.8 million scholarship initiative

Pennsylvania College of Technology is partnering with the Brook J. Lenfest Foundation and Philadelphia Foundation for the Lenfest Immensitas Scholars Program, which benefits youth in, or aging out of, foster care.

The innovative large-scale initiative, designed to increase college graduation among up to 100 Philadelphians annually, features participation principally from Harcum College (80 scholars) with additional funding reserved for three institutions: Penn College, 10 scholars; Penn State main campus, five scholars; and West Chester University, five scholars.

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04.22.2021

Board approves emeritus faculty status, appointment of auditor

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved emeritus status for two retired faculty members, authorized appointment of the college’s auditing firm for Fiscal 2021, and ratified a unanimous-consent action for bond refinancing.

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General Information
04.21.2021

Where campus beauty is a natural fact

An oft-recorded standard from America’s songbook romanticizes “April in Paris,” and poet Robert Browning waxed poetically, “O, to be in England now that April’s there.” At PCToday, we see no need to travel to Europe – or anywhere else, pandemic or no – during this merry month of reawakening, as the sights of the season are plenty gorgeous in our Penn College backyard. Amble across main campus (without even leaving your desktop or device!) and enjoy Earth’s idyllic partnership with General Services.

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Faculty & Staff General Information Students
04.20.2021

Penn College streamlines innovation leadership coursework

Pennsylvania College of Technology, the only institution in Pennsylvania permitted to offer innovation coursework through a partnership with the renowned Eureka! Ranch and Innovation Engineering Institute, has shortened the pathway to earning a competency credential in innovation leadership and the industry-recognized certifications that accompany it.

Beneficial in any field, the innovation leadership competency credential offers three courses that provide the theory, concepts and hands-on activities that teach systematic steps to stimulate – then implement – effective new ideas. Graduates are prepared to lead change within their industries, careers, communities and personal lives.

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04.19.2021

Five graduate from pre-apprenticeship program

Berger welcomes the crowd and explains the program's focus on "young people looking to explore a field, to begin a new career – in this case, advanced manufacturing."
Berger welcomes the crowd and explains the program’s focus on “young people looking to explore a field, to begin a new career – in this case, advanced manufacturing.”
Dickey – whose program helps young adults prepare for and succeed in education, training and employment – tells the cohort, "The skills you've learned are lifelong skills for any occupation."
Dickey – whose program helps young adults prepare for and succeed in education, training and
employment – tells the cohort, “The skills you’ve learned are lifelong skills for any occupation.”
Attendees were seated in Penn's Inn, appropriately spaced under pandemic protocols.
Attendees were seated in Penn’s Inn, appropriately spaced under pandemic protocols.
Sam Shea, human resources manager for PMF Industries Inc., was among the industry partners at Monday's event. PMF, which began by forming metal cocktail shakers in the 1960s, has grown into a premier manufacturer in such diverse fields as hospitality, aerospace and pharmaceuticals.
Sam Shea, human resources manager for PMF Industries Inc., was among the industry partners at Monday’s event. PMF, which began by forming metal cocktail shakers in the 1960s, has grown into a premier manufacturer in such diverse fields as hospitality, aerospace and pharmaceuticals.
Howard (right) gives a certificate (and a congratulatory elbow-bump) to Cormelison.
Howard (right) gives a certificate (and a congratulatory elbow-bump) to Cormelison.

Penn College’s Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program held a brief ceremony Monday morning, acknowledging the five graduates who successfully completed the 10-week training.

While the AMP program is generally geared toward students in high schools and career and technical centers, exposing them to potential livelihoods while they formulate their respective paths, the latest group featured young adults embarking on new adventures: Daquan Alford Jr., of Williamsport; Christopher Cormelison, of Hughesville; Racheal Pandolfell, of Berwick; Dylan Peters, of Mill Hall; and Ryan Yingling, of Lock Haven.

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04.16.2021

PPL supports training for front-line health care workers

Future health care professionals have access to a learning tool that simulates respiratory symptoms likely to be encountered in the field, thanks to a $2,500 sustaining grant from PPL Foundation to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The 2020 contribution enabled purchase of a lung sounds simulator, which mimics real-life scenarios essential to educating health care providers.

“PPL is pleased to partner with Penn College to help enhance training for current and aspiring health care professionals,” said Tracie L. Witter, regional affairs director.  “We appreciate the efforts of Penn College Workforce Development to help improve the skills of our community’s front-line workers.”

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04.15.2021

ROTC battalion hosts visit by mobile VR simulator

Eric Wilbur (in cap), traveled from Army ROTC's headquarters in Fort Knox, Ky., to engage his college audience.
Eric Wilbur (in cap), traveled from Army ROTC’s headquarters in Fort Knox, Ky., to engage his college audience.
Sam H. Maxwell, a building construction technology from West Point, N.Y., gets a glimpse of Army life through an officer's "eyes."
Sam H. Maxwell, a building construction technology from West Point, N.Y., gets a glimpse of Army life through an officer’s “eyes.”
A towering inflatable mascot keeps vigil.
A towering inflatable mascot keeps vigil.
In addition to the VR experience inside, the vehicle shares officers' stories outside through interactive touch-screen technology.
In addition to the VR experience inside, the vehicle shares officers’ stories outside through interactive touch-screen technology.

Army ROTC’s “Decide to Lead” trailer, a virtual reality simulator that provides a glimpse into the daily life of a junior officer, was stationed on main campus Thursday. Interested students were invited to tour the exhibit, which allowed them to don a VR headset and exercise critical-thinking skills as a platoon leader. Bald Eagle Battalion (comprising Penn College, Lock Haven and Mansfield universities, and Lycoming College) helped arrange the portable attraction’s local appearance. The recruitment vehicle and accompanying information tables attracted passersby on the Susquehanna Street mall, just outside Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

General Information Students
04.14.2021

EMT course scheduled at three area sites for fall semester

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 16 and running through early December, 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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General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development
04.12.2021

Penn College offering summer manufacturing experience

Pennsylvania College of Technology will expose high schoolers to the marvels of manufacturing and the sector’s rewarding career possibilities, thanks to a grant-supported initiative.

From July 18-22, the college will host the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program for students entering grades 9-12. Participants will learn how everyday objects are designed and fabricated while receiving hands-on experience with 3D design software, machining, CNC automation and welding. Students will use their new skills to fabricate a toolbox, hammer and nail punch.

Penn College faculty will lead individual workshops in the school’s state-of-the-art labs. Sessions will be complemented by guest speakers and tours of regional manufacturing sites.

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Automated Manufacturing & Machining Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies General Information Welding
04.12.2021

College launches $1.5 million ‘Kick Start Scholarship’ project

Pennsylvania College of Technology is committing $1.25 million in existing scholarships and $250,000 in new scholarships for incoming students in Fall 2021.

Eligible students may receive up to $5,000 scholarship awards through the initiative, known as the Kick Start Scholarship project. Part of the college’s plan to continue seeking the best and the brightest prospective students, the project is being launched during somewhat turbulent times to ensure that a Penn College degree is accessible to more students.

To be considered for a Kick Start Scholarship award, prospective students are being asked to submit a 30- to 60-second video that shares how the scholarship will help kick start their education at Penn College.  The college is sharing the videos on its social media platforms.

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College Relations General Information Scholarships Students
04.12.2021

Growth opportunity

The Penn College contingent tends vegetable plots at the community garden.
The Penn College contingent tends vegetable plots at the community garden.

Five students and Penn College’s coordinator of student engagement traveled to the Williamsport Red Shield Community Garden this past weekend for the latest “(community) Service Saturday” event.

Joining Office of Student Engagement staff member Trisha M. Temple (who also provided the photo) were Dean R. Fulton, of Palmyra, enrolled in business administration: marketing concentration; Diana M. Gaglione, of Scranton, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration; Alicia Martinez, Allentown, aviation maintenance technology; Skylar J. Merrick, of Mansfield, pre-radiography; and Sophia G. Wiest, of Butler, entrepreneurial innovation.

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Faculty & Staff General Information Students
04.06.2021

Students to benefit from co-author’s tribute to late mentor

When local sports legend Bill Byham passed away in late May 2017, his unpublished novel – offering relevant life lessons through the prism of junior-high football – could easily have died with him.

The manuscript of “Bucky Deacon’s Dilemma,” pecked out on a typewriter during summers by the pool, had languished for decades since Byham tried unsuccessfully to get it published through the comparably limited outlets of the 1980s and ’90s. The dream of sharing Bucky’s story with the world would have remained unrealized, but for a friend who fondly remembered his once-upon-a-time reading of it.

“A couple weeks before he died, Bill just wanted to write. He talked about it a lot,” said Tom Speicher, who met Byham as a Lycoming College freshman. “About two years afterward, I got the idea that publishing his book would be a great way to pay tribute to him. We need more stories like this, sharing the virtues of teamwork, conflict resolution and friendship.”

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04.01.2021

Perennial favorites

Daffodils, whether blossoming or budding ...
Daffodils, whether blossoming or budding …
... are a reliably welcome sign of warmer days ahead.
… are a reliably welcome sign of warmer days ahead.

Despite nature’s April Fool’s prank – an early-spring snowfall on some area backyards – the season of renewal is in full swing at Penn College. Student photographer Tim Wegman spotted this colorful crop of daffodils during a vernal visit to the Madigan Library grounds.

General Information
03.30.2021

College library working to maintain historic ‘star’ status

An attractively arrayed table provides food for thought – and snacks, too!
An attractively arrayed table provides food for thought – and snacks, too!
The program's five foundational literacies, and the ways in which Madigan Library incorporates them into its service to the community, are a keystone of the entranceway display.
The program’s five foundational literacies, and the ways in which Madigan Library incorporates them into its service to the community, are a keystone of the entranceway display.

Madigan Library is in the midst of fulfilling the required annual process to retain its PA Forward Gold Star status, the first academic library in the commonwealth to be so designated when it was conferred in 2018. A display near the reference desk explains the Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward initiative and provides information about the importance of being skilled in five knowledge foundations: basic literacy, information literacy, civic and social literacy, health literacy, and financial literacy.

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