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Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic Offers Care to Community

Pennsylvania College of Technology dental hygiene students, under the supervision of licensed dental professionals, provide affordable services to the public in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The dental hygiene clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides affordable preventive dental care to patrons from the surrounding community.

Services include cleanings ($5 to $15), exams, sealants ($10 first tooth, $5 each additional tooth) and X-rays ($2 to $15). To schedule an appointment, call 570-327-4500.

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‘Working Class’ Series Offers New Art Challenge, TV Marathon

Calling all budding artists and scientists! Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, producers of the “Working Class” public television series, are seeking entries in its latest K-12 art challenge, “Why Science Matters.”

Deadline for entries is Dec. 1. The challenge invites student artists to depict the importance of science in everyday life and offers awards in two categories: kindergarten-sixth grade and grades seven-12. Students may use any medium and supplies they choose.

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Penn College Course to Help Prepare Students for SATs

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 exam 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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Royal Visitors Share Children’s Day

Youngsters assess a portable butterfly garden, complete with the monarch's habitat of choice: milkweed.

A child's-eye view of the circle of life

Fall colors distinguish this migratory miracle.

Taking flight on the CLC patio

Toddlers at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center got an up-close look at nature’s breathtaking beauty Tuesday, as assistant group leader Michelle M. Cowher brought in monarch butterflies.
Photos by Joyce B. Shrimp, group leader

… and Here’s a Wildcat With Today’s Weather

Hunter B. Budman makes his pointA Montgomery Area High School senior, a dual-enrollment student in the Penn College NOW program, was featured in Joe Snedeker’s morning forecast on Channel 16. Hunter B. Budman, son of Institutional Advancement’s Denise R. Miller, found his way into Wednesday’s on-air outlook. The weather personality, who balances a trademark quirkiness with a serious philanthropic streak, peoples his maps with daily photos of viewers pointing – and Budman (wearing a college T-shirt) was among those to submit an obliging image.

Penn College Recognized for Innovation in ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings

Best Colleges - Regional Colleges - North

Pennsylvania College of Technology, nationally renowned for its hands-on approach to learning and responsiveness to workforce needs, has received validation for its unique educational model in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of “Most Innovative Schools.”

As part of the 2019 U.S. News “Best Colleges” rankings issued today, Penn College is listed as the No. 1 Most Innovative School (among public institutions) in the Regional Colleges North category. When private colleges are included, Penn College is tied for third in the Most Innovative rankings with Unity College, Maine – behind only Cooper Union and Paul Smith’s College.

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Fit for a Ring: Grad Earns Super Bowl Ring With Eagles

Chris Rutledge, a 2016 graduate of the college’s web and interactive media major, will be fitted for a Super Bowl ring as the Philadelphia Eagles’ digital project coordinator. Photo courtesy of Rutledge

From the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine: A web and interactive media graduate’s career takes him to the sidelines of the Super Bowl as the Philadelphia Eagles’ digital project coordinator. Read “Fit for a Ring.”

Shell Polymers’ Support to Boost Plastics Education at Penn College

A $250,000 gift from Shell Polymers will enhance Pennsylvania College of Technology’s efforts to produce highly skilled graduates for the plastics industry. The funding will enable Penn College to enhance and upgrade an academic and research lab to be known as the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence. Marking the occasion are, from left, Dan Moldovan, team leader, Shell Polymers; Adriana Velasquez, technical service engineer, Shell Polymers; Shannon Munro, vice president for workforce development, Penn College; Michael Marr, external relations, Shell Polymers; Elizabeth Biddle, director of corporate relations, Penn College; Todd Whittemore, general manager of polyethylene technology, Shell Polymers; and Laura Chamorro, global marketing manager, polyethylene, Shell Polymers.

A $250,000 gift from Shell Polymers will enhance Pennsylvania College of Technology’s efforts to produce highly skilled graduates for the plastics industry while helping to ease the growing skills gap in plastics manufacturing.

The funding will enable Penn College ­– which also operates the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (PIRC) to assist plastics companies with research and development and the training of incumbent workers – to enhance and upgrade the academic and research lab that will now be known as the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

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Canine Companions Effortlessly Ease Students’ Transition

Making friends, one by one, is Poppy, owned by Robert A. (shown) and Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies.

Women's basketball coach Lauren Healy (standing) brought Rayne, her Labrador retriever/German shepherd mix.

Marvin, a golden retriever accompanied by Brian D. Walton, assistant dean of business and hospitality, was an instant buddy to anyone lending attention.

A nostalgic treat draws a crowd.

Patient pooches await their next nuzzle

Student Affairs this week renewed the annual “Hot Dog, You’re Here” event, a popular start-up activity that focuses on providing the campus family (especially those members who may be missing home) the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, Penn College support services … and, of course, dogs! For 90 minutes Wednesday evening, Rose Street Commons was filled with friendly faces, information tables, food and an ice cream truck, allowing students a huggable entrée into the fall semester.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

Youth Leaders’ Winning Project Bears Fruit; 5K Set for Sept. 29

The Race for FreedomThe Race for Freedom, a 5K run that grew out of the Penn College Youth Leadership program, will step off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Montoursville’s Indian Park. Hughesville High School students Valerie Ammar-Khodja, Lauren Hall and Logan Woolcock were awarded $1,791 to implement their winning project in the program’s Social Change Competition: an event to make the community more aware of human trafficking. Proceeds will benefit the YWCA and Transitions to fight the problem in Lycoming County and beyond. “We are so passionate about this cause and we hope you will help us in the fight against human trafficking,” the students wrote on their race website. “Even though we are only three rising seniors in high school, we know that we can make a difference with the help of the members of our community.” Interested runners, walkers and donors can register through Falcon Race Timing.

Penn College’s Finest Also Among ‘Funnest’

The officer fields questions from children ...

... literally keeping his answers on their level.

Portable and prepared, Hakes explains the equipment he carries on the job.

The officer dons his helmet for an instructive ride-along.

Penn College Police Officer Justin M. Hakes recently joined the Bears for “Bike Day” at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center, a vehicle for teaching the boys and girls the helpful mission of law enforcement. The officer, who often patrols campus on a bicycle, volunteered to visit after he saw a group of children riding earlier in the summer. “It was a great experience and I think we will have him back again to talk to us,” said Barbara J. Albert, center director. “The children enjoyed seeing all the tools on his bike. He talked to them about bike safety, as well as rode with them around the courtyard.”
Photos by Neva E. Simcox, group leader

College Provides Venue for Public Session on School Safety

Sen. Yaw (second from right), who also chairs the college's board of directors, welcomes participants and attendees to Penn's Inn. He was joined by legislative colleagues (from left) state Rep. Frederick B. Keller (R-86th); state Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27th); and State Sen. David G. Argell (R-29th), committee chair.

The state Senate Majority Policy Committee held a public discussion of school safety, hosted by State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23rd), in the Bush Campus Center on Thursday afternoon. The 90-minute session, the latest in a series being held across the commonwealth, allowed a diverse panel of stakeholders – district superintendents, principals, business managers and school board members; law enforcement; bus contractors; legislators and the legal profession – to share their concerns and best practices alike. The roundtable, open to the public and streamed live, was also attended by Penn College Police Chief Chris E. Miller and Elliott Strickland, the college’s vice president for student affairs.

Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held in Potter County

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, based in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host a free information session for those interested in nursing as a career.

The session will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Potter County Education Council building, 5 Water St., Coudersport. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

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School Officials to Attend Safety Roundtable on Campus

Sen. Gene YawThe state Senate Majority Policy Committee will hold a roundtable on school safety with local district superintendents and administrative staff, hosted by State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23rd), at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Bush Campus Center.

“Enacting common-sense legislation to protect students, teachers and school staff has been a priority for the legislature in recent months,” said Yaw, who also chairs the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors. “This roundtable discussion with our superintendents and school officials will provide us with more insight on how best to address challenges and implement solutions that can further safeguard everyone moving forward.”

The event, to be held in Penn’s Inn, is open to the public.

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Fanciful Signpost Takes Shape Outside CAL

At Penn College, the end of the road is just the beginning!

No detail is spared in the rustic recreation.

Sunlight plays off the silky flow of water.

Fittingly pointing the way to related instructional space – and cleverly mirroring Penn College’s evolution from yesterday to tomorrow – a pondless water feature outside College Avenue Labs affirms that “everything old is new again.” A broken-down truck forms the centerpiece of the tableau, created by several departments within General Services and completed Wednesday. “The idea of the 1949 Dodge came from seeing some old trucks used as landscape markers with seasonal interest in them: flowers in the spring, mums in the fall, evergreen clippings in the winter,” said Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor. “We wanted to make a landmark that would show where the automotive restoration and collision repair labs are. All we have to do now is tell people to go to the building where the old Dodge truck is located!” A course of 2RC limestone simulates the old road that the vehicle supposedly was traveling as it approached a hill with a load of mountain stone. The engine died … the truck remained … and Mother Nature took possession, evidenced by the tree growing up through the bed. The truck  was purchased from Bill Lee Jr., of Jersey Shore; the aged lettering was done by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist; and the clear coat (to slow the weathering process) was applied by collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger.

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