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Public input sought during local meeting on state redistricting

The new Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission has invited the Penn College community to a public meeting – set for Thursday, April 4, in downtown Williamsport – to talk about making the commonwealth’s redistricting process fairer and nonpartisan. The session will be from 4-7 p.m. at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, 201 W. Fourth St. Gov. Tom Wolf created the 15-member bipartisan commission by executive order in November and appointed David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the nonprofit Committee of Seventy, as its chairman. The commission will study best practices in other states and submit a report to the governor and state Legislature later this year with recommendations for a nonpartisan redistricting process that safeguards election integrity and fairness. The Williamsport session is one of nine to be held over the coming months; the commission also encourages Pennsylvanians to submit their comments online.

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Penn College profiled on ‘PMA Perspective’ on PCN

Penn College students featured on "PMA Perspective" are Alexa M. Korinchak, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hellertown, working on the heavy-gauge thermoformer ...
Penn College students featured on “PMA Perspective” are Alexa M. Korinchak, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hellertown, working on the heavy-gauge thermoformer …
... and Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia, a manufacturing engineering technology demonstrating the Genos M560 vertical machining center.
… and Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia, a manufacturing engineering technology demonstrating the Genos M560 vertical machining center.

The second of two episodes of “PMA Perspective” featuring Penn College aired Sunday morning on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

David N. Taylor, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and the “PMA Perspective” crew toured and filmed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs, led by Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; in automated manufacturing/machining, guided by Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; and in rapid prototyping (3D printing), led by Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.

Last week’s first episode featured an interview with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and a tour of the mechatronics lab. For that segment, Taylor interviewed Howard W. Troup, instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology, and Christopher P. Ray, executive director, business development.

Both installments can be viewed on the “PMA Perspective” website.

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Welcome, spring!

Often heard before they are seen, a blue jay makes its presence known on campus.
Often heard before they are seen, a blue jay makes its presence known on campus.
Buds bursting with promise
Buds bursting with promise
Bob-bob-bobbin' along
Bob-bob-bobbin’ along
A welcome flash of green
A welcome flash of green
Redbird + blue sky = a cardinal combination
Redbird + blue sky = a cardinal combination

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens,
“Great Expectations”

No one quite knows what to expect during March in Pennsylvania, but Wednesday’s vernal equinox brought optimistic signs that the season between that fictional “winter” and “summer” has, in fact, arrived.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

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Match your interests to your future at Spring Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will be hubs of activity during Penn College’s Spring 2019 Open House, an April 6 event highlighting the college’s unique educational mission and hands-on approach to learning.

College-minded students, overwhelmed by piles of possibilities as they consider which career path to follow, can sort through the clutter of options during a revealing visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, members of the Penn College community will welcome potential students and their families, sharing their unique experiences from an institution that has helped tomorrow makers find their niche for more than a century.

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College’s PR, marketing efforts capture Gold, Bronze ‘CUPPIEs’

An institutional viewbook, produced in collaboration with branding firm 160 over 90, earned Pennsylvania College of Technology a Gold CUPPIE in the 2019 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education. The college captured three Gold CUPPIES and one Bronze CUPPIE in the annual competition sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology earned four honors in the 2019 CUPPIE Awards for Creative Excellence in Marketing and Communications in Education.

Penn College captured three Gold CUPPIE Awards and a single Bronze CUPPIE in the annual competition sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals). A total of 34 schools and/or organizations received awards this year from more than 400 entries submitted. The awards were presented March 14 in Lancaster.

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Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

Young women enrolled in SMART Girls, among the wide-ranging roster of pre-college programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assemble a robot during last summer’s camp.

Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students.

“Our Pre-College Programs offer living and learning experiences in which students have opportunities to explore unique academic interests in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “It’s a chance to work and make connections with industry leaders, meet and mingle with your peers, and establish a path that could lead to all sorts of future possibilities.”

The signup deadline is May 31 for the institution’s 12 residential programs and its one day camp.

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GOP policy committee takes eye-opening campus tour

Enjoying their exchange in the thermoforming lab with Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, are (from left) Pickett, Hahn, Diamond, Sankey, Wheeland and Oberlander.
Enjoying their exchange in the thermoforming lab with Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, are (from left) Pickett, Hahn, Diamond, Sankey, Wheeland and Oberlander.
In the welding lab, Pickett and Everett appreciate insights shared by David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
In the welding lab, Pickett and Everett appreciate insights shared by David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.
President Davie Jane Gilmour (center) leads a brisk walk across campus, as "Spring Break" begins in name only.
President Davie Jane Gilmour (center) leads a brisk walk across campus, as “Spring Break” begins in name only.
Sandra L. Richmond (center), dean of nursing and health sciences, invites guests to identify the faculty member photographed in the college's first dental hygiene lab. (The answer? President Gilmour!)
Sandra L. Richmond (center), dean of nursing and health sciences, invites guests to identify the faculty member photographed in the college’s first dental hygiene lab. (The answer? President Gilmour!)
During lunch in the Thompson Professional Development Center, the group hears apprenticeship information from Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development.
During lunch in the Thompson Professional Development Center, the group hears apprenticeship information from Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development.

Members of the state House Majority Policy Committee were among the Friday visitors to main campus, delighting in an illuminating tour of select instructional labs and learning about Penn College’s role – both academically and through apprenticeships – in enhancing the commonwealth’s skilled labor pool. College administrators, joined by local Reps. Garth D. Everett and Jeff C. Wheeland, welcomed a contingent of Republican lawmakers who research and generate policy proposals aimed at improving the quality of life in The Keystone State: Chair Donna Oberlander, of Clarion; Russell H. Diamond, of Lebanon; Marcia M. Hahn, Wind Gap; Tina Pickett, of Towanda; and Tommy Sankey, of Clearfield. The group, joined by legislative staff and local media, toured instructional areas for nursing, dental hygiene, plastics and welding; learned about efforts toward workforce development; and traveled to Lycoming Engines, a mainstay of the local economy for whom the college’s Metal Trades Center is named.

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Area lawmaker gets closer look at backyard jewel

The legislator is welcomed by Patrick Marty (back to camera), chief of staff/assistant to the president for college relations. On the Earth Science Center tour are (from left) Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic operations/associate provost; Johns (hidden from view); Owlett; state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; and Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.
The legislator is welcomed by Patrick Marty (back to camera), chief of staff/assistant to the president for college relations. On the Earth Science Center tour are (from left) Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic operations/associate provost; Johns (hidden from view); Owlett; state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; and Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.
The representatives talk with tomorrow's well-tooled workforce ...
The representatives talk with tomorrow’s well-tooled workforce …
... and converse in a lab, surrounded by big-wheeled examples of corporate philanthropy.
… and converse in a lab, surrounded by big-wheeled examples of corporate philanthropy.
Owlett – returning to a campus he toured as an 11th-grader – learns about the ESC's lumber kiln outside one of higher education's few functioning sawmills in Pennsylvania. Providing details is Erich R. Doebler, a member of Penn College's forestry faculty.
Owlett – returning to a campus he toured as an 11th-grader – learns about the ESC’s lumber kiln outside one of higher education’s few functioning sawmills in Pennsylvania. Providing details is Erich R. Doebler, a member of Penn College’s forestry faculty.

State Rep. Clinton D. Owlett, who represents the 68th legislative district (all of Tioga County and parts of Bradford and Potter counties), visited Penn College on Thursday. Accompanied by aide Kim Johns, Owlett began at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, hearing themes that would echo throughout his day: the college’s status as a “true commonwealth asset,” the primacy of business and industry partnerships, students’ enhanced marketability from the incorporation of core subjects in their chosen majors, and the life-altering and career-building potential of “degrees that work.” After touring diesel, power generation and forestry laboratories, Owlett traveled to main campus for lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and stops at nursing, collision repair/automotive restoration, and culinary arts and hospitality. An assemblyman since May 2018, the Wellsboro Republican serves on the Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Appropriations, Commerce, Game & Fisheries, and Health committees.

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Penn College Student Affairs again honored nationally

For the third time, Student Affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been nationally recognized for its focus on a diverse and inclusive employment environment.

Penn College’s selection as one of 20 institutions named the 2019 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs was announced by the American College Personnel Association and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Penn College was also among the honorees in 2015 and 2018.

“We are honored to be recognized for a third time as a Most Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs,” said Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs. “The support we receive at Penn College, as we work for the benefit of our students, is incredible. It allows us to build a dynamic team that works tirelessly for the success of our students. We are so thankful for this national recognition of the work we do at Penn College.”

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PPL grant to support Penn College Plastics Mobile Lab

Guided by Brennan B. Wodrig, program manager for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, fifth-graders visiting a recent Science Festival at the college examine a part produced by a tabletop rotational molder, which was funded by a PPL Foundation grant.

A $9,500 sustaining grant from PPL Foundation will allow Pennsylvania College of Technology to purchase instructional equipment for a Penn College Plastics Mobile Lab, a resource for educating groups about career opportunities and the ongoing demand for qualified workers in the plastics industry.

The PPL grant will fund the college’s purchase of tabletop rotational molder and thermoforming units for the mobile lab. The lab will offer a hands-on experience in various plastics operations for the participants, who will include students and educators attending events at area schools.

The Penn College Plastics Mobile Lab may also work in conjunction with SPE’s PlastiVan program, which travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about plastics chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and applications.

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Penn College president presents budget request to state Senate

Budget hearingPennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour presented to the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday afternoon in support of the college’s 2019-20 state budget appropriation request.

This is the second year that Penn College was afforded the opportunity to present to the committee separately. Previously, the college’s appropriation request was communicated by The Pennsylvania State University when it presented as part of the hearing for state-related universities.

Tuesday’s hearing was broadcast live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network; video of the president’s testimony and follow-up questioning is available on the PCN website through the “Pennsylvania Budget 2019-2020” page.

Also presenting to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday were the state-related universities (Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln), and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

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Penn College contributes over $306 million to PA economy

More than 3,266 Pennsylvania jobs can be attributed to Penn College, study finds

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Pennsylvania College of Technology contributed $306.6 million to the Pennsylvania economy in Fiscal Year 2017 and supported, directly and indirectly, 3,266 Pennsylvania jobs. This according to a new study released Feb. 26 by Penn State, focused on measuring the University’s impact in communities across the Commonwealth.

Overall, the study found that Penn State is an economic powerhouse, contributing more than $11.6 billion to the state’s economy. More than 102,000 Pennsylvania jobs can be attributed to Penn State on the whole, the study found, and for every $1 in state appropriations received by Penn State, the University returns $1.24 in tax payments to the Commonwealth.

“Pennsylvania College of Technology plays an integral role in the economic growth and development of Greater Williamsport, Lycoming County and the entire northcentral Pennsylvania region,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our extensive partnerships with business and industry are central to our educational mission. Companies provide us with insight and instructional support; we produce the job-ready graduates with the skills to help them thrive. Our students and their families know that an investment in a Penn College education is a passport to lifelong employability and success in the modern workforce.”

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LPN information session set for March 28 in Wellsboro

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal care facilities and human service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro’s practical nursing program will host an information session at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held in the nursing lab at the college’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.

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