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College Relations to introduce new Center for Career Design

On Feb. 1, College Relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology will launch its Center for Career Design – a physical space and operation on campus to bring students, alumni and industry partners together for all things career-related.

The launch of the center will take place mere months after the announcement of the newly designated office of College Relations, established July 1, 2020, and comprising the Penn College Foundation, Alumni Relations, Career Services, Corporate Relations and Donor Relations.

The center will bolster collaboration among students, alumni and employers to ensure students’ career readiness, while enhancing alumni connections and fulfilling unmet workforce needs for the college’s corporate partners.

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January 19, 2021
College Relations College Transitions General Information

First National Bank donation supports dual enrollment

First National Bank, the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corporation, is donating $8,000 to Pennsylvania College of Technology to assist with Penn College NOW, a dual enrollment program.

The FNB donation is being made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program administered by the state Department of Community & Economic Development. The Penn College Foundation is approved as an Educational Improvement Organization under EITC.

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January 11, 2021
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Gilmour reelected vice chair of MSCHE, executive committee

President Davie Jane Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has been reelected as vice chair for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education – a nonprofit association performing peer evaluation and accreditation of public and private universities and colleges – and its Executive Committee.

Middle States serves higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.

Seven members (including officers) comprise the Executive Committee, which is elected annually by the Commission. The Executive Committee has authority to act on behalf of the Commission as necessary between meetings to continue operations of the corporation, as well as to take action on accreditation and institutional membership. It includes administrative, faculty and public representatives.

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January 5, 2021
Faculty & Staff General Information

David M. Heiney, college’s interim president in early ’80s, dies

Heiney (left) reunites with Russell C. Mauch, dean for community and continuing education from 1978-84, and his wife, Beverly, during the college's 2014 centennial celebration.
Heiney (left) reunites with Russell C. Mauch, dean for community and continuing education from 1978-84, and his wife, Beverly, during the college’s 2014 centennial celebration.

David M. Heiney, 80, of Hughesville, interim president of Williamsport Area Community College from 1980-81, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. A full obituary, detailing his professional accomplishments and community involvement, is available on the website of the McCarty-Thomas Funeral Home in Hughesville.

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December 23, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Capturing the calm before the storm

Happy Holidays from Penn College!

In the days and nights before more than 2 feet of snow prevented many employees (yes, even photographers!) from setting foot on campus, a few signs of the season were captured by Penn College’s talented eyes on the ground. To cap a 2020 full of hindrance and hardship – and, thanks to campuswide cooperation, one of ultimate perseverance – PCToday presents a few reminders that even the worst years end in hopefulness for better times.

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President hosts MSCHE podcast on diversity, equity, inclusion

President Davie Jane Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour, who also serves as vice chair of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and its Executive Committee, recently hosted the inaugural episode of MSCHE’s “Pillars of Change” podcast series.

In the podcast, Gilmour interviews Katherine S. Conway-Turner, president of SUNY Buffalo State, who also serves as an MSCHE Executive Committee member.

The 30-minute session, which is accessible to the general public, focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion as they relate to the conversation at individual colleges and universities, the role college presidents play on campus and in their communities, the most significant challenges and opportunities, lessons learned from the events transpiring in 2020, and the overall impact on students.

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December 16, 2020
College Relations Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course creates educational, recreational opportunities

Concept drawings tentatively demonstrate what portions of the Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course at Penn College may look like upon completion.

The Fish Real Estate Leadership Challenge Course, currently under development at Pennsylvania College of Technology, will provide the campus community and beyond with stimulating outdoor activities to foster leadership and team-building skills.

Funded by a generous gift from Brent and Daria Fish – longtime supporters of the Penn College Foundation and its annual fundraising activities like the Golf Classic and Dinner and Auction – the challenge course will eventually connect the college campus to the Greater Williamsport area via the Susquehanna Greenway extension project.

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December 15, 2020
General Information

Children’s Learning Center receives CARES Act grants

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Dunham Children’s Learning Center, which provides early childhood education and care to the children of Penn College students and employees, received three Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grants totaling $69,200 from the U.S. Department of Education through STEP Inc.

The funding is being used to supplement staff salaries that were paid to the center’s employees during the pandemic shutdown period. It has also been used to buy personal protective equipment and products, such as materials to make face shields, cloth masks, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, soap, bleach and laundry detergent.

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December 10, 2020
Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic General Information Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Penn College paramedic program to offer hybrid learning option

Beginning in January, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic education program will offer a hybrid instruction option that combines in-person and online learning. The well-appointed labs used for hands-on learning include a crash car that can rotate to simulate accident scenes.

In January, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program will launch a hybrid instruction option that combines in-person and online learning.

Designed to provide flexibility for EMTs who want to complete a paramedic education program while continuing to work, the lecture portion of the paramedic coursework will be both livestreamed and recorded for later viewing by those who use the hybrid instruction model. For students who prefer the traditional experience, lectures will continue to be held in-person.

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Rep. Wheeland appointed to Penn College Board of Directors

Rep. Jeff Wheeland

Rep. Jeff Wheeland, who represents the 83rd District in the state House of Representatives, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors by House Speaker Bryan Cutler.

Wheeland succeeds Rep. Garth Everett, who is retiring from his seat representing the 84th District in the state House. Everett served on the Penn College Board since 2011. Wheeland’s appointment is effective immediately and runs through the 2021-22 legislative session.

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November 25, 2020
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Essential Investments – Impact Report 2019-20

Read the 2019-20 Impact Report www.pct.edu/impactreport
Read the 2019-20 Impact Report www.pct.edu/impactreport

“As the 2019-20 academic year wound to a close – about the same time that the COVID-19 pandemic began to spiral all around us – the term ‘essential’ took on new meaning for many,” writes President Davie Jane Gilmour in the college’s 2019-20 Impact Report. Still, she notes, the original meaning on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus was not lost: Penn College continues to provide job-ready tomorrow makers in essential professions. Read more of Gilmour’s message and about some of the many ways Penn College, its employees, students, alumni and other supporters are providing the best possible education and delivering future leaders in the 2019-20 Impact Report.

November 24, 2020
Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies General Information STEM Students Workforce Development

Automation degrees power new Penn College electronics lab

The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees is powering a new electronics laboratory at Penn College. The lab is equipped with 16 student-installed Programmable Logic Controller stations (featuring both Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs), four Kuka industrial robots and a conveyer system. “We recruited the whole class that came in now, these freshmen, without having that lab,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “So having that lab now is just going to add another layer of excitement. They can see all the learning stations. They can see the robots. They can see the conveyer system.” The lab is for the “tomorrow makers” seeking an automation degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

November 24, 2020