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Penn College Apprenticeship Programs Get State Grant Support

Pennsylvania College of Technology continues to lead the region in addressing the skills gap through apprenticeship programs, and a $49,523 capacity-building grant awarded to the college by the state Department of Labor & Industry will help assist those efforts.

The funding, announced this week by Gov. Tom Wolf, will be used to support two Penn College registered apprenticeship programs: one each in mechatronics and computer numerical control. The high-demand programs will serve the needs of at least 40 apprentices from at least 14 companies.

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Here Today … Gone, Well, Later Today

The path of an early-morning shoveler contrasts with the heavy, wet snow that covered sidewalks and lawns ...

... and clung like cotton candy to trees outside the Bush Campus Center.

Green - the color of spring, interrupted - makes its persevering presence known through the rapidly melting snow.

Tire tracks on a parking lot form an interesting criss-cross pattern as the morning snowfall makes a solar-powered surrender.

Spared winter’s repeated parting shots as storm after storm barreled up the coast, Penn College was snagged by a post-Easter snowfall that prompted a two-hour delay on Monday morning. Student photographer Rachel A. Eirmann made good use of the reprieve, capturing nature’s beauty before it vanished as quickly as it came. Climatic curiosity also brought WNEP’s Kristina Papa to campus, where she included comments from Clayton A. Kochenderfer, an engineering design technology major from Lewistown, in an evening piece about the spring surprise.

Innovative Collaboration Allows More Convenient PLC Instruction

Sixteen people are enrolled in a 96-hour Programmable Logic Controller program offered through a partnership between Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education and Workforce Solutions.

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Practical Nursing Information Sessions to Be Held

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’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, based in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the former music room of the district’s administration building.

Julie Mansfield, coordinator of the program, will discuss admission requirements; application, tuition and financial aid processes; licensure; and job opportunities for graduates. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

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‘It’s On Us’ Grant to Bolster Campus Fight Against Sexual Assault

It's On Us

A $29,928 “It’s On Us” grant has been awarded to Pennsylvania College of Technology to prevent, address and respond effectively to sexual violence.

Penn College, one of 39 institutions to receive funding from Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, applied for a grant to establish programs ranging from campuswide training to institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of sexual-assault survivors.

“Penn College already has a very extensive and supportive system in place for students who experience sexual violence and/or sexual misconduct,” said Mallory L. Weymer, coordinator of student health and wellness education/suicide prevention specialist. “The ‘It’s on Us’ grant will allow us to expand our existing programs, and take them to the next level by educating all students, athletes and Greek Life in the role of community, accountability and prevention against sexual assault.”

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EMT Course Scheduled for Three Sites in Area

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 20, will be offered at three locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets 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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Limitless Opportunity Awaits at College’s March 24 Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center are hubs of activity at Penn College, where an Open House event is scheduled for Saturday, March 24.

Students looking for a meaningful next step in their education should plan a spring road trip to Pennsylvania College of Technology, where leading-edge technology complements a hands-on philosophy that has been a hallmark for more than a century.

The college will hold an Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24 – with an emphasis on “open” – where departments and services across its campuses provide a truly accessible first exposure to “degrees that work.”

Visiting campus is crucial when choosing where to enroll, and prospective students are encouraged to “see it all” during the 9-a.m.-to-3-p.m. event.

“Open House is an opportunity for students at every stage of the college exploration process to experience all that Penn College has to offer,” said Audriana L. Empet, associate director of admissions. “The entire campus community looks forward to welcoming our guests to campus on March 24.”

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College Prominently Featured in National Magazine

DiverseCoverPenn College’s selection among Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine’s “2018 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” is noted in the publication’s latest issue, which includes a cover photo of Jennifer McLean, associate dean of student affairs, and Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs, as well as an advertisement and several mentions of the institution’s commitment to workplace diversity: Diverse

Student Designs Winning Logo for CAC’s Silver Anniversary

Austin L. Fulton, a graphic design major from Montoursville, holds his first-place design on-stage at the CAC.

The Community Arts Center congratulates graphic design student Austin L. Fulton on his winning 25th Anniversary logo following a Fall 2017 corporate-pitch competition under the guidance of graphic design instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson.

The project included nine other graphic design students that were assigned the task of creating a logo to commemorate the upcoming anniversary season for the CAC.

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New Video Affirms Penn College’s Service to Veterans

Penn College is proud to support its 360-plus veterans, who represent about 6 percent of the institution’s student body. That commitment – detailed in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel – includes a resource center and personnel dedicated exclusively to the needs of veterans, active military and ROTC. Other benefits include priority scheduling and in-state tuition rates. Just by being veterans here at Penn College, we know we have a family here, a community here, that is going to take care of us as much as they can,” says Chet Beaver, coordinator of veterans affairs. “No matter where I call on campus, all the way to the president of the college, if I have an issue or if I have a question or have something I feel we need to do for veterans, they’re always very, very helpful, very understanding … and very supportive of everything I do.” The beautiful American flag that welcomes all to campus is an inspiring symbol of the college’s respect for those who have served their country.

President Presents to Senate Appropriations Committee

President Gilmour testifies before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee in this screen capture from Tuesday's live video feed on PCN.

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday in support of the college’s state appropriation request.

For the first time since its affiliation with Penn State in 1989, Penn College was afforded the opportunity to present directly to the Senate. Previously, the college’s budget request was included as part of the university’s testimony before the Appropriations Committee.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal calls for no increase in Penn College’s state appropriation, which at $22.1 million, represents 19.4 percent of the college’s operating budget. Gilmour told committee members the college is requesting an increase of $2 million, which she said would be targeted for additional facilities and equipment support for plastics, nursing and other academic programs.

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College Part of WBRE’s ‘National Engineers Week’ Coverage

Morgan Parrish acquires some engineering insight from Penn College's Eric K. Albert ...

... as well as a student perspective from Anthony M. Passaro.

While accustomed to being on screen, Parrish enjoys the new experience of a three-dimensional scan of her likeness.

Eyewitness News reporter Morgan Parrish visited Penn College’s rapid prototyping lab Wednesday for a story about National Engineers Week. She interviewed Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, and Anthony M Passaro, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Williamsport. Parrish received a 3-D scan of herself during the visit, courtesy of Albert. The piece aired during evening newscasts.
Photos by Tom Speicher, writer/video editor

Recycled Art Challenge Invites K-12 Student, Teacher/Parent Entries

Can you transform a discarded item into a work of art?

Artists who reuse materials reduce the world’s waste while inspiring creativity and innovation. A new art challenge invites K-12 students, teachers and parents to submit examples of their work that turns trash into treasure.

Deadline is March 16 for the Build and Grow Green Recycled Art Challenge, sponsored by the “Working Class” public television documentary series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media.

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‘Working Class’ Art Challenge Winners Announced

"Light the Way"

Producers of the “Working Class” public television documentary series, created by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, recently announced winners in the series’ first Student & Parent/Teacher Art Challenge.

The Dream & Do Art Challenge invited student artists, parents and teachers to use simple materials – paper, crayons, markers, pencils, pens and paint – to create works of art that depict the world as they imagine it. It was inspired by the series’ first film, “Working Class: Dream & Do,” which explores career opportunities for artists and designers.

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Bloodmobile Nets 77 Pints, Raises Money for THON

Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Nov. 15-16A total of 231 patients were potentially helped by a Valentine’s Day blood drive on campus, as members of the Penn College community contributed 77 pints during a one-day makeup collection for the American Red Cross. The Bloodmobile was quickly organized after winter weather cut short a Jan. 16-17 visit to Penn’s Inn, and, based on limited available staff, the day’s target was set at only 49 units. In spite of minimal resources – and the fact that about 40 people had to be turned away – the goal was topped. Pediatric cancer patients also were aided by the Feb. 14 drive, as the Red Cross donated $4 to the Four Diamonds Fund on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON for each unit of blood collected. “You guys always come through with us, and we had long waits again due to only having half the staff available with this last-minute reschedule,” Red Cross officials told College Health Services. “We need to make sure the April donors realize that the wait will not be like this, since it’ll be a two-day event again.” Online appointments are available for that visit, scheduled from noon-6 p.m. April 11-12.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University