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Valedictory Q&A Touches Base With Outgoing LL Chairman

"6 Innings With Davie Jane Gilmour"6 Innings With Davie Jane Gilmour,” marking the Penn College president’s final year as chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors, shares myth-busting insight and eye-opening introspection – including her favorite experience and funniest moment – from a five-year term that ends in November. Among her observations is that participation in sports takes scholar-athletes well beyond the playing fields to boundless success in their chosen fields. “Why? Because they learn how to manage their time, they learn how to communicate and function as a team,” Gilmour says. “When they leave Penn College or any other educational institution, they’re going to be the people employers are looking for because they can do more than a task. They can be a bigger contributor to the whole.”

Department of Commerce Invests in College’s Welding Expansion

A $2 million federal grant from the Economic Development Administration will help Penn College expand its welding facilities and increase the number of students enrolled in welding majors at the college.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology’s vital contribution to the skilled workforce with a $2 million grant earmarked for expanding the college’s Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center.

The Economic Development Administration grant, combined with a $3 million match from the college, will approximately double the size of welding instructional space to more than 40,000 square feet and support an additional 60 students annually. There are currently about 350 welding students at Penn College.

“We are honored to be awarded this grant that will facilitate expansion of one of our most popular programs,” said Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost. “For generations, our welding department has produced graduates essential to the manufacturing workforce. Today, the need for skilled technical workers is acute. The grant ensures that more students will be given the opportunity to earn rewarding careers and fill that void. I’m thankful for the staff and faculty who worked very hard to make the possibility of expansion a reality.”

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Semester Start-Up Fodder for Newswatch 16 Broadcast

WNEP visits campus

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa visited campus Monday for a feature on the first day of classes at Penn College. In addition to spending time on the pedestrian mall, she talked with Caleb E. Cartmell, an automotive management technology major and president of the Student Government Association; Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science and chair-elect of College Council; and Keanu N. Koch-Pfirman, a pre-physician assistant student from South Williamsport. Papa’s report aired during that evening’s newscasts.

Busy Summer Sets Stage for Penn College Fall Sports Seasons

Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports athletes begin workouts this week in preparation for their openers, and administrators have been busy behind the scenes throughout the summer laying the groundwork for what they hope will be successful seasons – with an added incentive for most teams.

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Penn College Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

2017 Hall of Fame class announced

Penn College’s Athletics Department has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame class: Zachary M. Plannick, Steven D. Bull, William J. DeAngelo and LeRoy Joiner.

The inductees will enter the Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the Thompson Professional Development Center.

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Innovative Thinking, Inclusive Action Vital to Institutional Success

On the cusp of Welcome Weekend and the start of Fall 2017 classes, Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour kicked off the fledgling semester Thursday with an all-college message to faculty and staff. While recapping a busy summer of change and challenge, outreach and optimism, she also championed new and renewed opportunities to transform students’ lives. Alluding to the college’s pledge of a welcoming educational environment, she reminded her audience that those opportunities apply to every student. “We should ensure that all members of our community, no matter their skin color, sexual orientation, gender or disability, can say they are Penn College Proud,” the president said.

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Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held 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’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the former music room of the school district’s administration building.

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Workforce Development Sets Industry-Focused Classes

Three skills- and safety-oriented industrial classes have been announced for the Fall 2017 semester by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Office.

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Fall 2017 Penn College Magazine Hits Campus

Penn College Magazine, Fall 2017

Read the Fall 2017 edition of Penn College Magazine. The issue features interviews with Penn College faculty members and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell in a story that addresses why math matters; the irrepressible spirit of student-athlete Hanna Williams, who rebounded from tragedy to make the most of her college experience; the creative efforts of faculty member Joseph E. LeBlanc to make physics meaningful; and much more.

Microsoft Office Courses Scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering several easy-to-grasp computer courses.

The Microsoft Office courses are taught by qualified instructors at a comfortable pace for all levels of adult learners. The small, noncredit classes are held in a relaxed computer-classroom environment, allowing participants to learn, experiment and ask questions. Courses are hands-on, with each participant working at a computer station. The cost for each is $195.

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QuickBooks Accounting Software Classes Offered at Penn College

Learn to run your business better with QuickBooks accounting software classes, two levels of which will be offered this fall at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Board Approves Corporate Advisory Board Appointment

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved an appointment to the college’s Corporate Advisory Board.

Appointed to the board was Maurice Bower, president of TurnKey Construction Inc. and an architectural technology alumnus of Penn College predecessor Williamsport Area Community College.

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Master Your Creative Potential Through Penn College Classes

Two digital imaging courses will be offered this fall by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Instructor Wayne Palmer has been involved with some facet of photography for more than 40 years. The owner of Palmer Multimedia Imaging, he will share his mastery of digital photography and Adobe Photoshop with WDCE students starting in September.

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Foundation Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Penn College

Debra M. Miller, college relations advisor at Penn College, accepts a Herman O. West Foundation grant from Dave Lanzer, director of operations at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. The grant will be used to establish an endowed scholarship at the college.

The foundation for a global manufacturer is recognizing Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the skilled workforce with an endowed scholarship at the school.

The Herman O. West Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Penn College to establish the scholarship. Named in honor of the founder of West Pharmaceuticals Services Inc., the foundation has supported employees through scholarships and matching gift programs since 1972.

West Pharmaceutical Services is a leading manufacturer of packaging components and delivery systems for injectable drugs and health care products. The company has manufacturing plants throughout the world, including Williamsport and Jersey Shore.

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High Schoolers Earn Free College Credit With Penn College NOW

High school students in Pennsylvania can earn free college credits by participating in the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program, detailed in a new video on the college’s YouTube Channel. Partner schools provide a wide range of Penn College courses for students to jump-start their collegiate experience. The nationally accredited program features Penn College courses taught by approved teachers in a student’s home school or career and technology center. “I wish I was able to go into every single high school and just grab a hold of those kids and say, ‘Listen, you need to take these classes. They’re essentially free college credits,” says Sapphire E. Naugle, a plastics and polymer engineering technology student from Jersey Shore. “Once I did one class, I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t know why I waited so long to take these.’ And, throughout my junior and senior year, I took almost all Penn College classes.”