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PPL Field Manager Emphasizes Workplace Safety in Classroom Talk

With instructor Andrew R. Wolfe watching from right, PPL's Chuck Wood (left) demonstrates personal protective equipment with the help of electrical technology major John J. Aleksiejczyk IV, of Hatboro.

Chuck Wood, field manager of distribution operations for PPL Electric Utilities, was a guest speaker at Andrew R. Wolfe’s Accident Prevention class Tuesday night. Wolfe, a part-time instructor of electrical technology/occupations, invited him to talk about the importance of safety in the workplace. Wood supervises and directs maintenance of all substations, low-tension networks and underground utilities in PPL’s Susquehanna and Central divisions (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton).
Photo by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

‘MAN-i-Cures’ – Where Charity, Service Go Hand-in-Hand

Charitable purveyors of Greek Life handiwork line the right side of the "MAN-i-Cures" table outside the Keystone Dining Room on Wednesday. Tending to patrons (from left) are Efrem K. Foster, of Williamsport; Kyeesha Douglas, of Philadelphia; Seth M. Young, of Jersey Shore; Andrew A. Smith, of Philadelphia; and Benjamin O. Bauman, of Moscow.

Douglas adds a beautifying touch for Emmanuel C. Nwosu, of Loganville, Ga., ...

... deftly applying multiple options from the available palette.

Color + concentration = brag-worthy results

Greek Life’s “MAN-i-Cures” fundraiser returned to campus this week, raising money for five charities. Representatives of Penn College’s three fraternities –  Omega Delta Sigma, Phi Mu Delta and Sigma Pi – painted nails in a specific color for each customer’s selected cause: purple for domestic violence awareness, pink for breast cancer awareness, teal for sexual assault awareness, blue for autism awareness and yellow for suicide prevention. The fourth annual event was held in two locations Wednesday before concluding Thursday night in the Bush Campus Center lobby.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Community Arts Center Hires Managing Director, General Manager

Sharon Mack

The Community Arts Center Board of Directors has announced the addition of two veteran arts administrators to the staff of the CAC.

Sharon Mack will join as the new managing director, working with previously named Operations Director Dave Whitnack in the organization’s dual executive office. Dana Beth Evans has been hired for a new general manager position, leading patron services efforts and overseeing other day-to-day functions at the theater. The arts consulting firm SiG Productions, which had been engaged to help guide the CAC’s transition over the past months, conducted both searches.

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Now Playing: ‘Herbie Goes to College’

"Herbie" gets a bath in the College Avenue Labs wash bay ...

... before being trailered for transport ...

... and maneuvered by students into his Madigan Library display space.

“Herbie, the Love Bug,” the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, will be on display in Penn College’s Madigan Library through the end of the semester. The car, used in “Disney on Ice” performances, is on loan from the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon, among the supportive partners in the college’s automotive restoration technology major. Herbie, complete with expressive eyelashes and a hood that opens to reveal teeth and a tongue, was installed in the library to encourage literacy.

Make Appointments for Sealant Saturday, March 25

A Penn College dental hygiene student provides a cleaning in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, ATHS W227.

Sealant Saturday is scheduled March 25 in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, on the second floor of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. During the event, volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental hygiene students will provide free dental care to children ages 7-15. Services include sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, screenings and education. Appointments are available to the public and the Penn College community by calling the clinic at 570-320-8007.

‘What Does It Take to Succeed?’

That’s the question raised by dental hygiene major Rachel A. Fabie in the third 30-second branding spot added to the Penn College’s YouTube channel. “It takes more than a dream. More than, ‘Someday, I will,'” the Stewartstown resident explains. “It means reaching for greatness and delivering something you didn’t know you had within you.” Cataloging some of the necessary attributes for success, Fabie issues an encouraging challenge to prospective Penn College students: “You’ve got what it takes,” she says. “Show us!” Along with the college’s first two campaign commercials – the first of which was just awarded industry honors – the spots air in a variety of media, including broadcast and cable outlets in Pennsylvania.

Health Care Sessions Scheduled in Williamsport, Wellsboro

Several health care-related courses are scheduled for the coming months at Pennsylvania College of Technology and its Wellsboro campus.

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Business/Leadership Classes Offered This Season at Penn College

Three business and leadership-related classes, taught through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, are scheduled for the coming months.

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‘Superhero’ Alliance Spotlights Dual-Enrollment Triumph

Paul R. Watson II

The success of Penn College NOW, the program that allows high school students to earn college credits through dual enrollment, is noted in a recent national blog post. “The Penn College NOW program has measured dramatic increases in student enrollment and matriculation rates,” writes Samantha Yi, business development associate for Signal Vine LLC. “Since 2013, the program enrollment has increased more than threefold, from 352 in 2013-14 to 1,234 students in 2015-16. In the 2015-16 school year, 32.57 percent of program participants matriculated to the college.” Signal Vine, a text-based communications platform to help schools keep their students aware of important college-access tasks, gathered the information at a conference on “Introducing the College in High School Alliance: Effective Strategies to Support College Affordability and Completion Through Dual Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment and Early College High Schools.” Paul R. Watson II, Penn College’s dean of academic services and college transitions, was among the panelists when the alliance was launched March 2 in Washington, D.C.

Penn College-Produced TV Commercial Earns Coveted ‘CUPPIE’

A TV commercial produced by Public Relations & Marketing at Pennsylvania College of Technology was honored in the 2017 CUPPIE Awards sponsored by CUPRAP (College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals).

The 30-second spot, which aired as part of the college’s statewide branding campaign, earned a Silver CUPPIE in the “Advertising In-House TV” category. The award was presented March 9 at CUPRAP’s Annual Spring Conference in Hershey.

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Hypertherm Entrusts Equipment to Penn College Welding Program

Hypertherm is entrusting equipment to Penn College for instructional use in its welding program. From left are Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Brent Malik, regional sales manager for Hypertherm; Max Williams, district sales manager for Hypertherm; and Dave Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies at Penn College.

Hypertherm, a Hanover, New Hampshire-based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems used in industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing and automotive repair, is entrusting equipment to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in its welding program.

Penn College and Hypertherm have entered into a two-year agreement for two Hypertherm Powermax105® plasma system units and three Hypertherm Powermax65® plasma system units. The company, which was founded in 1968 and has 1,300 associates worldwide, previously provided educational software to the college in 2015.

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Variety of Microsoft Classes to Be Offered This Spring

Instruction in two Microsoft Office programs – OneNote and Excel – is among the many enrichment classes available through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Noncredit Business Classes Scheduled at Penn College

Five business-related classes, equally suitable for individual or group instruction, are offered this season at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Each of the three-hour noncredit courses, which are taught through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at the college, will be held in Room 312 of the college’s Klump Academic Center.

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As Employees Dress Down, ‘Patriot’ Donations Go Up, Up, Up

The Penn College Wildcat, joined by financial aid personnel on Monday, prepares to canvass campus offices for spare-change scholarship donations. Accompanying the mascot, from left, are Michael D. Seitzer, a Veterans Affairs work-study student; Chet Beaver, financial aid specialist, veterans services; Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for enrollment management; Kara L. Daneker, financial aid specialist, needs analysis; Kimberly A. Venti, financial aid specialist, support services; Gale I. Grove, financial aid assistant; Jessica S. Hunter, assistant director of financial aid; and Jen M. Baker, financial aid specialist, federal programs.

Clad in the official dress-down T-shirt and carrying a star-spangled collection can, Seitzer – a Williamsport resident enrolled in business administration: management concentration – prepares to venture out with the Wildcat and their team in search of contributions.

Penn College’s Patriot Scholarship, established to assist veteran students and their children, is 60 percent of the way to its objective – and well ahead of schedule. While more concrete figures will be available after Spring Break, the unofficial total for collections over the past 13 months stands at about $15,000. That represents substantial progress toward the $25,000 target for full endowment, a goal that organizers gave themselves three years to meet, and reflects the very giving spirit of the campus community. The Financial Aid Office staff, furthering the success it experienced with the Mary Beth Saar Memorial Scholarship, has collected about $1,300 in office solicitations this February and last, and about $5,000 by selling T-shirts to wear for “Red, White and Blue Jean Mondays.”
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Penn College Adds Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

Penn College physical therapist assistant student Kathleen L. Carey, of Montoursville, assesses the deep tendon reflexes of classmate Angela M. Cipolla, of Williamsport, during a practice exercise.

Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed the first class of students into its new Physical Therapist Assistant Program this spring, following a semester of prerequisite coursework.

The two-year degree program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree; students wishing to continue their studies to the bachelor’s level may continue in the applied health studies major.

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