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Penn College Archery Season Begins

As the archery season got underway, the Pennsylvania College of Technology wrestling team split in its two matches last week while its basketball teams fell in all four games.

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Chevron Continues Support for Penn College

Chevron adds to investment in Penn College.

With a new gift of more than $150,000, Chevron Appalachia funding for Pennsylvania College of Technology scholarships and outreach in energy and manufacturing has surpassed $550,000.

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education office, Penn College recently was awarded funding of $150,302 from Chevron; the college has now received a total of $550,987 from Chevron’s Appalachia Partnership Initiative.

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First National Bank Gift Supports SMART Girls, Penn College NOW

First National Bank recently provided a gift supporting two Penn College educational programs that serve high school students. From left are Don Breon, assistant vice president/treasury management; Daniel Hooper, vice president/ market manager; and Craig Muthler, senior vice president/commercial banking. From the college are Kyle Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, and Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions.

Two educational programs that serve high school students will benefit from a recent gift from First National Bank to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

First National Bank representatives recently delivered a $10,000 gift that will help support the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs. The contribution was made through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

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Penn College Course to Help Prepare Students for SATs

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English-composition at Penn College – shown during a 2017 session – will again be among the instructors for a series of SAT Preparation classes beginning in March.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a course to help high school students better prepare for the standardized test used as an admissions tool by many institutions of higher learning.

The course will guide students toward success on the SAT through live instruction, self-paced learning and individual interaction with a professional instructor. The focus will be on math, English and reading, with an optional writing session available for those who wish to review and practice their college-ready skills with a Penn College faculty member.

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Campus Kids Take to the Hills

Friends whiz through winter.

A big, blustery “Thank you” to the youngsters at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center for reminding us that there’s more to the season than sliding, shoveling, heating bills, scraping, slipping, plowing and white-knuckled driving. The Bear Bunch enjoyed sledding and playing in the snow Tuesday on the slopes behind the Bush Campus Center, readily displaying the fun to be had during a Pennsylvania winter.

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Dream & Do Art Challenge Seeks Submissions by Feb. 2

WVIA Public Media and Pennsylvania College of Technology invite students, teachers and parents to share their unique world vision with others through public media in the Dream & Do Art Challenge.

Artists who wish to enter should use simple materials – paper, crayons, markers, pencils, pens and paint – to create an original image that depicts the world as they imagine it could be.

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New Year Begins at ‘College of Tomorrow-Makers’

Taking “a trip down memory lane” through 20 years of change since her first all-college speech as then-interim president, Davie Jane Gilmour officially ushered in the Spring 2018 semester with a Friday all-college message for faculty and staff: “Do not doubt for a moment that we are a force with which to be reckoned.” Detailing two decades’ worth of growth – in such far-reaching areas as enrollment and retention, facilities, credibility for intercollegiate athletics, and workforce development – she reminded faculty and staff of their vital role in shaping the future. “I am confident history will write that we made a difference,” the president told her morning audience. “That our students were innovative, tenacious and hardworking and made their mark in their careers and in life.”

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No-Cost PLC Training Available at Multiple Regional Locations

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a 96-hour Programmable Logic Controller training at no cost to participants at multiple sites in northcentral Pennsylvania.

This program is made available with funding from Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania, the Workforce Development Board serving Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties. Workforce Solutions, through a customer-centered approach, collaborates with partners to design innovative workforce strategies.

The program starts Jan. 29 and ends April 4, and is scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Board Approves UPMC Gift Supporting Nursing Expansion at Wellsboro

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved accepting a gift of a property that will enable the college to expand its Practical Nursing Program in Wellsboro.

The board also authorized parameters for the college’s 2018-19 state budget request; accepted the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30; approved the college’s Vision, Mission and Values Statement; signed off on an appointment to the Corporate Advisory Board, and endorsed updates to the college policy for a contingency reserve fund.

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UPMC Gift to Support Penn College Nursing Expansion in Wellsboro

The gift of a UPMC Susquehanna-owned property to Pennsylvania College of Technology will enable the college to address workforce and educational needs in the Northern Tier by expanding the nursing program it offers in Wellsboro.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Thursday approved transfer of the 8,400-square-foot facility at 22 Walnut St., Wellsboro, for $1. The agreement is contingent upon the college using the building to expand its Practical Nursing Program in Wellsboro.

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Career Services Presents Financial Literacy Challenge Award

Students in Sharon K. Waters’ FYE 101, Section 65, receive the Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge Award – and a pizza party courtesy of Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming.

Students in FYE 101, Section 32, receive second prize in Career Services’ Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge. The class was taught by Carolyn R. Strickland (in red), vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.

Students in FYE 101, Section 5, taught by Brooke E. Nenadal, adjunct instructor of First Year Experience, were awarded third prize the Financial Literacy Challenge.

Career Services’ Dana R. Suter recently presented the Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge Award to the “most engaged” First Year Experience class, based on students’ reactions during presentations by Suter. The top prize went to students in FYE 101 Section 65, taught by Sharon K. Waters. Second and third place, respectively, went to students in Section 32, taught by Carolyn R. Strickland, and Section 5, taught by Brooke E. Nenadal, with honorable mention to Monica B. Freeman’s Section 34, and Jennifer McLean’s Section 9.

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Industry-Centered Classes Scheduled by WDCE for Early 2018

Four classes have been announced for the Spring 2018 semester by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Office.

The classes begin in February and will be offered on the college’s main campus.

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Equipment Donation Benefits Penn College Manufacturing Students

Rudy Gebhard (right), senior sales representative for Southwestern Industries Inc., and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining at Penn College, with a TRAK KMX milling machine donated by Southwestern Industries

Manufacturing students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are the beneficiaries of a recent equipment donation from the owners of a company with strong ties to the institution.

Richard and Marion Leonhard, part owners of Southwestern Industries, donated two computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. Hundreds of students in the college’s four manufacturing majors will gain experience on the equipment each academic year.

“Our students will learn to set up, program and operate these machines that are very popular in the low-volume CNC production environment,” said Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining. “The machines provide another valuable tool for us to enhance students’ hands-on education.”

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Penn College to Sponsor Apprenticeship Programs

Penn College is presented with a Certificate of Registration for new apprentice training programs in mechatronics and CNC. From left are Eric Ramsay, director, Apprenticeship and Training Office, state Department of Labor & Industry; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development, Labor & Industry; Shannon Munro (holding National Apprenticeship Week proclamation), vice president for workforce development at Penn College; Christopher Ray (holding certificate), the college's executive director of business development; John Paul, business engagement coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.; Sara Gligora, Ramsay's executive assistant; and James Chiarchiaro, Keystone Development Partnership.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing the manufacturing skills gap by sponsoring apprenticeship training programs for regional companies.

The Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Office recently approved the college’s programs focusing on mechatronics and computer numerical control occupations. As sponsor, the college will oversee all elements, including related classroom training and collection of records from the companies offering on-the-job training.

“Through sponsorship, Penn College is able to bring companies together in a way that reduces cost and minimizes administrative burden,” said Christopher P. Ray, executive director of business development for workforce development and continuing education. “The benefits to manufacturers are considerable when you add industry-recognized credentials and delivery methods tailored to company schedules.”

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Penn College Basketball Teams Ranked 13th

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams opened their seasons last week going a combined 1-5, all in non-conference games, and in a preseason poll of North Eastern Athletic Conference coaches both teams were ranked 13th. Conference play begins Nov. 29.

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