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Penn College Student Affairs again honored nationally

For the third time, Student Affairs at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been nationally recognized for its focus on a diverse and inclusive employment environment.

Penn College’s selection as one of 20 institutions named the 2019 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs was announced by the American College Personnel Association and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Penn College was also among the honorees in 2015 and 2018.

“We are honored to be recognized for a third time as a Most Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs,” said Elliott Strickland, vice president for student affairs. “The support we receive at Penn College, as we work for the benefit of our students, is incredible. It allows us to build a dynamic team that works tirelessly for the success of our students. We are so thankful for this national recognition of the work we do at Penn College.”

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PPL grant to support Penn College Plastics Mobile Lab

Guided by Brennan B. Wodrig, program manager for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, fifth-graders visiting a recent Science Festival at the college examine a part produced by a tabletop rotational molder, which was funded by a PPL Foundation grant.

A $9,500 sustaining grant from PPL Foundation will allow Pennsylvania College of Technology to purchase instructional equipment for a Penn College Plastics Mobile Lab, a resource for educating groups about career opportunities and the ongoing demand for qualified workers in the plastics industry.

The PPL grant will fund the college’s purchase of tabletop rotational molder and thermoforming units for the mobile lab. The lab will offer a hands-on experience in various plastics operations for the participants, who will include students and educators attending events at area schools.

The Penn College Plastics Mobile Lab may also work in conjunction with SPE’s PlastiVan program, which travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about plastics chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and applications.

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Penn College president presents budget request to state Senate

Budget hearingPennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour presented to the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday afternoon in support of the college’s 2019-20 state budget appropriation request.

This is the second year that Penn College was afforded the opportunity to present to the committee separately. Previously, the college’s appropriation request was communicated by The Pennsylvania State University when it presented as part of the hearing for state-related universities.

Tuesday’s hearing was broadcast live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network; video of the president’s testimony and follow-up questioning is available on the PCN website through the “Pennsylvania Budget 2019-2020” page.

Also presenting to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday were the state-related universities (Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln), and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

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Penn College contributes over $306 million to PA economy

More than 3,266 Pennsylvania jobs can be attributed to Penn College, study finds

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Pennsylvania College of Technology contributed $306.6 million to the Pennsylvania economy in Fiscal Year 2017 and supported, directly and indirectly, 3,266 Pennsylvania jobs. This according to a new study released Feb. 26 by Penn State, focused on measuring the University’s impact in communities across the Commonwealth.

Overall, the study found that Penn State is an economic powerhouse, contributing more than $11.6 billion to the state’s economy. More than 102,000 Pennsylvania jobs can be attributed to Penn State on the whole, the study found, and for every $1 in state appropriations received by Penn State, the University returns $1.24 in tax payments to the Commonwealth.

“Pennsylvania College of Technology plays an integral role in the economic growth and development of Greater Williamsport, Lycoming County and the entire northcentral Pennsylvania region,” said Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour. “Our extensive partnerships with business and industry are central to our educational mission. Companies provide us with insight and instructional support; we produce the job-ready graduates with the skills to help them thrive. Our students and their families know that an investment in a Penn College education is a passport to lifelong employability and success in the modern workforce.”

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LPN information session set for March 28 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 at Wellsboro’s practical nursing program will host an information session at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held in the nursing lab at the college’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.

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Occupational therapy assistant program lab enhanced

Alexis M. Conte, of Marcus Hook, a student in Penn College’s occupational therapy assistant major, demonstrates the occupational therapy assistant lab’s ADA-accessible cabinets with Nicholas R. Miller, an information assurance and cyber security student from Doylestown.

A haven for hands-on learning since it first welcomed students more than 30 years ago, the occupational therapy assistant lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been updated to provide an even more realistic simulation space for students.

The lab, which provides education to students pursuing associate degrees in occupational therapy assistant, was renovated for the 2018-19 academic year.

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Workforce development grants awarded to Penn College

The tour group stops by the videoconferencing facilities in the Workforce Development Center ...
The tour group stops by the videoconferencing facilities in the Workforce Development Center …
... and visits with Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator in the paramedic program.
… and visits with Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator in the paramedic program.
Workforce Development personnel welcome officials from the state Department of Labor & Industry. From left are Bruce Jones, assistant regional director, PA CareerLink Lycoming County; Thomas Fry, industrial technology specialist; Shannon Munro, vice president for workforce development; Chris Ray, executive director, business development; Eric Ramsay, director of the state Apprenticeship and Training Office; Beth Bittenbender, director, operations/special projects; Gerry Pena, industrial technology specialist; and Jason Zielewicz, director, workforce development at Wellsboro.
Workforce Development personnel welcome officials from the state Department of Labor & Industry. From left are Bruce Jones, assistant regional director, PA CareerLink Lycoming County; Thomas Fry, industrial technology specialist; Shannon Munro, vice president for workforce development; Chris Ray, executive director, business development; Eric Ramsay, director of the state Apprenticeship and Training Office; Beth Bittenbender, director, operations/special projects; Gerry Pena, industrial technology specialist; and Jason Zielewicz, director, workforce development at Wellsboro.
Ramsay discusses the collaboration among government, industry and education in meeting regional workforce needs.
Ramsay discusses the collaboration among government, industry and education in meeting regional workforce needs.

Representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced the award of PAsmart grants for the north-central region of the state on Friday during a visit to Penn College’s Workforce Development Center. Eric Ramsay, director of L&I’s Apprenticeship and Training Office, revealed that nine grant applications totaling more than $850,000 were to be funded. Two of those applications, one for apprenticeships and another for pre-apprenticeship programs, were awarded to the college. PAsmart was launched last year with one of the goals to increase job training to prepare workers with skills that growing businesses need. Chris Ray, executive director in workforce development, spoke on behalf of the college, noting, “Programs expanded and created as a result of these grants will upskill workers in the vital sectors of advanced manufacturing and health care, while building an increased pool of future workers through pre-apprenticeship.” News of the grants was posted by Labor & Industry late Friday afternoon; watch PCToday for more details on the college’s funding.

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Wind-swept flag snaps to attention for patriot’s final parade

Under beautiful blue skies (and a blustery wind that lifted the American flag to fittingly full display), "Tony" passes beneath the landmark he marshaled and maintained.
Under beautiful blue skies (and a blustery wind that lifted the American flag to fittingly full display), “Tony” passes beneath the landmark he marshaled and maintained.
Saluting a fallen comrade
Saluting a fallen comrade
An honor guard from Bald Eagle Battalion, including ROTC cadets from Penn College, pays its respects.
An honor guard from Bald Eagle Battalion, including ROTC cadets from Penn College, pays its respects.

Friday’s funeral procession for Anthony L. DiSalvo, organizer of the annual Flag March that culminates each June in a ceremony under the 1,800-square-foot “Old Glory” at Penn College, drove by the community landmark on its way to Wildwood Cemetery. The cortege circled the main campus entrance at mid-afternoon, passing by the Flags Across America installation that DiSalvo helped facilitate in 2000. Penn College and Lycoming College cadets from Bald Eagle Battalion served as honor guard, saluting as the hearse headed back toward Maynard Street.

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Penn College to explore offering graduate degree in nursing

Pennsylvania College of Technology will begin exploring the addition of a second master’s degree to its slate of academic offerings.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the college administration to begin developing the curriculum for a Master of Science in Nursing.

Once the curriculum is developed and approved through campus processes, it will come back to the board for final approval.

The new MSN degree is proposed to have two program options: family nurse practitioner and nursing education. It would be offered online, allowing students to balance work, family and school obligations. Full-time students would complete their degree requirements within two years.

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Penn College physical therapist assistant degree accredited

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Taylor M. Lockerby, a member of the college’s first graduating class in August, takes a goniometric measurement of knee flexion.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Accreditation is a process used in the United States to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis.

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‘Working Class: Helping & Healing’ premieres March 21

The latest episode of a locally produced, award-winning public television series emphasizes the importance of caring individuals who provide for the health and well-being of the community.

“Working Class: Helping & Healing,” produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, premieres on WVIA-TV at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21 (with rebroadcasts at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 24). It highlights the importance of science, math, communication and hands-on experience in preparing students for success in health and human service careers.

The film features Penn College faculty, administrators and students who serve the community in helping and healing roles. Among them is Thomas A. Zimmerman, associate professor of psychology, who counseled area residents after the TWA Flight 800 crash in July 1996. He discusses the importance of people coming together to help one another and to heal in the wake of tragedy.

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Flag March organizer dies at age 89

Near the conclusion of the 2017 march, DiSalvo was presented with a trophy “in recognition of a lifetime of service to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.”
Near the conclusion of the 2017 march, DiSalvo was presented with a trophy “in recognition of a lifetime of service to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.”
Relishing his annual appearance at the podium, the event's founder applauds award-winning entries in 2007.
Relishing his annual appearance at the podium, the event’s founder applauds award-winning entries in 2007.
DiSalvo heads the 2005 march in support of American troops joined (at left) by Pfc. Tyler Sullivan, that year's grand marshal.
DiSalvo heads the 2005 march in support of American troops joined (at left) by Pfc. Tyler Sullivan, that year’s grand marshal.
Accompanying the colors during the 2004 procession
Accompanying the colors during the 2004 procession

Anthony L. DiSalvo, the driving force behind the annual God, Country and Community Flag March – and the high-flying landmark at Penn College’s main entrance – died Monday, Feb. 4, at The Gatehouse. The 89-year-old DiSalvo was the longtime chair of the National Flag Foundation’s local chapter and worked with college administrator William J. Martin in 2000 to have the 60-by-30-foot “Old Glory” installed on campus as part of the Flags Across America initiative. DiSalvo tirelessly organized the red, white and blue procession every Flag Day (June 14) for more than three decades, and relished handing out his eponymous “Tony” awards to deserving participants in ceremonies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday in St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, followed by burial at Wildwood Cemetery. Befitting DiSalvo’s military and community service – he was a Korean War veteran with a near-lifelong connection to the Boy Scouts of America – the funeral procession will pass by the college’s flag. The family will receive friends at Crouse’s, 133 E. Third St., from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. A full obituary is posted to the funeral home’s website.

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Penn College, DBi Services collaborate on new apprenticeship

DBi ServicesPennsylvania College of Technology and DBi Services have joined to produce the first Infrastructure Maintenance Technician registered apprenticeship program of its kind in the United States.

The multistate program will provide critical training and a professional career path for motivated people seeking careers in saving lives while protecting and enhancing the nation’s infrastructure.

DBi Services provides a full suite of quality infrastructure maintenance, operations and management services. It just celebrated its 40th year in business and continues to be a key leader in the industry.

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