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Students supplement lab work with Honda field trip

Students and faculty visit a pair of Honda facilities for an instructional helping of vehicular lore.
Students and faculty visit a pair of Honda facilities for an instructional helping of vehicular lore.
A jet engine is among the displays at the Honda Heritage Center.
A jet engine is among the displays at the Honda Heritage Center.
The group receives an overview of plant operations, from "rolled steel to driving car."
The group receives an overview of plant operations, from “rolled steel to driving car.”
In two years of American Le Mans Series competition, this Honda-powered ARX-03a Muscle Milk Racing car had an unmatched record of success.
In two years of American Le Mans Series competition, this Honda-powered ARX-03a Muscle Milk Racing car had an unmatched record of success.

Second-year collision repair majors and students in the automotive technology: Honda PACT program recently visited the Honda Heritage Center and Honda manufacturing facility in Marysville, Ohio, learning about the history of the Honda Motor Co. and its various technologies, as well as how the manufacturing process relates to their curriculum at Penn College. The Heritage Center, a museum showcasing the history of Honda manufacturing in the U.S., includes vehicles from motorcycles and ATVs to passenger cars, race vehicles and jet engines. It also features information about company founder Soichiro Honda, while the Honda manufacturing facility introduced students to vehicle manufacturing from its start as a coil of sheet metal to a finished product driving off the assembly line. The students were accompanied by Loren R. Bruckhart, collision repair instructor, and Joe A. Tavani, Honda PACT instructor. For more about the college’s automotive and collision repair majors, visit the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.
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First-Year Automotive Students Interviewed by WNEP

WNEP on campus
WNEP on campus

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa visited Penn College’s main campus for a “back-to-school” story on the first day of classes, stopping by the Honda PACT lab to talk with first-year students Junior A. Arias, of Hazleton, and Jack T. Glendenning, of Doylestown, and capturing video footage of pedestrian traffic outside the Keystone Dining Room. The segment aired during Monday evening’s newscasts.

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Honda PACT Alumnus Competes Among Region’s Top Technicians

Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.
Colby M. Tuff joins his former Penn College Honda PACT instructors, Joseph A. Tavani (left) and Charles F. Probst, who assisted corporate representatives with judging at the Acura Top Tech competition.

Colby M. Tuff, a 2011 graduate of Penn College’s Honda PACT program, was among the top regional finalists in last weekend’s Acura Top Tech competition. The first step in the competition was for technicians to take an online exam; those with the 10 highest scores advanced to the hands-on phase at Honda’s eastern training facility in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. While Tuff didn’t claim the top prize, the 24-year-old – a technician at Elite Acura in Maple Shade, New Jersey – was the youngest contestant. In order to be Master Certified by Acura, technicians must have completed 100 percent of their factory training. Tuff is among 31 Master Technicians in Zone 2, which covers Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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New Penn State President Makes First Visit to Penn College

Penn State President Eric J. Barron (left) is joined on the verdant grounds of the Victorian House by (from right) Robert E. Dunham, chairman emeritus of the Penn College Board of Directors; state Sen. Gene Yaw, current board chairman; and Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

Penn State President Eric J. Barron traveled to Pennsylvania College of Technology on Tuesday, his first visit since assuming the presidency in May. In a timely trip to a main campus observing its 25th anniversary as a special mission affiliate of Penn State – as well as its yearlong Centennial celebration – Barron met with students, viewed three recent art installations, toured Madigan Library and student housing, explored the college’s role in the natural gas industry, and visited a variety of instructional labs. Joining Barron and his wife, Molly, on the tour were Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; retired Penn College Board of Directors Chairman Robert E. Dunham and his wife, Maureen; Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs and provost; and police Chief Chris E. Miller. A reception in the Victorian House and dinner at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, where the group was joined by state Sen. Gene Yaw, board chairman, followed.

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Honda Alumnus Shows Automotive Know-How in Online Challenge

Penn College alum Ryan E. Campbell and his co-worker Harry Wilson are congratulated in their employer's newsletter.
Penn College alum Ryan E. Campbell and his co-worker Harry Wilson are congratulated in their employer’s newsletter.

Ryan E. Campbell, a May 2013 graduate of Penn College’s automotive technology: Honda PACT emphasis major, was a recent third-place winner in the Zone 5 Honda Professionals 2014 Technician Online Challenge. An employee of Keenan Honda in Doylestown, Campbell shared the spotlight with co-worker (and first-place winner) Harry Wilson. According to the dealership’s e-newsletter, the pair competed against 118 others from that region in answering 87 highly technical service-based questions in the allotted time frame.

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Automotive Alumnus Shares Voice of Experience in Return to Alma Mater

A retired automobile executive, whose illustrious and influential career began with an associate degree in automotive technology from Penn College’s immediate predecessor, this week returned to campus for the first time in nearly 40 years. Building on lessons learned while employed by Mercedes-Benz USA and BMW of North America (among others), Thomas C. Baloga shared “10 Tips for Career Success” with nearly 250 students, employees and alumni Tuesday afternoon in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. The practical and informative presentation – a well-received gift to the college community, fashioned from Baloga’s decades of distinguished and high-profile service – culminated a two-day return to a campus vastly changed since his 1974 graduation from Williamsport Area Community College. The alumnus and his wife, Gayle, toured the Advanced Automotive Technology Center, College Avenue Labs (including instructional areas within the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation Technology), Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, the Parkes Automotive Technology Center, the School of Natural Resources Management diesel technology program (a special request, given Baloga’s experience at Mack Trucks) and The Victorian House. Baloga’s visit was also featured in Wednesday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

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Penn College on Short List in National Automotive Competition

Pennsylvania College of Technology was one of three runners-up in a national contest to find the best automotive technician training school in the country.

WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts partnered with Tomorrow’s Technician magazine as title sponsors for the competition, which was won by Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash.

Penn College – which shared runner-up honors with Chipola College, Marianna, Fla., and San Diego Continuing Education – received a 200-piece automotive tool set and $250 gift card, both from O’Reilly.

“It is an honor to be recognized and nominated from the 121 schools submitted,” said Colin W. Williamson, the college’s dean of transportation technology. “To be voted the best in Region 4 (comprising the East Coast) is certainly a credit to the program, faculty and students.”

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Exemplary Program Draws Honda PACT Conference to Campus

Stephen C. Roberts, industry education coordinator at American Honda Motor Co. Inc., welcomes attendees to the Thompson Professional Development Center and previews the week ahead.
Stephen C. Roberts, industry education coordinator at American Honda Motor Co. Inc., welcomes attendees to the Thompson Professional Development Center and previews the week ahead.
Instructor Charles F. Probst (in foreground) conducts a demonstration of fuel and emission training, a springboard for discussion of establishing capstone activities for graduating students.
Instructor Charles F. Probst (in foreground) conducts a demonstration of fuel and emission training, a springboard for discussion of establishing capstone activities for graduating students.
Randy Bridgewater, a training center coordinator for American Honda (in white shirt), leads a session in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
Randy Bridgewater, a training center coordinator for American Honda (in white shirt), leads a session in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center.
A conference attendee tests a sample during a lab comparison of traditional vs. ethanol-based fuels.
A conference attendee tests a sample during a lab comparison of traditional vs. ethanol-based fuels.

Instructors and administrators from 30 colleges with Honda programs convened on campus this week for the 2012 National PACT Conference, getting a firsthand look at what makes Penn College one of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.’s top Professional Automotive Career Training sites in the United States. Mirroring the college’s “degrees that work,” the conference agenda featured a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on learning as Honda attempts to build upon successful models to make its curriculum more uniform among institutions nationwide. During last July’s conference at Shoreline Community College near Seattle, Penn College received multiple honors as a national leader in educating the next generation of Honda automotive technicians. Holding this year’s conference here was an outgrowth of that recognition, which included kudos for automotive faculty members Charles F. Probst and Joseph A. Tavani, and Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation technology.

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Honda Demonstration Model ‘Redonated’ to Area Vo-Tech School

Completing Pennsylvania College of Technology's %22redonation%22 of an instructional-model Acura are Terry Sheaffer, left, collision repair instructor at Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School, and Colin W. Williamson, the college's dean of transportation technology.An instructional model of a 2001 Acura CL, given to Pennsylvania College of Technology in its partnership with American Honda Motor Co., has been “redonated” for the enrichment of students at the Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School.

“Our time is limited, as is space for teaching some of the basic construction aspects, as we concentrate more on the repair and diagnosis of automotive systems,” said Colin W. Williamson, Penn College’s dean of transportation technology, in explaining why the equipment was passed on to greater benefit elsewhere.

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Honda, Penn College Officially Launch Beneficial Partnership

Cutting the ribbon to officially launch Pennsylvania College of Technology's role as a Honda PACT school are, from left, John G. Petas, Honda senior vice president of parts and service operations%3B Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour%3B Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation technology%3B and Brian Moore, Honda industry education coordinator.Pennsylvania College of Technology recently became the newest partner in American Honda Motor Co. Inc.’s Professional Automotive Career Training program, designed to provide experienced, certified and loyal automotive-service technicians for Honda/Acura dealerships in major U.S. markets. Penn College invited students and dealer representatives to a ceremonial kickoff event that included timely talk about alternative-fuel vehicles and affirmation of the college’s pivotal role in supplying the industry with qualified service personnel.

That need is especially pressing as those of the “baby boom” generation begin to retire en masse, remarked John G. Petas, Honda senior vice president of parts and service operations in Torrance, Calif.

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