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08.29.2022

College presence continues through championship weekend

Members present the colors in rehearsal, as violinist Michael Fisher – a Williamsport Area High School graduate studying at the New England Conservatory of Music – performs the national anthem.
Members present the colors in rehearsal, as violinist Michael Fisher – a Williamsport Area High School graduate studying at the New England Conservatory of Music – performs the national anthem.
The stars and stripes are unfurled during a practice run at Volunteer Stadium.
The stars and stripes are unfurled during a practice run at Volunteer Stadium.
Before an oversized baseball, the battalion celebrates its big league impression on a Little League audience.
Before an oversized baseball, the battalion celebrates its big league impression on a Little League audience.
Under summer skies and the eyes of the world, a display of patriotism and precision
Under summer skies and the eyes of the world, a display of patriotism and precision
Among those taking part (from left): Capt. Jessica Slade, assistant professor of military science; David Tice, military science instructor; Master Sgt. Gabriel Temples, senior military science instructor; Lt. Col. John Acosta, professor of military science; Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Mally, military science instructor; and Pamela S. Callahan, human services technician.
Among those taking part (from left): Capt. Jessica Slade, assistant professor of military science; David Tice, military science instructor; Master Sgt. Gabriel Temples, senior military science instructor; Lt. Col. John Acosta, professor of military science; Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Mally, military science instructor; and Pamela S. Callahan, human services technician.

Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC, including faculty and cadets from Penn College, served as color guard at Howard J. Lamade Stadium for Saturday’s U.S. title game between Tennessee and eventual champion Hawaii at the 75th annual Little League Baseball® World Series.

Paramedic science students (from left) Kaylin J. Hicks, of Hughesville; Elizabeth A. Goodrich, of Middlebury Center; Aleyah D. Walter, of Hughesville; and Allison Lavallee Harris, of Williamsport, were among nine Penn College paramedic students who each contributed two shifts to help with health care at the series.
Paramedic science students (from left) Kaylin J. Hicks, of Hughesville; Elizabeth A. Goodrich, of Middlebury Center; Aleyah D. Walter, of Hughesville; and Allison Lavallee Harris, of Williamsport, were among nine Penn College paramedic students who each contributed two shifts to help with health care at the series.

Other members of the battalion are Lycoming College and Lock Haven and Mansfield universities.

Four paramedic science students also spent the day at the South Williamsport complex, working with paramedics from Susquehanna Regional EMS to provide emergency care to Little League spectators.

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08.16.2022

Students assist with health, safety at Little League World Series

Nine students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program will be part of the health care team at the 2022 Little League Baseball® World Series, scheduled for Aug. 17-28.

In addition, a student in Penn College’s emergency management & homeland security major is helping to keep participants and guests safe through a summer internship at Little League’s international headquarters, where the series is held.

The nationally televised series draws tens of thousands of spectators each day to the Little League World Series complex in South Williamsport, just a few miles from the Penn College campus.

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07.26.2022

Pre-College Programs move campers miles ahead

A second week of Pre-College Programs, providing an absorbing midmonth bill of fare, winningly delivered eight more options for teenagers looking for purposeful summer diversion. Attracting both the well-traveled and the close-to-home, the latest Penn College sessions covered a range of career-focused opportunity: Automotive Restoration; Design, Build & Grow (landscape and horticulture); Diesel Truck & Heavy Equipment; Fundamentals of Emergency Response; Graphic Design Summer Studio; the first-time offerings of Have Your Cake & Decorate It, Too and Non-Destructive Testing; and Thingamajig Fabricators. This photo gallery provides a sampling of the visitors’ enlightening encounters with their potential futures, with a slightly heavier dose of the inaugural cake-decorating camp … because who doesn’t want an extra helping of cake? (Readers can also relive the first round of Pre-College Programs, published elsewhere on PCToday.)

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06.25.2022

What better way to prep for college!

Nearly 140 campers from near and far participated in the past week’s seven Pre-College Programs, giving teens a taste of Penn College through an engrossing variety of academic adventure and social interaction: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience, Automotive Technology, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs and Health Careers.

A second week of camps, featuring an equally tantalizing menu of opportunities spread among eight more programs, convenes in mid-July.  Registrants for both weeks hail from 14 states – some from as far away as Connecticut, Florida and Virginia – and include a camper from Santiago, Chile!

Don’t think high school students are the only ones in on the fun, however! Pre-College Programs include My Tomorrow, a middle school career exploration day camp sponsored by the Soars family, from June 28 to July 1 and July 12-15.

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03.23.2022

Penn College names director of paramedic/prehospital medicine

Brady L. Breon has been named director of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic and prehospital medicine program, overseeing the college’s bachelor’s degree in prehospital medicine, associate degree in paramedic science and certificate in paramedic practice.

Breon had been an assistant professor in the college’s prehospital and paramedic program, having joined the faculty in 2005. He has also been a paramedic/prehospital supervisor for Susquehanna Health (now UPMC Williamsport), a flight medic for Geisinger Health System’s Life Flight, an emergency medical services operations manager for Jersey Shore Area EMS, and a paramedic for Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Co. and Lock Haven Hospital.

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09.22.2021

Penn College hosts PPL Electric Utilities Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit

PPL Electric Utilities recently offered a Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit and demonstration for students and first responders at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

PPL, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of the college, takes its mobile electrical safety exhibit across its service territory to teach first responders, contractors, businesses, school students and the public about the dangers of live wires and how to stay safe around them.

The exhibit is a scaled-down 7,200-volt electrical distribution system that features live electrical wires, utility poles and transformers. It was designed in 2016 by representatives from across PPL Electric Utilities’ operations who met in PPL’s Innovation Lab to brainstorm ways to present the information. PPL provides 100 such demonstrations to more than 10,000 people annually.

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09.03.2021

Nursing & Health Sciences: ‘Your path to a thriving career’

“If a career in a health care setting is your calling, your path to a thriving career starts right here at Penn College,” says dental hygiene student Dacia James, who leads a virtual tour of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. The Williamsport resident (aided by Ally K. Swartz, a paramedic technician major from Bellefonte, and Alexia O. Zelenevskaya, a dental hygiene student from Ephrata) guides viewers through an 11-minute exploration of paramedic, physician assistant, dental hygiene, nursing, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology, radiography and applied health studies, as well as the school’s newest majors: health science and allied health.

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07.27.2021

Intensive activities spotlight college’s career-building majors

Pre-College Programs“Because tomorrow begins today,” Penn College campuses welcomed scores of high school students for six more Pre-College Programs in recent days. (A variety of programs focused on more of the college’s academic majors were held in June.) The past week’s schedule included three new summer offerings – Diesel Truck & Heavy Equipment, Fundamentals of Emergency Response, and Thingamajig Fabricators – joining returning favorites Automotive Restoration; Design, Build & Grow Landscape & Horticulture; and Graphic Design Summer Studio. All told, the college hosted 211 high schoolers for two sessions of overnight camps this season and 40 middle schoolers during two weeks of My Tomorrow day camps.

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05.10.2021

Penn College announces new degree for future paramedics

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program is accepting applications for a new Bachelor of Science degree in health science: prehospital medicine concentration for the Fall 2021 semester.

The new degree is being offered in addition to the paramedic program’s current certificate and associate degree options. It provides a strong foundation in the natural sciences while preparing graduates to function as competent entry-level paramedics.

Coursework prepares students for administrative and teaching positions within the paramedic profession, as well as providing the necessary foundational knowledge for entry into many graduate-level programs, including medical school and physician assistant degree programs.

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04.16.2021

PPL supports training for front-line health care workers

Future health care professionals have access to a learning tool that simulates respiratory symptoms likely to be encountered in the field, thanks to a $2,500 sustaining grant from PPL Foundation to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The 2020 contribution enabled purchase of a lung sounds simulator, which mimics real-life scenarios essential to educating health care providers.

“PPL is pleased to partner with Penn College to help enhance training for current and aspiring health care professionals,” said Tracie L. Witter, regional affairs director.  “We appreciate the efforts of Penn College Workforce Development to help improve the skills of our community’s front-line workers.”

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12.16.2020

Emergency management student thrives outside comfort zone

Juggling full-time college classes by day and full-time emergency medical technician work by night, Brooke M. Strubel is earning her Bachelor of Science degree in emergency management and homeland security in just two and a half years. For a young woman who recommends getting out of your comfort zone to achieve your highest potential, this past year, intensified by a global pandemic, has offered an ideal environment in which to enhance her people-centered skills.

“I never thought that I’d be working during a pandemic … but it’s an experience that I won’t forget,” said the soon-to-be Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate from Strasburg. “Challenges get you out of your comfort zone, and that is the area in which you will find yourself, your passions, your strengths and, yes, even your weaknesses. This is the area in which you will thrive and improve. Everything you learn advances your knowledge and leads to personal and professional growth.”

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12.03.2020

Penn College paramedic program to offer hybrid learning option

In January, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program will launch a hybrid instruction option that combines in-person and online learning.

Designed to provide flexibility for EMTs who want to complete a paramedic education program while continuing to work, the lecture portion of the paramedic coursework will be both livestreamed and recorded for later viewing by those who use the hybrid instruction model. For students who prefer the traditional experience, lectures will continue to be held in-person.

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06.15.2020

Pathways Scholarship assists transition to degree programs

Pennsylvania College of Technology has established a new scholarship to support students completing Workforce Development programs in practical nursing and emergency medical technician who wish to further their education.

The scholarship provides assistance for practical nursing graduates interested in the Nursing, LPN to RN program at Penn College and graduates of the EMT course interested in pursuing one of the college’s paramedic majors.

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05.20.2020

Paramedics serve amid uncertainties during pandemic

In a word, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in “uncertainty.”

Kyle G. Stavinski, a 2015 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s emergency medical services major who is a full-time critical care flight paramedic and educator for Geisinger’s Life Flight, part-time paramedic with Susquehanna Regional EMS and a part-time paramedic instructor at the college, says that, while danger has always been inherent to the work of emergency medical technicians and paramedics, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new causes for uncertainty.

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03.11.2020

Adjunct instructor named county’s public safety director

Hutchins (right), along with Dr. Gregory R. Frailey (left), medical director for the paramedic program, and John W. “J.J.” Magyar II, part-time faculty
Hutchins (right), along with Dr. Gregory R. Frailey (left), medical director for the paramedic program, and John W. “J.J.” Magyar II, part-time faculty

Jeffrey L. Hutchins, an adjunct faculty member who has served various roles as a paramedic and firefighter since graduating from The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center Paramedic Training Institute in 1997, was recently hired as director of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety. “Hutch is in the process of quickly getting up-to-speed in his new role,” said Bambi A. Hawkins, learning laboratory coordinator for Penn College’s paramedic program. “He will be missed in the Susquehanna Regional EMS paramedic supervisor position, where he also served as a pre-hospital field preceptor for our paramedic students, but we are fortunate to retain access to his expertise and services for the part-time faculty role.”
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