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Scouts gain new skills, acquire merit badges

Boy Scouts from several Pennsylvania councils – and some from surrounding states – made their way to campus on Feb. 19 for Merit Badge College, during which they had their choice of 19 merit badge offerings. Expertise for the hands-on sessions – which ranged from two to six hours – was provided by Penn College faculty, who led the learning activities. Topics covered all three of the college’s academic schools, from drafting to soil and water conservation, and from dentistry to welding.

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Penn College nursing grads boast high licensing-exam pass rates

For the second consecutive year, 100% of Pennsylvania College of Technology associate degree graduates who took the national board examination for registered nurses passed on their first attempt, while those in the college’s bachelor’s degree nursing and practical nursing majors also exceeded state and national pass rates on their licensing exams.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing recently released pass rates for the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) and the NCLEX-PN, for practical nurses. Results are for those who took the exams for the first time between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021.

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College to confer DAISY Awards on nursing students, faculty

Students and faculty in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing program will soon be honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students and The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty.

The awards are part of The DAISY Foundation’s mission to express gratitude to nurses through programs that recognize them for the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care they provide patients and families.

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Radiography student selected for national leadership role

Pennsylvania College of Technology radiography student Jalen S. Seyler was recently selected to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ Student Leadership Development Program.

Seyler, of Jersey Shore, is pursuing an associate degree in radiography and a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies. Her term in the Student Leadership Development Program began Jan. 1 and continues to Dec. 31, 2024.

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Student-athlete builds game plan from commitment, focus

For nursing student and women’s basketball player Allison M. “Allie” Troup, no stranger to juggling on-the-court dynamism with in-the-lab rigor, Penn College represents the “perfect match.” “There’s many challenges that go along with it,” the Huntingdon resident says in a two-minute Wildcat Spotlight video. “It’s pretty difficult to manage my time, but I tend to do a pretty good job with it because I’m very organized and I kind of give myself a set schedule.”

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Program director completes fellowship

Victoria Hurwitz, director of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program, recently completed a Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership through the American Physical Therapy Association.

The fellowship provides developing and aspiring program directors in physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs with the skills and resources they need to be innovative, influential and visionary leaders.

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College to increase capacity for LPNs seeking RN education

Pennsylvania College of Technology has expanded enrollment to increase its capacity to educate licensed practical nurses seeking advancement to a registered nursing license, consequently meeting the increasing need for RNs in the workforce.

The college will begin offering students acceptance into its LPN-to-RN major twice each year – in December and June. Previously, the college only accepted students into the selective-admission major in December.

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SNA reflects on yearend project, looks ahead to ’22

Student Nurses' Association collects pet supplies
Student Nurses’ Association collects pet supplies

Penn College’s Student Nurses’ Association held a weeklong donation drive for the Lycoming County SPCA at the close of the Fall 2021 semester, delivering a variety of critically needed items to the Reach Road agency. The group supported its community by raising an estimated $200 worth of dog and cat food, cat and dog treats, kitten supplies, toys, and office and cleaning supplies. All proceeds were dropped off by nursing majors Callie A. Sobolewski (at left in photo), of Budd Lake, New Jersey, the organization’s 2021 president; and Ritika Nayak (center), of Monroe Township, New Jersey, 2022 president and last year’s SNA public relations officer; and nursery instructor Sadie L. Folmar, the club’s faculty adviser. Email for more about the Student Nurses’ Association, among the active student organizations aligned with the college’s academic majors.
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Penn College students learn from serving with YMCA group

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant major learned about their community and themselves when they spent a recent Saturday morning with a group of “Superstars” at the Eastern Lycoming Branch of River Valley YMCA near Pennsdale.

The YMCA Superstars is a movement class developed by River Valley YMCA fitness instructor Diana Logan for individuals with diverse abilities. Using “Drums Alive” activities with music, drumsticks and stability balls, participants can develop motor skills, coordination, stamina and strength.

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Penn College Fall 2021 Commencement set for Dec. 18

An in-person commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, for the 320 students who have petitioned to graduate at Pennsylvania College of Technology following the Fall 2021 semester.

The ceremony, in which more than 220 students are expected to march, will be held at 11 a.m. at the Community Arts Center. In accordance with the college’s COVID-19 pandemic protocols, face masks will be required indoors for all participants and attendees.

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Deans Council fulfills aim of yearlong leadership academy

Deans Council at Pennsylvania College of Technology, which resolutely navigated COVID-19’s challenges while organizationally downsizing, this week celebrated the successful completion of a 12-month professional-development activity focused on collaborative leadership.

A closing event in the Thompson Professional Development Center marked a graduation for participants in the Work Wisdom Academy, which regularly held remote sessions throughout 2021 on such varied topics as communication, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, accountability and workplace culture.

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Spreading holiday ‘cheer’

Wildcat cheerleaders add a personal touch to a public-facing downtown office.
Wildcat cheerleaders add a personal touch to a public-facing downtown office.

Three members of the Penn College cheerleading squad painted festive images on the office windows of the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority at 253 W. Fourth St. on Monday night. (“Festive” except the Grinch, of course, but – spoiler alert – we suspect his heart will warm in time.) Pictured (from left) are Meghan E. Miller, of Summerhill, pre-dental hygiene; Carli M. Witman, Annville, pre-radiography; and Alyssa K. Snyder, Coal Township, pre-surgical technology.
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November’s ‘Service Saturday’ spreads holiday cheer

Twenty-two Penn College students who enjoy volunteering their time – including members of student organizations and the Wildcat women’s basketball team – gathered with Shannon L. Skaluba, student organization specialist, in CC Commons on Saturday to write heartfelt messages of gratitude in nearly 450 holiday cards for military personnel. The cards were donated by Sarah R. Yoder, coordinator of admissions operations, and her husband, Adam J., an industrial technology specialist with Workforce Development; as well as Chet Beaver, coordinator of veteran and military services; and Skaluba.

The cards will be distributed with the help of Sarah, who has worked with the United Soldiers and Sailors of America program for the last several years. Her brother, Michael Shott, is a first lieutenant in the Army on active duty, currently serving stateside following a recent deployment.

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Group’s scholarship award renewed for Penn College student

A physician assistant student at Pennsylvania College of Technology has received another $1,000 installment of her annually renewable scholarship from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

Emily L. Stevens, of Dallas, was first awarded the scholarship – intended for a dependent of someone employed by an ISRI member company – during the 2020-21 academic year. The institute is closely associated with the Recycling Education and Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness, education, research and the advancement of recycling.

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Penn College’s PA program: Small classes, big rewards

Join Program Director Joshua A. Bower for a virtual tour of Penn College’s physician assistant program. Take a look inside the assessment lab, where students learn to perform medical history evaluations, physical exams and clinical procedures. “In the assessment lab, students turn theory into hands-on practice,” says Bower, a 2012 graduate of the program. “So they will learn a concept in the classroom and then go right from the classroom into the lab, where they can apply that knowledge to a simulated case or a patient scenario.” Meet Geriatric Pete, a lifelike manikin, and see the cadaver lab where students work in small teams with actual human tissue to tackle dissections and perfect such procedures as shave biopsies.

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