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Bank’s EITC donation supports Penn College NOW program

Krysia Ziegler, community banking officer for Susquehanna Community Bank, visited Penn College recently to deliver a $1,000 check representing the financial institution’s EITC donation in support of the Penn College NOW dual enrollment program. Accepting on behalf of the college is Kyle A. Smith, executive director of college relations and the Penn College Foundation.

Susquehanna Community Bank has made a second Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program donation to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation to assist with an approved innovative educational program at the college.

The bank’s $1,000 EITC donation will benefit the Penn College NOW dual enrollment program, which enables academically qualified high school and career technology center students to take tuition-free courses for college credit. Last year, 1,700 students earned more than 6,800 credits valued at more than $3.8 million through Penn College NOW.

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November 12, 2020
Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

College partners with Sodick for new instructional equipment

Students and faculty in the machine tool technology, automated manufacturing technology and manufacturing engineering technology majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from high-tech EDM (electrical discharge machine) units acquired through a partnership with Sodick, a global EDM manufacturing leader.

A partnership with Sodick, a global EDM manufacturing leader, is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s acquisition of innovative electrical discharge machines for instructional purposes.

Through the collaboration, Sodick, a Japanese company with North American headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, is providing four VL400Q High Performance Linear Motor Drive Wire Cut EDM units for use in the college’s Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.

Penn College students and faculty in the machine tool technology, automated manufacturing technology and manufacturing engineering technology majors will benefit from the new high-tech equipment.

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November 10, 2020
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Alumni gift ‘manufactures’ updated machining lab

A $1 million-plus donation from alumnus Larry A. Ward financed the recent renovation of the machining lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Ward studied engineering drafting technology at a Penn College predecessor, Williamsport Technical Institute, in the mid-1960s before embarking on a successful career in industry. Ward is the founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., which today is the world’s leader in high-speed interleaving and stacking machinery for the food packaging industry.

The largest alumni gift in the history of Pennsylvania College of Technology has manufactured a new machining lab that will benefit students for generations.

A $1 million-plus donation from alumnus Larry Ward financed the revamping of the 14,299-square-foot facility, one of the oldest instructional spaces on campus. The lab features fresh lighting, flooring, fixtures and, most importantly, new equipment in the recently christened Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center.

“I have done very well, so I want to give it back for the next generation,” said Ward, a 1966 graduate. “A lot of people helped me over the years, and I just feel I’m paying it forward.”

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November 9, 2020
Alumni Career Services College Relations Events Students

Career Fair’s virtual transition no hindrance to student-employer connection

Pennsylvania College of Technology students embarked on a new approach to career exploration through the first-ever Virtual Career Fair. This Career Services-hosted event was held Oct. 20-21.

“Over the two days (for a period of 12 hours), 154 companies and 468 students connected through nearly 1,000 video chats – an impressive number of professional conversations in the pursuit of internship and career placement,” said Shelley Moore, director of career services.

Penn College’s career fairs have shown continued growth since 2009. The Spring 2020 Career Fair – slated to have more than 450 employers in attendance – had to be canceled due to the complexities of the coronavirus pandemic. Such complexities remained an obstacle as the plans commenced for Fall 2020.

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November 3, 2020
Alumni Automated Manufacturing & Machining College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Alum’s gift transforms Penn College’s machining lab

Students majoring in one of five manufacturing-related degrees are benefiting from a gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology, featured in a YouTube video. Larry A. Ward, founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., made a donation exceeding $1 million to revamp the college’s machining lab – the largest alumni gift in the college’s history. Ward’s generosity has resulted in fresh paint, lighting, fixtures and 50 new machines for the 14,299-square-foot instructional space. “It’s just completely transformed the entire lab,” says Dakota C. Harrison, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Lewisberry. “And we really couldn’t have done it without Mr. Ward.”


October 13, 2020
Alumni College Relations Sports Students

Idled Wildcats grateful for UPMC Field

On the one-year anniversary of UPMC Field, Penn College student-athletes and coaches give thanks to corporate sponsors and Wildcat Club members. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled all intercollegiate athletic events this fall, but student-athletes remain optimistic about the future, thanks to generous donors’ past support.

(While game footage predates COVID-19 precautions, video interviews were conducted in compliance with the college’s health and safety guidelines.)

October 7, 2020
Aviation College Relations Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students

Executive trio donates corporate aircraft to Penn College

A CL-600 Challenger business jet donated to Penn College by a trio of corporate executives will be used for instructional purposes at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center, next to the Williamsport Regional Airport.

Three partners in a corporate aircraft have donated it to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college’s aviation maintenance program.

The Bombardier (formerly Canadair) CL-600 Challenger jet, valued at nearly $825,000, is being donated by Ira M. Lubert, Anthony F. Misitano and Judith M. von Seldeneck.

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College Relations Faculty & Staff

College names assistant director of corporate relations

Chris S. Macdonald

Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Chris S. Macdonald as assistant director of corporate relations.

Macdonald joins Penn College after 21 years serving as a Class A PGA professional in the private club golf industry. His unique path affords him an extensive understanding of high-level customer service, public relations, marketing, targeted fiscal growth and strategic program development.

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July 15, 2020
College Relations Diesel & Power Generation Engineering Technologies General Information Makerspace Scholarships

Benefactors’ matured charitable trust supports strategic needs

Marshall D. Welch III reminisces during the August 2017 dedication of the makerspace that bears his family's name.

A trust established two decades ago by the late Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr. and his wife, Mary L. Welch, has matured, and its remaining proceeds are being designated for a variety of efforts campuswide to assist students and bolster instruction.

Twenty years ago, the couple established a charitable remainder unitrust with Pennsylvania College of Technology with the intent of enhancing their endowment and supporting academic programs and students.

The Welch family has always believed in providing long-term support through endowments, but they have also recognized the immediate and critical needs of Penn College. Now, the college is partnering with Marshall D. Welch III, past board chair and current Executive Committee member of the Penn College Foundation, and Mary Welch to designate funds from the trust to meet those strategic needs.

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June 8, 2020
Alumni College Relations Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Penn College gives thanks

The future of Pennsylvania College of Technology students is made by hand and by the support of many. The generosity of loyal employees, alumni, corporate partners, retirees and other friends benefits students in numerous ways. From scholarships to global experiences to intercollegiate athletics, such assistance makes life-changing opportunities possible for the college’s “tomorrow makers.” Join narrator Zachary J. Kravitz, a construction management major; nursing students Jillian C. Hiestand and Harlee G. Brooks; Tiffany Brown, enrolled in applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration; welding and fabrication engineering technology major Nathaniel H. Lyon; and Stevie A. Petrison, a 2019 graduate in business administration: sport and event management concentration, as they say, “Thanks!”

April 3, 2020
Alumni College Relations Faculty & Staff Forestry Landscape/Horticulture Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Forestry grad facilitates equipment donation to alma mater

Shreiner, employed at his family's tree care business outside Philadelphia, demonstrates the Bandit chipper at the Earth Science Center campus.

A December graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, whose family’s tree care business in suburban Philadelphia fueled his choice of both college and career, recently arranged for the donation of a newly reconditioned chipper to his alma mater’s forestry program.

Thanks to the resourcefulness of Michael S. Shreiner, now employed full time at Shreiner Tree Care in southeastern Pennsylvania, forest technology students at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center will have access to a 150XP Bandit Tree Chipper that the 2019 alumnus solicited from the manufacturer.

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February 21, 2020