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Companies’ generosity supports Penn College students

Commemorating an arrangement allowing Penn College students access to a high-end CNC machine are, from left, Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at Penn College; Suzette Snyder, director of human resources and talent acquisition for Lycoming Engines; Randy Ditch, president, Gosiger East Coast Region; Bill Wilson, key accounts manager, Gosiger Mid-Atlantic; Tyler McCoy, manufacturing engineering supervisor at Lycoming Engines and a Penn College alumnus; Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; and Gregg Shimp, vice president, integrated operations, Lycoming Engines.

An industry staple, computer numerical control machines are a common sight in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automated manufacturing lab. Students operate the 17 CNC units daily to master the intricacies of using computer software to control the machines’ tools in shaping metal.

A recent addition to the CNC collection has changed the lab’s landscape. At 8 feet wide and 10 feet tall, the 18,000-pound unit towers above other instructional equipment in the 12,000-square-foot facility. The Genos M560 vertical machine center – built by the Okuma Corp. – makes quite the impression. More importantly, it offers students another valuable learning experience.

“It’s certainly a higher-end CNC unit,” said Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining. “It goes beyond the machines we typically have access to. If we were comparing it to a car, this would be like a Mercedes or BMW.”

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Penn College profiled on ‘PMA Perspective’ on PCN

Penn College students featured on "PMA Perspective" are Alexa M. Korinchak, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hellertown, working on the heavy-gauge thermoformer ...
Penn College students featured on “PMA Perspective” are Alexa M. Korinchak, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major from Hellertown, working on the heavy-gauge thermoformer …
... and Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia, a manufacturing engineering technology demonstrating the Genos M560 vertical machining center.
… and Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia, a manufacturing engineering technology demonstrating the Genos M560 vertical machining center.

The second of two episodes of “PMA Perspective” featuring Penn College will air at 8:30 a.m. Sunday on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

David N. Taylor, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, and the “PMA Perspective” crew toured and filmed in the plastics and polymer engineering technology labs, led by Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; in automated manufacturing/machining, guided by Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; and in rapid prototyping (3D printing), led by Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing.

This past week’s first episode featured an interview with Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour and a tour of the mechatronics lab. For that segment, Taylor interviewed Howard W. Troup, instructor of automated manufacturing/machine tool technology, and Christopher P. Ray, executive director, business development.

The show can be seen on the “PMA Perspective” website; the second installment will be available there soon after the initial broadcast.

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Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

Young women enrolled in SMART Girls, among the wide-ranging roster of pre-college programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assemble a robot during last summer’s camp.

Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students.

“Our Pre-College Programs offer living and learning experiences in which students have opportunities to explore unique academic interests in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “It’s a chance to work and make connections with industry leaders, meet and mingle with your peers, and establish a path that could lead to all sorts of future possibilities.”

The signup deadline is May 31 for the institution’s 12 residential programs and its one day camp.

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Students ‘soldier’ on to complete project by ceremonial deadline

The toy soldier takes shape in College Avenue Labs ...
The toy soldier takes shape in College Avenue Labs …
... where a focused group of students worked against the clock to fabricate and assemble a splendid keepsake.
… where a focused group of students worked against the clock to fabricate and assemble a splendid keepsake.
Students and Klinger (standing at front left) proudly display their handiwork.
Students and Klinger (standing at front left) proudly display their handiwork.
Standing at attention outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, the majestic creation would be equally at home in the finest Manhattan storefront.
Standing at attention outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center, the majestic creation would be equally at home in the finest Manhattan storefront.

Penn College’s decades-old tradition of large-scale holiday cards on the campus mall got an impressive add-on for the 2018 season: a massive toy soldier jointly fashioned by automotive restoration majors and manufacturing students in instructor Roy Klinger’s metal-shaping classes. “We were trying to think of something we could build to go with the holiday cards, and we came across an image of a 12-foot-tall toy soldier,” said Arthur M. Wright IV, an automotive restoration technology major from Woodbridge, New Jersey. “We figured we would give it a try because it could end up looking really cool!” A group of students from the manufacturing program assisted restoration majors with drawing and designing the toy soldier. The inner structure is mostly plywood arranged to help support the weight of the towering statue, Wright said, while the outer shell is completely made of aluminum. “The restoration students made paper patterns of the shapes provided by the drawing that the manufacturing students prepared for us,” he explained. “We then shaped all the pieces using the skills and techniques that we were learning in our metal-shaping class. The project really helped us display the skills that we had been working so hard to develop.” It was a total team effort to complete the project, he said, estimating that it took all of four three-hour classes to fully realize their shared vision. “When we came in the Wednesday morning of the card-lighting ceremony (Nov. 28), we didn’t think we were going to be able to get it done,” said Wright, who also shared some of the students’ photos. “Most of the soldier was still in pieces, with no paint. But thanks to the guidance and leadership of our teacher, we were able to get everything finished before the ceremony started!”

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TRAK Machine Tools Augments Equipment Donations

TRAK Machine Tools Inc. recently donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. With the machines are, from left, Richard K. Hendricks Jr., automated manufacturing and machining faculty member and department head at Penn College; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for the college; and Rudy Gebhard, senior sales representative, Southwestern Industries Inc.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students in automated manufacturing and machining majors will benefit from two more pieces of equipment donated by TRAK Machine Tools Inc.

Richard and Marion Leonhard, part owners of the company, have donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. This latest gift brings to six the number of machines in the lab donated by TRAK Machine Tools.

The equipment is used in courses such as Basic Machine Tool Programming, Programming and Machining, Machine Tool Applications, and Fixture Design and Fabrication. Hundreds of students in the college’s four manufacturing majors will gain experience on the equipment each academic year.

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Be Smart, Rule the World

A group from New Covenant Academy in Mansfield makes final adjustments to its wearable back massager during a STEM Design Challenge hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 in the college’s Field House.
A group from New Covenant Academy in Mansfield makes final adjustments to its wearable back massager during a STEM Design Challenge hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 in the college’s Field House.

From the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine: To prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future, make them curious about how things work, faculty experts say. Read “Be Smart, Rule the World.”

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Penn College Honors Manufacturing Engineering Alumnus

Mark A. Atwater, an associate professor of materials and manufacturing technology at Millersville University, was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Award by President Davie Jane Gilmour at Penn College’s Summer Commencement ceremony on Aug. 4.

A manufacturing engineering technology graduate who is now a college professor received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Summer 2018 commencement ceremonies, held Aug. 4 at the Community Arts Center.

Mark A. Atwater, a 2007 graduate of Penn College and an associate professor of materials and manufacturing technology at Millersville University, was recognized for the noteworthy contributions he has made in his career field.

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‘Why Science Matters’ Documentary Premieres July 12 on WVIA-TV

David S. Richards, professor of physics, is one of the faculty members featured in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters,” a documentary produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media that premieres on WVIA-TV on July 12.

Nerds rule! Science, experimentation and competition come together to help students develop the problem-solving skills needed for high-demand, high-tech careers in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters.”

Produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, the documentary, which premieres on WVIA-TV Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m., highlights hands-on activities that connect students with science and other academic subjects that can prepare them for success in modern manufacturing careers.

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Penn College Students Dominate Scholarship List

Recent scholarships from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies reflects Pennsylvania College of Technology’s standing as a national leader in applied technology education.

Penn College students received nine of 22 awards from the PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis and Art Schaefer. The $4,000 scholarships honor students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, plan for a career in packaging and processing machinery manufacturing, and show industry involvement through internship and career development activities.

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Penn College’s Baja Team Proves to be ‘Dynamic’

Members of Penn College’s Baja SAE team mark another successful showing at the recent competition in Pittsburg, Kansas. Front row (left to right): John G. Upcraft, faculty adviser; Trevor M. Clouser, of Millmont; Daniel M. Gerard, of Doylestown; and Mark A. Turek, of Red Lion. Back row: Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, of Orangeville; Christopher M. Schweikert, of Jamison; Matthew J. Nyman, of Lock Haven; Joshua J. Cover, of Selinsgrove; Mathias Decker, of Farmington; Travis J. Scholtz, of New Kensington; Shujaa AlQahtani, of Saudi Arabia; and Logan B. Goodhart, of Chambersburg.

Mother Nature hampered the quest of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Baja SAE team, but she couldn’t prevent a dynamic performance by the students at the recent Society of Automotive Engineers international competition in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Penn College posted a school-best three top 10 finishes in dynamic events, besting the likes of Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oklahoma and Clemson in the process.

“I’m very proud of how both the students and car performed,” said John G. Upcraft, instructor of manufacturing and machining and the team’s adviser since its inception in 2005. “The results validate the hard work and countless hours the students dedicated to designing, manufacturing and testing the car.”

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Army Commissions Two Penn College ROTC Graduates

Two Spring 2018 Penn College graduates were among the Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC cadets recently commissioned as second lieutenants. Christopher T. Craig II (left), of Rixford, earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management, and Dane M. Boltz (right), of Williamsport, earned a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology. Joining them – and administering the oath of office to the new lieutenants – was Maj. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science at Lock Haven University, the host institution for Bald Eagle Battalion.

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates were among the Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC cadets recently commissioned as second lieutenants.

Christopher T. Craig II, of Rixford, who earned a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology management, and Dane M. Boltz, of Williamsport, recipient of a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology, were commissioned during a ceremony at Lock Haven University, the host institution for the Bald Eagle Battalion.

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Penn College Baja Team Pumped for Kansas Competition

Members of the Penn College Baja SAE team take a well-earned break during their April competition in Maryland. Standing from left are: Myron D. Milliken, Lewistown; Matthew J. Nyman, Lock Haven; Todd R. Mercer, Williamsport; Dylan A. Bianco, State College; Christopher M. Schweikert, Jamison; Mathias Decker, Farmington; Shujaa AlQahtani, Saudi Arabia; Trevor M. Clouser, Millmont; Daniel M. Gerard, Doylestown; Joshua J. Cover, Selinsgrove; adviser John G. Upcraft; and Jonathan R. Sutcliffe, Orangeville. Sitting on the car from left are: Logan B. Goodhart, Chambersburg; Johnathan T. Capps, North Wales; and Mark A. Turek, Red Lion. Sitting on the ground is alumnus Zach Mazur, who started the college’s Baja SAE team in 2005.

During the past few years, the Pennsylvania College of Technology Baja SAE team has been among the world’s best. Now, the dedicated students want to be the best.

Penn College can obtain that lofty ranking when it competes against 99 other schools in the next Society of Automotive Engineers event, scheduled for May 17-20 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

“Our goal is to win the endurance race,” said Logan B. Goodhart, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Chambersburg, who serves as team captain. “Our car has a lot of potential. We just have to play things smart and have a little luck.”

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Summit Successfully Apprises Industry of Apprenticeship Assistance

It's a "full house" in Penn's Inn for the summit, sponsored by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

A sold-out crowd of industry leaders and their advocates, representing 66 employers across Pennsylvania and from four other states, attended Thursday’s inaugural Apprenticeship Summit to address substantive progress in narrowing the skills gap in manufacturing. Attendees were welcomed by Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour, who announced three major related developments: the eligibility of mechatronics apprentices to earn 20 credits toward a two-year Penn College degree in the field; establishment of The Apprenticeship Center on campus as a resource for collaborating with state and local partners; and a $576,000 grant from the state Department of Community & Economic Development to fund apprenticeships in mechatronics and computer numerical control occupations, as well as pre-apprenticeship programs for high school students. The keynote speaker was Robert I. Lerman, a professional economist, Urban Institute fellow and expert on apprenticeships whose resume includes a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Others on the dais included Lori Renne and Alex Halper, from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Jim Nemeth, of Autoneum; and Eric Ramsay, representing the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. The afternoon session featured an interactive program among participants, designed to provide companies with a convenient opportunity to speak to those involved in all facets of apprenticeship.

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SkillsUSA Competitors Strike Gold; 21 Students Headed to Nationals

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Nearly all 27 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team – 21 of them advancing to the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky – earned medals during recent state competition.

The competitors represent majors across four of Penn College’s academic schools, and the theme for the April 18-20 Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference in Hershey couldn’t have been more fitting for students gaining career-making skills in hands-on fashion: “Champions at Work: Job-Ready, Day One.”

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College’s Baja Entry Finishes Strong Amid Esteemed Field

The Penn College No. 9 car elicits fan support at Baja SAE Maryland.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students bested scores of schools at Baja SAE Maryland over the weekend.

The Penn College team posted top 10 showings in three events, including the demanding four-hour endurance race. The competition attracts approximately 100 college and university teams from across the world, who design and build a dune-buggy-like vehicle to survive various performance tests.

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