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College honors electrical alumnus during Chamber celebration

Michael Bower (right) accepts his father's award from Penn College's Kyle A. Smith.

Michael Bower, a graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and president of TurnKey Electric Inc., received an Alumni of the Year Award at the 18th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce on Thursday evening.

The award – presented during a Williamsport Country Club event that highlights the crucial linkages among business and industry, local school districts and colleges – is given to a graduate who has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in Lycoming County, has excelled in his or her own profession, and is active in the community.

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Powering tomorrow: Penn College electrical degrees

Rewarding career opportunities await for graduates of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s electrical programs: associate degrees in electrical technology and mechatronics and a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology. All three majors blend theory with considerable hands-on lab experience to produce graduates who are real-world ready. In fact, as noted in a new video on the college’s YouTube channel, many students secure jobs prior to graduation. “I think Penn College is doing a great job of introducing … students to the high level of technology within our industry,” says Matt Holbert, director of engineering for NRG Controls North. “Students coming out of there are sharp.”

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Penn College, leading company form perfect ‘package’

Packaging Progressions Inc. in Souderton – the world’s leading supplier of high-speed interleaving and stacking machines – boasts a multi-generational connection to Penn College. Company founder and chairman Larry Ward (center) graduated from Penn College’s predecessor institution, Williamsport Area Community College, in 1966. Welder/fabricator Brett E. Stanley (left), of Lancaster, graduated from Penn College in 2012, and automation engineer Johnathan T. Capps, of North Wales, earned his degree from the college last May.

On the surface, the three men have little in common. One looks like a vibrant, distinguished grandfather with his neatly trimmed white goatee and confident gait. The second could pass for a lead singer in a rock band with his lip and nose rings, faded T-shirt and long hair. The third appears to be a budding executive with his coiffed hair and button-down shirt complemented by a perfect smile.

They are separated by appearance, age, background and job title. But the three share educational roots at Pennsylvania College of Technology and mission at Packaging Progressions Inc. in Souderton.

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Penn College electrical students help power park

Ian J. Chilcote, of Altoona, was one of 15 electrical technology students from tasked with installing electrical power.

Pennsylvania College of Technology electrical students powered their education throughout the fall semester by employing their skills at a regional park.

The 15 second-semester students installed electrical service at Lime Bluff Recreation Area in Hughesville. What began in the heat of August ended in December’s chill as the students worked about five hours a week at the complex.

“The work they did can’t be replicated in the lab due to the nature of it,” said Joseph R. Raup, instructor of electrical technology/occupations and teacher of the Construction Lab II-Commercial course charged with the project. “We don’t have the area to do the trenching and the underground type of work.”

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Electrical students power their education at regional park

Second-semester students seeking an associate degree in electrical technology at Penn College installed electrical service to Lime Bluff Recreation Area in Hughesville throughout the fall semester. The 15 students gained four months of “real-world” experience as they provided lighting and outlets to a maintenance building and a park pavilion, granting a longtime wish of the East Lycoming Recreation Authority to bring electricity to the park. “They really saved us a ton of money, both in drafting and in electrical,” said Thomas Zavalydriga, project director for the authority. “I’ve been in management all my professional career and these students have done just an outstanding job from a professional … and a personal standpoint.”

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Penn College Awards Its First ROTC Scholarship

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, is the first recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC First-Year Scholarship. He is flanked by Lt. Col. Jonathon M. Britton, professor of military science for Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC, and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at the college.

Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, is the initial recipient of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Army ROTC First-Year Scholarship. The award covers tuition for Maly’s freshman year.

“We are proud to offer this scholarship for incoming ROTC students,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College. “For several years, ROTC students at the college have distinguished themselves in and out of the classroom. We have every expectation that Kurt will continue that tradition.”

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Ball Corp. Creates Pair of Scholarships at Penn College

Ball Corp., a leading supplier of metal packaging and aerospace technologies, has established two scholarship funds at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Diversity in Manufacturing and the Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Leaders scholarship funds each will provide annual $1,500 scholarship awards to students at Penn College.

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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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National HVAC Scholarship Awarded to Penn College Student

Nathan J. Lavallee

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from a coalition of longtime industry benefactors.

Nathan J. Lavallee, of Loganton, enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology (and continuing toward a bachelor’s degree in building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration) is among 40 recipients of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Rees Scholarship Foundation.

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Chevron Continues Support for Penn College

Chevron adds to investment in Penn College.

With a new gift of more than $150,000, Chevron Appalachia funding for Pennsylvania College of Technology scholarships and outreach in energy and manufacturing has surpassed $550,000.

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education office, Penn College recently was awarded funding of $150,302 from Chevron; the college has now received a total of $550,987 from Chevron’s Appalachia Partnership Initiative.

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Penn College’s Electrical Students Benefit From Equipment Donation

Phoenix Contact, with U.S. headquarters in Middletown, delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to Penn College recently to benefit students in four majors. From left are Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; Jon W. Hart, instructor of electrical technologies and co-department head of Electrical Technologies and Occupations; David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies; Eric Johnson, industrial sales engineer for Phoenix Contact; and Patrick Marty, vice president for college relations.

Students in four majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation by a prominent electrical engineering and automation company.

Phoenix Contact delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to be integrated into the college’s soon-to-be renovated PLC labs. Beginning in the fall semester, more than 60 students per academic year will use the components in the hands-on portion of several classes.

Those students will be seeking associate degrees in electrical technology, electromechanical maintenance technology, mechatronics engineering technology and on-site power generation.

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Thirteen Students Selected for Penn College NOW Scholarships

Penn College presented scholarships to 13 first-year students who took Penn College NOW courses. From left are Tavor T. Wadsworth, of Williamsport; Vincent R. Keene, of Downingtown; Kayley E. Johnson, of Bloomsburg; Monica A. McCarty, Penn College’s dual enrollment specialist; Michael L. Gardner, of Williamsport; Warren E. Knipe, of Liberty; and Tanya Berfield, the college’s manager of college transitions. Additional recipients not in the photo are: Cheyenne N. Greene, of Jersey Shore; Deontae Z. Johnson, of Selinsgrove; Kylee E. Kelley, of Lock Haven; Tyler W. Miller, of Montgomery; Luke B. Walter, of Millmont; Brittany M. Weiskopff, of Blossburg; Clayton T. Welch, of Benton; and Jeremy M. Wolfgang, of Allenwood.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently recognized 13 first-year students who received Penn College NOW scholarships.

The recipients completed Penn College courses during high school as part of the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The group was honored during an Oct. 27 reception.

To be eligible, students must have successfully completed at least one Penn College NOW course, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Penn College NOW classes, enroll in Penn College as a full-time freshman student for the fall semester after high school graduation, and maintain a 2.5 GPA at Penn College as an enrolled student.

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Penn College to Sponsor Apprenticeship Programs

Penn College is presented with a Certificate of Registration for new apprentice training programs in mechatronics and CNC. From left are Eric Ramsay, director, Apprenticeship and Training Office, state Department of Labor & Industry; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development, Labor & Industry; Shannon Munro (holding National Apprenticeship Week proclamation), vice president for workforce development at Penn College; Christopher Ray (holding certificate), the college's executive director of business development; John Paul, business engagement coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.; Sara Gligora, Ramsay's executive assistant; and James Chiarchiaro, Keystone Development Partnership.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing the manufacturing skills gap by sponsoring apprenticeship training programs for regional companies.

The Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Office recently approved the college’s programs focusing on mechatronics and computer numerical control occupations. As sponsor, the college will oversee all elements, including related classroom training and collection of records from the companies offering on-the-job training.

“Through sponsorship, Penn College is able to bring companies together in a way that reduces cost and minimizes administrative burden,” said Christopher P. Ray, executive director of business development for workforce development and continuing education. “The benefits to manufacturers are considerable when you add industry-recognized credentials and delivery methods tailored to company schedules.”

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Apprenticeships Announced During State Officials’ Campus Visit

With the help of Jacob M. Endy, of Pottstown, a sophomore in mechatronics engineering technology, Cipriani measures rotation speed.
With the help of Jacob M. Endy, of Pottstown, a sophomore in mechatronics engineering technology, Cipriani measures rotation speed.
Seth J. Balkey, of State College, a junior in applied technology studies, is among students giving Cipriani and Ramsay a tour of the mechatronics lab.
Seth J. Balkey, of State College, a junior in applied technology studies, is among students giving Cipriani and Ramsay a tour of the mechatronics lab.
The guests share a laugh with David M. Zlotnicki, of Oil City, a Presidential Student Ambassador majoring in electronics and computer engineering technology.
The guests share a laugh with David M. Zlotnicki, of Oil City, a Presidential Student Ambassador majoring in electronics and computer engineering technology.

As Pennsylvania marks National Apprenticeship Week, the commonwealth’s deputy secretary for workforce development announced mechatronics technician and CNC operator apprenticeships during a visit to Penn College on Friday. “The Wolf administration supports the growth and expansion of apprenticeship programs as a viable way to develop a pool of high-skilled, qualified talent for employers,” Eileen Cipriani said at an afternoon gathering in the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. “Creating new apprenticeship programs … not only helps meet regional employment needs, but provides job seekers with valuable hands-on training that leads to family-sustaining jobs.” Watch PCToday for more on the new apprenticeships.