Last updated March 23, 2017 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, PIRC, Plastics & Polymer, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | Leave a comment
News about Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
PlastiVan’s Visit Showcased in Industry Publications
February’s extended visit from the PlastiVan is featured in the latest issue of Thermoforming Quarterly, a Journal of the Thermoforming Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Photos by Larry D. Kauffman, a digital publishing specialist/photographer at Penn College – including a cover shot taken at the Feb. 16 Science Festival in the Field House – and a two-page article colorfully recap the hands-on peek at plastics careers: Thermoforming Quarterly
The PlastiVan is also featured in a piece by Eve Vitale, SPE Foundation director, published in Plastics Engineering.
PPL Field Manager Emphasizes Workplace Safety in Classroom Talk
Chuck Wood, field manager of distribution operations for PPL Electric Utilities, was a guest speaker at Andrew R. Wolfe’s Accident Prevention class Tuesday night. Wolfe, a part-time instructor of electrical technology/occupations, invited him to talk about the importance of safety in the workplace. Wood supervises and directs maintenance of all substations, low-tension networks and underground utilities in PPL’s Susquehanna and Central divisions (Williamsport, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton).
Photo by Grace F. Clark, student photographer
Last updated March 23, 2017 | Posted in Electrical, Faculty & Staff, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
Get a Jump on Your Future at Penn College’s April 1 Open House
For more than 100 years, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors have tailored their curricular offerings to students’ dreams and employers’ needs. That responsiveness to businesses and their future employees – and the flexibility to foresee tomorrow’s jobs – will be on ample display at the college’s April 1 Open House.
All of the institution’s newest opportunities, as well as the rewarding careers in time-tested fields, will be available to visitors at the college.
“Open House is such a great opportunity for students and their families to experience what makes Penn College such a unique place to learn,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through countless activities, prospective students will get an insider’s glimpse of life as a Penn College student.”
Last updated March 9, 2017 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Dining Services, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Sports, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Hypertherm Entrusts Equipment to Penn College Welding Program
Hypertherm, a Hanover, New Hampshire-based manufacturer of plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems used in industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing and automotive repair, is entrusting equipment to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in its welding program.
Penn College and Hypertherm have entered into a two-year agreement for two Hypertherm Powermax105® plasma system units and three Hypertherm Powermax65® plasma system units. The company, which was founded in 1968 and has 1,300 associates worldwide, previously provided educational software to the college in 2015.
Last updated March 7, 2017 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, Welding | Leave a comment
PIRC Partner Donates Plastics Processing Equipment to College
A longtime proponent of STEM education in the United States is giving students at Pennsylvania College of Technology valuable hands-on experience through its donation of plastics processing equipment.
As part of its i3 Give corporate giving program, Covestro LLC has donated a complete advanced co-extrusion sheet processing unit to Penn College. Covestro will also provide faculty and students with expert on-site training – including demonstration tooling – to initiate the project.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to help Penn College elevate its curriculum in this tangible way,” noted Mark Matsco, director of application development for Covestro LLC. “Giving students access to this equipment not only enhances their skill set, but also helps us continue our mission to support improved STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.”
Last updated March 7, 2017 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, PIRC, Plastics & Polymer, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | Leave a comment
IT Faculty Member Adds Perspective to Cybersecurity Blog
An interview with Lisa Bock, an assistant professor of computer information technology at Penn College, has been published in the blog of a New York-based digital forensics and cybersecurity intelligence firm. LIFARS conducted the Q&A with Bock for its “What’s on Your Network?” feature. She has taught a variety of courses that include networking, security, biometrics, protocol vulnerabilities, Cisco Certified Network Associate Security, and requirements analysis. She is also an author for Lynda.com, a repository of video tutorials taught by industry experts.
Last updated March 2, 2017 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology | Leave a comment
College Students Help Schoolchildren ‘Tinker’ With STEM Concepts
Students from Penn College’s Society of Inventors and Mad Scientists recently worked with Jackson Primary School kindergartners to third-graders, helping them explore the world of design and invention in the school’s “Tinker Town.” Launched in 2014 through a $1,500 mini-grant from the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation, the after-school program provides a hands-on environment that challenges children to think creatively and critically while exploring science, technology, engineering and math. “The students did a great job of playing with the kids and helping them use their discovery toys,” said Thomas E. Ask, industrial design professor and club adviser. Taking part were industrial design majors Sean P. Christy, of Coatesville; Meghan J. Herman, of Jersey Shore; Anthony D. Sipe, of York; and Samantha M. Via, of Williamsport.
Photos by Lynne E. Piotrowski, Title I reading specialist, Williamsport Area School District
Last updated March 1, 2017 | Posted in Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | Leave a comment
Penn College Embraces the PlastiVan
The Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program recently visited Penn College to educate area students about the wonders of plastics and the rich career opportunities in the field. Students enjoyed hands-on activities revealing the power of plastics and toured the college’s plastics labs. Sekisui SPI sponsored the PlastiVan’s visit at the college, which is featured in this YouTube video:
Last updated February 22, 2017 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, PIRC, Plastics & Polymer, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Campus Science Festival Entertains as It Inspires
More than 1,500 fifth-graders from nearly a dozen local and area school districts participated in Thursday’s sixth annual Science Festival at Penn College, gaining hands-on insight into a host of related careers. The youngsters were treated to a variety of captivating campus demonstrations during the day, and families were invited to a Field House full of attractions during the three-hour evening session.
Last updated February 17, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, College Transitions, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Company Establishes Plastics Scholarship at Penn College
A leading global thermoplastics company will reward students’ interest in plastics by establishing two $7,000 scholarships at Pennsylvania College of Technology for Fall 2017.
Preference for the Sekisui SPI Workforce Development Scholarship will be given to first-year students seeking a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology, who reside in Pennsylvania or Michigan and rank in the top third of their high school graduating class.
Last updated February 16, 2017 | Posted in General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, Scholarships | Leave a comment
National Publication Tours College’s Career-Making Labs
Amanda Carlson, associate editor of Practical Welding Today magazine, visited campus on Wednesday for an upcoming story focusing on how colleges are preparing students for modern manufacturing careers. Carlson toured several college labs, including machining, advanced manufacturing, rapid prototyping and welding. She also spent time talking with faculty and staff and members of the college’s SAE Baja team. It’s anticipated that Carlson’s story incorporating her Penn College experience will appear in the May/June issue of the publication.
Last updated February 16, 2017 | Posted in Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Collision Repair & Restoration, Engineering Design Technology, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, Welding | Leave a comment
Hands-On Experience Turns Chemistry Course Into Career Path
Seventy Keystone Central School District chemistry students converged on Penn College on Tuesday to learn how their chemistry lessons apply to the field of plastics. During a four-hour stay on campus, they took part in a variety of plastics experiments courtesy of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program. Under the instruction of SPE Foundation Director Eve Vitale, the students learned about the chemistry of plastics and future career options while they made several polymers of their own. The PlastiVan’s visit was sponsored by Sekisui SPI, of Bloomsburg. The program travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about the chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and application of plastics, all through hands-on experiences that spark scientific curiosity. In addition, the Keystone Central students took student-led tours of the college’s plastics and polymer laboratories and of the campus. More than half of the students in attendance are enrolled in Penn College’s Fundamentals of Chemistry course, taught during the school day by Keystone Central instructors through the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program.
Last updated February 15, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer, Students | Leave a comment
Gaming Student Mentors Teen in Potentially Life-Changing Encounter
Pennsylvania College of Technology facilitated “A Little Love” this month for a young technology fan available for adoption. The college’s gaming and simulation lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center hosted WBRE-TV’s monthly segment that showcases children seeking a permanent family. Chris Langlois, WBRE’s morning co-anchor, watched Penn College information technology sciences-gaming and simulation student James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, share his expertise with 13-year-old Mitchell. The Feb. 5 experience served as a confidence booster and career-exploration activity for the teenager, who proved to be a quick study in developing a computer game. (He even created a personalized second level to the game during the 60-minute lesson!) The segment aired throughout the day on Wednesday and is available online.
Last updated February 14, 2017 | Posted in Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Information Technology, Students | This gallery contains 8 photos. | Tagged as gallery | 2 Comments
Families Invited for Night of Hands-On Science
Hands-on science fun is the focus of an evening designed for local families on Thursday, Feb. 16, in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Field House.
The college will team up with Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce to offer the city’s sixth annual Science Festival from 5 to 8 p.m.
The event features hands-on activities geared toward elementary and middle school students and their families, presented by local businesses and organizations, including school and college-affiliated groups. The event is intended to make learning fun and to stimulate children’s interest in math, science and exciting careers in related fields.
Last updated February 7, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, College Transitions, Events, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Plastics & Polymer | Leave a comment
Students Perform Well in Prestigious Builders’ Competition
A pair of teams comprising students from construction-related programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology admirably met the challenge of competition at the recent National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida.
A team representing associate-degree majors placed fifth in a field of 15 entrants from across the country in the Residential Construction Management Competition, and their colleagues from bachelor-degree majors finished 16th out of 35 institutions.
“The teams worked all of the fall semester on the problems given to them,” said Levon A. Whitmyer, instructor of building construction technology, noting that competition preparation is undertaken 100-percent outside of students’ class time. “The problems typically are future, real-world projects within the construction industry.”
Last updated January 27, 2017 | Posted in Architectural Technology, Building Construction, Civil Engineering & Surveying, Construction & Design Technologies, Faculty & Staff, Industrial Design, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Students | 2 Comments