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Penn College alumna uses gaming for goodwill

Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Anna-Maree Manciet, a tireless fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is joined by friends Miguel Betances (left) and Zachary Whitten. Betances is a former St. Jude patient, who served as Manciet’s co-host for a recent livestreaming fundraising event; Whitten created St. Jude PLAY LIVE.

Whether accessed on a smartphone, a personal computer or an elaborate home system, video games are the nation’s leading source of entertainment. According to the Entertainment Software Association, about 65% of American adults play video games.

Anna-Maree Manciet is one of the estimated 164 million adult gamers. But for the Pennsylvania College of Technology alum, gaming is much more than entertainment. It’s a source of goodwill, both for herself and countless others.

Since graduating from Penn College in 2013, Manciet’s video game prowess has led to personal healing, a thriving career and nearly $88,000 raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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February 25, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

Welding lab gets cross-country exposure through FOX News

The journalist tells viewers that Penn College welding students have to complete a minimum of 144 hours of hands-on lab experience.

The media spotlight on Penn College’s expanded welding lab shone brightly – and nationally – this week, attracting a visit from Philadelphia-based FOX News reporter Katie Byrne. The multimedia journalist spent much of Tuesday morning in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, talking with students and administration from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. She also captured considerable video footage of the enhanced instructional space, resulting in online and broadcast versions of her story. The latter was distributed to FOX affiliates throughout the country, airing on Byrne’s home station (FOX29) Friday evening and during weekend newscasts on the FOX News cable network.

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Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Welding

Eyewitness News reporter goes ‘under the mask’ for welding story

Maenza, of Sayre, by one of the college's new robotic welders.
Maenza, of Sayre, by one of the college’s new robotic welders.
Allen, co-department head for welding, gets the on-air treatment.
Allen, co-department head for welding, gets the on-air treatment.
Parrish talks with Digan, of Mifflinburg.
Parrish talks with Digan, of Mifflinburg.

Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish toured the expanded welding lab in the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center on Wednesday, interviewing instructor Michael R. Allen along with welding and fabrication engineering technology students Josiah D. Maenza and Cinnamon A. Digan. For her piece, Parrish donned a safety helmet and embraced just one of the hands-on opportunities that Penn College students regularly experience. “Adds welder to resume,” she tweeted in advance of her report on WBRE/WYOU and pahomepage.com.

February 19, 2020
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Faculty member, alum attend international 3D showcase

Walker and Allebach reunite at an industry event in Nashville, Tenn.
Walker and Allebach reunite at an industry event in Nashville, Tenn.

An assistant professor of engineering design technology attended 3DExperience World 2020, a Feb. 9-12 event dedicated to the three-dimensional design and engineering community.

Penn College’s Katherine A. Walker was among those on hand at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, to explore the latest innovations in 3D design, data management, simulation and manufacturing.

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February 17, 2020
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Welding expansion attracts Newswatch 16 coverage

Backed by an impressive commemoration of the donors who made the facility possible, Keating talks with Rhoades.
Backed by an impressive commemoration of the donors who made the facility possible, Keating talks with Rhoades.
Recording some welding in "Pipe Alley"
Recording some welding in “Pipe Alley”
Allen adds faculty insight to the interviews.
Allen adds faculty insight to the interviews.

A WNEP reporter visited Penn College’s Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center this week, preparing a piece about the expanded (and recently dedicated) welding lab. Chris Keating interviewed welding and fabrication engineering technology majors Natalie J. Rhoades, of Weedville, and Sara D. Stafford, of West Chester, as well as instructor Michael R. Allen. The story premiered during Wednesday’s evening newscasts.

February 12, 2020
Alumni Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies STEM Students Welding

Penn College welding expansion sparks opportunities

Penn College’s expanded and enhanced welding lab, unveiled in dedication ceremonies on Feb. 6, is featured in a new video on the college’s YouTube channel. At 55,000-plus square feet, it is believed to be the largest such facility in higher education nationwide. Thanks, in part, to $2.5 million in corporate support, the lab includes an electron beam welder, CNC plasma cutters, laser welding, automation and robotics, and 124 individual welding booths. “It’s really important for us to take this opportunity to come alongside a school like Penn College in a way that enables the educators to do what they do best, and that’s to really teach and inspire these kids,” said Miller Electric’s Dave Lambert. “And when you feel and see that kind of commitment and dedication to the future of the industry and the future of trades, it’s easy to want to be involved.” The college enrolls about 300 welding students, and graduates of the program have nearly a 100% placement rate.

February 11, 2020
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College celebrates expanded welding lab, industry partners

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour deftly wields a plasma cutter to sever a metal ribbon during a dedication ceremony for a greatly expanded welding facility at the college.

An expanded and enhanced welding lab – at 55,000-plus square feet, believed to be the largest such facility in higher education nationwide – was dedicated on Feb. 6 at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Welding Expansion Project, funded in part by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, added 35,000 square feet of instructional space to the lab in the college’s Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center, allowing for enrollment of up to 60 more welding students annually – more than 300 in total.

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Penn College manufacturing students earn scholarships

Four Pennsylvania College of Technology students received scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International: Tyler J. Bandle, of Slatington, and John A. Provenza Jr., of Marysville, automated manufacturing technology; Sean A. Bush, of Williamsport, electrical technology; and Cinnamon A. Digan, of Mifflinburg, welding and fabrication engineering technology.

Four Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among 14 nationwide to receive scholarships from a foundation dedicated to promoting skilled manufacturing careers.

The $1,500 to $2,500 scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, are for full-time students enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study.

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February 5, 2020
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Farm Show activities illustrate Penn College’s hands-on magnetism

Sixth-graders from Fleetwood Area Middle School in Berks County proudly show off their keepsake aircraft, some of the 70 or so built at the college's booth that day.

Penn College’s inspiring majors made their customary splash throughout the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg (Jan. 4-11), as a rotating regiment of subject experts satisfied each day’s crowds – intellectually and nutritionally – at the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo. In addition to the photo gallery below, the college’s involvement was covered by the Pennsylvania Cable Network and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, which featured the schools of Nursing & Health Sciences and Business & Hospitality in its editions.

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All ‘signs’ point to Penn College grad’s success

Cory D. Karges

Walking amid the collage of colors highlighting attractions and the buzz of anticipation emanating from thousands of patrons, Cory D. Karges resembles a typical tourist. In his untucked brown polo shirt, jeans and white sneakers, he purposely blends into the sun-soaked crowd at the Universal Orlando Resort.

But his connection to the famous destination and other world-renowned parks stands out.

The Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate is the design manager for the company responsible for much of the creative signage – from bold marquees to tiny arrow markers – that complement and enhance the inviting themes of Universal’s various thrill rides, restaurants and hotels.

“When you go into the park and you’re standing next to something that you’ve made, and a family comes up and takes a picture of it, you’re like, ‘Oh that’s cool!’ The thing that I made that nobody thinks about is probably in hundreds, thousands of pictures on Facebook and Instagram,” Karges said. “It’s way better for me than making widgets, that’s for sure.”

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January 8, 2020
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College to help Farm Show patrons ‘imagine’ career possibilities

Assembling a truss bridge at the Pennsylvania College of Technology booth, Bret A. Yetter – a surveying technology major from Liverpool – was among those welcoming visitors to the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Students and employees will return to the complex from Jan. 4-11 to showcase the variety of careers represented by Penn College’s six academic schools.

A New Year’s tradition – Pennsylvania College of Technology’s eye-opening participation in the nation’s largest indoor agricultural attraction – is about to be renewed.

Knowledgeable students and employees will busily represent the college at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, and personify the event’s 2019 theme of “Imagine the Opportunities.”

“We always look forward to showcasing the excitement of our academic programs. This is a great opportunity to introduce Farm Show visitors to the opportunities a Penn College degree provides,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost. “With so many visitors from across the commonwealth, we also enjoy connecting with our alumni attending the event.”

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December 19, 2019
Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Welding

Emeritus status approved for longtime faculty member

Robert M. Vaughn, in an archival photo from November 2002

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors has approved faculty emeritus status for Robert M. Vaughn, who taught welding at the institution for nearly four decades.

Vaughn retired in August after 39 years of service to Penn College and its immediate predecessor, Williamsport Area Community College.

Vaughn’s nominating documentation noted the many roles he played in addition to serving with distinction on faculty, including “advisor and mentor to the students, as well as other faculty members, in and out of the classroom.”

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December 12, 2019
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WACC alum’s emotional return ‘best day’ ever

Accompanied by Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations, Lee I. Miller, ’67, shows off the WACC parking pass he paid a few cents for in the mid-1960s, along with his class ring.

A 1967 Williamsport Area Community College graduate’s longtime dream came true recently when he toured the college’s Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center and Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center.

Lee Miller came to Williamsport Technical Institute as a student in Fall 1965, fresh out of high school. He said that, seven weeks after his arrival, the institute became Williamsport Area Community College. (In 1989, it transformed into Pennsylvania College of Technology.)

He graduated with a machinist general certificate. While a student, Miller roomed at 955 W. Fourth St., where he paid $60 a month.

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December 6, 2019
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Student competition seeks design concepts for renamed campus facility

Larry A. Ward

Courtesy of a generous donation from Larry A. Ward, an engineering drafting technology alumnus, the Machining Technologies Lab will receive all new equipment, paint, lighting and fixtures. Ward’s leadership gift will be permanently recognized, with the Machining Technologies Center being renamed in his honor.

This gift is also sparking a Tomorrow Makers contest, in which Pennsylvania College of Technology students are encouraged to help in designing a fitting sign/sculpture/artwork that includes the name “Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center” and tells the story of what takes place within the building.  Students may work individually or in teams of up to five.

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November 26, 2019
Aviation Faculty & Staff Industrial Design Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Curricular collaboration puts design students in pilot’s seat

Industrial design students get hands-on access to college's aircraft fleet.
Industrial design students get hands-on access to college’s aircraft fleet.

On Tuesday evening, in a cooperative effort between the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, students enrolled in Ergonomics and Kinesiology (BIX220) explored several aircraft at the Lumley Aviation Center. Jason P. Zielewicz teaches the course, which is a study of human factors as they relate to design. The industrial design students sat on the flight deck of Penn College’s Boeing 727 to delve into the complexity of its controls and how they correspond to the pilot’s seating position. The students also got a look at the flight deck of the school’s Dassault Falcon 20 business jet, and viewed several smaller airplanes and helicopters. They will use the knowledge gained at the aviation center to refine their design-concept assignments. At the end of the course, the students will build a full-scale design of an automobile, aircraft or spacecraft, and test it using anthropometric people.
Information and photo by Thomas D. Inman, associate professor of aviation

November 21, 2019