Last updated May 5, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff | Leave a comment
News about College Transitions
Faculty Open Middle Schoolers’ Eyes to Vocational Vistas
Middle schoolers had the run of campus on Monday, when they spent the day exploring “degrees that work” in all six of Penn College’s academic schools. Hosted by the College Transitions Office and guided by a multitude of Penn College faculty who provided 45-minute workshops and demonstrations, the students got a hands-on taste of the wide variety of careers they may choose to pursue.
Last updated May 17, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff | This gallery contains 16 photos. | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
Northern Tier Educators Hold Informative In-Service Day at College
Seventy-two educators from the Northern Tioga School District spent their scheduled in-service day at Penn College on Friday. The College Transitions Office scheduled a full day of professional development for the group, including tours of the college’s six academic schools, a keynote by President Davie Jane Gilmour on applied technology in the 21st century, and a conversation about how the college and school district can work together to face the challenges in educating students, led by Paul R. Watson, dean of academic services and college transitions, and Michael J. Reed, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications. The school district reached out to the college to arrange the professional development opportunity for its teachers, said Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions. “They wanted to look beyond the Northern Tier and see what other postsecondary institutions they can be in collaboration with,” she said.
‘Superhero’ Alliance Spotlights Dual-Enrollment Triumph
The success of Penn College NOW, the program that allows high school students to earn college credits through dual enrollment, is noted in a recent national blog post. “The Penn College NOW program has measured dramatic increases in student enrollment and matriculation rates,” writes Samantha Yi, business development associate for Signal Vine LLC. “Since 2013, the program enrollment has increased more than threefold, from 352 in 2013-14 to 1,234 students in 2015-16. In the 2015-16 school year, 32.57 percent of program participants matriculated to the college.” Signal Vine, a text-based communications platform to help schools keep their students aware of important college-access tasks, gathered the information at a conference on “Introducing the College in High School Alliance: Effective Strategies to Support College Affordability and Completion Through Dual Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment and Early College High Schools.” Paul R. Watson II, Penn College’s dean of academic services and college transitions, was among the panelists when the alliance was launched March 2 in Washington, D.C.
Last updated March 10, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, Faculty & Staff, General Information | 2 Comments
Statewide Presentations Champion Technical Dual Enrollment
A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s College Transitions staff recently co-presented sessions on dual enrollment at the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Conference on Integrated Learning and at the Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Administrators 27th Annual Education and Workforce Development Symposium.
At the gatherings, Monica A. McCarty, Penn College dual-enrollment specialist, joined Randy Zangara, career and technology education director for Williamsport Area High School, in presenting sessions titled “Dual Enrollment Partnerships: Technical coursework and a pathways approach.”
Through dual enrollment partnerships, high school students can take college courses, earning credit on both their high school and college transcripts.
Last updated February 28, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, Faculty & Staff | One 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
PPL Gift to Support Programs for High School Students
A $3,000 gift from PPL will help to support Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that provide innovative educational experiences to hundreds of Pennsylvania high school students.
The gift will benefit the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.
Last updated February 16, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information, Institutional Advancement | 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
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
UGI’s $25,000 Gift Supports Programs for High Schoolers
Pennsylvania College of Technology is the recent recipient of a $25,000 gift from UGI Utilities Inc. that will benefit innovative programs that serve hundreds of high school students.
The donation will help to support the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and its SMART Girls summer camp.
Last updated February 3, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information, Institutional Advancement | Leave a comment
First National Bank Gives $10,000 to Programs for High Schoolers
First National Bank representatives recently delivered a $10,000 gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support its SMART Girls and Penn College NOW programs, innovative offerings that benefit hundreds of high schoolers.
SMART Girls is a summer camp on the Penn College campus for girls in grades nine to 11. “SMART” stands for Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies. At the camp, girls experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology. During the 2016 event, the girls explored entrepreneurship, innovation and digital fabrication as they designed a business plan, a 3-D printed product and marketing materials.
Penn College NOW is the college’s nationally accredited dual-enrollment program. It enables academically qualified high school students to earn college credit through courses taught by Penn College-approved teachers at their high school or career and technology center. Forty-two such schools participate in Penn College NOW.
Last updated February 1, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information, Institutional Advancement | Leave a comment
Stabler Foundation Delivers Additional Scholarship Support
An endowment established in 2015 at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a $530,000 grant from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg is receiving an additional $540,000 in support from the foundation.
The $540,000 will support scholarships for students in the Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program who matriculate to Penn College as full-time students.
Penn College NOW is a nationally accredited dual-enrollment program. Penn College courses are taught by approved teachers at high schools and career and technology centers. There is no tuition cost to the participating students, and the program currently works with 42 partners across Pennsylvania.
Last updated January 31, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information, Institutional Advancement, Scholarships | Leave a comment
Series Acclimates Transfer Students to Penn College
Newly enrolled transfer students benefited this week from the first session in the “Transfer Transitions: Staying Connected” program being held this semester. When students transfer to Penn College with more than 15 credits, they are exempt from First Year Experience classes and miss out on valuable information about specific institutional processes. The series helps transfer students to network with one another, and to connect with campus resources and personnel to aid their success. Topics during the 90-minute presentation were campus involvement, Penn College procedures and policies (such as fairness and academic dishonesty), midterm grades and reports, scheduling and advising weeks, and career options and networking. Other sessions are scheduled for March 16 and April 18.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer
Last updated January 19, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, Events, Students | Leave a comment
Waste Management Gift Benefits Innovative Educational Programs
Waste Management recently provided $8,500 to Pennsylvania College of Technology to help support two innovative programs that serve high school students throughout Pennsylvania.
The gift will be used for the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.
Last updated January 18, 2017 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information, Institutional Advancement | Leave a comment
Biannual Conference Helps Educators Chart Students’ Path to Rewarding Careers
Secondary teachers, school counselors, co-op coordinators and administrators attended Friday’s College & Career Readiness Conference at Penn College. Among the highlights was a presentation by Hans Meeder, president of the National Center for College and Career Transitions, who detailed how alliances of business, community and education can develop career pathways for students. The twice-yearly event, coordinated by the College Transitions Office, also included breakout discussions, tours and “Have You Ever …?” hands-on demonstrations in a variety of majors.
Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer
Last updated November 18, 2016 | Posted in Admissions, College Transitions, Events, Faculty & Staff |
Partnership Brings STEM Concepts to Life for Area K-12 Students
Activities to teach science, math and creative thinking were the focus for four days when Pennsylvania College of Technology partnered with BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 (which serves the needs of schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties) to provide training from the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center.
For two days, 40 middle school teachers from across the state gathered in the college’s Penn’s Inn, where curriculum designers from NICERC led them through hands-on activities that the teachers can, in turn, use in their classrooms. For the next two days, high school teachers gathered.
The activities implement the “engineering design process.” In one of three modules middle school teachers practiced, they used common items – plastic foam cups, straws and cotton balls – to devise a vessel that would protect an egg when it was dropped from a second-floor balcony.
Last updated November 7, 2016 | Posted in College Transitions, General Information |