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Blogger’s Campus Visit Produces Two More Glowing Posts

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A blogger who channels her own experiences as a national resource for parents of rising college students has added two more postings from her trip to Penn College earlier this spring. In “Why Choose Penn College,” Shaffer gives parents five sound reasons why the institution could be a good fit for their daughters and sons; another recent article talks up the variety of scholarship opportunities – and the college’s convenient way in which students can apply for all of them at once.

Presidential Interview Available Through SiriusXM Radio

President Davie Jane Gilmour

President Davie Jane Gilmour

A satellite radio appearance by Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour aired twice Thursday and is available through SiriusXM’s On Demand feature. The president was interviewed for a segment on Wharton Business Radio (Channel 111) while at the Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City on June 9-10. “Technology is in every program we have,” Gilmour told Dan Loney, host of Knowledge@Wharton. “We talk about the fact that our programs and our majors are recession-proof. If you need an HVAC technician, building automation – the building we’re in today is being controlled by computers in a back room (regulating) our comfort, our ability to hear and function. Those programs and majors are in great demand. Young people today want to do something with technology, so, whether it’s computer animation or cybersecurity or any kind of automotive repair or construction management, there’s technology in all of it. Students are coming to us because they see the value of this diverse education. You don’t grow up thinking about being a plastics technologist, you don’t grow up thinking about having a four-year degree in welding and fabrication, taking the metal to places it’s never been. So as we do career awareness, we’re seeing many more first-time college-goers coming to Penn College. College, for us, is no longer, ‘I’m coming to find myself.’ Students who come to us are saying, ‘I know where I want to be. Help me get there.'” The interview also covered the college’s interdisciplinary approach to learning – 3-D printing students helping automotive restoration majors, for instance – as well as transfer opportunities, the exercise science major beginning this fall, programs such as SMART Girls that steer young women toward technological careers, and the president’s rewarding involvement at the helm of Little League Baseball.

National Blogger Touts Penn College in Two More Posts

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A national higher-education blogger, offering parents of college-bound teens a lifeline in the sea of options, has posted two more articles distilled from her late-April visit to Penn College. In one of those postings, Suzanne Shaffer tells of the distinction between career preparation and merely getting a job after graduation. “That’s the key,” she writes. “Students at Penn College don’t just earn a degree; they discover their true passion and learn the skills to pursue it.” Shaffer’s other recent post, “Penn College Has a Vision for Tomorrow’s Students,” details the on-campus summer camps and the college’s “Degrees That Work” television series.

Blogger Writes About College’s ‘Working World Within’

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.

Impressive Projects Funded at Youth Leadership Graduation

The 2015 graduating class of Penn College’s Youth Leadership Program assembles on the stairs of the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted a ceremony May 7 for graduates of its annual Youth Leadership Program, announcing winners of the program’s Social Change Competition.

Thirty-three juniors from 11 secondary schools participated throughout the year in the program, which is designed to educate and motivate them to understand community needs and take an active leadership role in addressing them.

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More Than 900 Graduate in Spring Commencement Ceremonies
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Seeming superheroes keep their date with a diploma.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 15-16 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2015 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies were featured Saturday morning, while students from the the School of Health Sciences and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Matthew J. Glodowski, of Hainesport, New Jersey, awarded a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration on Friday; Andrew S. Manley, of Cogan Station, who earned two bachelor’s degrees – information technology sciences: gaming and simulation, and software development and information management on Saturday morning; and Bethany M. Reppert, of Minersville, who received a bachelor’s degree in applied human services Saturday afternoon. The college also bestowed three Excellence in Teaching Awards and three alumni awards.

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President Honors Co-Workers, Rallies College for ‘Tough Questions’ Ahead

President Davie Jane Gilmour closed out the 2014-15 academic year by recognizing the Penn College employees whose galvanizing work ethic will prevail against the formidable opportunities that await on the other side of summer break. “I am confident in our future and in our meeting the challenges that lie ahead,” she said. “As you well know, for me, they are opportunities. I hope you join me on the journey and continue to work to allow Penn College to become the national leader in applied technology education we deserve to be.”

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NPR Correspondent’s Visit Yields Second Story on Natural Gas Career Opportunities

Claire E. Kerstetter: ETEC-trained, wellfield-employed

Claire E. Kerstetter: ETEC-trained, wellfield-employed

A second National Public Radio report to emerge from a national correspondent’s recent visit – a three-and-a-half-minute piece on women’s increasing accessibility to energy jobs – aired Friday on “All Things Considered.” Jeff Brady’s “Oil Companies Look to Fill Employment Gap With More Women” includes interviews with Stephanie M. Puckly, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Spartansburg; Claire E. Kerstetter, of Lock Haven, who completed short-term training at Penn College’s Energy Technology Education Center; and college President Davie Jane Gilmour. (The latter two are also featured in the story’s print version.)

CAL Doubles as ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ During Pre-Show Tour
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It's the Jay & Jay Show, as Leno dons a Penn College restoration hat presented to him by Jay M. Rhoads, of South Williamsport.

Jay Leno, whose flair for comedy is matched by a passion for collectible automobiles, visited Penn College on Sunday prior to his evening performance at the Community Arts Center. Meeting with students, faculty and administrators in College Avenue Labs, Leno toured the automotive restoration and collision repair facilities, and took a quartet of vintage vehicles for a road test: a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport and a 1965 Ford Mustang.

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Board Authorizes Bond Refinancing

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday authorized refinancing of the college’s 2005 bond series to generate financial savings from reduced interest costs.

Refinancing, said Suzanne T. Stopper, vice president for finance/CFO, is being undertaken at this time because of favorable interest rates. Closing is expected in June.

The board action allows the college administration to request that the Lycoming County Authority issue tax-exempt bonds on the college’s behalf in an amount not to exceed $11 million. There is no new money included in the borrowing.

When first approved 10 years ago, the Series 2005 bond issue included money for capital projects – like construction of the Madigan Library and the Center for Business & Workforce Development – as well as funds for refinancing the 1997 series bonds.

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Reception Acknowledges Gifts Integral to Student Success

Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, talks with William Knecht, who, along with his wife, supports the Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement, talks with William Knecht, who, along with his wife, supports the Marie E. Knecht Scholarship.

President Davie Jane Gilmour thanks Virginia Thompson, treasurer of the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, which reached Heritage Society status on the Donor Wall.

President Davie Jane Gilmour thanks Virginia Thompson, treasurer of the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, which reached Heritage Society status on the Donor Wall.

The Donor Wall offers a reflective backdrop for Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, and friends.

The Donor Wall offers a reflective backdrop for Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, and friends.

The earliest arrivals mingle in the SASC lobby, a stellar setting for a distinguished event.

The earliest arrivals mingle in the SASC lobby, a stellar setting for a distinguished event.

The president welcomes guests, honorees' gifts by her side.

The president welcomes guests, honorees’ gifts by her side.

Individuals and corporations alike were recognized Tuesday night during the 11th annual reception for Friends of Penn College who provide significant support or planned gifts. Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour recognized new contributors and those whose ongoing benevolence in the past year elevated them to a new category on the Donor Wall in the Student and Administrative Services Center lobby.

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100-Year Memories Safely Cocooned … Until College Sesquicentennial

The General Services crew undertakes a weighty task.

The final activities of Penn College’s illustrious Centennial observance – the filling, sealing and installation of an institutional snapshot from that 2014 celebration – took place this week in a first-floor corner of Madigan Library. Various historical and commemorative items were loaded into the time capsule on Thursday, and the contents were sealed with argon gas the following day. On Wednesday morning, the high-grade, stainless steel container was maneuvered into a glass-block repository built by the School of Construction & Design Technologies. The time capsule and its archival treasure will remain undisturbed until reopened in 50 years. A montage of Centennial activities, colorfully and energetically composed from a year’s worth of photos, has been incorporated into a video on the Penn College YouTube channel.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Penn College Centennial Documentary Wins Telly Award

"Working Class"

“Working Class”

An ambitious documentary produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media has received a national honor.

“Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education” recently garnered a bronze Telly Award for outstanding achievement in the documentary category of the 36th annual competition.

Produced to commemorate the Centennial anniversary of the institution, the 60-minute documentary reveals myriad challenges the college has overcome in honoring the dignity of work. Interviews with key officials and national experts and archival photos and video bring to life the college’s enduring commitment to the working class.

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Countdown to the Centennial logo

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology. Read about the institution's history →

Why Choose Penn College? Students Know the Answer!

The latest addition to the Penn College YouTube Channel features three engaging students in a two-minute celebration of rigorous academics and high-energy campus life. Join Jessica N. Felton, a culinary arts and systems student from State College; Garrett D. Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, enrolled in welding and fabrication engineering technology; and aviation maintenance technology major Bryan M. Behm, of Fleetwood, as they share why they chose the college for their “degrees that work.” Then help spread the word through social media!

Get Acquainted With Penn College During March 28 Open House

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s March 28 Open House offers an excellent opportunity to explore “degrees that work.”

The diverse “degrees that work” offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college’s Open House on Saturday, March 28.

Held twice a year, Open House provides prospective students and their families a convenient opportunity to sample campus life and to explore bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs – “degrees that work” – in more than 100 distinct career areas.

“Spring Open House is an excellent opportunity to learn about our hands-on approach to learning in which students work with experienced faculty and the latest equipment and technologies,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “The entire campus is open for visitors to experience everything: our state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, dining facilities, residence halls, an active campus life and athletics. When you visit, you’ll know it’s the right place to earn your degree and launch your career.”

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