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11.22.2022

Brawling ‘bots again thrill Field House spectators

With confidence to spare and skill beyond his years – not to mention an encouraging fan base – a 6-year-old takes to the controls. Wildcat Class of 2038, perhaps?
With confidence to spare and skill beyond his years – not to mention an encouraging fan base – a 6-year-old takes to the controls. Wildcat Class of 2038, perhaps?
A SWORD tool chest is stocked with gadgets and gizmos a-plenty ...
A SWORD tool chest is stocked with gadgets and gizmos a-plenty …
... because "vehicle" maintenance is always a priority.
… because “vehicle” maintenance is always a priority.
Action in the arena
Action in the arena
A crowd-pleasing event delivers yet again!
A crowd-pleasing event delivers yet again!

The Student Wildcats of Robotic Design hosted its Fall Robot Competition in Penn College’s Field House on Saturday, a popular seasonal display of teamwork, problem-solving and flat-out excitement. Winners in the Antweight class (1-pound robots) were “Tax Evasion,” first place; “Trash Panda,” second; and “Off-Brand Paper Towels,” third. Topping the Beetleweight class (3-pound robots) were “Thunder Child,” first place; “Cortex,” second; and “Adrift,” third.
Photos by Frank T. Kocsis III, student photographer

Events STEM Students
09.28.2022

President delivers keynote for STEAM Academy launch

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Michael J. Reed delivered the keynote address Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly launched River Valley School District’s STEAM (Science, Math, Engineering, the Arts and Math) Academy in Indiana County.

The academy, which is at the school district’s Saltsburg campus, about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh, is a workforce development initiative focusing on meeting the list of Pennsylvania in-demand occupations for high-priority occupations, as well as in-demand career pathways.

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General Information President STEM
08.10.2022

New Penn College civil engineering faculty returns ‘home’

When Ruth A. Hocker first visited Pennsylvania College of Technology, she didn’t know of civil engineering. Nearly a quarter century after that fateful day, Hocker is back on campus preparing tomorrow makers for the rewarding field.

The new civil engineering technology instructor is more than the first full-time female faculty member in the Materials Science & Engineering Technologies Division that Penn College formed in 2020. Hocker is an industry leader, specializing in water resources and management. The engineer has shared her expertise throughout the world but has never forgotten where it was cultivated.

“My entire career and everywhere that it has taken me started right here on this campus,” said Hocker, who graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. “I think it’s always been in the back of my mind that I would love to be able to come back and teach.”

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07.26.2022

Pre-College Programs move campers miles ahead

A second week of Pre-College Programs, providing an absorbing midmonth bill of fare, winningly delivered eight more options for teenagers looking for purposeful summer diversion. Attracting both the well-traveled and the close-to-home, the latest Penn College sessions covered a range of career-focused opportunity: Automotive Restoration; Design, Build & Grow (landscape and horticulture); Diesel Truck & Heavy Equipment; Fundamentals of Emergency Response; Graphic Design Summer Studio; the first-time offerings of Have Your Cake & Decorate It, Too and Non-Destructive Testing; and Thingamajig Fabricators. This photo gallery provides a sampling of the visitors’ enlightening encounters with their potential futures, with a slightly heavier dose of the inaugural cake-decorating camp … because who doesn’t want an extra helping of cake? (Readers can also relive the first round of Pre-College Programs, published elsewhere on PCToday.)

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Art & Graphic Design Automated Manufacturing & Machining Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Collision Repair & Restoration Diesel & Power Generation Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Heavy Equipment Landscape/Horticulture Nursing & Health Sciences Plastics & Polymer STEM Students Welding
07.19.2022

My Tomorrow previews a not-so-distant future

A second week of Penn College’s My Tomorrow day camp (July 12-15) led middle-school students down more time-tested roads to career success and personal fulfillment. The program – again sponsored by the Soars Family – followed the template of the first: offering sixth through eighth graders an enviable palette of hands-on options, from emergency preparedness and health sciences to concrete, aviation and electrical.

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07.07.2022

Don’t put off until ‘tomorrow’ what you can learn today!

The first installment of Penn College’s My Tomorrow day camp (June 28 to July 1) provided middle-schoolers with a hands-on canvas on which to envision their own futures. The program, sponsored for the second year by the Soars Family, allowed students to explore any number of pathways – all of which lead to rewarding careers in fields that are never out of favor. Another session, equally popular given the sold-out registration, is set for July 12-15.

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Business, Arts & Sciences Engineering Technologies Events Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences STEM Students
06.25.2022

What better way to prep for college!

Nearly 140 campers from near and far participated in the past week’s seven Pre-College Programs, giving teens a taste of Penn College through an engrossing variety of academic adventure and social interaction: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience, Automotive Technology, Aviation, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs and Health Careers.

A second week of camps, featuring an equally tantalizing menu of opportunities spread among eight more programs, convenes in mid-July.  Registrants for both weeks hail from 14 states – some from as far away as Connecticut, Florida and Virginia – and include a camper from Santiago, Chile!

Don’t think high school students are the only ones in on the fun, however! Pre-College Programs include My Tomorrow, a middle school career exploration day camp sponsored by the Soars family, from June 28 to July 1 and July 12-15.

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Architecture & Sustainable Design Automotive Aviation Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business, Arts & Sciences Civil Engineering & Surveying Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Engineering Technologies Makerspace Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant Physician Assistant STEM Students Welding
06.21.2022

‘There’s so much to love here!’

Ready to see what hands-on learning is all about? Here’s a teasing glimpse of the action that’s set to unfold in the Pennsylvania College of Technology episode of The College Tour, produced nationally and streaming on Amazon Prime when Season Five drops on Aug. 31:

 

Now that your interest is piqued, watch the full episode at Penn College’s College Tour website. Filmed over five days during the spring semester and edited into 27 brisk minutes, the video features 10 standout students in dedicated segments: Ashlee Felix, human services & restorative justice (Business, Arts & Sciences); Caila N. Flanagan, who earned two business degrees (Wildcat Life); Alejandro F. Huaman, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration alumnus (Engineering Technologies); Dacia J. James, dental hygiene (Nursing & Health Sciences); Jesse D. Laird V, a nursing student and ROTC cadet (Commitment to Service); Danielle E. Malesky, construction management (Momentum Guaranteed); Maggie J. Mangene, a softball player and heating, ventilation & air conditioning design technology student (Stay Wild); Wesley S. McCray, an engineering design technology grad (Future Made by Hand); Kathryn A. Plankenhorn, physician assistant studies (Explore Campus & Beyond); and automotive technology management alumnus Dhruv Singh (Come Ready, Leave Prepared). After hearing their stories and getting the inside track on campus life, we’re sure you’ll agree with host Alex Boylan that “There’s so much to love here!”

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05.04.2022

Revisiting an award-winning outreach program

The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter's banner.
The five Cadettes pose in lab, amid robots and the IEEE chapter’s banner.
The team that delivered a "outstanding" program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
The team that delivered a “outstanding” program (from left): Chesebrough, Ocampo, Daily, Knepp, Heberlig, Jones, Nimoy, Watson, Highland and Long.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Ocampo works with the visiting Girl Scouts.
Penn College students and Cadettes assemble for an all-inclusive group photo.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day's three badge sessions.
Dailey and Ocampo enlighten the Scouts in one of the day’s three badge sessions.

Recognition as Penn College’s “Outstanding Program of the Year” among student organizations begs a deeper dive into the resourcefulness that brought the campus IEEE chapter such acclaim.

Advised by Scott D. Neuhard, assistant professor of electronics, the club last month developed and executed a community service initiative that involved teaching a troop of Girl Scouts about robotics and allowed them to earn one badge each in programming, designing and showcasing a robot.

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Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students Women in STEM
04.28.2022

Gaming student makes vital connections as part of conference ‘family’

Troy E. Records Jr., set to graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology next month with two information technology degrees, was chosen as a Conference Associate for last month’s Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. The conference is the game industry’s premier professional event, championing game developers and the advancement of their craft, and the compensated corps of CAs helps make everything go smoothly.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Information Technology STEM Students
04.08.2022

Tools of engagement

Young minds (and the busy hands that accompany them) were thoroughly spellbound at Thursday’s Science Festival in the Field House, where area elementary and middle school students and their families stepped into an astonishing STEM playground. Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce partnered with exhibitors for three hours of demonstrations and activities designed to ignite an enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math. “We had 403 participants, which is very exciting considering we missed a year and weren’t able to host the fifth grade daytime event based on uncertainty over COVID during planning,” said Tanya Berfield, director of K-12 Outreach, whose office coordinated the highly popular and interactive event.  “The vendor reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, too!” Penn College was well-represented among those exhibitors, with contributions from the Alpha Chi honor society, the ConCreate Design Club, the Electrical Technology and Nursing departments, and the LEAP Center.

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04.05.2022

Community invited to Science Festival on April 7

Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce invite area elementary and middle school students and their families to a hands-on Science Festival in the Penn College Field House on Thursday, April 7.

The festival, scheduled 5 to 8 p.m., is intended to make learning fun and features activities designed to spark excitement about science, math, engineering and technology.

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College Transitions Events Faculty & Staff STEM Students
03.17.2022

Penn College engineering design student interns at BMW

As a child, Dillon J. DeWitt spent countless hours playing with Legos, reveling in the design and assembly challenges and possibilities. As a Pennsylvania College of Technology student, he’s traded those miniature plastic bricks for components of renowned luxury vehicles.

DeWitt, of Oakland, Maryland, is a product engineering intern for BMW Manufacturing Co. at its 7-million-square-foot facility near Spartanburg, South Carolina. The junior is juggling the full-time paid internship with online courses so he can graduate with a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology in May 2023.

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Engineering Design Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students
07.27.2021

Penn College ‘manufactures’ learning opportunity for teachers

Suzanne Mayberry wants to connect her high school students with manufacturing. Thanks to Pennsylvania College of Technology, she has more tools to accomplish that goal.

Penn College recently hosted a Manufacturing Externship Camp for Mayberry and 16 other secondary school teachers and guidance counselors throughout the state. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, the weeklong educational experience used tours, presentations and hands-on activities to expose the nontechnical educators to the realities of modern manufacturing and the sector’s rewarding career opportunities.

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02.05.2021

Penn College prof is the ‘CAD Whisperer’

In 22 years of teaching at Pennsylvania College of Technology, J.D. Mather has accumulated many titles. Assistant professor of engineering design technology. Master Teacher. Autodesk Inventor Certified Expert. Certified SolidWorks Professional.

And now … “CAD Whisperer.”

Like the other labels, “CAD Whisperer” reflects Mather’s expertise. But it promises to eclipse the other titles because it’s shared with the widest audience.

Mather has created a YouTube Channel, dubbed the “The CAD Whisperer,” to impart his vast knowledge in computer-aided design and engineering. The channel’s 120-plus videos are a hit with current students and an audience that extends far beyond his classroom.

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