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Automotive Collision Repair & Restoration Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Collision repair with Shane V. McDonnell

As a child, Shane V. McDonnell became fascinated with cars. Now he’s following his longtime love by training for a career in collision repair technology. Working in hands-on labs with tools and equipment just like the pros use, McDonnell is building real-world experience. And when he’s done, he’ll walk away with structural, suspension, body, electrical and paint skills along with certifications from two industry leaders. “The big thing that drove me to Penn College in this major was the amount of time we spend working in the lab compared to the time we spend in the classroom,” the Dresher resident says in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “We take in either students’ or teachers’ cars. We write estimates. We order parts. We map out a repair plan. We do all the paint work, detail work, and it runs like an actual collision repair shop.”

March 5, 2020
Students

Saudi nursing student proud of educational journey

Samar Al-quraishThe On the Pulse news site continues its weeklong look at international students studying locally with a profile of Samar Al-quraish, a Saudi Arabian student in Penn College’s baccalaureate nursing major. “She’s connected to the community, she’s a leader on campus and she’s doing great in her classes,” says Shanin L. Dougherty, coordinator of international programs at the college. “She’s kind of the trifecta that we hope for.” Al-quraish shares a story of tenacity and triumph it took her several tries to qualify for the program in which her husband, Mohanad T., is also enrolled and candidly talks of homesickness, travel and holding on to her culture while adapting to a new one. A portrait of perseverance since traveling here in 2015, she has a clear message to herself:  “I will say, ‘I’m proud of you. You made it, you didn’t give up. And you changed a lot.'” she says. “Being abroad … made me grow up more. It was a big difference for me.”

March 5, 2020
Alumni Construction & Design Technologies Construction Management Faculty & Staff Students

Construction management at Penn College

From the boardroom to the job site, construction managers call the shots. They take the lead to ensure building projects are completed on time and within budget. Take a look at Penn College’s bachelor of science degree in construction management, meet a few soon-to-be construction managers and see how they’re preparing to rise to the top of this dynamic and exciting career field. “Ultimately, what I would love to do is just to go back to the community I’m from with the education I’ve gotten here,” says Zachary N. Wilkinson, of North Wales, one of the students included in a college YouTube video. “And then, maybe, change the skyline of Philadelphia.”

March 4, 2020
Faculty & Staff Students

News site profiles international students on local campuses

Po-Ju Sung
Po-Ju Sung

The On the Pulse local news site is in the midst of a weeklong series, highlighting international students who have found a home in Williamsport (and the college employees who have smoothed their path to adjustment). Following an introductory article that includes Shanin L. Dougherty, Penn College’s coordinator of international programs, the series continues with profiles of selected students. A recent posting, based on an interview conducted by Allison Lax, a creative writing major at Lycoming College, features Penn College student Po-Ju Sung, an applied management major from Taiwan. “I like it here,” says Po, who holds an associate degree in heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis. “I feel like I grew up here. Ideally, I would like to stay here, because it’s such a good area. I like it. You can go to the store really quick and then go to the country in 20 minutes. So I think if I have to leave here today and never come back here, I’ll be really sad … but it all depends where I get the job.”

March 4, 2020
Art and Graphic Design Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Graphic design students excel in national competition

Pennsylvania College of Technology graphic design student Ashley Tate, of Lewisburg, poses with her “Food Delivery Ads” entry, which captured a top honor in the national Flux Student Design Competition. Fifteen other designs by Penn College graphic design students won merit awards in the annual contest.

Sixteen design projects created by graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in the national Flux Student Design Competition.

“This is, by far, the best showing we’ve ever had in this contest,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design at Penn College. “Additionally, we are listed as winners among some of the best design schools in the country.”

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March 3, 2020
Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies Plastics & Polymer STEM Students

Plastics with student Sidney C. Trunzo

Penn College is home to a community of creators. Go-getters. Creative thinkers. And problem solvers who set out to master real-world skills. It’s where you’ll meet Sidney C. Trunzo, a plastics and polymer engineering technology student. Check out a video, added to the college’s YouTube channel, for a glimpse of her training in hands-on labs. Find out why she loves her major. And learn how this ABET-accredited program prepares Trunzo and her classmates to take the lead in a thriving industry. “I can relate my major to the real world, and I can instantly see the things I am learning about and how they apply to real life,” she says. “It’s just something different, something that you can change the world with, and I think it’s something that’s really important for the future.” A future made by hand.

March 2, 2020
Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Getting wind of science

Charles built a tower of cups, then – with Mom's valuable assistance – used wind power generated by an Airzooka to knock it down.
Charles built a tower of cups, then – with Mom’s valuable assistance – used wind power generated by an Airzooka to knock it down.
Albert (left) listens as a child explains how she knows the wind is blowing.
Albert (left) listens as a child explains how she knows the wind is blowing.
At one station, the children (with help from family) create air rockets from straws.
At one station, the children (with help from family) create air rockets from straws.
Caleb and his mother use a wind detector to judge the strength of a fan.
Caleb and his mother use a wind detector to judge the strength of a fan.

Friday’s blustery afternoon provided a timely backdrop for family participation in a “Leap Into Science” activity about wind at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center. Barbara J. Albert, director, and Linda S. Dellaquila, group leader, facilitated the workshop. Leap into Science, a national program designed to build interest and skills in science and literacy for children ages 3-10 and their families, was developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Penn College’s CLC is one of 45 sites throughout Pennsylvania offering the program.
Photos by Dellaquila

March 2, 2020
Penn College at Wellsboro Students Workforce Development

First nursing cohorts graduate from new Wellsboro facility

Twenty-two area residents, representing cohorts from Coudersport and Wellsboro, recently graduated from Penn College at Wellsboro’s practical nursing program. Front row (seated, from left): Tonya Gail, Kelcee Kilpatrick, Kathi Crooks and Shyana Miller. Back row (from left): Rena Brown, Heather DeHaven, Courtney Watkins, Lindsay Brown, Susan Lenker, Amanda Hand, Cindy Weidler, Emily Bastion, Leanne McIntyre, Lacey Boyd, Heather Crowley, Rachelle Weimer, Melissa Hartman, Autumn Jackson, Meagan Knapp-Moore, Katie Thomas, Julie Conner and Jessica Smith.

WELLSBORO, Pa. – Twenty-two students recently graduated from Penn College at Wellsboro’s practical nursing program, the first to fulfill their requirements at a facility dedicated in May.

The ceremony was held in the Deane Center for the Performing Arts; graduates processed in the Coolidge Theatre, then received family and friends in the lobby. The evening marked commencement for two full-time cohorts: Wellsboro and Coudersport.

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February 28, 2020
Admissions Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff STEM Students

Explore, discover and define your future at March 28 open house

Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will welcome visitors to Pennsylvania College of Technology during Spring Open House, set for Saturday, March 28. Prospective students can tour campus and explore 100-plus academic majors emphasizing hands-on learning for high-demand STEM and related careers.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the global coronavirus outbreak, Spring Open House was canceled.)

When it comes to choosing a college, seeing is believing. And there’s a lot to see at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House!

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, members of the Penn College community will welcome thousands of potential enrollees and their families, opening wide the doors to a landmark institution that has helped tomorrow makers fulfill their destinies for more than a century.

“Open House provides a unique way for prospective students to explore our campus,” said Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick, coordinator of admissions events/communications. “With no set agenda to follow, guests can take the day to explore what matters most to them. Whether that is seeing as many labs as possible, checking out the residence halls, connecting with current students, or all of the above.”

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February 26, 2020
Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Faculty & Staff General Information Students

Le Jeune Chef’s signature Chocolate Soup

It’s rich. It’s creamy. It’s Le Jeune Chef Restaurant’s signature Chocolate Soup. If you’ve visited the casual fine dining restaurant on Penn College’s main campus, you’ve probably tasted this craveable masterpiece. Join Chef Chris Grove and Claudia Walling, a baking and pastry arts student from Williamsport, to learn how easy it is to bring home this crowd favorite.

February 26, 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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Alumni Art and Graphic Design Faculty & Staff Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications Students

Graphic design at Penn College

Get an insider’s look at Penn College’s graphic design program through an engaging video created and edited by Luke A. Bierly, a 2019 alumnus of the major.

“A graphic designer isn’t just somebody who’s solid in art, or can draw, or can build websites,” instructor Nicholas L. Stephenson says in the three-minute piece, which has been added to the college YouTube channel. “A graphic designer has to be somebody who understands solving problems and about coming up with ideas.

“I’m enormously proud of what the students have done here,” the faculty member adds. “I’m constantly humbled by the incredible work and the incredible understanding of design, and ability to produce really good graphic design.”

February 21, 2020
Alumni Corporate Relations Faculty & Staff Forestry Landscape/Horticulture Students Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies

Forestry grad facilitates equipment donation to alma mater

Shreiner, employed at his family's tree care business outside Philadelphia, demonstrates the Bandit chipper at the Earth Science Center campus.

A December graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, whose family’s tree care business in suburban Philadelphia fueled his choice of both college and career, recently arranged for the donation of a newly reconditioned chipper to his alma mater’s forestry program.

Thanks to the resourcefulness of Michael S. Shreiner, now employed full time at Shreiner Tree Care in southeastern Pennsylvania, forest technology students at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center will have access to a 150XP Bandit Tree Chipper that the 2019 alumnus solicited from the manufacturer.

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February 21, 2020
Dining Services Events Students

Themed meal provides taste of other cultures

With Mardi Gras just around the corner, a serving of Creole cuisine is in fashion.
With Mardi Gras just around the corner, a serving of Creole cuisine is in fashion.
Historical tidbits adorn the table, enlightening diners to the accomplishments of such notables as Olympian Maria Mutola.
Historical tidbits adorn the table, enlightening diners to the accomplishments of such notables as Olympian Maria Mutola.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (left) and chemist Lloyd Augustus Hall are among the depicted heroes of STEM, seemingly keeping their eyes on the culinary prize.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (left) and chemist Lloyd Augustus Hall are among the depicted heroes of STEM, seemingly keeping their eyes on the culinary prize.

Wednesday’s Cultural Cafe, served up by Dining Services in commemoration of Black History Month, provided a sampling menu – three different stations focused on three distinct cultures. Participation in the CC Commons dinner qualified students to compete for a variety of raffle prizes.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

February 21, 2020
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