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Nine Penn College students medal at SkillsUSA nationals

SkillsUSANine students from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team earned medals in six categories – three silvers and three bronzes – during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 24-29.

“The students represented themselves and the college well, and it showed with the number of medals we returned home with,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “I look forward to next year and the students that we will have competing.”

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From living space to makerspace, summer visitors have their hands full

Learning the skills and craftsmanship required of a builder in the newest pre-college offering: Building Construction.

A dozen residential Pre-College Programs and a daytime Creative Art Camp brought hundreds of young women and men to Penn College’s campuses in mid-June, providing hands-on entry to the myriad career opportunities reflected in the institution’s postsecondary curriculum. Keeping campers (and PCToday photographers) busy in recent days were these fun learning opportunities, some of which involved culminating projects: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience (ASPIE), Automotive Restoration, Aviation, Building Construction (new this year), Creative Art Camp, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Grow & Design Horticulture, Health Careers, Information Technology and SMART (Science and Math in Real-world Technologies) Girls.

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Standby helicopter housed in college hangar during president’s visit

Bearing the presidential seal and emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes ...
Bearing the presidential seal and emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes …
... the twin-engine, four-blade aircraft takes up temporary residence in the college hangar.
… the twin-engine, four-blade aircraft takes up temporary residence in the college hangar.

A Sikorsky VH-60N White Hawk helicopter, part of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, was on standby for President Trump’s visit to Montoursville on Monday night, housed temporarily in the hangar at Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center. Marine One, the call sign used whenever the commander in chief is aboard one of the fleet of helicopters, departed on Tuesday. Marine One accompanies the president on travels in the U.S. and abroad. The Marine One detachment officer-in-charge offered access and granted permission for the college to publish photos.

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Your class in 60 seconds: Aviation Basic Electricity II

Take a minute to dive into what it takes to be an aviation technician with this snapshot of the Aviation Basic Electricity II course, a requirement for Penn College’s bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology. Hour by hour, through hands-on activities and engaging classroom discussions, complex theories and ideas solidify into reality. In state-of-the-art labs, students in AVI 135 train with equipment used by the pros. They even build their own pocket-sized oscilloscopes to visualize electrical signals. With all that training – summarized in a video narrated by student Kate M. Ruggiero, of Easton – it’s easy to see why Penn College’s aviation graduates are real-world ready and sought after to fill high-demand positions as skilled aircraft mechanics.

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First-year aviation maintenance student accorded rare honor

Kate M. Ruggiero, recipient of a scholarship from Women in Aviation International, attends the group’s 30th annual conference in Long Beach, Calif.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student has received a scholarship from Women in Aviation International, the first time in 15 years that the award went to an aviation maintenance major.

Kate M. Ruggiero, of Easton, a freshman in the college’s four-year aviation maintenance technology program, was recently awarded an Elisha Hall Memorial Scholarship worth $2,000.

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Three students awarded international helicopter scholarships

Three Pennsylvania College of Technology students, all enrolled in the four-year aviation maintenance technology major, have received scholarships from Helicopter Foundation International/Helicopter Association International.

Sophomore Cody C. Bentzel, of Williamsport, and junior Ethan J. Mutschler, of Mifflinburg, were awarded first- and third-place Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technology scholarships, respectively, that provide a tuition waiver for a helicopter manufacturer training school and a stipend to offset expenses.

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Pre-College Programs to enrich participants’ summer experience

Young women enrolled in SMART Girls, among the wide-ranging roster of pre-college programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assemble a robot during last summer’s camp.

Building construction has been added to the abounding schedule of pre-college initiatives offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, hands-on summer activities that mirror the nationally renowned opportunities afforded postsecondary students.

“Our Pre-College Programs offer living and learning experiences in which students have opportunities to explore unique academic interests in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “It’s a chance to work and make connections with industry leaders, meet and mingle with your peers, and establish a path that could lead to all sorts of future possibilities.”

The signup deadline is May 31 for the institution’s 12 residential programs and its one day camp.

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State Senate Appropriations Committee chair tours campus

Always engaged and advocating for the college, Yaw (right) converses with Browne in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

State Sen. Patrick M. Browne, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, visited Pennsylvania College of Technology on Thursday.

Browne, who represents the 16th District – which includes Allentown and other municipalities within Lehigh County – came to campus after presenting an election and legislative update at a breakfast sponsored by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

He was invited by fellow Appropriations Committee member Sen. Gene Yaw, who also serves as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors. Yaw also hosted the Chamber legislative update event, held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.

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Morgan Foundation grant pushes scholarship fund past $1 million

A second gift of $500,000 from the Tamaqua-based John E. Morgan Foundation has boosted an endowed scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology to more than $1 million.

The John E. Morgan Scholarship gives first preference to graduates of Tamaqua Area High School who are pursuing “a degree that is not readily available from other institutions, at a comparable price, within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Examples of such programs offered at Penn College include, but are not limited to, culinary arts and systems, web and interactive media, building science and sustainable design, health information management, industrial design, plastics and polymer engineering technology, emergency management technology, and aviation maintenance technology.

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Lycoming Engines’ instructional support lauded at sign dedication

From left, Michael Kraft, senior vice president and general manager for Lycoming Engines; Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour; and aviation technology student Warren K. Bitterman, of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, all spoke at a dedication ceremony honoring Lycoming Engines’ ongoing support for the college.

Lycoming Engines’ longtime support of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its academic programs was celebrated on campus recently with the unveiling of new signage at the college’s Metal Trades Center.

Members of the Penn College community and representatives of Lycoming Engines – including alumni of the college employed by the company – gathered on Oct. 2 to dedicate the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center sign on the front lawn of the facility.

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Aviation students visited by Goodyear’s newest blimp

Students get a closer look at an advertising icon: 246 feet long and (even at 10 tons) lighter than air!
Students get a closer look at an advertising icon: 246 feet long and (even at 10 tons) lighter than air!
A student learns about the new airship's instrument panel, which features a multiscreen display and a steering system controlled by joystick.
A student learns about the new airship’s instrument panel, which features a multiscreen display and a steering system controlled by joystick.
Based in Ohio and launched this summer, Wingfoot Three brings the tiremaker's upgraded fleet to full complement.
Based in Ohio and launched this summer, Wingfoot Three brings the tire maker’s upgraded fleet to full complement.

The latest addition to Goodyear’s fleet of airships stopped by Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center this past week while traveling through the area to aid television coverage of Saturday’s Penn State/Ohio State football game. Students were allowed into the cockpit of Wingfoot Three in small groups, and pilots and mechanics answered their questions about equipment and operations. Also on hand was a factory representative from Zeppelin, the dirigible’s German manufacturer, who was there to gather test data during the flights.
Photos by Matthew D. Krepps, instructor of aviation maintenance

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Lycoming Engines’ Donation Spotlighted in WNEP Broadcast

WNEP visits AVCNewswatch 16’s Nikki Krize visited the Lumley Aviation Center on Tuesday afternoon for a story about Lycoming Engines’ recent donation of 15 aircraft engines to benefit Penn College aviation students. Krize interviewed Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Christopher M. Gayman, Lycoming’s supervisor of product support (who holds two degrees from the college). The segment, filmed in the Montoursville campus’s hangar, premiered during Tuesday’s 5 p.m. newscast.

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Gift From Lycoming Engines Boosts College’s Aviation Instruction

From left, acknowledging a Lycoming Engines gift of 15 aircraft engines to Penn College are Walter V. Gower, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, and Loni N. Kline, vice president for institutional advancement. Representing Lycoming Engines are Gregg Shimp, vice president of integrated operations, and Christopher Gayman, supervisor of product support (and a Penn College alumnus).

Longtime Pennsylvania College of Technology partner Lycoming Engines has donated 15 aircraft engines to be used for instructional purposes in the college’s aviation majors.

The donation, valued at $317,500, will benefit students enrolled in the aviation maintenance technology bachelor’s degree, the aviation technology associate degree and the aviation maintenance certificate major.

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SkillsUSA Competitors Strike Gold; 21 Students Headed to Nationals

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Nearly all 27 members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA team – 21 of them advancing to the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky – earned medals during recent state competition.

The competitors represent majors across four of Penn College’s academic schools, and the theme for the April 18-20 Pennsylvania Leadership and Skills Conference in Hershey couldn’t have been more fitting for students gaining career-making skills in hands-on fashion: “Champions at Work: Job-Ready, Day One.”

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