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‘Retired’ UPS vehicle finds renewed purpose with students

Students, faculty and UPS Freight representatives – including two Pennsylvania College of Technology alumni – gather with a retired vehicle donated to the college. Joining students outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center are (at left) Mark E. Sones, instructor of diesel equipment technology, and James R. Poehailos, UPS Freight fleet manager; and (at right) 1983 automotive technology alumnus Gregory A. Tama, retired senior director of maintenance, engineering systems and technology, and 1992 diesel technician graduate Scott C. Moore, district fleet manager. (Photo by Marci M. Hessert, secretary to the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies)

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s diesel equipment technology program have invaluable laboratory access to a time-tested road warrior: a 2006 Volvo VNL single-axle tractor, donated after its retirement from UPS Freight fleet service.

“UPS is a valued partner of Penn College and our students. This gift will provide our diesel students an opportunity for experience on the real-life wear and tear they will find in industry,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations. “This is a mutually beneficial opportunity because the signature brown on the truck resonates with our students, reminding them that UPS is a partner in their education and a potential employer for their career.”

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Industry partner welcomes power generation students

Students document their visit to a regional powerhouse.
Students document their visit to a regional powerhouse.
Students' potential future looms large around them
Students’ potential future looms large around them
The class is afforded rare access to the inner workings.
The class is afforded rare access to the inner workings.
An informative plant tour moves outside.
An informative plant tour moves outside.

Onsite power generation students had an opportunity to tour one of IMG Energy Solutions plants in October, traveling to the Alpaca Energy site in Bradford County: a 20-megawatt facility that houses three Rolls-Royce power plants. “These units each have a Bergen engine that is powered on natural gas from a local pipeline,” explained John D. Motto, instructor of diesel equipment technology at Penn College. “Students were able to gain valuable insights on maintenance and operation – not only of gaseous-fueled engines but of the power plant, as well.” Christopher Clary, IMG’s manager of operations for northeastern Pennsylvania, gave the tour. IMG Energy is a partner of Penn College, hiring a number of students for internships and many alumni who have gone to work full time for IMG. “This was a great opportunity for the power generation students to see what they will be working with when they graduate,” added Motto (who also provided the photos).

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Penn College students benefit from Komatsu equipment loans

Standing before a WA320 wheel loader during its display on main campus – one of three pieces of equipment on loan from Komatsu to Pennsylvania College of Technology – are (from left) Mark Hufcut, Komatsu general manager; Holly Bodnar, marketing manager; student Joseph C. Moore, a heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major from Lock Haven; Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College's director of corporate relations; Donna Evans, regional recruiter for Komatsu; Dave Eister, director of training; and Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college.

Three pieces of Komatsu construction machinery are on loan to Pennsylvania College of Technology for use at the institution’s heavy equipment operations site in Brady Township.

Operations students at the 125-acre outdoor lab south of main campus are afforded regular access to the wheel loader, bulldozer and excavator through the end of the semester, the latest in Komatsu’s philanthropy on behalf of its future workforce.

“The equipment that Komatsu has provided to us has been a valuable asset to student learning in our operations lab,” said Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology. “The exposure the students have gotten from this equipment is indescribable in how it has helped prepare them to go into the earth-moving industry.”

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Highway Equipment, Volvo continue student-centered aid

Gathered around a Volvo EC220 excavator on loan for Pennsylvania College of Technology students’ use are (from left) Ryan W. Peck, diesel equipment technology instructor; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations at the college; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; Tyler Wright, remarketing sales manager for Volvo Construction Equipment; Ryan Flood, vice president, Highway Equipment & Supply Co.; and Jonathan G. Vasconcelos, of Windham, N.H., enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis. (Photo by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor)

The corporate generosity that provides Pennsylvania College of Technology students with up-to-date tools befitting a campuswide pool of “tomorrow makers” lives on in an equipment loan from Volvo Construction Equipment, facilitated by Highway Equipment & Supply Co.

A Volvo EC220 excavator has been made available through the end of the Fall 2019 semester, and already has seen considerable use by students in the summer operations classes.

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‘Gold Rush Excavator Tour’ to visit Penn College on Thursday

God Rush Excavator

Hosted by Highway Equipment & Supply Co., the Volvo Construction Equipment/Discovery Gold Rush Excavator tour will stop at Pennsylvania College of Technology from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

The Gold Rush Excavator celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Discovery show, “Gold Rush,” and is on tour in the United States and Canada, featuring the new Volvo CE EC200E 20-ton model with an Akzo Nobel paint job valued at $5,000 to $7,000; one-of-a-kind, custom premium leather KAB seating with the embroidered signatures of co-stars Tony Beets, Parker Schnabel and Rick Ness; and gold custom track pads.

The Gold Rush Excavator will be stationed on the parking lot between UPMC Field and the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. The college community is invited to attend this unique “selfie opportunity,” then post photos with #GoldRushExcavator and #HwyEquip.

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Women in Energy Mentorship Awards presented to two students

Penn College students Autumn N. Schreiber (left), of St. Marys, and Celeste G. Moquin, of Port Matilda, were presented with Women in Energy Mentorship Awards in Hershey on May 19.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students received two of the three Women in Energy Mentorship Awards presented this month at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

Celeste G. Moquin, of Port Matilda, enrolled in on-site power generation, and Autumn N. Schreiber, of St. Marys, majoring in heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology, were honored at a May 19 dinner.

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Club’s diesel drag truck named ‘Top Race Vehicle’ at auto show

The first-place Motorama trophy and club banner adorn the drag truck, a fixture in Penn College’s diesel lab through two decades’ worth of students.

A diesel drag truck, which has provided nearly 20 years’ worth of unique laboratory experience for Pennsylvania College of Technology students, recently captured first place at a popular automotive festival in Harrisburg.

The college’s Diesel Performance Club took the modified 1959 Mack B61 truck to the Motorama Speed Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex for the second year and brought home the trophy as the event’s “Top Race Vehicle.”

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Added to the library CATalog …

An engine that requires no search, this brightly colored Caterpillar equipment stands out in landmark surroundings.
An engine that requires no search, this brightly colored Caterpillar equipment stands out in landmark surroundings.

Representative of both a bedrock academic program and an enduring corporate partnership, a Caterpillar 3208 industrial diesel engine has become part of the decor in Penn College’s Madigan Library. Delivered to main campus from the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, the engine has been mounted onto a stand for display near the facility’s magazine racks. The library has showcased any number of curricular items over the years, from wedding cakes and floral arrangements to antique automobiles and student artwork. A piece of overflow equipment from the diesel-lab inventory, the engine stands as a substantial reminder to library patrons of the career-building majors around every corner – even in unexpected places!

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Caterpillar, dealers combine for $82,000 in support for college

Caterpillar

Furthering a partnership that has thrived for nearly a quarter century, the Caterpillar Foundation and a consortium of regional dealers recently delivered $82,000 in support of students and curriculum at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

“We are pleased that Caterpillar Inc. and its dealers have continued to support our students and the college,” said Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies at Penn College. “Their contributions support student scholarships and provide a positive impact on our ability to keep current technology in the classrooms and labs.”

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B.R. Kreider & Son establishes two Penn College scholarships

Representatives of B.R. Kreider & Son are, from left, Courtney Dougherty, operations assistant; Heidi Hollinger, human resource manager; and Brent Kreider, president.

A pair of scholarships established by a Lancaster County excavating and paving firm will assist students enrolled in diesel and automotive majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology with their education costs.

B.R. Kreider & Son Inc., based in Manheim, has funded the “Pin Oak Service Center, a Sister Company of B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc. Diesel Technology Scholarship,” and the “Pin Oak Service Center, Automotive Technology Scholarship.”

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Spring Car Show Pays Tribute, Renews Tradition

PCMA members display their Autocross Pontiac Fiero.
PCMA members display their Autocross Pontiac Fiero.
Inventive student-made trophies include an award in memory of Larry B. Leavitt, who died in January after 20 years as an automotive faculty member.
Inventive student-made trophies include an award in memory of Larry B. Leavitt, who died in January after 20 years as an automotive faculty member.
Members of the college's Diesel Performance Club offer up a work-in-progress: a 1959 Mack B model with triple turbochargers.
Members of the college’s Diesel Performance Club offer up a work-in-progress: a 1959 Mack B model with triple turbochargers.
Loren R. Bruckhart, collision repair instructor and department head, with his Dodge Charger
Loren R. Bruckhart, collision repair instructor and department head, with his Dodge Charger
A student-entered "Rat Rod"
A student-entered “Rat Rod”

The sun shone on Saturday’s Spring Car Show, sponsored by the Penn College Motorsports Association and Penn College Classic Cruisers. Proceeds from the third annual event, held on the Carl Building Technologies Center parking lot, benefited both clubs and the American Cancer Society.
Photos by Brett A. Reasner, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

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Penn College’s Electrical Students Benefit From Equipment Donation

Phoenix Contact, with U.S. headquarters in Middletown, delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to Penn College recently to benefit students in four majors. From left are Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation; Jon W. Hart, instructor of electrical technologies and co-department head of Electrical Technologies and Occupations; David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies; Eric Johnson, industrial sales engineer for Phoenix Contact; and Patrick Marty, vice president for college relations.

Students in four majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation by a prominent electrical engineering and automation company.

Phoenix Contact delivered approximately $35,500 worth of programmable logic controller components to be integrated into the college’s soon-to-be renovated PLC labs. Beginning in the fall semester, more than 60 students per academic year will use the components in the hands-on portion of several classes.

Those students will be seeking associate degrees in electrical technology, electromechanical maintenance technology, mechatronics engineering technology and on-site power generation.

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Diesel Instructor Receives ‘Pathfinder’ Award From Caterpillar

Taking part in the Caterpillar Pathfinder to Excellence Faculty Award presentation are (from left) Randy Fetterolf, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co.; Melissa Charest, H.O. Penn Machinery Co. Inc.; Karl Quinn, Alban Tractor Co. Inc.; Penn College faculty honoree Brad R. Conklin; Ron Garber, Ransome CAT; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; and Ronald Barton, Milton CAT.

A diesel instructor at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored by Caterpillar for inspiring the students who will be tomorrow’s industry technicians.

Brad R. Conklin, a faculty member in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, was given the Pathfinder to Excellence Faculty Award during an October advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers at the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

“Mr. Conklin has been an outstanding addition to the Diesel Equipment Technology program,” said Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of the school and a 2011 Pathfinder recipient. “His industry experience, coupled with his dedication to student learning and student success, make him a great choice for this award.”

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Volvo Video Celebrates Corporate Support of Education

Grouped near a Volvo excavator at the training site, alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, are (from left): Flood, Breon, Peck, Hoffman, Witmer and Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.
Grouped near a Volvo excavator at the training site, alongside the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, are (from left): Flood, Breon, Peck, Hoffman, Witmer and Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.
Peck (center) and Hoffman talk with Amy Crouse, Volvo Construction Equipment's product marketing and communication specialist.
Peck (center) and Hoffman talk with Amy Crouse, Volvo Construction Equipment’s product marketing and communication specialist.
Getting it on record, the crew talks with Flood ...
Getting it on record, the crew talks with Flood …
... and captures Witmer's hands-on perspective from behind the controls.
… and captures Witmer’s hands-on perspective from behind the controls.

A long-standing partnership between Penn College and Volvo, emblematic of the corporate support that helps provide all six of the institution’s academic schools with relevant technology and laboratory tools, is extolled in a newly posted YouTube video filmed in May at the college’s heavy equipment training site in Brady Township. The visit by a crew from Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg was arranged by Brian Hoffman, regional manager of Highway Equipment & Supply Co., itself a longtime supporter of students and faculty in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. Interviewed on camera at the work site were Makenzie E. Witmer, of Bellefonte, and Tyler M. Breon, of Millheim, both majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis; Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology; and Highway Equipment’s Ryan Flood, a member of the college’s Heavy Construction Equipment Technician Emphasis Advisory Committee.

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Skilled-Trades Spokesman Again Champions Penn College Students

Penn College students Benjamin P. Coppola (left), of Danville, and Andrew M. Shane, of Boyertown, who have each been awarded $1,000 national tool scholarships, celebrate with diesel equipment technology instructor Chris S. Weaver (center).

For the seventh consecutive year, Pennsylvania College of Technology students have been selected for $1,000 national scholarships to help them buy tools for their imminent employment in the heavy construction equipment field.

Benjamin P. Coppola, of Danville, and Andrew M. Shane, of Boyertown – both about to graduate in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis – were among the high-achieving students receiving funds through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation in partnership with the AED Foundation, an Associated Equipment Distributors affiliate.

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