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Hands on, cab off

Students finish their work on a Ford F-550 before reconnecting the vehicle's halves.
Students finish their work on a Ford F-550 before reconnecting the vehicle’s halves.
Robert B. Black, of Whitefish, Mont., talks with classmates before lowering the cab on a Ford F-250 ...
Robert B. Black, of Whitefish, Mont., talks with classmates before lowering the cab on a Ford F-250 …
... and takes a look beneath to make sure everything is lining up perfectly.
… and takes a look beneath to make sure everything is lining up perfectly.
A painstaking process nears its end.
A painstaking process nears its end.

When major engine work is required on a Ford F-Series Super Duty truck, it’s all but necessary to separate the cab from the frame – and that’s just what students in the college’s automotive technology: Ford ASSET emphasis major completed this week. A vehicle owner entering a repair garage might well be shocked to see such a seemingly drastic dissection, but technicians know it’s the key to clearer access and maximum efficiency. Assistant professor Jeffrey M. Januchowski (handling the class while John R. Cuprisin, associate professor, is at a training conference) supervised the intricate work as students made all the requisite disconnections and reconnections involved in properly raising and lowering the cabs on an F-250 and an F-550. Penn College’s two-year Ford ASSET major is a cooperative education program, with eight weeks of laboratory work followed by an internship at a dealership.

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Ford ASSET student awarded automotive scholarship

Scholarship recipient Derek T. Dreps (holding check) is surrounded by well-wishers in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center. From left are Chad Koch, general sales manager at Blaise Alexander Ford of Mansfield; Ralph Diodata, chief financial officer, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships; Deni Cecco, regional manager for the Pennsylvania Automotive Association; Dreps’ parents, Kendra and Michael; and Aubrey and Adam Alexander.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student enrolled in the college’s Ford ASSET major and working at a Tioga County dealership has received a $5,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Automotive Association.

Derek T. Dreps, of Liberty, was presented with a check in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center in late May. The PAA Automotive Technology Scholarship, awarded through a fund within the PAA Foundation to a student in a qualifying academic program, is renewable for an additional year.

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Career Day sets middle schoolers’ sights on tomorrow

Led by Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, and students, Career Day visitors create concrete stepping stones.

College employees rallied to provide nearly 40 educational sessions for middle schoolers from across the region who visited campus on Monday for the college’s twice-a-year Career Day. Facilitated by the college’s College Transitions Office, the event provided 1,267 students with opportunities to explore a wide variety of careers in each of the college’s six academic schools. Visitors included 13 schools and home-schooled students.

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Video Shows How Ford ASSET Major Drives Student Success

The fast-track career ascendancy of enrollees in Penn College’s Ford ASSET major, a two-year degree that includes a built-in paid internship with a participating dealer, is on display in the newest addition to the college’s YouTube channel. “If you want the quickest ladder to success, this is it,” says Colin W. Williamson, the college’s dean of transportation technology. “Icouldn’t think of why you wouldn’t want to go this way. You get the dealership experience, the certifications. Those are all of the things that a master tech needs, and that’s done while you’re still here as a student.”

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Penn College on Short List in National Automotive Competition

Pennsylvania College of Technology was one of three runners-up in a national contest to find the best automotive technician training school in the country.

WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts partnered with Tomorrow’s Technician magazine as title sponsors for the competition, which was won by Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash.

Penn College – which shared runner-up honors with Chipola College, Marianna, Fla., and San Diego Continuing Education – received a 200-piece automotive tool set and $250 gift card, both from O’Reilly.

“It is an honor to be recognized and nominated from the 121 schools submitted,” said Colin W. Williamson, the college’s dean of transportation technology. “To be voted the best in Region 4 (comprising the East Coast) is certainly a credit to the program, faculty and students.”

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Automotive Centenarian Displayed for Transportation Students

Automotive students greet a 20th-century guest John R. Cuprisin, associate professor in the Ford ASSET major, points out the vehicle's inner workings Spanning more than 100 years, old and new Fords share lab space in the ATC Chris J. Holley, an assistant professor on the automotive faculty, seizes the moment Getting a closer look at a vehicle usually cordoned from hands-on attentionStudents in Penn College’s School of Transportation Technology had the rare opportunity Tuesday to touch a piece of automotive history: a 1908 Ford Model K 6-40 “Gentleman’s Roadster,” which paid a visit to main campus on its return trip to the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey. Separated by 102 years (and about 6 feet) from the newest member of the school’s instructional vehicle fleet a 2011 Ford Mustang convertible the Model K was displayed in the Ford ASSET lab in the Parkes Automotive Technology Center and in the collision repair area of College Avenue Labs. The automobile, estimated to draw $400,000 in today’s market, sold for $2,800 in its day and was “guaranteed” to reach a speed of 60 mph. The visit is just the latest fruit of a beneficial relationship with AACA; students last year restored a 1965 Mustang for display at the museum and, this year, are working on a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Esprit on loan from the facility.

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2011 Ford Mustang Latest Addition to Fleet of Instructional Vehicles

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour, in the college%E2%80%99s Ford ASSET lab with Jim Kelly, field service engineer for the Ford Motor Co.'s mid-Atlantic area, and a 2011 Ford Mustang recently delivered for instructional use.The Ford Motor Co. helped Pennsylvania College of Technology celebrate the dedication of its newly renovated and expanded Parkes Automotive Technology Center by providing the college with a new Ford Mustang.

The 2011 Mustang GT Premium Edition convertible, valued at more than $40,000, was delivered in time for the dedication of the ATC part of the college’s Stage X building program on Sept. 10.

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High School Students to Compete in State Auto-Skills Competition

The state’s top 20 high school automotive students will gather at Pennsylvania College of Technology next month for the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition to determine who will advance to the national finals this summer.

The college will host the hands-on finale of Pennsylvania’s annual competition outside its Parkes Automotive Technology Center on May 15, when the 10 two-member teams of juniors and seniors will test their automotive knowledge and technical prowess and perhaps obtain the keys to high-demand careers in the automotive-repair industry.

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Automotive Alumnus North America’s Top Scorer on ASE Exam

Colin N. HoffardAn automotive graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technologyhas received the Technician of the Future award, sponsored by Mitchell 1 and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Colin N. Hoffard, of Willow Street, recognized for having the highest score in North America on the ASE exam, waspresented withthe honor during a Nov. 12 ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz,

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Career Day Held for High School Students

Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor of automotive technology: Ford ASSET, discusses today's electronically controlled automotive systems Students from Millville Area Jr./Sr. High School operate a fuel cell-operated model car Nearly 1,350 ninth- through 12-graders (and 172 chaperones) from 38 area schools gathered on Penn College’s campuses Friday for Career Day, which allows high school students to explore a wide variety of technical careers through hands-on activities, tours of facilities, and discussions with students and faculty. Among the day’s varied sessions were “Ford Motor Co.: Automotive Technology in the 21st Century” (left photo) and “Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Energy for the Future.” ( Photos by Jessica L. Tobias, student photographer)

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Automotive Faculty Members Among Few to Fully Meet Standards

Fully meeting Ford Motor Co. standards for its Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program are Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor of automotive technology (left), and John R. Cuprisin, associate professor of automotive technology, flanking Ford-donated diagnostic equipment in an automotive lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology. (Photo by Ashlin R. Hollinger, casual part-time student photographer)Two members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s automotive faculty are among a select few nationally to fully meet the Ford Motor Co.’s standards for its Automotive Student Service Educational Training program.

The achievements of Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor of automotive technology, and John R. Cuprisin, associate professor of automotive technology both allied with Penn College’s Ford ASSET associate-degree major were honored in a letter from Jim Kelly, field technical specialist for Ford.

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