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Steadfast Industry Partners Provide Instructional CAT Upgrade

The iconic black and yellow of CAT equipment lends familiarity to instructor training.
The iconic black and yellow of CAT equipment lends familiarity to instructor training.
Caterpillar's Dan Johnson works with several secondary instructors at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.
Caterpillar’s Dan Johnson works with several secondary instructors at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.
Workshop attendee Kevin Grove, a diesel mechanics instructor at Franklin County Career and Technology Center.
Workshop attendee Kevin Grove, a diesel mechanics instructor at Franklin County Career and Technology Center

Cleveland Brothers is in the midst of a workshop for secondary and postsecondary diesel instructors, providing them an opportunity to learn about the latest developments with Caterpillar equipment. During training that ends Friday at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center, the instructors are exploring topics such as Tier 4 emissions interim, troubleshooting and failure analysis, as well as gaining insight into how those technologies can be incorporated into their classrooms. “I appreciate the investment that Cleveland Brothers is providing for us at the grass-roots level of education,” said Jack Neidig, a SUN Vo-Tech instructor (who also teaches a Penn College NOW dual-enrollment course at his school). “It is important that those of us teaching in the technical fields have access to upgraded training.” Dan Johnson, a trainer for Caterpillar, said, “We enjoy the opportunity to provide instruction on the latest and greatest that Caterpillar has to offer. We want them to take this back into their classrooms and enlighten the students on the constantly changing standards within industry.” Twenty instructors participated in the weeklong event, with Penn College diesel equipment technology faculty joining high school teachers from throughout the state.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management

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‘SMART Girls’ Find Silver Lining Through ESC Lab Activities

Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology, prepares his guests for operation of heavy construction equipment.
Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology, prepares his guests for operation of heavy construction equipment.
Two muddy SMART girls return from the heavy equipment operations site for a lunch break.
Two muddy SMART girls return from the heavy equipment operations site for a lunch break.
Forestry professor Dennis F. Ringling shows how to measure woodland acreage.
Forestry professor Dennis F. Ringling shows how to measure woodland acreage.
Ken Bashista, laboratory assistant for diesel equipment technology, provides instruction on tearing down an engine.
Ken Bashista, laboratory assistant for diesel equipment technology, provides instruction on tearing down an engine.

Undeterred by clouds and May showers, area middle schoolers took part in SMART (Science and Math Applications in Real-world Technologies) Girls workshops at Penn College’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Tuesday. In its 13th year, SMART Girls – coordinated by the Outreach for K-12 office – is designed to encourage a strong foundation in high school math and sciences and to expose participants to career options in emerging technologies. The visitors to the Allenwood area campus experienced a variety of majors offered through the college’s School of Natural Resources Management, including heavy construction equipment technology and forest technology.
Photos by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management

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National Tool Scholarships Awarded to Two Penn College Students

Plaques acknowledging scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation are presented to Penn College students Thomas M. DiGeronimo, Verona, N.J. (center), and Derek S. Black, of Trout Run, by Mary A. Sullivan, the college’s dean of natural resources management. (Photo by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention, School of Natural Resources Management)

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology students are among 54 of America’s top construction-equipment majors to receive tool scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

Scholarships of $1,000 were awarded to Derek S. Black, of Trout Run, and Thomas M. DiGeronimo, of Verona, N.J., who plan to graduate May 18 from the School of Natural Resources Management’s two-year heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis major. DiGeronimo will also receive an associate degree in on-site power generation.

They are among two recipients chosen from each of 27 Associated Equipment Distributors-affiliated technical colleges for their high cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Fall 2012 semester.

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Penn College Students’ Commanding Performance Wins ‘Rodeo’

Competitors and judges move among heavy construction equipment assembled for a “rodeo” while parents and other spectators watch from bleachers outside the Schneebeli Earth Science Center during Penn College’s March 23 Open House.

In a superior display of agility, maneuvering formidable machinery through tasks that require more finesse than force, a team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students won the Precision Heavy Construction Equipment Rodeo held March 23 during the college’s Spring Open House.

Students from the School of Natural Resources Management swept three of seven categories – and placed in all but one of the others – on their way to overall victory in the popular competition. Set up by the Service and Operation of Heavy Equipment student organization, the “rodeo” was held on a rear parking lot at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood.

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Schramm Inc. Generates Tons of Interest at Career Fair – Literally

Alumnus Zachary D. Ball (left)and his Schramm Inc. co-worker Bruce D. Mackay (right) gather with first-year students in the college's heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis major.

It’s not at all unusual for employers to put their best face forward when recruiting students and alumni at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s twice-yearly Career Fair. Vendors’ booths typically feature knowledgeable personnel, attractive photos, colorful literature and expansive displays – along with an enticing assortment of swag – to spark interest in their respective companies.

It’s not so common, however, for a company to bring along a hulking piece of equipment, station it in a nearby parking lot and let students climb aboard for a closer look.

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Caterpillar’s Historic Generosity to Students Nears $2 Million Mark

Front row, from left: Robert Walker, H.O. Penn Machinery Inc.; Chris S. Weaver, instructor of diesel equipment technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology; Karl Quinn, Alban Tractor Co. Inc.; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; Ron Garber, Ransome CAT; and Gary Shields, Alban. Back row, from left: Carl Bisesi and Dawn Bernitt-Perito, H.O. Penn; Donna Giletto, Ransome; Patricia Pring and Randy Fetterolf, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc.; and Mary A. Sullivan, the college's dean of natural resources management.

A longstanding alliance that prepares Pennsylvania College of Technology students for careers in a variety of fields will continue with the recent donation of $98,000 from the Caterpillar Foundation and several of its regional dealerships.

“The generous donations from the Caterpillar Foundation and its dealers will allow us to accomplish several of our goals for this year – the most important being providing additional economic assistance to our students,” said Mary A. Sullivan, dean of the college’s School of Natural Resources Management. “We are grateful for their ongoing support.”

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Penn College Scholarship Established by UGI Utilities Inc.

Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at Pennsylvania College of Technology, with Stephen P. Borza, manager of human resources development for UGI Utilities Inc.

UGI Utilities Inc., a company serving more than 648,000 natural gas and electric customers in northern, eastern and central Pennsylvania, has established a scholarship fund at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The UGI Utilities Scholarship will provide annual awards of $1,000, beginning in the fall of 2013, to distinguished students while the fund is building to fully endowed status. Once fully endowed, the fund will provide awards in perpetuity.

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Alumnus Joins World-Famous Rig in Return to Campus

Students get career advice from 2010 graduate Phil Delazio.
Students get career advice from 2010 graduate Phil Delazio.
Students take a closer look.
Students take a closer look.
Framed by campus greenery, the Schramm rig towers above the Earth Science Center.
Framed by campus greenery, the Schramm rig towers above the Earth Science Center.
Jeff Roten shows students the vehicle's jumble of hydraulic hoses
Jeff Roten shows students the vehicle’s jumble of hydraulic hoses
An alumnus at the controls
An alumnus at the controls

The job readiness and advancement potential of Penn College graduates was impressively in evidence at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center on Thursday, as Schramm Inc. – which employs a number of alumni and provides scholarships, internships and other ongoing educational opportunities for students – demonstrated a T130XD mobile drilling rig in the School of Natural Resources Management parking lot. The 97,000-pound rig, manufactured in West Chester and carrying a $1.2 million price tag, drew attention from a variety of majors, including diesel, heavy equipment and welding. Accompanying the rig were technical field representatives Phil Delazio, a 2010 alumnus of the college’s heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis major, and Jeff Roten. Schramm officials have noted the attractiveness of Penn College graduates’ get-right-to-work qualifications, remarks borne out by the day’s returnee. “I graduated on a Friday and was on a service call Monday morning,” said Delazio, who maintains 25 rigs in the shale gas areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio –  and whose truck odometer reflects 57,000 travel miles in just 11 months. “Most of our new hires are from Penn College; in welding, manufacturing, service … just about every department has at least one graduate from here.” The T130XD rig has been exhibited for students before, but it is also a familiar presence on the international stage. It (and Roten) played a major role in reaching and rescuing 33 trapped Chilean copper miners in October 2010. Roten’s advice to students: “Think big!”

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Perkins Grant Funding Supports Instruction at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology has been awarded a $570,422 federal grant for 2012-13 in support of a variety of academic programs.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Perkins Local Plan Grant seeks to help develop the skills of secondary and postsecondary education students enrolled in career and technical-education programs.

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Caterpillar Foundation Awards Scholarships to 13 Students

Thirteen students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Natural Resources Management will receive financial assistance from the Caterpillar Foundation for the 2012-13 academic year.

“The impact of Caterpillar Inc. on our students is far-reaching,” said Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management. “It’s not just the students who are planning to be Caterpillar equipment technicians. CAT awarded scholarships to diesel, on-site power generation and heavy equipment operators and technicians, as well.”

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Heavy-Equipment Instructor Honored as Caterpillar ‘Pathfinder’

'Pathfinder' honored

An instructor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s heavy construction equipment technology program has been honored by the college and Caterpillar Inc. with the annual Pathfinder to Excellence award.

Ryan W. Peck, a faculty member in the School of Natural Resources Management, received the award earlier this month during an advisory meeting of Caterpillar officials and dealers at the college’s Schneebelli Earth Science Center.

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Team Arby’s Takes NRM Golf Invitational Crown

A near-perfect day of weather greeted the 41 golfers in last week’s School of Natural Resources Management Scholarship Golf Invitational.

The fairways of White Deer Golf Course were an excellent venue for the July 11 scholarship fundraiser, at which 13 golfers displayed their Wildcat pride as Pennsylvania College of Technology employees.

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Campers’ Visit Amplifies College Responsiveness to Industry

Instructor Dave R. Cotner opens his guests' eyes to employment opportunities and high earning potential for welders.
Instructor Dave R. Cotner opens his guests’ eyes to employment opportunities and high earning potential for welders.
With some of the college's fleet of construction vehicles as a backdrop, Seth J. Welshans, laboratory assistant for diesel equipment technology, walks the group through the riverside heavy equipment training site.
With some of the college’s fleet of construction vehicles as a backdrop, Seth J. Welshans, laboratory assistant for diesel equipment technology, walks the group through the riverside heavy equipment training site.
Guided by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management, campers find leafy shade in the "Idea Garden" on their way to a sawmill tour.
Guided by Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management, campers find leafy shade in the “Idea Garden” on their way to a sawmill tour.
Jacqueline M. Stash, assistant director of MSETC workforce training, explains the variety of careers within the gas industry – many of them related to Penn College majors.
Jacqueline M. Stash, assistant director of MSETC workforce training, explains the variety of careers within the gas industry – many of them related to Penn College majors.
Gathering around a wellhead used in simulated emergencies, students hear Craig Konkle, of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, explain the ETEC's value in training responders.
Gathering around a wellhead used in simulated emergencies, students hear Craig Konkle, of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, explain the ETEC’s value in training responders.

Penn College’s role in workforce preparation for the oil and natural gas industry, from noncredit training to degree programs, was the daylong focus for participants in Mansfield University’s Marcellus Camp on Tuesday. As a wrap-up to their three-day exploration of gas-related careers, about 20 participants and their counselors visited main campus in Williamsport and the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. The youths – mainly Tioga County high schoolers (along with students from Indiana, Clarion and Potter counties, as well as New York state) – began the day at the college’s Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center, heard a presentation from the Admissions Office and toured welding labs in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center. They then boarded southbound vans for a trip to the heavy equipment training site, got a look at diesel and forestry majors in the School of Natural Resources Management, and ended their day at the nearby Energy Technology Education Center along Route 15. The camp, offered for the first time this year by Mansfield’s Marcellus Institute, also included a visit to a Chesapeake Energy wellfield.

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Celebrity Again Puts His Money Where Students’ Degrees Work

Two recent Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates are among the nation’s top diesel/heavy equipment majors to receive tool scholarships from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation.

Adam W. Borek, of Muncy, and Terrence E. Freas, of Lititz, who graduated in May from the School of Natural Resources Management’s heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis major, each was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Mike Rowe is the creator and host of the widely watched and acclaimed show “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel. A presence on television and the Web through his relationships with Ford, Caterpillar Inc., Cat Footwear, Master Lock and Kimberly-Clark, he and his foundation are dedicated to promoting the skilled trades, including construction-related industries.
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Volvo’s Corporate Presence Solidifies Support for College Students

Pennsylvania College of Technology students get a close-up view of Volvo pipe-laying equipment during a recent demonstration at the Wayne Township Landfill in Clinton County.About 65 students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s heavy construction equipment and diesel technology majors were treated to a recent demonstration of Volvo pipe-laying equipment at the Wayne Township Landfill in McElhattan.

The event, the latest in Volvo’s ongoing partnership with the college, was a collaboration among Henry J. Sorgen IV, of Highway Equipment & Supply Co.; landfill officials Jay B. Alexander and Max T. Persun; and Volvo Construction Equipment, North America, a steadfast instructional presence in the School of Natural Resources Management.

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