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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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When Inspiring Others, You CAN Go Home Again

Benjamin J. Patton, back at his alma mater Front row: William Rearick, left, and Luke C. Laughlin; back row: Benjamin J. Patton, left, and Scott M. ZieglerThree Penn College students returned home over Spring Break, sharing the benefits of their postsecondary education with three classes at Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School. Carol A. Lugg, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Natural Resources Management, joined the trio Luke C. Laughlin and Scott M. Ziegler, of Butler, and Benjamin J. Patton, of Prospect for presentations to about 50 Butler AVTS students. Ziegler, majoring in on-site power generation, and Patton, enrolled in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, are graduates of the school; Laughlin, also majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis, graduated from Butler High School. “It was cool to see the high school students in the same situation that I was in just one year ago and, now, here I am answering their questions about college life,” Laughlin said of the March 9 visit. “It was great to encourage students to think about attending college and share with them how we are working at making a Penn College degree possible,” Patton added. Also enjoying the students’ homecoming was William Rearick, instructor of heavy equipment repair at Butler AVTS: “As their past vocational instructor, it was a rewarding moment to see (Patton and Ziegler) in front of present students, giving testimony that you should seek further education, and break the mold of ‘College is not for everyone.'” Rearick said his students were very involved in the discussion, asking decisive questions for the future technicians. “I really didn’t mind giving up a little time on my Spring Break to talk to students from Butler AVTS,” Ziegler said. “I enjoyed seeing Mr. Rearick again and catching up with him about how everything has been going for me at Penn College.” Photos by Carol A. Lugg

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Students’ Self-Styled Industrial Tour Delivers ‘Break’ From Tradition

Students visit CAT manufacturing plant on Spring Break trip to the Midwest In a more focused midterm getaway than enjoyed by some collegiate counterparts, students from the School of Natural Resources Management toured a series of career-related sites during their recent Spring Break. The group, which coordinated its own itinerary, visited four locations in as many days: the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Ill., manufacturer of the CAT D9 and D10 bulldozers (and the world’s only maker of the D11); Fair Oaks (Ind.) Farm, the nation’s second-largest dairy farm; CAT’s Mapleton (Ill.) Foundry, manufacturer of engine blocks; and the John Deere Harvest Factory Tour in East Moline, Ill. Pictured, from left, are Daniel J. Hickel (who provided the photo), Nathan P. Heinly, Benjamin J. Patton and Benjamin M. Weber, all students in Penn College’s heavy construction equipment technology: technician emphasis major; and Adam W. Borek, majoring in heavy construction equipment technology: Caterpillar equipment emphasis. “It was a great experience to visit the only plant in the world that manufactures the D11 ‘dozers,” Hickel said. “Overall, to see the progression of machines being built from scrap metal to final products, which we saw at both the CAT and John Deere facilities, was truly amazing,” Patton added.