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Dual-enrollment students attend Penn College NOW visit days

Daniel J. Harris, instructor of HVAC technology, talks with a group about classes in air conditioning and refrigeration while showing them a lab.

More than 400 high school students, all enrolled in Penn College classes at their respective high school or career and technology center, visited campus on Friday. A visit to campus is a required part of every course offered through the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program. The program offers Penn College classes at more than 50 partner secondary-education facilities throughout the state. College Transitions and First Year Initiatives hosts visits for participating schools throughout the year. To ensure that courses offered through Penn College NOW maintain the same rigor as those offered on campus, secondary teachers work with Penn College faculty liaisons who train them to teach the course curriculum, visit each school at least once a year, and grade high school students’ final projects. In addition to hosting Penn College NOW student visits – including a March 19 trip, also documented in this photo gallery – College Transitions and First Year Initiatives conducts frequent group visits for other secondary students, providing college and career exploration, including a campus tour. On April 2, Lycoming Career and Technology Center plans to bring 200 students to campus for sessions with Career Services, the Academic Success Center and more.

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Students travel to Colorado for national landscape competition

With Colorado’s natural beauty as a backdrop, the Pennsylvania College of Technology landscape/horticulture technology contingent relaxes after national competition. From left are students Kendall A. Wanner, of Denver, Pa., and Adri S. Lee, of Williamsport; alumnus Ronald A. Burger; students Kendra M. Snyder, of Montoursville, and Drew J. Marsh, of Marble; assistant professor Carl J. Bower Jr.; and students Joseph A. Kern, of Mechanicsburg, William X. DeMarco, of Glen Mills, and Alexis M. Witherite, of Spring Mills.

Seven Pennsylvania College of Technology horticulture students, a supportive alumnus and a faculty member recently traveled to Colorado State University for the 43rd  annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition.

A number of Penn College students were among the top performers in their respective categories, and the team finished 33rd among 64 schools. Brigham Young University-Provo was the overall winner.

Making the March 19-24 trip to Fort Collins, Colorado, were students William X. DeMarco, of Glen Mills; Joseph A. Kern, of Mechanicsburg; Adri S. Lee, of Williamsport; Drew J. Marsh, of Marble; Kendra M. Snyder, of Montoursville; Kendall A. Wanner, of Denver, Pennsylvania; and Alexis M. Witherite, of Spring Mills. Lee and Marsh are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; the others are in the major’s landscape emphasis.

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Girl Scouts ‘spark curiosity’ in daylong campus event

Learning about car care from Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant automotive professor

The Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the PPL Foundation held a free STEAM Lab at Penn College from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, providing more than 250 girls and young women – from kindergarten through 12th grade – with a hands-on look at Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics pursuits while learning and working with Penn College instructors and students. Attendees worked side-by-side with Penn College faculty/staff and students to earn badges and take part in workshops. Girl Scouts also heard from campus leaders about the future of STEAM and garnered “Spark Curiosity” patches for their participation.

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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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Match your interests to your future at Spring Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center will be hubs of activity during Penn College’s Spring 2019 Open House, an April 6 event highlighting the college’s unique educational mission and hands-on approach to learning.

College-minded students, overwhelmed by piles of possibilities as they consider which career path to follow, can sort through the clutter of options during a revealing visit to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Spring Open House.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, members of the Penn College community will welcome potential students and their families, sharing their unique experiences from an institution that has helped tomorrow makers find their niche for more than a century.

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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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Area lawmaker gets closer look at backyard jewel

The legislator is welcomed by Patrick Marty (back to camera), chief of staff/assistant to the president for college relations. On the Earth Science Center tour are (from left) Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic operations/associate provost; Johns (hidden from view); Owlett; state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; and Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.
The legislator is welcomed by Patrick Marty (back to camera), chief of staff/assistant to the president for college relations. On the Earth Science Center tour are (from left) Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic operations/associate provost; Johns (hidden from view); Owlett; state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies; and Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.
The representatives talk with tomorrow's well-tooled workforce ...
The representatives talk with tomorrow’s well-tooled workforce …
... and converse in a lab, surrounded by big-wheeled examples of corporate philanthropy.
… and converse in a lab, surrounded by big-wheeled examples of corporate philanthropy.
Owlett – returning to a campus he toured as an 11th-grader – learns about the ESC's lumber kiln outside one of higher education's few functioning sawmills in Pennsylvania. Providing details is Erich R. Doebler, a member of Penn College's forestry faculty.
Owlett – returning to a campus he toured as an 11th-grader – learns about the ESC’s lumber kiln outside one of higher education’s few functioning sawmills in Pennsylvania. Providing details is Erich R. Doebler, a member of Penn College’s forestry faculty.

State Rep. Clinton D. Owlett, who represents the 68th legislative district (all of Tioga County and parts of Bradford and Potter counties), visited Penn College on Thursday. Accompanied by aide Kim Johns, Owlett began at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, hearing themes that would echo throughout his day: the college’s status as a “true commonwealth asset,” the primacy of business and industry partnerships, students’ enhanced marketability from the incorporation of core subjects in their chosen majors, and the life-altering and career-building potential of “degrees that work.” After touring diesel, power generation and forestry laboratories, Owlett traveled to main campus for lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and stops at nursing, collision repair/automotive restoration, and culinary arts and hospitality. An assemblyman since May 2018, the Wellsboro Republican serves on the Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Appropriations, Commerce, Game & Fisheries, and Health committees.

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Horticulture faculty member attends tree-research summit

Bower (in hat) joins colleagues in an example of pollarding, a method of pruning that keeps trees smaller than they would normally grow.
Bower (in hat) joins colleagues in an example of pollarding, a method of pruning that keeps trees smaller than they would normally grow.

A member of Penn College’s landscape/horticulture faculty traveled to the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of a two-day summit made possible by the Arbor Day Foundation. Carl J. Bower Jr., an assistant professor of horticulture, was among representatives of colleges and universities – from as far away as Alaska – who learned more about trees on their campuses and how to better care for them. During the Feb. 12-13 event, Bartlett employees discussed and demonstrated pruning techniques, tree support systems and tree risk management.  In addition, participants got a look into the lab’s research on root development and specialty pruning. “A highlight was learning how schools connected with their students to understand the value of the trees on their campuses,” said Bower, a 1993 alumnus of Penn College and a faculty member since 2001. The foundation sponsors the Tree Campus USA program, which has recognized Penn College in each of the past three years for effective forest management and engagement of employees and students in conservation goals.
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Live broadcast to feature restoration instructor, incoming student

Autolab radioA Penn College faculty member and a New York high school senior planning to enroll in the college’s automotive restoration technology major will be among the guests on Saturday’s broadcast of The Auto Lab, a radio series about the automotive industry, its history and culture. The Feb. 23 episode will include an interview with instructor Roy H. Klinger and student Gram P. Spina, of Floral Park, New York. Interested listeners can hear their segment of the live, two-hour call-in show beginning at about 7:30 a.m. through WNYM Radio in Salem, New York.

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Mustang project manager shares advice from storied career

Earl L. Mowrey Jr., of AACA's Susquehannock Region (and an adjunct faculty member at the college), introduces Cantwell.
Earl L. Mowrey Jr., of AACA’s Susquehannock Region (and an adjunct faculty member at the college), introduces Cantwell.
Against photos of striped Mustangs manufactured as Hertz rental cars, the special guest answers student questions.
Against photos of striped Mustangs manufactured as Hertz rental cars, the special guest answers student questions.
A 1966 GT350 owned by club member Robert "Fritz" Christ (right) draws a crowd in the college's transmission lab ...
A 1966 GT350 owned by club member Robert “Fritz” Christ (right) draws a crowd in the college’s transmission lab …
... where Nick W. Soracco, an automotive restoration technology major from Oakwood, Ga., snaps a digital memento.
… where Nick W. Soracco, an automotive restoration technology major from Oakwood, Ga., snaps a digital memento.
Cantwell makes himself available to fans, including this photo op with instructor Roy H. Klinger.
Cantwell makes himself available to fans, including this photo op with instructor Roy H. Klinger.

Penn College restoration and automotive students, joined by faculty and several members of the local Antique Automobile Club of America chapter, enjoyed a Friday visit from the project manager on one of history’s most iconic and beloved vehicles. Charles R. “Chuck” Cantwell Jr., who now lives in Chester County, shared an hourlong summary of his role in developing the street and racing versions of the Mustang GT350 for Carroll Shelby. Combining a substantial slideshow of historic photos with an anecdotal presentation that only an insider could deliver, Cantwell – co-author of “Shelby Mustang GT350: My Years Designing, Testing and Racing Carroll’s Legendary Mustangs” – regaled his audience with a colorful recap of Shelby American’s creation, from primitive mockup, through test-track experimentation, to cultural phenomenon. “You never know where your career will take you, I can tell you that!” said Cantwell, who went on to work for Roger Penske before eventually retiring from Lockheed Martin. “People are often asked in job interviews, ‘Where do you picture yourself five years from now?’ and the correct answer should be, ‘I don’t know.’ When I was working for the Allison aviation division of General Motors, I would never have known that, in five years, I’d be in L.A. working on a special racing program. I couldn’t have predicted that, so keep your options open and be ready for opportunities.”

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‘Nature’s Cove’ celebrates new look with grand reopening

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently celebrated a grand reopening of its Nature’s Cove dining unit at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center campus. The dining unit received new seating and other upgrades.

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently held a grand reopening celebration for Nature’s Cove, one of its 10 dining units.

Nature’s Cove updated its dining room with new cabinets and countertops, a larger soda fountain and updated merchandising coolers, additional seating with new dining room chairs, and a fresh coat of paint.

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

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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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State ag secretary champions Penn College education

A parent’s proud endorsement of a Penn College education, which propelled his son into an imminent career as a landscape designer, kicks off a Pennsylvania Farm Show video from state Sen. Gene Yaw. The legislator – who chairs the college’s board of directors – sat down with state Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding, father of a 2016 landscape/horticulture technology alumnus. Elliot C. Redding carried his two-year degree to Penn State, where he will graduate with a bachelor’s degree later this year. Watch PCToday for photos from the 103rd annual expo, at which the college was a weeklong presence.

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Farm Show offers ‘inspiring’ look at college’s varied majors

School of Business & Hospitality majors from Penn College take part in a Student Cooking Challenge at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show. All six of the college’s academic schools will again be represented at the Jan. 5-12 event, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo. (Photo by Davey Rudy)

Throngs of visitors will soon converge on Harrisburg to celebrate the commonwealth’s agricultural prominence, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be there to help honor the event’s 2019 theme of “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.”

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