News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Attendees Add to Toolkit at Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Workshop

Program manager Christopher J. Gagliano (left) conducts a laboratory session in the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted 11 industry professionals from six states for its Ninth Annual National Hands-On Heavy-Gauge/Sheet-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day program featured presentations from renowned experts and hands-on instruction in forming, trimming, assembly, techniques, materials, tooling, diagnostics, and machine maintenance and safety.

“The PIRC provides a unique opportunity to present both theory and practice in heavy-gauge thermoforming by allowing the participants to use their classroom instruction on a state-of-the-art former,” said keynoter James “Jay” M. Waddell, from Plastics Concepts & Innovations LLC. “Participants were able to use multiple forming techniques and learned how to adjust the equipment to achieve the best results.”

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Plastics Professionals Sharpen Skills at Penn College

The Ninth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Penn College offered a mix of classroom and lab sessions for 33 participants, who learned from keynote instructor Mark Strachan, college faculty and staff, and guest speakers.

The latest training initiative offered by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology advanced the skills of plastics professionals representing a dozen companies, eight states and Canada.

The Ninth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop offered a mix of classroom and lab sessions for the 33 participants, who learned from keynote instructor Mark Strachan, Penn College faculty and staff, and guest speakers.

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Variety of Computer Courses Scheduled at Penn College

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a number of easy-to-learn computer courses this fall.

The courses are taught by qualified instructors in a relaxed computer-classroom environment, allowing participants to learn, experiment and ask questions. Courses are hands-on, with each participant working at a computer station.

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Plastics Professionals Converge on Penn College Campus

The 20th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop at Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center attracted a group of industry professionals representing 28 companies in 11 states and Kuwait.

Plastics industry professionals representing 28 companies, 11 states and Kuwait enhanced their knowledge at the 20th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-On Workshop at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Forty participants attended the three-day session led by extrusion experts Chris Rauwendaal and Kirk M. Cantor. President of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering Inc. in Auburn, California, Rauwendaal has more than 40 years of industry experience. Cantor, a professor of plastics and polymer technology at Penn College, has taught extrusion for 30-plus years.

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Rotomolding Pros Share Perspective at Hands-On Workshop

Participants in the 10th annual Hands-On Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop take turns in Penn College’s polymer testing lab with Noah L. Martin (in checked shirt), of South Williamsport, a student and Plastics Innovation & Resource Center research assistant.

Marking a decade of intensive staff development for rotational-molding professionals, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center recently hosted more than two dozen employees in another of its renowned industry conferences.

A total of 27 people from 15 companies – representing eight states and Alberta, Canada – attended the 10th annual Hands-On Rotational Molding and Advanced Materials Workshop on the college’s main campus on May 22-23.

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Former Penn College Administrator Named Keystone President

Tracy L. Brundage addresses a Keystone College audience Wednesday after a streaming-video announcement of her selection as that institution's president.Tracy L. Brundage, whose service to higher education includes 10 years at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been named as Keystone College’s 11th president. Wednesday afternoon’s announcement by John F. Pullo Sr., who chairs Keystone’s board of trustees, was the culmination of an extensive national search to fill the position to be vacated by the July departure of David L. Coppola. Brundage, selected from among 167 candidates, has served since August as Keystone’s provost and vice president of academic affairs. “I congratulate Tracy on being named president of Keystone College,” Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Tracy served with distinction in a variety of leadership roles here at Penn College, including vice president for workforce development and as a member of President’s Council. Her knowledge, skills, experience and commitment make her well-suited for this new role. I, along with the Penn College community, wish her all the best.” Brundage holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gettysburg College; and a master’s in training and development and a doctorate in workforce education and development, both from Penn State University.

NSSC Accepts Award for Northwestern Training-Network Partner

Kenneth P. Hellberg Jr. (left), building performance specialist for Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center, accepts the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council Energy Star award from Jonathan Passe, residential branch chief for Energy Star.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, whose Building Operator Certification program trains and certifies facilities operations and maintenance personnel to achieve cost-saving energy efficiency, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy with a 2018 Energy Star Award of Excellence.

Kenneth P. Hellberg Jr., building performance specialist for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center, traveled to Washington, D.C., on April 20 to accept the award on behalf of the nonprofit and its training network. NSSC is licensed to administer the BOC program in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Summit Successfully Apprises Industry of Apprenticeship Assistance

It's a "full house" in Penn's Inn for the summit, sponsored by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.

A sold-out crowd of industry leaders and their advocates, representing 66 employers across Pennsylvania and from four other states, attended Thursday’s inaugural Apprenticeship Summit to address substantive progress in narrowing the skills gap in manufacturing. Attendees were welcomed by Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour, who announced three major related developments: the eligibility of mechatronics apprentices to earn 20 credits toward a two-year Penn College degree in the field; establishment of The Apprenticeship Center on campus as a resource for collaborating with state and local partners; and a $576,000 grant from the state Department of Community & Economic Development to fund apprenticeships in mechatronics and computer numerical control occupations, as well as pre-apprenticeship programs for high school students. The keynote speaker was Robert I. Lerman, a professional economist, Urban Institute fellow and expert on apprenticeships whose resume includes a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Others on the dais included Lori Renne and Alex Halper, from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Jim Nemeth, of Autoneum; and Eric Ramsay, representing the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. The afternoon session featured an interactive program among participants, designed to provide companies with a convenient opportunity to speak to those involved in all facets of apprenticeship.

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Required Testing Underway for Admission to Area Nursing Program

Is a rewarding career in nursing in your future? The Penn College at Wellsboro Practical Nursing Program is scheduling pre-admission testing for the January session.

All applications are due by Oct. 1 for that next class, and pre-admission testing must be completed before the application process begins.

The yearlong, full-time program – offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology – prepares graduates for career opportunities in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

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College Names Director of Workforce Development at Wellsboro

Jason P. Zielewicz

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology has appointed Jason P. Zielewicz as director, workforce development at Wellsboro.

Zielewicz served for the past three years as a client development specialist for WDCE. He will oversee continued expansion of programming offered in the Northern Tier and Wellsboro.

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Penn College Apprenticeship Programs Get State Grant Support

Pennsylvania College of Technology continues to lead the region in addressing the skills gap through apprenticeship programs, and a $49,523 capacity-building grant awarded to the college by the state Department of Labor & Industry will help assist those efforts.

The funding, announced this week by Gov. Tom Wolf, will be used to support two Penn College registered apprenticeship programs: one each in mechatronics and computer numerical control. The high-demand programs will serve the needs of at least 40 apprentices from at least 14 companies.

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Innovative Collaboration Allows More Convenient PLC Instruction

Sixteen people are enrolled in a 96-hour Programmable Logic Controller program offered through a partnership between Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education and Workforce Solutions.

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Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, based in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the former music room of the district’s administration building.

Julie Mansfield, coordinator of the program, will discuss admission requirements; application, tuition and financial aid processes; licensure; and job opportunities for graduates. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

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EMT Course Scheduled for Three Sites in Area

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 20, will be offered at three locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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Summit at Penn College to Explore Value of Industry Apprenticeships

An educational roundtable on the benefits of apprenticeships – closing skills gaps, retaining workers and attracting new employees – will be held May 3 at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Sponsored by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, the 2018 Apprenticeship Summit will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Penn’s Inn on the second floor of the Bush Campus Center. Experienced industry representatives and partners will discuss the processes of organizing, sponsoring, funding and providing apprenticeship programs.

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