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New majors ‘power’ electronics lab at Penn College

Electronics students at Pennsylvania College of Technology finish installing a conveyer unit in a new lab at the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees prompted the creation of the electronics lab. Besides the conveyer system, the space features 16 programmable logic controller stations and four Kuka industrial robots. About 60 students per semester are using the lab.

The addition of two automation degrees is powering a new electronics lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Located in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, the 906-square-foot space is accommodating about 60 students per semester who are seeking an automation engineering technology baccalaureate degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

“Industry was telling us that they liked what our students were doing, but they were looking for more because of the growth of automation in industry,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “We looked at what we already had and how we could expand on that. When we expanded the program, we needed to expand the space. Now that we put stuff in there, I don’t know if it’s big enough!”

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Automation degrees power new Penn College electronics lab

The addition of two automation engineering technology baccalaureate degrees is powering a new electronics laboratory at Penn College. The lab is equipped with 16 student-installed Programmable Logic Controller stations (featuring both Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs), four Kuka industrial robots and a conveyer system. “We recruited the whole class that came in now, these freshmen, without having that lab,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “So having that lab now is just going to add another layer of excitement. They can see all the learning stations. They can see the robots. They can see the conveyer system.” The lab is for the “tomorrow makers” seeking an automation degree in either mechatronics or robotics.

November 24, 2020
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

EMT course scheduled at four area sites for spring semester

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 19 and running through early May, will be offered at four locations by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets the 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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October 13, 2020
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

Practical nursing information session set for Northern Tier

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

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.

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August 20, 2020
General Information Workforce Development

West Pharmaceutical employee among apprenticeship successes

West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. employee Tyler G. Smith, shown in a screenshot from a Workforce Development video on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s YouTube channel, has found his niche in the department’s renowned apprenticeship program.

“Every minute you’re here, you’re getting trained.”

That’s the real-world perspective of Tyler G. Smith, a maintenance technician at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc., who is three-quarters into a four-year registered apprenticeship program administered by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development department.

“Every minute” is part of the 144 hours of annual classroom theory – four hours, once a week – designed to help employees and employers alike plug the gap between skilled positions and the workers who fill them. This instruction supplements the 2,000 hours that Smith and his classmates each spend training on-the-job.

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July 27, 2020
General Information Workforce Development

Apprentices complete inaugural mechatronics program

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first apprenticeship training program began four years ago, upskilling mechatronics technicians from companies in the Bloomsburg area. In June, 11 employees from SEKISUI KYDEX and Arconic (Kawneer) finished the four-year apprenticeship.

Successful apprentices earned four industry credentials and received extensive training in industrial electricity, programmable logic control, mechanical components and fluid power throughout the life of the program.

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July 14, 2020
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

EMT course scheduled for three sites in area

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 24, will be offered at three locations by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets the 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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July 6, 2020
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Pathways Scholarship assists transition to degree programs

Pennsylvania College of Technology has established a new scholarship to support students completing Workforce Development programs in practical nursing and emergency medical technician who wish to further their education.

The scholarship provides assistance for practical nursing graduates interested in the Nursing, LPN to RN program at Penn College and graduates of the EMT course interested in pursuing one of the college’s paramedic majors.

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June 15, 2020
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

Practical nursing information sessions set for Northern Tier

Penn College at Wellsboro's Practical Nursing Program will host two information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career. The sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 15 and 22.

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

Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program will host two information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career. The sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, June 15 and 22. Limited seating will be available in the nursing classroom at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.; the site also offers videoconferencing capability.

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June 3, 2020
Faculty & Staff Workforce Development

Free work-from-home session to focus on change, resilience

Join Penn College’s Workforce Development from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, for an interactive Zoom session that will cover change-management basics and explore ways to build personal resilience – skills that are as necessary now as in the future. Successful individuals are continually adjusting to a rapid rate of change, which has only been accelerated by the global pandemic. Participants in “Navigating Change and Building Resilience” will explore strategies, review best practices, and reflect upon personal, team and organizational leadership needed during difficult times by creating an action plan.  Registration is limited for the session, another complimentary offering in Workforce Development’s Remote Work Productivity Series.

April 24, 2020
General Information NSSC Workforce Development

College to offer building performance training in western PA

NSSC

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center is adding a training site in Westmoreland County to enhance delivery of building science and energy efficiency training for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program.

The Penn College Board of Directors approved the site Thursday. The leased 7,500-square-foot facility, located at 321 Cherry Hill Drive in Latrobe, will enable the NSSC to offer the same services provided in Williamsport. NSSC is contracted by the state Department of Community and Economic Development to provide building performance certification training and testing.

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April 23, 2020
Faculty & Staff Workforce Development

Sending an SOS for WFH? Free help is near!

Employees are invited to take part in a pair of complimentary Workforce Development webinars Tuesday morning that can help them adjust to working remotely. Each session, delivered via Zoom, lasts an hour.

Working from Home with Effectiveness and Efficiency” will begin at 9, reviewing best practices of successful remote workforces and guiding participants to create an action plan. “Time Management and Prioritization Skills for Working from Home” will follow at 10:30, exploring ways to be more productive in a work-from-home setting.

For more information, email Marianne E. DePasqua, client development specialist.

April 2, 2020
General Information Workforce Development

NSSC offers discounted Building Operator Certification courses

NSSC

The National Sustainable Structures Center of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the mid-Atlantic administrator of the Building Operator Certification, will offer two BOC Level I courses at a 75% discount made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with DEP to be able to offer BOC courses at a significantly reduced cost,” NSSC Director Alison A. Diehl said. “BOC teaches facilities personnel how to apply low-cost techniques to lower their building’s annual utility costs, while making their buildings more comfortable and safer for occupants.”

Tuition discounts for the BOC courses are available to a limited number of facilities personnel employed by K-12 school districts, local government, community colleges/universities or state agencies in Pennsylvania. Participants must have two or more years of experience in their field. The cost of the course is normally $1,895, but thanks to the DEP grant, the course is being offered for $475 (plus an optional $285 national certification exam fee for those who wish to earn their Certified Building Operator credential).

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March 10, 2020