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06.11.2021

Practical nursing information sessions 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 information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career. Sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, and Thursday, Aug. 5, at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.

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General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development
06.09.2021

Anchor’s up! Apprentice’ship’ blog sets sail

Christopher P. RayPenn College’s proven prominence in helping companies improve their employees’ skills through apprenticeship training is reflected in a new feature of the campus community’s blog. Laying the groundwork for a planned series of insightful posts, author Christopher P. Ray – Workforce Development’s executive director for business development – debuts with a definition of what separates the program from the myriad other “ships” in the workforce world.

Faculty & Staff Skills Gap Workforce Development
05.14.2021

Penn College hosts workshop for plastics professionals

Plastics professionals from throughout the country sharpened their skills and enhanced their knowledge at a recent workshop hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology and its acclaimed Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

The Rotational Molding & Advanced Materials Workshop offered a mix of lecture and hands-on instruction for 30 individuals representing 11 states and numerous companies. Seventeen attended the two-day course in person, and 13 participated remotely.

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Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff PIRC Plastics & Polymer Workforce Development
04.19.2021

Five graduate from pre-apprenticeship program

Berger welcomes the crowd and explains the program's focus on "young people looking to explore a field, to begin a new career – in this case, advanced manufacturing."
Berger welcomes the crowd and explains the program’s focus on “young people looking to explore a field, to begin a new career – in this case, advanced manufacturing.”
Dickey – whose program helps young adults prepare for and succeed in education, training and employment – tells the cohort, "The skills you've learned are lifelong skills for any occupation."
Dickey – whose program helps young adults prepare for and succeed in education, training and
employment – tells the cohort, “The skills you’ve learned are lifelong skills for any occupation.”
Attendees were seated in Penn's Inn, appropriately spaced under pandemic protocols.
Attendees were seated in Penn’s Inn, appropriately spaced under pandemic protocols.
Sam Shea, human resources manager for PMF Industries Inc., was among the industry partners at Monday's event. PMF, which began by forming metal cocktail shakers in the 1960s, has grown into a premier manufacturer in such diverse fields as hospitality, aerospace and pharmaceuticals.
Sam Shea, human resources manager for PMF Industries Inc., was among the industry partners at Monday’s event. PMF, which began by forming metal cocktail shakers in the 1960s, has grown into a premier manufacturer in such diverse fields as hospitality, aerospace and pharmaceuticals.
Howard (right) gives a certificate (and a congratulatory elbow-bump) to Cormelison.
Howard (right) gives a certificate (and a congratulatory elbow-bump) to Cormelison.

Penn College’s Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship program held a brief ceremony Monday morning, acknowledging the five graduates who successfully completed the 10-week training.

While the AMP program is generally geared toward students in high schools and career and technical centers, exposing them to potential livelihoods while they formulate their respective paths, the latest group featured young adults embarking on new adventures: Daquan Alford Jr., of Williamsport; Christopher Cormelison, of Hughesville; Racheal Pandolfell, of Berwick; Dylan Peters, of Mill Hall; and Ryan Yingling, of Lock Haven.

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Apprenticeships General Information Workforce Development
04.16.2021

PPL supports training for front-line health care workers

Future health care professionals have access to a learning tool that simulates respiratory symptoms likely to be encountered in the field, thanks to a $2,500 sustaining grant from PPL Foundation to Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The 2020 contribution enabled purchase of a lung sounds simulator, which mimics real-life scenarios essential to educating health care providers.

“PPL is pleased to partner with Penn College to help enhance training for current and aspiring health care professionals,” said Tracie L. Witter, regional affairs director.  “We appreciate the efforts of Penn College Workforce Development to help improve the skills of our community’s front-line workers.”

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Alumni College Relations Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic General Information Nursing & Health Sciences Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development
04.14.2021

EMT course scheduled at three area sites for fall semester

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Aug. 16 and running through early December, 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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General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development
04.05.2021

PPL provides funding for mechatronics trainer components

PPL has provided $13,000 toward the purchase of trainers to enhance the knowledge and skills of mechatronics students, whether they are enrolled in academic majors or are completing apprenticeship programs offered by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The grant funding enabled the college to purchase mechanical and hydraulic components to increase training-unit capacity, as well as a flammable-liquid cabinet to satisfy safety requirements.

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College Relations Electrical Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff Students Workforce Development
03.11.2021

Practical nursing information sessions set for Northern Tier

WELLSBORO – 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 information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career. Sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.; and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Potter County Education Council Building, 5 Water St., Coudersport.

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General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development
03.01.2021

EMT pre-apprenticeship course scheduled for summer

An Emergency Medical Technician pre-apprenticeship course, beginning the week of May 4 and running through Aug. 12, will be offered on main campus by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Apprenticeships General Information Workforce Development
02.12.2021

Workforce Development VP among panelists on skills-gap broadcast

Shannon M. Munro on WVIAPenn College’s vice president for workforce development was among the guests on this week’s “Keystone Edition – Business,” a public affairs program broadcast by the region’s public television affiliate. Shannon M. Munro joined Annette Weiss, assistant dean of nursing and chief nurse administrator at Misericordia University, and Sara Maaske, senior director of product at Penn Foster, on a WVIA-TV panel moderated by host Kris Jones. With Baby Boomers retiring from the skilled trades and a shortage of younger workers to take their places, the panelists brainstormed strategies for addressing the issue. “We go about solving the skills-gap problem at Penn College from multiple directions,” Munro said. “Graduating students that have the skills that are needed in the workforce when they complete, but also helping companies who are continuously needing to train their current workforce because the climate is constantly changing.” She also provided an overview of the college’s far-reaching apprenticeship program, funded by an $8 million U.S. Department of Labor grant and benefiting such companies as First Quality and West Pharmaceutical Services. A replay of the series’ “Trading Up” episode is available through WVIA OnDemand and through WVIA’s Facebook page.

Faculty & Staff Skills Gap Workforce Development
02.03.2021

NSSC transforms into Clean Energy Center at Penn College

The National Sustainable Structures Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a leading provider of building performance and energy-efficiency training in the mid-Atlantic, has rebranded to mirror the rapid transformation of the energy workforce.

At the heart of the rebranding is a name change to the Clean Energy Center at Penn College.

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Clean Energy Center General Information Workforce Development
11.30.2020

New majors ‘power’ electronics lab at Penn College

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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Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies Faculty & Staff STEM Students Workforce Development
11.24.2020

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.

Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology Engineering Technologies General Information STEM Students Workforce Development
10.13.2020

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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General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development
08.25.2020

Workforce Development prominently featured at symposium

Two members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development department were featured during the ninth annual Workforce Solutions Symposium held Aug. 5-6 by the Virginia-based Manufacturing Skills Institute.

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Alumni Faculty & Staff Workforce Development