News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Penn College Embraces the PlastiVan

The Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program recently visited Penn College to educate area students about the wonders of plastics and the rich career opportunities in the field. Students enjoyed hands-on activities revealing the power of plastics and toured the college’s plastics labs. Sekisui SPI sponsored the PlastiVan’s visit at the college, which is featured in this YouTube video:

Watch PCToday for more on the PlastiVan’s visit.

WDCE Courses Designed to Improve Supervisors’ Performance

Two components of Front-Line Supervisor leadership training will be offered this spring through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Each course runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on two successive Wednesdays in Room 312 of the college’s Klump Academic Center.

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Penn College Staff to Present at ‘Business Growth Conference’

Pennsylvania College of Technology personnel are teaming up with MANTEC, a leading consultant to manufacturers in Southcentral Pennsylvania, for four sessions at next month’s fifth Business Growth Conference in Lancaster County.

The conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 30 at the Spooky Nook Sports complex, 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim.

Representatives of the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education office will each present two sessions of their respective mini-courses: Consultant Steve Quelet will offer an Industrial Arc Flash Safety Workshop from 9 to 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., and Thomas W. Fry, an industrial technology specialist, will present a Programmable Logic Controllers Workshop during those same time slots.

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Variety of Continuing Education Courses Coming to St. Marys

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology continues its outreach to northern Pennsylvania with a variety of courses this season.

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Adobe Software Classes Scheduled at Penn College

Instruction in two of Adobe Systems’ creative software programs will be offered this spring through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College at Wellsboro Holds Practical Nursing Graduation

Fourteen students graduated Dec. 15 from the Practical Nursing Program at Penn College at Wellsboro. Front row (from left): Marie L. Andrews, Lori A. Laubenstein, Jami N. Andrews and Megan M. Legerlotz. Back row (from left): Sarah A. Blass, Kayre Piaquadio, Adrienne M. Foresman, Kathy Simmons, Emma L. McCleary, Haley A. Henry, Charlene Jones, Lori A. Cummings, Sheenah E. Pellicano and Melissa A. Lehman.

Fourteen students recently graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Program.

The ceremony was held Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building, followed by a reception for family and friends.

The students selected Natalie O. DeLeonardis, former coordinator of the North Campus Outreach Practical Nursing Program, as speaker for the ceremony.

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Penn College Course to Help Prepare Students for SATs

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a course to help high school students prepare for the standardized test used as an admissions tool by many institutions of higher learning.

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Chevron Continues Support for Penn College Education, Training

Chevron continues investment

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education office, Pennsylvania College of Technology has received $416,685 from Chevron U.S.A. to support scholarships, curriculum development and ongoing outreach in energy and manufacturing.

Penn College will continue the promising practices first started through ShaleNET, a U.S. Department of Labor grant aimed at providing training and education in these important industry sectors.

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College Offers Digital Photography Course, Just in Time for Holidays

Those planning to receive or give a full-featured digital camera this holiday season might consider a companion gift certificate for “Mastering Your Advanced Digital Camera,” a digital photography class offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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One-Stop ‘Finale’ Moves Tomorrow’s Grads One Step Closer

Becky J. Shaner, manager of student/alumni engagement and special events, captures a mascot moment for Lindsey Martin, advertising art.

A line of winter graduates snakes across the Penn’s Inn floor.

Sugary blue sprinkles put the "sweet" into near-grads' 'bittersweet" departure.

Jaclyn C. Gregg, culinary arts and systems, high-fives the congratulatory commencement 'cat.

Chesnya I. Cherelus, nursing, snaps a cell phone photo as she and soon-to-be graduates make their way into the Grad Finale venue.

A number of campus offices threw a party Tuesday for students on track to graduate next month, handily helping them check off their commencement to-do list. The early-afternoon Grad Finale (which featured accommodating staff from Alumni Relations, Career Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, The College Store and Workforce Development & Continuing Education) was held in the Bush Campus Center. From 12:30-2:30 p.m., petitioned students could pick up their commencement tickets, purchase caps and gowns, and learn more about their Alumni Association benefits – all in one handy location. Penn College’s winter ceremony is at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 in the Community Arts Center.

Student Mosaics Bring Color to Penn College’s Capitol Eatery

Wall hangings designed and made by Penn College students in an Art of the Mosaic course adorn the Capitol Eatery, the college’s largest and busiest dining unit.

When you enter Capitol Eatery, one of the largest and busiest dining units on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the serving area boasts bright splashes of color throughout, but the dining room lacked those vivid accents. That changed this summer, when student works of art were installed on its walls.

While taking a ceramics class offered through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education department, Dining Services Director Crissy L. McGinness began to envision a way to spruce up the dining unit décor. She approached David A. Stabley, instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture, about a plan to add student-created mosaics, similar to many he and students had created around campus, at Capitol Eatery.

“Dave is a talented ceramics instructor,” McGinness said, “and I was excited to see what he and his students could bring to our dining unit.”

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College’s Leadership Training Series Reaches National Audience

Through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WDCE) office, Pennsylvania College of Technology began an ambitious project in 2015 to develop a new leadership training program for companies.

In partnership with respected program developers representing many employment sectors, a curriculum was built to hone the skills of front-line leaders, mid-level managers and senior executives. It incorporates online materials and was crafted with customizable modules based on industry type and/or company-specific input.

Dubbed the Penn College Leadership Series, the program rolled out late last year and has quickly become an acclaimed training product reaching a national audience.

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Noncredit Course Aims to Enhance Client Relationship Skills

Businesspeople who desire to build their client relationship competence can benefit from a two-day noncredit course scheduled in December by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Enhancing Client Relationship Skills: Creating Win-Win Situations” will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12 in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the college’s main campus. This intensive series is for technical specialists, product leaders, service providers, customer relationship representatives and business owners, among others. The cost is $325.

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Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 6 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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Noncredit EMT Course Scheduled for Three Area Locations

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 9, 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.

The course comprises 50 hours of lecture and 100 hours of practical learning. Students will select one of three sites: Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport, Penn College at Wellsboro or Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

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