News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Apprenticeships Announced During State Officials’ Campus Visit

Penn College was presented with a Certificate of Registration on Friday for new apprentice training programs in mechatronics and CNC. From left are Eric Ramsay, director, Apprenticeship and Training Office, Department of Labor & Industry; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development, Labor & Industry; Shannon Munro (holding proclamation), vice president for workforce development at Penn College; Christopher Ray (holding National Apprenticeship Week certificate), the college's executive director of business development; John Paul, business engagement coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.; Sara Gligora, Ramsay's executive assistant; and James Chiarchiaro, Keystone Development Partnership.

With the help of Jacob M. Endy, of Pottstown, a sophomore in mechatronics engineering technology, Cipriani measures rotation speed.

Jason P. Allen, of Cogan Station, a sophomore in mechatronics engineering technology, shows the guests an infared thermal imager used to measure heat on a motor to detect a problem.

As Pennsylvania marks National Apprenticeship Week, the commonwealth’s deputy secretary for workforce development announced mechatronics technician and CNC operator apprenticeships during a visit to Penn College on Friday. “The Wolf administration supports the growth and expansion of apprenticeship programs as a viable way to develop a pool of high-skilled, qualified talent for employers,” Eileen Cipriani said at an afternoon gathering in the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. “Creating new apprenticeship programs … not only helps meet regional employment needs, but provides job seekers with valuable hands-on training that leads to family-sustaining jobs.” Watch PCToday for more on the new apprenticeships.

Magazine Touts PIRC’s Contribution to Statewide Workforce

Penn College’s renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, which incorporates hands-on learning across the industry’s varied production processes, is featured in the online Keystone Edge magazine. The article by news editor Elise Vider – headlined “At Penn College, Plastics Provide a Path to Success” – includes a Q&A with Shannon Munro, vice president for workforce development.

Industry-Centered Classes Scheduled by WDCE for Early 2018

Four classes have been announced for the Spring 2018 semester by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Office.

The classes begin in February and will be offered on the college’s main campus.

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College Sets Digital Photo Course, Just in Time for Holidays

Do you have plans to receive or give a full-featured digital camera this holiday season? Consider a companion gift certificate to a digital photography class at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Instructor Wayne Palmer has been involved with some facet of photography for over 45 years. The owner of Palmer Multimedia Imaging will share his mastery of digital photography with Workforce Development & Continuing Education students from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18 through Feb. 1.

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Drone (Quadcopter) Technology Courses Scheduled at Penn College

As the number of drones in the United States continues to skyrocket, the Federal Aviation Administration has made the aircraft’s registration mandatory. Whether you are a hobbyist or a commercial flyer, Pennsylvania College of Technology can help you stay informed of current FAA regulations.

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Microsoft Office Courses Scheduled at Penn College at Wellsboro

Penn College at Wellsboro extends the institution’s mission to deliver professional and personal development to companies and residents of the Northern Tier.

For those looking to sharpen their computer skills while learning something new, Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro is offering two Microsoft Office classes.

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EMT Course Conveniently Scheduled at Four Sites in Area

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 8, will be offered at four 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 four sites: Penn College’s main campus in Williamsport, Penn College at Wellsboro, Jersey Shore, or Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

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Business/Management Courses on WDCE’s Fall Schedule

Four business and management courses will be offered in the coming months by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Front-Line Supervisors to Benefit From WDCE Leadership Series

Four classes comprise the Front Line Supervisor Fall Series being offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology beginning in October.

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WDCE Location Marks Decade of Delivery – and Counting

Kathryn Ecker (left), an organizational-development professional, discusses leadership solutions to support business strategies.

Gerald A. Welshans, consultant/instructor with the National Sustainable Structures Center, shares energy insights with guests.

In the mechatronics engineering technology lab, visitors “talk shop” with Thomas W. Fry (right), industrial technology specialist.

"Plastics" is the word in this discussion facilitated by Plastics Innovation & Resource Center staff Brennan B. Wodrig (left) and Christopher J. Gagliano (center).

The lobby of the Center for Business & Workforce Development bustles with business banter.

Penn College celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Center for Business & Workforce Development during a Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce PM Exchange on Thursday evening. Chamber members toured the 1127 W. Fourth St. facility for a closer look at the varied technologies, programs and expertise – from plastics to energy, computers to health care – available through Workforce Development & Continuing Education to help business and industry assess their training needs and close the skills gap.

Penn College Course to Help Prepare Students for SAT

Bruce A. Wehler, assistant professor of English-composition at Penn College – pictured during a Spring 2017 review session offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education – will return this semester to help high school students prepare for SATs in advance of the Dec. 2 testing date.

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.

The course will help students better prepare for success on the SAT through live instruction, self-paced learning and individual interaction with a professional instructor. The focus will be on math, English and reading, with an optional writing session available for those who wish to practice their college-ready skills and review with a Penn College faculty member.

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WDCE Names Executive Director for Business Development

Christopher P. Ray

Christopher P. Ray has been appointed executive director, business development for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Ray served for the past three years as client development director for WDCE and succeeds Shannon Munro, who recently was named vice president for the department. He will oversee business development, strategic initiatives, new programming, sales and marketing for workforce development at the college.

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Penn College Launches Skills-Assessment Program

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is concluding a six-month pilot program for an innovative skills-assessment program.

Development Needs Assessment (DNA) for Business is a competency-based platform that identifies areas of strength and opportunity related to job skills, and provides targeted recommendations for training to maximize return on investment.

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Personal Protection Courses Scheduled for Fall

A series of courses designed to teach personal protection techniques will be offered during the fall semester by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Plastics Professionals Converge on Penn College Campus

Mark Strachan (in green shirt), senior technology director for First Quality Packaging Solutions in West Palm Beach, Florida, and former chairman of the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division, reviews results of a temperature change with participants at the Eighth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Penn College’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Plastics professionals representing 13 companies, nine states and Canada attended the Eighth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Mark Strachan, senior technology director for First Quality Packaging Solutions in West Palm Beach, Florida, and former chairman of the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Division, served as keynote instructor for the 24 participants. Penn College faculty and staff assisted Strachan throughout the three-day workshop.

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