News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

New Year Begins at ‘College of Tomorrow-Makers’

Taking “a trip down memory lane” through 20 years of change since her first all-college speech as then-interim president, Davie Jane Gilmour officially ushered in the Spring 2018 semester with a Friday all-college message for faculty and staff: “Do not doubt for a moment that we are a force with which to be reckoned.” Detailing two decades’ worth of growth – in such far-reaching areas as enrollment and retention, facilities, credibility for intercollegiate athletics, and workforce development – she reminded faculty and staff of their vital role in shaping the future. “I am confident history will write that we made a difference,” the president told her morning audience. “That our students were innovative, tenacious and hardworking and made their mark in their careers and in life.”

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College Names Operations/Special Projects Director for WDCE

Beth M. Bittenbender

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently appointed Beth M. Bittenbender as operations/special projects director for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, which partners with companies to provide short-term training and project support.

Bittenbender brings more than 25 years of management and continuous improvement experience, as well as an Innovation Engineering Black Belt, to the newly created post. She will work closely with WDCE’s professional staff to coordinate training and project support to industries across Pennsylvania and beyond.

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No-Cost PLC Training Available at Multiple Regional Locations

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering a 96-hour Programmable Logic Controller training at no cost to participants at multiple sites in northcentral Pennsylvania.

This program is made available with funding from Workforce Solutions for North Central Pennsylvania, the Workforce Development Board serving Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties. Workforce Solutions, through a customer-centered approach, collaborates with partners to design innovative workforce strategies.

The program starts Jan. 29 and ends April 4, and is scheduled from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

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UPMC Gift to Support Penn College Nursing Expansion in Wellsboro

The gift of a UPMC Susquehanna-owned property to Pennsylvania College of Technology will enable the college to address workforce and educational needs in the Northern Tier by expanding the nursing program it offers in Wellsboro.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Thursday approved transfer of the 8,400-square-foot facility at 22 Walnut St., Wellsboro, for $1. The agreement is contingent upon the college using the building to expand its Practical Nursing Program in Wellsboro.

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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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Penn College to Sponsor Apprenticeship Programs

Penn College is presented with a Certificate of Registration for new apprentice training programs in mechatronics and CNC. From left are Eric Ramsay, director, Apprenticeship and Training Office, state Department of Labor & Industry; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development, Labor & Industry; Shannon Munro (holding National Apprenticeship Week proclamation), vice president for workforce development at Penn College; Christopher Ray (holding 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.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing the manufacturing skills gap by sponsoring apprenticeship training programs for regional companies.

The Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Office recently approved the college’s programs focusing on mechatronics and computer numerical control occupations. As sponsor, the college will oversee all elements, including related classroom training and collection of records from the companies offering on-the-job training.

“Through sponsorship, Penn College is able to bring companies together in a way that reduces cost and minimizes administrative burden,” said Christopher P. Ray, executive director of business development for workforce development and continuing education. “The benefits to manufacturers are considerable when you add industry-recognized credentials and delivery methods tailored to company schedules.”

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Apprenticeships Announced During State Officials’ Campus Visit

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

Seth J. Balkey, of State College, a junior in applied technology studies, is among students giving Cipriani and Ramsay a tour of the mechatronics lab.

The guests share a laugh with David M. Zlotnicki, of Oil City, a Presidential Student Ambassador majoring in electronics and computer engineering technology.

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.

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.

Pennsylvania College of Technology is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University