News about Workforce Development & Continuing Education

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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Roll-Fed Thermoformer Adds to Center of Excellence at College

Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager for Penn College’s Thermoforming Center of Excellence, operates the new equipment.

A custom-built, roll-fed, thin-sheet thermoformer is the latest addition to the Thermoforming Center of Excellence at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Thermoforming is a process by which plastic film or sheet is heated and then molded into three-dimensional shapes for such everyday uses as packaging, displays and components for a variety of transportation applications. The new equipment is a semi-commercial scale thermoforming machine that feeds rolls of plastic film into the thermoformer to produce and duplicate multiple formed packaging techniques used in industry.

According to Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence, “This equipment expands Penn College’s capability, which already includes a heavy-gauge thermoformer, to support additional (research-and-development) projects and teach incumbent workers and students using the latest technology.”

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Workforce Development to Be Showcased During PM Exchange

Workforce development to be showcased at chamber's PM Exchange.

Experience the innovative ways companies are bridging the skills gap during Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development PM Exchange from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Together with the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Penn College will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center for Business & Workforce Development, 1127 W. Fourth St.

“A great deal has changed in the past decade with new infrastructure, significant technology upgrades and vastly expanded program offerings,” notes Shannon Munro, vice president for workforce development. “Penn College assists companies nationwide to improve competencies in topics such as business, industrial, plastics, computer, energy and health care.”

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International Expertise Abounds at Rotomolding Workshop

Matthew Jackson, of Tennant Co., Minneapolis, a participant in a recent Rotational Molding Workshop at Penn College, attaches a radio telemetry system to a rotational mold to measure internal air temperature.

Scores of industry professionals gathered at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center this summer for advice about rotational molding from well-versed – and well-traveled – authorities in the field.

A total of 42 participants from 26 companies – representing 16 states, as well as Canada and Mexico – attended the ninth annual Hands-On Rotational Molding Workshop on the college’s main campus in June.

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Practical Nursing Information Session to Be Held in Wellsboro

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

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the former music room of the school district’s administration building.

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