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Sending an SOS for WFH? Free help is near!

Employees are invited to take part in a pair of complimentary Workforce Development webinars Tuesday morning that can help them adjust to working remotely. Each session, delivered via Zoom, lasts an hour.

Working from Home with Effectiveness and Efficiency” will begin at 9, reviewing best practices of successful remote workforces and guiding participants to create an action plan. “Time Management and Prioritization Skills for Working from Home” will follow at 10:30, exploring ways to be more productive in a work-from-home setting.

For more information, email Marianne E. DePasqua, client development specialist.

April 2, 2020
General Information Workforce Development

NSSC offers discounted Building Operator Certification courses

NSSC

The National Sustainable Structures Center of Pennsylvania College of Technology, the mid-Atlantic administrator of the Building Operator Certification, will offer two BOC Level I courses at a 75% discount made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with DEP to be able to offer BOC courses at a significantly reduced cost,” NSSC Director Alison A. Diehl said. “BOC teaches facilities personnel how to apply low-cost techniques to lower their building’s annual utility costs, while making their buildings more comfortable and safer for occupants.”

Tuition discounts for the BOC courses are available to a limited number of facilities personnel employed by K-12 school districts, local government, community colleges/universities or state agencies in Pennsylvania. Participants must have two or more years of experience in their field. The cost of the course is normally $1,895, but thanks to the DEP grant, the course is being offered for $475 (plus an optional $285 national certification exam fee for those who wish to earn their Certified Building Operator credential).

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March 10, 2020
Penn College at Wellsboro Students Workforce Development

First nursing cohorts graduate from new Wellsboro facility

Twenty-two area residents, representing cohorts from Coudersport and Wellsboro, recently graduated from Penn College at Wellsboro’s practical nursing program. Front row (seated, from left): Tonya Gail, Kelcee Kilpatrick, Kathi Crooks and Shyana Miller. Back row (from left): Rena Brown, Heather DeHaven, Courtney Watkins, Lindsay Brown, Susan Lenker, Amanda Hand, Cindy Weidler, Emily Bastion, Leanne McIntyre, Lacey Boyd, Heather Crowley, Rachelle Weimer, Melissa Hartman, Autumn Jackson, Meagan Knapp-Moore, Katie Thomas, Julie Conner and Jessica Smith.

WELLSBORO, Pa. – Twenty-two students recently graduated from Penn College at Wellsboro’s practical nursing program, the first to fulfill their requirements at a facility dedicated in May.

The ceremony was held in the Deane Center for the Performing Arts; graduates processed in the Coolidge Theatre, then received family and friends in the lobby. The evening marked commencement for two full-time cohorts: Wellsboro and Coudersport.

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February 28, 2020
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

Practical nursing information sessions set for Northern Tier

Lauren M. Scheetz, coordinator of Penn College at Wellsboro’s Practical Nursing Program, will present at two information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career. The first will be March 3 in the nursing lab at the college’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St. The second will be offered March 4 at the Potter County Education Council, 5 Water St., Coudersport.

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 two information sessions for those interested in nursing as a career. The first will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the nursing lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, 22 Walnut St.; the second will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Potter County Education Council, 5 Water St., Coudersport.

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February 18, 2020
General Information Workforce Development

Comprehensive project management training offered this spring

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, the ability to effectively manage projects is paramount. A well-managed project is completed on time and on budget, and meets quality expectations.

A 42-hour Mastering Project Management apprenticeship training course to be offered by Workforce Development at Pennsylvania College of Technology will give managers the tools and knowledge needed to succeed in leading such projects.

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February 12, 2020
Alumni College Relations Faculty & Staff General Information President Scholarships Sports Students Workforce Development

President nurtures seeds of success during all-college message

Midway through the academic year and at the on-ramp to a metamorphic new decade, transformation – the college’s internal modifications to enhance students’ life-altering opportunities – was very much on the mind of President Davie Jane Gilmour during Friday’s Spring 2020 kickoff. “Like any other organization or institution, we need to assess, adjust, change and adapt. This assessment is an ongoing process and will continue as we move through this spring semester,” she told faculty and staff assembled in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. “I believe in our future, in the power of a Penn College education and in our ability to change lives.”

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January 10, 2020
Events Faculty & Staff Workforce Development

Summit illustrates benefits of schools’ pre-apprenticeship programs

Michele Edwards, human resources manager at First Quality Enterprises, the summit’s sponsor and a participant in the college's apprenticeship program, discusses “Why industry is engaged in pre-apprenticeship.”

Workforce Development at Penn College welcomed scores of school administrators, counselors and teachers Tuesday to its 2019 Pre-Apprenticeship Summit, where educators learned how to prepare today’s high school students for the in-demand, high-skilled careers of tomorrow. A full agenda covered various facets of pre-apprenticeships – what they are, the benefits of integration into the secondary curriculum, and how they can pave students’ path to both college and career. Featured speakers at the Thompson Professional Development Center event were Eric Ramsay, director of the Apprenticeship and Training Office, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; Christina Herman, Career Ready specialist for the state Department of Education; and Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center. Also presenting was Ross A. Berger, a client development specialist at the college.

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Automated Manufacturing & Machining Faculty & Staff General Information Plastics & Polymer Welding Workforce Development

State House speaker, colleagues tour campus labs

The group intently listens to President Gilmour in the college's welding addition. From left are Reed; Turzai; Borowicz; Owlett's wife, Lauren; and Owlett.
The group intently listens to President Gilmour in the college’s welding addition. From left are Reed; Turzai; Borowicz; Owlett’s wife, Lauren; and Owlett.
David R. Cotner (second from right), dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, takes the group by the expanded facility's impressive new plasma equipment.
David R. Cotner (second from right), dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, takes the group by the expanded facility’s impressive new plasma equipment.
John M. Good III, instructor of automation and computer integrated manufacturing, leads a tour in College Avenue Labs.
John M. Good III, instructor of automation and computer integrated manufacturing, leads a tour in College Avenue Labs.
The group pauses in front of a ProtoTrak lathe, among equipment purchased with a National Science Foundation grant to combat the skills gap in advanced manufacturing. From left are Owlett, Wheeland, Turzai, Yaw and Borowicz.
The group pauses in front of a ProtoTrak lathe, among equipment purchased with a National Science Foundation grant to combat the skills gap in advanced manufacturing. From left are Owlett, Wheeland, Turzai, Yaw and Borowicz.
Shannon M. Munro (in light blue), vice president for workforce development, discusses production activities in the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.
Shannon M. Munro (in light blue), vice president for workforce development, discusses production activities in the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence.

The speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was among state legislators who visited Penn College on Thursday afternoon, touring several academic laboratories in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Comprising the group were Speaker Michael C. Turzai (R-McCandless), Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Lock Haven), Rep. Clinton D. Owlett (R-Wellsboro), Rep. Jeff C. Wheeland (R-Williamsport) and Neil R. Lesher, Rep. Turzai’s chief of staff. During the lawmakers’ 90-minute stay, school administration and faculty – along with Workforce Development personnel – introduced them to welding and metal fabrication technologies, advanced manufacturing, and plastics and polymer engineering technologies. Facilitating the visit were President Davie Jane Gilmour; Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs/provost; Patrick Marty, chief of staff and assistant to the president for college relations; and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the college’s board of directors. Others on the tour included Lycoming County Commissioner-elect Scott L. Metzger and Fisher Mining Co.’s John A. Blaschak, one of the college’s corporate partners and a member of its Visionary Society.

November 14, 2019
Clean Energy Center Faculty & Staff Workforce Development

NSSC’s preeminent training spotlighted on National Weatherization Day

Alison A. DiehlThe director of Penn College’s National Sustainable Structures Center was invited to serve as guest blogger for the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s observance of National Weatherization Day on Wednesday. In her post, Alison A. Diehl shares information about the center’s renowned training and technical assistance programs for home energy professionals and commercial building operators. “Working in weatherization can open the door to many opportunities in the growing energy efficiency industry,” she wrote. “For individuals with a passion to improve the quality of life in their communities and looking for a career with growth potential, earning credentials through NSSC’s training programs is a great pathway to consider.”

October 30, 2019
General Information Penn College at Wellsboro Workforce Development

Penn College to offer EMT course at four regional locations

An Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning the week of Jan. 13, will be offered at four area locations by Workforce Development 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, Bloomsburg Volunteer Ambulance Association’s training and administration center, Penn College at Wellsboro or Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

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October 17, 2019
General Information Workforce Development

Fall course designed for entry-level phlebotomists

A Clinical Phlebotomy course will be offered this fall in the Klump Academic Center on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.

The program – Mondays and Tuesdays from Nov. 11 to Dec. 17 – will provide instruction in how to collect blood samples using venipuncture and capillary puncture procedures. The first eight classes (Nov. 11-12, Nov. 18-19, Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3) are from 6 to 9 p.m.; the final four (Dec. 9-10 and 16-17) will be from 6 to 10 p.m.

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October 7, 2019
President STEM Workforce Development

President delivers keynote remarks at statewide conference

"We must continue to seek new ways to encourage more youth – and more career-changers – to enter STEM fields of study," President Davie Jane Gilmour concludes. "Our economic future depends on it."
“We must continue to seek new ways to encourage more youth – and more career-changers – to enter STEM fields of study,” President Davie Jane Gilmour concludes. “Our economic future depends on it.”

Penn College’s president was among the keynote speakers as the two-day Pennsylvania Home Performance Conference & Trade Show kicked off Monday at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College.

Davie Jane Gilmour talked about how the college’s time-tested strategy of hands-on education mitigates the skills gap and promotes lifelong careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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September 30, 2019
Alumni College Relations Events Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies PIRC Plastics & Polymer President STEM Workforce Development

Dedication held for Shell-funded plastics facility at Penn College

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour (right) presents a timeline of the college’s plastics program – capped with Shell Polymers’ funding of the Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence – to Hilary Mercer, vice president, Pennsylvania Chemicals, for Shell. The center was dedicated in ceremonies taking place Sept. 24.

The Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence was unveiled Sept. 24, and Shell was honored for its generous support for facilities that aid in the instruction of aspiring plastics professionals at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

In a dedication ceremony attended by representatives of the college and Shell and a host of industry partners and stakeholders, participants celebrated the enhanced and upgraded academic and research lab, located in the Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center at Penn College.

The Shell Polymers Rotational Molding Center of Excellence will boost the college’s efforts to produce highly skilled graduates for the plastics industry while helping to ease the skills gap in plastics manufacturing. It also enables the college – which operates the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center – to assist plastics companies with research and development and the training of incumbent workers.

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Faculty & Staff General Information Workforce Development

Penn College course to help prepare students for SATs

Workforce Development 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 exam 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 skills and review with a Penn College faculty member.

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September 10, 2019