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College Observes Career Day – Wanna Make Something of It?

Penn College was host Thursday to two events that brought hundreds of high school students to its campus. The college’s twice-annual Career Day, facilitated by the College Transitions Office, offered opportunities to learn more about potential careers and Penn College facilities while the visitors interacted with faculty and students. A joint “Innovation and Creativity at Work” event, sponsored in partnership with the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center,  helped to celebrate Manufacturing Month, providing high schoolers with local industry tours, Career Day activities in manufacturing-related labs, and a luncheon in the Thompson Professional Development Center that allowed them to devise, in 10 minutes, potential solutions to three local manufacturers’ real-world challenges. Leaders from each of the three companies – Ralph S. Alberts Co., Gilson Boards and Qortek – were on hand to present their problems and talk with the students as they worked in groups formulate ideas. The goal was to help high schoolers see that today’s manufacturing environment requires thinking, innovation and adaptation, as opposed to the outdated image of repetitive, assembly-line work.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/editor-One College Avenue,
and Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies

Students watch closely as Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, removes a magnetic 3-D creation from its “scaffold.”
Students watch closely as Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, removes a magnetic 3-D creation from its “scaffold.”

John M. Arrigone, part-time instructor of fitness and lifetime sports, leads students through a health assessment, first checking their heart rates.
John M. Arrigone, part-time instructor of fitness and lifetime sports, leads students through a health assessment, first checking their heart rates.

A high school student takes a closer look …
A high school student takes a closer look …

... as electronic sparks carve the word "MAYBE" into metal.
… as electronic sparks carve the word “MAYBE” into metal.

Timothy S. Turnbach, instructor of welding, guides a Jersey Shore Area High School student in using the college’s virtual welder.
Timothy S. Turnbach, instructor of welding, guides a Jersey Shore Area High School student in using the college’s virtual welder.

A student from Monroe Career & Technical Institute puts trowel to mortar in the Construction Masonry Building.
A student from Monroe Career & Technical Institute puts trowel to mortar in the Construction Masonry Building.

Bill West, assistant professor of electronics, lends a helping hand in an “Electronics Engineering Software Tools” session led by Mark A. Rice, instructor of electronics.
Bill West, assistant professor of electronics, lends a helping hand in an “Electronics Engineering Software Tools” session led by Mark A. Rice, instructor of electronics.

Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright and a part-time mechatronics instructor, demonstrates the workings of a computer-controlled conveyor system that uses various sensors to sort bottles.
Howard W. Troup, maintenance mechanic/millwright and a part-time mechatronics instructor, demonstrates the workings of a computer-controlled conveyor system that uses various sensors to sort bottles.

Carl J. Bower Jr., instructor of horticulture, shows impressive work by a recent alumnus.
Carl J. Bower Jr., instructor of horticulture, shows impressive work by a recent alumnus.

A Penn College student (left) helps a high schooler to navigate animation software in a visual communications lab.
A Penn College student (left) helps a high schooler to navigate animation software in a visual communications lab.

Aaron R. Curry, a radiography student from Hamburg, introduces high schoolers to radiography by showing some interesting X-ray images.
Aaron R. Curry, a radiography student from Hamburg, introduces high schoolers to radiography by showing some interesting X-ray images.

In the occupational therapy assistant lab, students learn how to dress with one arm while in a wheelchair – a skill occupational therapy assistants may teach to clients.
In the occupational therapy assistant lab, students learn how to dress with one arm while in a wheelchair – a skill occupational therapy assistants may teach to clients.

Monroe Career & Technical Institute students take on a practice run before beginning a race to finish a row of bricks.
Monroe Career & Technical Institute students take on a practice run before beginning a race to finish a row of bricks.

A group of high school students watch the lifelike reactions of SimMan, operated from a laptop.
A group of high school students watch the lifelike reactions of SimMan, operated from a laptop.

Barry P. Watkins, of Blossburg, discusses the cool side of heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology ...
Barry P. Watkins, of Blossburg, discusses the cool side of heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology …

... while classmate Austin D. Robinson, of Harrisburg, enjoys sharing how hot his major is.
… while classmate Austin D. Robinson, of Harrisburg, enjoys sharing how hot his major is.

Eric D. Henneberger, an instructor of surveying technology, discusses the many opportunities available in the civil engineering and surveying fields.
Eric D. Henneberger, an instructor of surveying technology, discusses the many opportunities available in the civil engineering and surveying fields.

A Montgomery Junior/Senior High School student tries his hand at a 3-D printing pen.
A Montgomery Junior/Senior High School student tries his hand at a 3-D printing pen.

Tom Livingstone, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, explains a process being carried out underwater in an electrical discharge machine.
Tom Livingstone, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, explains a process being carried out underwater in an electrical discharge machine.

With building construction masonry instructor Glenn R. Luse, students from Monroe Career & Technical Institute check out the supply of natural stone harvested from a local mountain.
With building construction masonry instructor Glenn R. Luse, students from Monroe Career & Technical Institute check out the supply of natural stone harvested from a local mountain.

Far-reaching careers in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry are outlined by Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating.
Far-reaching careers in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry are outlined by Richard C. Taylor, associate professor of plumbing and heating.

Nick Gilson, founder and CEO of Gilson Boards, talks to a packed house representing seven local high schools in the PDC’s Mountain Laurel Room.
Nick Gilson, founder and CEO of Gilson Boards, talks to a packed house representing seven local high schools in the PDC’s Mountain Laurel Room.

Danny Jones, pro rider/promotion/airstreamer for Gilson Boards, presents to students a problem: how to repair scratches on the company’s unique catamaran-like curved bases.
Danny Jones, pro rider/promotion/airstreamer for Gilson Boards, presents to students a problem: how to repair scratches on the company’s unique catamaran-like curved bases.

Ross Bird, a 2001 Penn College graduate and president of QorTek Inc., shows students its IntelliPlastics product, which was developed for the military. His company’s problem: How can the material be used by other companies (thus growing QorTek’s customer base)?
Ross Bird, a 2001 Penn College graduate and president of QorTek Inc., shows students its IntelliPlastics product, which was developed for the military. His company’s problem: How can the material be used by other companies (thus growing QorTek’s customer base)?

Russ Lawrence, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center’s director of innovation, talks with students from Muncy Junior/Senior High School about the problem they’ve chosen.
Russ Lawrence, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center’s director of innovation, talks with students from Muncy Junior/Senior High School about the problem they’ve chosen.

Students from Montgomery Junior/Senior High School consider the Gilson Boards “problem.”
Students from Montgomery Junior/Senior High School consider the Gilson Boards “problem.”

Bird talks with Jersey Shore Area High School students.
Bird talks with Jersey Shore Area High School students.

Williamsport Area High School students listen intently to an industry rep.
Williamsport Area High School students listen intently to an industry rep.

Seth Alberts, third-generation owner of Ralph S. Alberts Co., talks with students about his company’s proposed problem: How to efficiently replace foam padding for roller coasters from all across the U.S. in the four-month off-season and reduce shipping of the steel parts that must be re-padded.
Seth Alberts, third-generation owner of Ralph S. Alberts Co., talks with students about his company’s proposed problem: How to efficiently replace foam padding for roller coasters from all across the U.S. in the four-month off-season and reduce shipping of the steel parts that must be re-padded.

A student gets a closer look at QorTek’s IntelliPlastic, a thin, foam-like substance that is extremely rugged and contains sensors that are sensitive to tiny changes.
A student gets a closer look at QorTek’s IntelliPlastic, a thin, foam-like substance that is extremely rugged and contains sensors that are sensitive to tiny changes.

Alberts shows a sample of the foam parts that the company manufactures and refurbishes, along with a solution it is exploring.
Alberts shows a sample of the foam parts that the company manufactures and refurbishes, along with a solution it is exploring.

With supportive industry reps Gilson, Bird and the IMC’s Beth Bittenbender paying close attention to glean ideas, a South Williamsport Area Junior/Senior High School student presents his team’s innovation.
With supportive industry reps Gilson, Bird and the IMC’s Beth Bittenbender paying close attention to glean ideas, a South Williamsport Area Junior/Senior High School student presents his team’s innovation.