North Campus Commemorates 25 Years of Service to Northern Tier

Rep. Matt Baker presents a State House of Representatives citation to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, left, and Brenda G. Abplanalp, director of North Campus outreach services.Marking a quarter-century of providing workforce and industry training and education to businesses and individuals in the Northern Tier, the North Campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology held a 25th anniversary celebration Tuesday for current and former staff and students and members of the local community.

Penn College’s immediate forerunner, Williamsport Area Community College, acquired the North Campus facility (formerly a high school and elementary school) in 1983 from the Wellsboro Area School District. The college renovated the building − which contains approximately 20,000 square feet of classroom and office space situated on 35 acres along Route 6 in Charleston Township − and classes officially began on Jan. 10 of that year.

Today, the North Campus continues to offer business-and-industry training, as well as noncredit courses for professional development and personal enrichment.

Speaking at the ceremonies were Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; Bill Williams, vice president, human resources for HMAC, LLC (formerly Ward Manufacturing); former student Joseph Bubacz, chief information officer for Laurel Health System; and Andy McIlvain, a current student enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program.

Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president, center, presented %E2%80%9CQuarter Century Club%E2%80%9D certificates to Kenneth J. Knaus, building maintenance worker at the North Campus, and Linda D. Cheyney, secretary to the director of North Campus outreach services, to commemorate their 25 years of employment at Penn College and its predecessor Williamsport Area Community College.“Penn College is proud to have been part of the fabric of this community for 25 years,” Gilmour said. “We remain committed to providing professional-development and industry-training opportunities for residents of the Northern Tier. The quality programs and courses offered at the North Campus respond to an ongoing need that we are happy to address.”

Rep. Matt Baker, R-Tioga, read a state House of Representatives citation. A state Senate citation also was read.

“The Pennsylvania College of Technology North Campus is to be congratulated for providing 25 years of outstanding educational opportunity for the citizens of the area,” said Baker, who also serves on Penn College’s board of directors.

“The North Campus has been a community center for education and training for 25 years,” said Brenda G. Abplanalp, director of North Campus outreach services for the college. “It has been an incredible journey with many changes, especially in technology. Our plan for the future is to continue to offer programs that assist Northern Tier residents in upgrading their skills and abilities.”

Invited guests at the ceremonies toured the facility, and a reception was held after the speakers made their remarks. As part of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, the North Campus offers a variety of programming and services.

Continuing Education and Customized Training Courses provide upgrading, training and development to enhance opportunities for individuals in their job duties, career advancement and personal development. Customized courses are available to provide education on selected topics in business and industry. Classes are conducted in an informal, noncompetitive atmosphere.

Practical Nursing and Medical Assistant Programs, Professional Office Skills Certificate Graduates of the one-year (1,504 hour) Practical Nursing Program are eligible to take the Practical Nursing National Council Licensure Examination for licensure in Pennsylvania as an LPN and are prepared to seek employment in multiple health-care settings. Those completing the 960-hour Medical Office Assistant Program are eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists certification exam and have the opportunity to achieve registered medical assistant status to work in doctor’s offices, clinics, medical facilities and human-service agencies. Students completing the 800-hour Professional Office Skills certificate program are prepared to perform general administrative, secretarial, receptionist and office duties in various types of businesses, industrial and professional offices.

Computer Facilities North Campus computer labs feature Novell-networked workstations, with a Windows operating platform, Microsoft Office and Internet access.

Meeting and Conference FacilitiesThe campus features excellent facilities to accommodate small meetings, seminars and larger conferences and retreats, along with a state-of-the-art nursing lab.

For more information about the North Campus, located along Route 6 between Mansfield and Wellsboro, call (570) 724-7703.

A History of the North Campus Property (Before College Ownership)

North Campus Milestones, 1983-Present

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