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‘PA Build My Future’ extends its reach in Year Two


Penn College’s second annual PA Build My Future event, an interactive academic and industry showcase on Thursday, provided more than 900 high-school students with an opportunity to experience the full range of possibilities in the construction and design field. Scores of current students in the School of Construction & Design Technologies joined faculty and administrators, along with many of the college’s commercial benefactors, in guiding visitors toward their potential careers.

– Photos by Tim Wegman, writer/photo editor;
Kimberlee R. Rusczyk, manager of social media/online marketing;
and Joseph F. DiBucci, an applied technology studies student (and alumnus) from Glenshaw

A welcome from the Wildcat!
A welcome from the Wildcat!

Backpacks and T-shirts greeted each busload of Build My Future participants.
Backpacks and T-shirts greeted each busload of Build My Future participants.

An excavator, provided by the Wayne Township Landfill in McElhattan, tests visitors' focus and dexterity.
An excavator, provided by the Wayne Township Landfill in McElhattan, tests visitors’ focus and dexterity.

Joseph F. DiBucci, founder and president of the college's ConCreate Design Club, inspires visitors to the concrete lab ...
Joseph F. DiBucci, founder and president of the college’s ConCreate Design Club, inspires visitors to the concrete lab …

... where trowel-wielding high school students practice their finishing technique.
… where trowel-wielding high school students practice their finishing technique.

Peter Kruppenbacher (left), assistant professor of building construction technology, and Philip G. Berry, coordinator of matriculation/academic operations for construction and design technologies, conduct a safety and orientation briefing in Klump Academic Center.
Peter Kruppenbacher (left), assistant professor of building construction technology, and Philip G. Berry, coordinator of matriculation/academic operations for construction and design technologies, conduct a safety and orientation briefing in Klump Academic Center.

Building construction technology instructor Glenn R. Luse keeps an eye on a guest's arch construction at the masonry station.
Building construction technology instructor Glenn R. Luse keeps an eye on a guest’s arch construction at the masonry station.

Daniel E. Durden (right), CEO of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, watches the hotly contested screw gun competition.
Daniel E. Durden (right), CEO of the Pennsylvania Builders Association, watches the hotly contested screw gun competition.

Proud, indeed – you can hang your (hard)hat on it!
Proud, indeed – you can hang your (hard)hat on it!

Championing construction/design curricula (and answering a variety of questions) are Melinda D. Heckman, coordinator of career programming, and Aaron J. Marsh, a 2015 building construction technology alumnus who returned to Penn College for a concrete science degree.
Championing construction/design curricula (and answering a variety of questions) are Melinda D. Heckman, coordinator of career programming, and Aaron J. Marsh, a 2015 building construction technology alumnus who returned to Penn College for a concrete science degree.

Students try their hand at "The Tower of Power," a construction management exercise in communication and teamwork, using ropes and a crane hook to stack building blocks.
Students try their hand at “The Tower of Power,” a construction management exercise in communication and teamwork, using ropes and a crane hook to stack building blocks.

Keeping his eye on the ball, a visitor is "bowled over" by the scope of interactive activity.
Keeping his eye on the ball, a visitor is “bowled over” by the scope of interactive activity.

Wellsboro Area High School students – led by their instructor, Drew Seeling, grandson of Kenneth E. Carl, the first president of Williamsport Area Community College – are right at home in the lab. Penn College's construction and design majors are headquartered in the Carl Building Technologies Center.
Wellsboro Area High School students – led by their instructor, Drew Seeling, grandson of Kenneth E. Carl, the first president of Williamsport Area Community College – are right at home in the lab. Penn College’s construction and design majors are headquartered in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

About 75 current Penn College students, eager cheerleaders all, sacrificed part of Fall Break to advocate for their chosen career paths.
About 75 current Penn College students, eager cheerleaders all, sacrificed part of Fall Break to advocate for their chosen career paths.

Gina M. Peluzzo, moving ever closer to her December graduation ...
Gina M. Peluzzo, moving ever closer to her December graduation …

... was among the learned civil engineering and surveying technology majors sharing their passion.
… was among the learned civil engineering and surveying technology majors sharing their passion.

Forrester Environmental Inc. enthralls guests with its robotic co-worker.
Forrester Environmental Inc. enthralls guests with its robotic co-worker.

Komatsu, the event's leading sponsor among a number of generous industry partners ...
Komatsu, the event’s leading sponsor among a number of generous industry partners …

... brought along a popular virtual reality display.
… brought along a popular virtual reality display.

Horticulture instructor Justin Shelinski supervises students' travels up a tree ...
Horticulture instructor Justin Shelinski supervises students’ travels up a tree …

... where the view, by all accounts, is outstanding!
… where the view, by all accounts, is outstanding!

Engaging visitors in the HVAC lab are faculty members Stephen D. Manbeck (in blue shirt) and Marc E. Bridgens (in pink).
Engaging visitors in the HVAC lab are faculty members Stephen D. Manbeck (in blue shirt) and Marc E. Bridgens (in pink).

Guests also got a tour of the expanded welding labs, where instructor Jacob B. Holland demonstrates a ProStar precision cutting table.
Guests also got a tour of the expanded welding labs, where instructor Jacob B. Holland demonstrates a ProStar precision cutting table.

Industry vendors brave the blustery conditions, including Mike Spolar, representing Midland Asphalt Materials Inc.
Industry vendors brave the blustery conditions, including Mike Spolar, representing Midland Asphalt Materials Inc.

In addition to its informative exhibit, the Williamsport Sanitary Authority provides an appropriately themed diversion.
In addition to its informative exhibit, the Williamsport Sanitary Authority provides an appropriately themed diversion.

A pink-shirted Joel B. Dunn, a building automation technology student, joins the college mascot in greeting guests.
A pink-shirted Joel B. Dunn, a building automation technology student, joins the college mascot in greeting guests.

The Pennsylvania WoodMobile, the state Department of Agriculture's traveling exhibit, touts the commonwealth's forest resources.
The Pennsylvania WoodMobile, the state Department of Agriculture’s traveling exhibit, touts the commonwealth’s forest resources.

Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, coaches a visitor through virtual reality landscape design.
Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, coaches a visitor through virtual reality landscape design.

Among the knowledgeable college employees on hand is Franklin D. Gillis, construction/building science instructional specialist at the National Sustainable Structures Center.
Among the knowledgeable college employees on hand is Franklin D. Gillis, construction/building science instructional specialist at the National Sustainable Structures Center.

Another hands-on activity, courtesy of Anderson Equipment Co.
Another hands-on activity, courtesy of Anderson Equipment Co.

Build My Future attendees talk with Howard W. Troup, instructor of automatied manufacturing/machine tool technology, about the Baja SAE team's competitive adventures.
Build My Future attendees talk with Howard W. Troup, instructor of automatied manufacturing/machine tool technology, about the Baja SAE team’s competitive adventures.

Doing its part for workplace safety is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Doing its part for workplace safety is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

HVAC alumnus Jeffrey C. Comitz, employed by Thermal Product Solutions in New Columbia, conducts a demo.
HVAC alumnus Jeffrey C. Comitz, employed by Thermal Product Solutions in New Columbia, conducts a demo.

The spacious welding addition to the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center easily handles the inquisitive crowd.
The spacious welding addition to the Lycoming Engines Metal Trades Center easily handles the inquisitive crowd.

Hands-on learning was the order of the day.
Hands-on learning was the order of the day.

 

 

Comments

Carol Lugg,

A huge thank you to all the staff and offices on campus who helped with this event! Current students and our alums also played a major role in ensuring the success of the day.

Rob Wozniak,

A great day it was! Thanks to all that helped. And, thankful that the rain held off! Is there anything that we could do to make it better?!?

Harry Hintz,

Congrats to Levon Whitmyer who started the whole initiative, and to all the students and faculty who helped. Super idea! A massive success.

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