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Rep. Masser Tours Penn College Campus

State Rep. Kurt Masser (in purple shirt) and Harold Hurst (left) his chief of staff, visit the Thermoforming Center of Excellence with Christopher J. Gagliano (second from right), PIRC program manager, and Christopher P. Ray, executive director of business development at Penn College.

The tour leaves the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center with Patrick Marty (second from right), chief of staff/assistant to the president for college relations.

Bradley M. Webb (in hat), assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, takes the legislative guests through the college's welding lab.

State Rep. Kurt Masser, who represents the 107th legislative district, spanning portions of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties, visited the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus on Wednesday to find out more about the college’s unique educational model and to explore possible linkages to secondary education in his district.

Accompanied by his chief of staff, Harold Hurst, Masser, who has served in the Legislature since 2011, toured labs and classrooms in the schools of Construction & Design Technologies; Health Sciences (nursing and dental hygiene); and Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. Also included was a stop at the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center.

Masser and his family own and operate several restaurants, catering operations and a farmer’s market in the Paxinos-Ralpho Township areas. He managed to include an impromptu tour of culinary areas during a stop for lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

During the 2017-18 legislative session, Masser was elected to serve as a member of the House Republican leadership team as majority caucus administrator. He is also a former Northumberland County commissioner, having served in that role from 2004 to 2010.

Penn College’s 32nd Golf Classic Boosts Scholarship Assistance

Dan Boever leaves ‘em laughing during an exhibition at the Penn College Foundation’s recent 32nd Annual Golf Classic, which benefits student scholarships.

A return appearance by one of the most popular performers on the exhibition circuit helped propel the Penn College Foundation’s 32nd Annual Golf Classic into the record books.

The recent event, headlined for the second consecutive time by golf entertainer Dan Boever, was the most successful in its history – topping $100,000 in scholarship support. Compass Group North America was the title sponsor for the tournament, the net proceeds of which benefit the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship.

Boever’s talents are contagiously crowd-pleasing, drawing respectful laughter for the proficiency required to make difficult trick shots look so easy.

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College Represented in Craft Beer Film to Be Shown Locally

"Poured in Pennsylvania"“Poured in Pennsylvania,” a documentary that explores the commonwealth’s thriving craft beer industry, will be screened Friday, July 27 – the eve of The Billtown Brewfest in downtown Williamsport. The film features Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science at Penn College, and is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the Michael Ross Center at Trade & Transit Centre II (144 W. Third St.). From America’s oldest brewery to taprooms popping up in small towns, GK Visual’s film follows Pennsylvania’s storied beer past, delves into recent growth and aims to capture the full tale of the beer industry in The Keystone State. Filmed throughout 2017 from Philadelphia to Erie, “Poured in Pennsylvania” visits breweries old and new, large and small … and a few that are still on the path to opening. Sponsored by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, Penn College and Straub Brewery, the free showing is limited to the first 240 people who register online. Penn College will staff a table at the Pine Square event from noon-7 p.m. Saturday, July 28, greeting alumni and sharing information about the college and its brewing and fermentation science major. Using the “PCTBrewfest” code when registering will reduce the ticket to $30 ($10 off).

Master Brewers Association Recognizes Penn College Brewing Major

A brewing and fermentation science student works with the stainless steel brewing tanks in the industry-standard instructional space at Penn College.

The Master Brewers Association of the Americas has recognized Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science degree as one of only 12 approved programs – and the only approved program in the U.S. Northeast.

Established in 1887, MBAA is a nonprofit, professional, scientific organization dedicated to advancing brewing, fermentation and related industries. A globally recognized authority on brewing, the international association has more than 4,000 members in over 50 countries.

“The Master Brewers Association of the Americas is the standard bearer for the ‘success through knowledge’ foundation on which we have built Penn College’s brewing and fermentation science program,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. “It is extremely gratifying to have our efforts validated by such a venerable and esteemed association of professional brewers and brewing scientists. As we continue to grow and develop this program, I look forward to helping ensure that our work aligns with the MBAA’s high standards.”

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Director of Construction Projects Named at Penn College

Jason K. Bogle

Pennsylvania College of Technology has hired Jason K. Bogle as director of construction projects/construction manager.

Bogle comes to Penn College from Lobar Inc., Dillsburg, where he had been a construction project manager since 2007.

A Penn College alumnus, Bogle earned an associate degree in civil engineering technology in 2006. He also studied agronomy and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture (now Delaware Valley University).

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Penn College Students Earn Scholarships From National Foundation

Five students from Pennsylvania College of Technology are among 28 nationwide to receive scholarships from a foundation dedicated to manufacturing careers.

The $1,500 to $2,500 scholarships from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the foundation of Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, are for full-time students enrolled in an engineering or manufacturing-related course of study.

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Attendees Add to Toolkit at Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming Workshop

Program manager Christopher J. Gagliano (left) conducts a laboratory session in the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center's Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently hosted 11 industry professionals from six states for its Ninth Annual National Hands-On Heavy-Gauge/Sheet-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day program featured presentations from renowned experts and hands-on instruction in forming, trimming, assembly, techniques, materials, tooling, diagnostics, and machine maintenance and safety.

“The PIRC provides a unique opportunity to present both theory and practice in heavy-gauge thermoforming by allowing the participants to use their classroom instruction on a state-of-the-art former,” said keynoter James “Jay” M. Waddell, from Plastics Concepts & Innovations LLC. “Participants were able to use multiple forming techniques and learned how to adjust the equipment to achieve the best results.”

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Two Penn College Students Among SkillsUSA Medalists

Penn College's SkillsUSA national contingent ...

... includes medalists Landon J. Miller (left) and Owen R. Dougherty.

Two Penn College students won medals at the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Announced as winners Friday evening were Landon J. Miller, an automated manufacturing technology major from Loganton, who captured the gold in CNC Milling Specialist, and Owen R. Dougherty, of Allison Park, enrolled in building automation technology: heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology concentration, who took the silver in HVAC-Refrigeration. Watch PCToday for more on the past week’s competition.
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Community Arts Center Unveils Silver-Anniversary Lineup

The Community Arts Center presents its 25th Anniversary Season, which begins July 1.

Nearly 1.5 million guests have enjoyed events at the downtown venue since its spectacular reopening in 1993, and millions more are on the way. Making sure that there is something for every taste and every age has become an Arts Center hallmark. The CAC celebrates its 25th year with a season full of nationally renowned talent, entertainment, variety and quality shows!

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Plastics Professionals Sharpen Skills at Penn College

The Ninth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop at Penn College offered a mix of classroom and lab sessions for 33 participants, who learned from keynote instructor Mark Strachan, college faculty and staff, and guest speakers.

The latest training initiative offered by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology advanced the skills of plastics professionals representing a dozen companies, eight states and Canada.

The Ninth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop offered a mix of classroom and lab sessions for the 33 participants, who learned from keynote instructor Mark Strachan, Penn College faculty and staff, and guest speakers.

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‘Why Science Matters’ Documentary Premieres July 12 on WVIA-TV

David S. Richards, professor of physics, is one of the faculty members featured in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters,” a documentary produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media that premieres on WVIA-TV on July 12.

Nerds rule! Science, experimentation and competition come together to help students develop the problem-solving skills needed for high-demand, high-tech careers in “Working Class: Competition Drives Innovation! Why Science Matters.”

Produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, the documentary, which premieres on WVIA-TV Thursday, July 12, at 8 p.m., highlights hands-on activities that connect students with science and other academic subjects that can prepare them for success in modern manufacturing careers.

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Students’ Original Gaming Art Earns Recognition

Recognized recently for their participation in the Game On! Art Challenge sponsored by Penn College and WVIA Public Media, producers of the “Working Class” documentary TV series are (from left) DeMario Baer; George Ness, special education teacher; Dale Hoyles; and Zack Erdway.

Producers of the “Working Class” public television documentary series recently recognized three students who attend the BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 Alternative Education Program for participating in the series’ Game On! Art Challenge.

Earning top honors as an excellent example of teamwork was “The Quest of the Four,” a game board created by students Zack Enway and Dale Hoyles. The board game was designed to increase the players’ strategic abilities in battles and test their decision-making by requiring that they weigh the value of items they collect throughout the game. The two students drew the entire board, including character cards and game pieces, by hand.

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Producers Recognize Elementary Art Program

Students at Canton Elementary School and their art teacher, Courtney Grieve, received recognition recently for their participation in the Recycled Art Challenge conducted for the “Working Class: Build and Grow Green” episode of the documentary TV series produced by Penn College and WVIA Public Media.

Producers of the “Working Class” public television documentary series recently recognized Canton Elementary School’s art department for participating in the series’ Recycled Art Challenge.

Executive producer Elaine Lambert visited the elementary school and presented papermaking and felting supplies to art teacher Courtney Grieve. Grieve submitted 15 entries of recycled art projects created by students in Grades K-three for the art challenge.

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