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Penn College President Proclaims Week of Welcoming


Pennsylvania College of Technology kicked off its celebration of Welcoming Week (Sept. 15-24) with an official proclamation from President Davie Jane Gilmour.

“Penn College’s success depends on ensuring that all students feel welcome,” the proclamation reads.

From left, students Jan J. Bruegmann, of Germany; Laurent P. Mahr, of Austria; Yousef I. Asiri, Abdullah A. Albishi and Mohammed A. Alhussain, all of Saudi Arabia; Rene Ramirez, of Venezuela; and Po-Ju Sung, of Taiwan, gather to celebrate the kickoff of Welcoming Week at Penn College, sharing what they love about the campus and the community.
From left, students Jan J. Bruegmann, of Germany; Laurent P. Mahr, of Austria; Yousef I. Asiri, Abdullah A. Albishi and Mohammed A. Alhussain, all of Saudi Arabia; Rene Ramirez, of Venezuela; and Po-Ju Sung, of Taiwan, gather to celebrate the kickoff of Welcoming Week at Penn College, sharing what they love about the campus and the community.

In observing Welcoming Week, Penn College joins colleges and universities across the nation that wish to celebrate their efforts to make their campuses welcoming places for international students and scholars. Welcoming Week is an initiative of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, of which Penn College is a member, and Welcoming America.

This semester, 40 international students from 10 countries are studying at Penn College. They are involved in student organizations and events, have been selected as commencement speakers, and have served as student ambassadors on campus.

As part of the Welcoming Week celebration, an exhibit of international flags will be unveiled on Sept. 21. The display will hang permanently in the Bush Campus Center, while the flags in the display will change to reflect each semester’s student population.

The college has a long history of providing applied technology education to students from across the globe. In 1945, The New York Times cited three projects in international education that had occurred in six months at Penn College predecessor Williamsport Technical Institute.

In 1953, the institute was officially approved to train foreign students, and the U.S. Office of Education reported that it was, in 1962, the fifth-largest program in the country providing a technical cooperation program for international development through the education of foreign students.

To learn more about international education at Penn College, call 570-320-5257.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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