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Penn College Students Earn Industry Certifications

Numerous engineering design technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently augmented their studies by obtaining industry certifications for computer aided drafting and design software programs.

Students passed professional certification exams for AutoCAD 2014, Autodesk Inventor 2014 and SolidWorks. The three industry-standard software programs facilitate two-dimensional and three-dimensional drafting and design work. All of the exams required the students to demonstrate their expertise of the software.

“As the exam results started coming in, I was very pleased,” said J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology at Penn College. “In the past, we would always have a few students successfully complete these rigorous exams, but this year the number of certifications earned by the students is impressive. It serves as an external validation that the curriculum changes made in the past year are resulting in verifiable, measurable positive outcomes for our students.”

Penn College students show their industry certifications for computer aided drafting and design software programs. Front row, from left: Jesse C. Hulien, of Hughesville; Kyle T. Potts, of Colver; Meriah B. Port, of Bellefonte, Shannon R. Knarr, of Trevorton; and Aaron C. Smith, of Ulster. Back row, from right: Rory J. Moon, of Knoxville; Ian M. Dorman, of Mill Hall; Angela J. Bolinger, of Galena, Md.; Kevin G. Kearney, of Lebanon; and Elias W. Diehl, of Newville.
Penn College students show their industry certifications for computer aided drafting and design software programs. Front row, from left: Jesse C. Hulien, of Hughesville; Kyle T. Potts, of Colver; Meriah B. Port, of Bellefonte, Shannon R. Knarr, of Trevorton; and Aaron C. Smith, of Ulster. Back row, from right: Rory J. Moon, of Knoxville; Ian M. Dorman, of Mill Hall; Angela J. Bolinger, of Galena, Md.; Kevin G. Kearney, of Lebanon; and Elias W. Diehl, of Newville.

Three students passed the AutoCAD 2014 Certified Professional exam and the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam: Anthony J. Cavagnaro, of Neshanic Station, N.J.; Shannon R. Knarr, of Trevorton; and Kevin P. Quinlisk, of Verona. All three are engineering design technology majors.

Two students passed the Autodesk Inventor 2014 Certified Professional exam and the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam: Alex P. Fair, of Bradford, a computer aided drafting technology major, and Kevin G. Kearney, of Lebanon, an engineering design technology major.

John D. Wuest, of Severna Park, Md., earned AutoCAD 2014 certification, and Ryan D. Roth, of Lebanon, and Justin R. Vent, of Drexel Hill, obtained their Autodesk Inventor 2014 certifications. Roth is a computer aided product design major, and Vent and Wuest major in engineering design technology.

“As of last review, approximately 33 percent of AutoCAD 2014 certified professionals and 35 percent of Autodesk Inventor 2014 certified professionals in Pennsylvania are currently enrolled in the engineering design technology program at Penn College,” Mather said. “Those are impressive figures that speak to the quality and rigor of our majors. Our competencies are aligned with industry expectations.”

An additional 19 students passed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam. They include engineering CAD technology majors Angela J. Bolinger, of Galena, Md.; Elias W. Diehl, of Newville; Heidi M. Hedin, of Doylestown; John R. King, of Ulster; Meriah B. Port, of Bellefonte; and Kyle T. Potts, of Colver.

Engineering design technology majors passing the exam were Ian M. Dorman, of Mill Hall; Clark W. Fuller, of Springville; Robert J. Heinrich, of Unityville; Patrick A. Holtry, of Newburg; Zachary R. Hopple, of Boyertown; Jesse C. Hulien, of Hughesville; Austin C. Masood, of Duncansville; Corey J. Miller, of Cogan Station; Rory J. Moon, of Knoxville; Aaron C. Smith, of Ulster; Jared N. Ughetto, of Lewistown; Daniel J. Web, of Red Lion; and Jamie L. Widell, of Hughesville.

Penn College offers an associate degree in engineering CAD technology and a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology. Both degrees provide hands-on learning in drafting and product design using CAD-based software.

For information about the engineering design technology program and other majors offered by the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

For more about Penn College, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.