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Penn College to Again Leave Mark on State Farm Show

America’s largest indoor agricultural exposition and one of the country’s leaders in applied technology education will converge in Harrisburg during the new year, as Pennsylvania College of Technology once again maintains a daily presence at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Representatives of Penn College’s Admissions Office will be available from Jan. 10-17 in the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 N. Cameron St., and visitors can get acquainted with the college’s six academic schools throughout the traditional event.

“The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show is an exciting opportunity for the college to showcase its 100-plus majors – associate and bachelor’s degrees that offer hands-on experience with industry-focused faculty,” said Dennis L. Correll, associate dean for admissions and financial aid. “Our degrees are proven ‘degrees that work,’ with over 94-percent placement rates at graduation. Be sure to stop by our booth and see our demonstrations each day.”

Pennsylvania Farm Show 2015
Pennsylvania Farm Show 2015

The following is a summary of Penn College’s scheduled participation:

Saturday, Jan. 10
Like to design or build things? Ever thought about pursuing a construction-related career? Stop by the college’s booth to learn how School of Construction & Design Technologies majors can prepare you for exciting opportunities in the construction industry. Visitors can build a wooden toolbox that could carry their tools for a promising future.

Students from the School of Business & Hospitality, along with Chef Paul E. Mach and Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, will demonstrate their culinary techniques live on the PA Preferred Culinary Connection stage. Ditchfield, an instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, will present at 11 a.m., and Mach, an assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, at 5 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 11
Interested in the automotive industry? Faculty from the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies will discuss fuel-cell technology and demonstrate model fuel-cell-powered vehicles. Want to learn more about collision repair and automotive restoration? Interact with faculty members and learn the art of pinstriping.

Culinary students will return to the PA Preferred Culinary Connection stage to assist Mach at 11 a.m. and Ditchfield at 3 p.m., and they will compete in the Student Cooking Challenge there at 4 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12
Everyone loves food! Join the School of Business & Hospitality in the booth to see students display their artistic talents. Food presentation and decorating techniques will be demonstrated by culinary arts and baking and pastry students. In the evening, culinary students and Ditchfield will offer live demonstrations on the PA Preferred Culinary Connection stage at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13
Many offerings in the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies prepare students for varied opportunities in the great outdoors. Farm Show patrons can see a mockup of a hydroculture system and explore the types of crops grown in the college’s hydroponic lab. Representatives will discuss horticulture and forestry programs, as well as diesel, heavy equipment and on-site power generation majors.

Wednesday, Jan. 14
The School of Health Sciences’ surgical technology and physician assistant majors will provide hands-on activities. Experience the skills needed to perform in the operating room, explore how surgery is performed using actual surgical instruments and models, and try your skill at an appendectomy or laparotomy.

Thursday, Jan. 15
The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies will introduce visitors to the world of welding through a virtual training module, which offers a realistic welding experience through visual and audio feedback.

Friday, Jan. 16
Penn College’s School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications offers an Introduction to Forensic Science class in which students learn the basics in fingerprinting, crime scene investigation and much more. Guests can analyze their own fingerprints and learn about the school’s other courses and degrees.

Saturday, Jan. 17
The School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies will provide participants with an opportunity to watch demonstrations of a 3-D printer from the engineering design technology program. Visitors will have a chance to examine various 3-D samples and observe the development of 3-D CAD models in parametric software.

For more about Penn College, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.