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Students Sharpen Leadership Skills Through ‘Boot Camp’ Experience

A graduation ceremony was held recently for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Leadership Boot Camp, a six-week series meant to provide students with fun and educational opportunities to develop and enhance their leadership skills.

Forty students in three groups participated in this year’s program, which began in early October and covered a variety of topics from effective communication to civility to sound decision-making.

Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities
Anthony J. Pace, director of student activities

Each class also crafted its own definition of leadership:

Tuesday’s class –  “The ability to motivate and guide diverse groups of people to see purpose in the pursuit of a desired outcome.”

Jennifer McLean, associate dean of student affairs
Jennifer McLean, associate dean of student affairs

Wednesday’s class – “Maximizing the ability to represent the common vision of diverse groups through effective communication.”

Thursday’s class – “Positively motivating individuals to utilize their skills and potential to work together effectively to achieve a desired objective.”

Members of the Fall 2016 class are:

Erik S. Abramczyk, Boyertown, software development and information management; Alexander M. Barlow, Hanover, welding and fabrication engineering technology; Destiny R. Barto, Wyalusing, welding and fabrication engineering technology; Courtney P. Bender, Lewistown, pre-nursing; Joshua A. Berger, Hughesville, plastics and polymer engineering technology; Cera N. Blunk, Schuylkill Haven, physician assistant; Peter J. Border, Reading, information technology sciences-gaming and simulation; Jacob T. Bowers, Shippensburg, engineering design technology; Michael J. Busby, Williamsport, building construction technology.

Student leaders and guests gather in the Professional Development Center's Mountain Laurel Room for the program's culminating event.
Student leaders and guests gather in the Professional Development Center’s Mountain Laurel Room for the program’s culminating event.

Johnathan T. Capps, North Wales, applied technology studies; Brett A. Chivari, Mifflinburg, electronics and computer engineering technology; Clinton F. Dibble, Smethport; Morgan K. Ebersole, Martinsburg, graphic design; Anna M. Fink, Monroeton, physician assistant; Logan B. Goodhart, Chambersburg, manufacturing engineering technology; Kayla A. Gross, Danville, applied management; Cutter M. Hall, Erie, construction management; Gregory C. Hidlay, Catawissa, information technology: network specialist concentration; Trevor R. Hirsch, Willow Grove, electrical technology; Noah J. Hornberger, Lewisburg, electronics and computer engineering technology; Jerry J. Hudak, Archbald, information assurance and cyber security.

Preserving a memory
Preserving a memory

Kylee A. Kalnas, Easton, pre-occupational therapy; Xavier W. Keihl, Dover, pre-nursing; Zachary J. Kravitz, Berwyn, construction management; Nathaniel H. Lyon, Fredericksburg, welding and fabrication engineering technology; Jessica M. Maulfair, Myerstown, pre-applied health studies-radiography; Philip J. Mims, Williamsport, building construction technology; Christian J. Mitchell, Marcus Hook, exercise science; Matthew J. Nyman, Lock Haven, engineering design technology; Noeiris Pliego, Reading, hospitality management; Cameron T. Powers, Fairfield, legal assistant-paralegal studies; Timothy J. Schafer Jr., Lancaster, automotive technology management: automotive technology concentration.

"Boot Camp" graduates celebrate, certificates in hand.
“Boot Camp” graduates celebrate, certificates in hand.

Travis J. Scholtz, New Kensington, manufacturing engineering technology; Alyssa E. Sickler, Meshoppen, business administration: management concentration; Brian G. Sokol, Old Forge, electronics and computer engineering technology; Grant J. Straiton, Williamsport, construction management; Christopher B. Thomas, Mifflinburg, electronics and computer engineering technology; Mark A. Turek, Red Lion, engineering design technology; Amber L. Way, Port Matilda, pre-nursing; Elizabeth K. Woloszyn, Oil City, applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration.

Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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