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Noncredit EMT Instruction to Be Offered at Four Sites in Region

A noncredit Emergency Medical Technician course, beginning in mid-January, will be offered in four locations by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The course meets National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards and Instructional Guidelines and is intended to prepare students for National Registry cognitive and psychomotor examinations at the EMT level.

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Penn College Among National Finalists in Home-Design Competition

Penn College students Christopher G. Master (left), of Cranberry, and Dustin C. Bailey, of Petersburg, stand in front of the poster for their Habitat for Humanity project, which was among the top finalists at the second annual “Race to Zero Student Design Competition” held recently in Colorado.

A team of Pennsylvania College of Technology students was among the grand-prize finalists at the second annual “Race to Zero Student Design Competition” held recently at the National Renewable Energy Labs in Golden, Colorado.

The U.S. Department of Energy sponsors the competition, which challenges college and university students to design “zero energy-ready homes” – high-performance homes so energy-efficient that they completely offset their energy consumption through electricity produced by renewable sources.

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CAL Doubles as ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ During Pre-Show Tour

It's the Jay & Jay Show, as Leno dons a Penn College restoration hat presented to him by Jay M. Rhoads, of South Williamsport.

Jay Leno, whose flair for comedy is matched by a passion for collectible automobiles, visited Penn College on Sunday prior to his evening performance at the Community Arts Center. Meeting with students, faculty and administrators in College Avenue Labs, Leno toured the automotive restoration and collision repair facilities, and took a quartet of vintage vehicles for a road test: a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model D, a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport and a 1965 Ford Mustang.

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Faculty & Staff Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies PIRC Plastics & Polymer Workforce Development

College’s Plastics Resources to Be Touted at European Conference

Christopher J. Gagliano (left), program and technical service manager for the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, leads European visitors through Penn College’s Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

European visitors’ recent first impression of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center will lead to a second look when they promote the facility to a continental conference next year.

The four international guests and their American host talked with employees and students in labs featuring each of the college’s five plastics processes (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming) during a March tour of the PIRC and its Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

The group also learned from Director C. Hank White about the PIRC’s role in helping the industry remain competitive.

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Faculty & Staff Marcellus Shale ShaleNET Workforce Development

ShaleNET Success Shared at Congressional Hearing on Energy Workforce

Tracy L. Brundage testifies in the Rayburn House Office Building.
Tracy L. Brundage testifies in the Rayburn House Office Building.
The college's vice president for workforce development is greeted by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, of Illinois, the panel's ranking Democrat.
The college’s vice president for workforce development is greeted by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, of Illinois, the panel’s ranking Democrat.
Brundage is joined in the hearing room by U.S. Rep Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., chair of the subcommittee.
Brundage is joined in the hearing room by U.S. Rep Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., chair of the subcommittee.

Penn College’s vice president for workforce development testified in Washington, D.C., this week on behalf of improved education and training in energy and related industries. Tracy L. Brundage appeared Thursday before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, which is examining legislative language to create a 21st-century energy and manufacturing workforce. Referencing the success of the college’s award-winning ShaleNET partnership, which responded to the industry’s call for trained employees, Brundage said an educational infrastructure – built from a cross-section of public and private interests – is among the innovative solutions necessary to meet challenges. “ShaleNET is a best-practice model that can be deployed and implemented in other areas because the curriculum is competency-based, developed with input from industry, consistent, easily replicated and flexible dependent upon industry needs,” she said. “The success of ShaleNET is a direct result of strong partnerships with employers and trade associations, Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stops, economic development agencies such as the Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and local governments who share a common desire to place qualified candidates with employers in family-sustaining careers.”
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It’s Safe to Say: IT Students Make Impression at Security Convention

Faculty members, alumni and students alike attend ShmooCon2015.
Faculty members, alumni and students alike attend ShmooCon2015.

A sizable Penn College contingent attended ShmooCon, the East Coast “hacker” convention, held Jan. 16-18 at the Washington (D.C.) Hilton. Three faculty members in the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies – along with 11 graduates, 18 current students and a former student – were among those attending. The annual event covers such related topics as demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software and hardware solutions to security issues, and provides for open discussions of critical information security issues. Two information technology: information assurance and security concentration majors, David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware, and Joseph M. Eak, of Bayville, New Jersey, attended on merit-based “Shmooze a Student” scholarships that paid their $150 registration fee and gave them $200 each to offset travel and meal costs. Students attended presentations and Fire Talks (15-minute presentations that challenge speakers to dive into the core of their content in a more relaxed environment than the traditional 30- to 90-minute conference format), explored Lockpick Village and teamed with professional hackers for the Hack Fortress competition. Each team comprises members playing Team Fortress 2 and members solving hacking challenges. Both gamers and hackers can contribute to the overall score of the team: Hackers can earn points for the gamers to purchase “equipment” in the game and gamers can find clues to assist hackers in solving the puzzles. The Penn College team, which won that event at ShmooCon 2014, placed second this year. Students had the opportunity to speak with the many vendors in attendance about job opportunities, and many submitted resumes for internships and permanent positions.
Photo provided by Sandra Gorka, associate professor of computer information technology

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Penn College NOW Courses Offered Free to High School Students

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s dual enrollment program for high school students, Penn College NOW, is launching extensive revisions for Fall 2014, most notably eliminating tuition costs for participating students and expanding the number of course offerings.

Penn College NOW provides the opportunity for qualified high school students to take Penn College courses for both high school and college credit. The courses are taken at the high school or career and technology center during the regular high school day.

Changes in the program are designed to make college courses accessible to every student who is academically qualified. In addition to eliminating tuition for high school students – which in 2013-14 was $50 per credit – the program removes other potential obstacles to enrollment.

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