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Career Day sets middle schoolers’ sights on tomorrow

Led by Franklin H. Reber, instructor of building construction technology, and students, Career Day visitors create concrete stepping stones.

College employees rallied to provide nearly 40 educational sessions for middle schoolers from across the region who visited campus on Monday for the college’s twice-a-year Career Day. Facilitated by the college’s College Transitions Office, the event provided 1,267 students with opportunities to explore a wide variety of careers in each of the college’s six academic schools. Visitors included 13 schools and home-schooled students.

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And they’re off: 900+ job-ready examples of Penn College Pride!

Abigail S. Way, graduating with a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration, has a smile as bright as her future.

Pennsylvania College of Technology held the Triple Crown of commencement ceremonies May 17-18 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2019 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Saturday morning featured The School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences, while students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Hannah G. Maize, of Riverside, who received a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology on Friday; Lauren S. Herr, of Lititz, awarded a bachelor’s in construction management at Saturday morning’s session; and David A. Gadalla, of Mechanicsburg, who received a bachelor’s degree in aviation maintenance technology in the weekend’s final ceremony. The college also bestowed three teaching honors – the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award and two Excellence in Teaching Awards – as well as three alumni awards.

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Faculty-led volunteers prevail at food bank’s ‘Chopped’ debut

Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, describes his dishes for the audience in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s community learning kitchen.

A team led by Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, Penn College instructor of hospitality management/culinary arts, was named the winner of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s inaugural cooking competition, Chopped.

On Ditchfield’s team were volunteers from three of the Food Bank’s partner agencies: Ron Taylor, a trained chef and a volunteer and member of Diamond Street Christian Church; Karla Sexton, business development/client development officer for River Valley Health and Dental; and Narcisa Ebner, a client of Hope Enterprises’ as well as Food Bank board member Frank Pellegrino. Ditchfield’s “Blue Team” faced off against the “Red Team,” led by Chef Peter Daugherty of The James Restaurant and featuring a similar group of community members.

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Summit takes renewed look at apprenticeships’ workforce edge

Keynoter Eric M. Seleznow

More than 100 industry officials, thought leaders and partners – representing 69 employers – attended Thursday’s second annual Apprenticeship Summit to discuss how best to close skills gaps, retain workers and attract new employees. The keynote speaker was Eric M. Seleznow, senior adviser with Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit that collaborates with national authorities on education, workforce development, business, technology, government and philanthropy. Other presenters at the summit, themed around “Best Practices in Apprenticeship,” included Joe Miller, senior human resources professional with First Quality Enterprises; Angela Hummel, talent development leader at Angela Hummel Consulting; and Eric M. Ramsay, director of the apprenticeship and training office for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Among the Penn College representatives on the agenda were President Davie Jane Gilmour; Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development; and Christopher P. Ray, Workforce Development’s executive director for business development.  The day also featured workshops, networking opportunities, a showing of two recent college videos on apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, and lunch in CC Commons.

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Wide-ranging tour enlightens state Senate committee chairs

Haywood marvels at the breathing chest of a "patient" in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, where Dean Sandra L. Richmond (left) explained the simulation aids available to nursing students.

A bipartisan group of state legislators, all present for President Davie Jane Gilmour’s budget request to the Senate Appropriations Committee in February, got a follow-up look at Penn College during a trip to main campus on Tuesday. Touring a number of instructional labs with Sen. Gene Yaw (chairman of the college’s board of directors), administrators, faculty and staff were Sen. Art Haywood (D-Cheltenham), minority chair of the Health and Human Services Committee; Sen. Thomas H. Killion (R-Middletown), who chairs the Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee; Sen. Daniel Laughlin (R-Erie), chair of the Game and Fisheries Committee; and Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), minority chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee. Along for the visit were H. Fred Walker, director of Erie County Technical School; Kendall Alexander, Haywood’s communications director; and three members of Street’s staff: policy assistant Micah Mahjoubian, legislative aide Angel Betancourt and special assistant Kenneth Carter. Some members of the Senate contingent, who collectively represent highly populated areas from Erie in the northwest to Philadelphia in the southeast corner of the commonwealth, also enjoyed lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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Splendid array of student projects seen during ‘Hospitality Visit Day’

An icon of spring escapes underground on a cake by Ashley L. Geist, of Huntingdon.

Students in several hospitality courses showed off final projects to visitors from six high schools, who visited campus April 26 for Hospitality Visit Day. During a session in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium, Amaris T. Smith, of Williamsport, and Nolan S. Lester, of Perkiomenville, presented their senior projects before the high schoolers headed for tours of campus and a visit to the Thompson Professional Development Center for the Grand Pastry Buffet, a capstone project for students completing their degrees in baking and pastry arts. In addition to viewing and tasting the work of baking and pastry arts students, the visitors tasted nonalcoholic mixed drinks prepared by students in the Hospitality Beverage Management Service and Controls class, voting on their favorite. As high schoolers toured the rest of campus, they took in final projects of students in the Cakes and Decorations and Cake Decorating II courses, on display in the Madigan Library.

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Penn College dedicates Wellsboro instructional facility

Gathered during dedication ceremonies for the new Penn College at Wellsboro facility are (from left) Steven P. Johnson, president of UPMC Susquehanna; Davie Jane Gilmour, president of Pennsylvania College of Technology; state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors; and Janie Hilfiger, president, UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors and UPMC Cole.

WELLSBORO – A facility gifted to Pennsylvania College of Technology by UPMC Susquehanna is serving a new purpose as a site for instruction in practical nursing, medical assistant and other health care careers, as well as customized training for business and industry.

The 8,400-square-foot Penn College at Wellsboro facility, located at 22 Walnut St., was formally dedicated today in ceremonies that included members of the Penn College community, representatives of UPMC, elected officials and stakeholders, and others.

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High school juniors awarded $2,100 toward community projects

The 2019 Penn College Youth Leadership Program class stands for an official portrait in the Student & Administrative Services Center.

Student teams from four area high schools will share $2,100 to realize community projects they presented as part of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s ninth annual Youth Leadership Program.

Twenty-nine students graduated May 2 from the initiative, which is designed to educate and motivate students to understand the needs of their communities and to take an active leadership role in addressing them.

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Sport and event management students create event for peers

Pennsylvania College of Technology students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in business administration: sport and event management concentration conceived, managed and hosted a “Professional Coffee & Conversation” event to provide an opportunity for their peers to meet potential employers. From left are Stevie A. Petrison, of Landenberg; Carson P. Garvis, of Taneytown, Md.; Kayla M. Spotts, of Shamokin; Frank F. Tuason, of Stanford, Conn.; Victoria A. Sosar, of Berwick; Matthew E. Heller, of Nicholson; Brett R. Bowersox, of Sunbury; and Crystal L. Harker, of Beaver Falls.

A group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students put their lessons to work recently as they conceived, planned and managed an event that provided an opportunity for their peers to interact with regional employers.

Billed as “Professional Coffee & Conversation,” the event featured a panel discussion by eight employers, who answered students’ questions about job interviews and resumes, communication in the workplace, the top qualities they’re looking for in employees, and more. Following the panel discussion, nine employers staffed tables to interact with students, while coffee and other refreshments were available. Most were offering internships, part-time or summer jobs, or full-time work.

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A trifecta of exam-time treats

Batter up? Custom-made pancakes say it all, punctuated by a paw print.

Stop the presses! Don’t bring down the curtain yet on the Spring 2019 semester, not while there are still events to chronicle and occasions to celebrate! As students, faculty and staff count down to midmonth commencement exercises – and the beckoning summer beyond – a number of lighthearted activities have helpfully conspired to put respite on the cramming-for-finals calendar. Among the recent amusements overseen by thoughtful campus entities were a Wildcat Events Board-sponsored petting zoo outside the Keystone Dining Room, a Capitol Eatery beach party, and the traditional Midnight Breakfast avalanche of fun and food.

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Student nurses host successful cancer fundraiser

In addition to hosting the benefit, SNA members staff the auction table.

The Student Nurses’ Association teamed up with six other campus organizations and Student Activities to raise about $1,800 at Tuesday’s “Penn College for a Cure” cancer benefit walk. Joining SNA in the successful collaboration were Circle K, PC Alliance, the Penn College Construction Association, Omega Delta Sigma and Phi Mu Delta fraternities, and Wildcat Events Board. The groups organized a full slate of fun: painting, pies in the face, ladder golf, cornhole, a silent auction – even human whack-a-mole! The American Cancer Society’s Ellen Bokeko helped facilitate the event, coordinating a guest speaker who lost a young daughter to the disease.

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Diversionary tactics maintain balance at stressful time

Basking in finals-prep wisdom from Dumbledore are (clockwise from lower left): Matheu A. Davenport, of Lewisburg; Rossell Burgos, of Hazleton; Christine A. Limbert, of Curwensville; and Nathan I. Tabon, of Allison Park.

April showers bring May flowers AND the traditional sprint to the spring semester’s finish line. Aside from final exams, capstones and other yearend projects, the Penn College campus is annually abuzz with pastimes to occupy students’ remaining waking hours (as well as those of the PCToday photographers trying to keep up). Among recent events, encapsulated below: Student Wildcats of Robotic Design (SWORD)-sponsored Spring Robot Fights, Inflatable Fun on the campus lawn, a Harry Potter-themed block party (moved indoors due to a “spell” of rainy weather), a “Hot Dog, It’s Spring!” event at Rose Street Commons and a Silent Auction in Madigan Library that raised nearly $5,000 for a Student Government Association scholarship fund.

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Building a future at ‘Daughters & Sons to Work’ day

Cody J. Miller, head cook at Capitol Eatery, leads a hands-on Pancake Art exercise.

The annual Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work observance brought 36 young women and men to Penn College’s campuses for a variety of activities Thursday. Human Resources’ Mattie L. Pulizzi and Jennifer L. Whitmoyer coordinated the day’s program, which included job-shadowing with parents and their co-workers; campus tours; career-focused activities with the School of Business & Hospitality, The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College, and Dining Services; a Capitol Eatery lunch; and greetings from Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost.

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Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society chapter established

Officers and new inductees celebrate after a chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was officially chartered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Honor Society was officially chartered as a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International during a ceremony on the college’s campus on April 12.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing was founded in 1922. The founders chose its name for the Greek words storgé, tharsos and timé, meaning love, courage and honor.

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Mock crisis authentically adds to interdisciplinary preparedness

Samer R. Doss, a PA student from Montoursville, listens to the heartbeat of dental hygiene student Megan P. Fitzsimmons, of Portville, N.Y.

Students from Penn College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences and School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications joined area law enforcement, emergency management and health care professionals in a recent simulation at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a variety of other locations.

The college’s paramedic program has participated in the drill since its inception, and this year, the School of Nursing & Health Sciences decided to participate schoolwide to provide an interdisciplinary learning opportunity. The school had conducted its own Interdisciplinary Professional Experience on campus for several years.

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