Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Penn College Administrator Named to Board of National Dual Enrollment Accreditor

Paul R. Watson II
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and college transitions at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been named to the board of directors of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

Watson will chair the Governmental Relations Committee for the board. In that capacity, he will be responsible for developing and maintaining a positive image for concurrent enrollment programs and working to strengthen communication with policymaking federal and state governmental agencies.

NACEP, the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships, works to ensure that college courses offered by high school teachers are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus, sharing the latest knowledge about best practices, research and advocacy.

At Penn College, one of Watson’s responsibilities is overseeing the Penn College NOW dual enrollment initiative, which features partnerships with nearly 50 high schools and career and technology centers across Pennsylvania. Tuition is free for Penn College NOW courses, and students are able to take fewer courses in college to complete their degrees. They can use their credits at Penn College or transfer them to other institutions.

Before his current position, Watson was assistant dean of programs in the former School of Integrated Studies at Penn College. Prior to that, he served as director of mathematics and general education.

Equipment Donation Benefits Penn College Manufacturing Students

Rudy Gebhard, senior sales representative for Southwestern Industries Inc., right, and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor and department head of automated manufacturing and machining at Penn College, with a TRAK KMX milling machine donated by Southwestern Industries.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ­– Manufacturing students at Pennsylvania College of Technology are the beneficiaries of a recent equipment donation from the owners of a company with strong ties to the institution.

Christmas at Susquehanna to Premiere Nov. 30 on WVIA

Concert to Air Nationwide Throughout December
SELINSGROVE—WVIA Public Media along with Susquehanna University will premiere Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service, Thursday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. The program will also air on more than 100 public television stations nationwide throughout December.

Recorded in December 2016 at Susquehanna’s Weber Chapel, the program captures the voices of students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members joining together to celebrate the 50th year of the cherished tradition.

Collaboration Crafts Logo for Penn College Brewing Major

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A collaboration of art and science has crafted a logo for the new brewing and fermentation science degree at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The logo, designed by Morgan N. Keyser, of Dillsburg, a 2017 graduate of the college’s graphic design major, is being used on various materials, including glassware promoting the brewing and fermentation science associate degree major that launched for the Fall 2017 semester.

“I thought this was a great example of interdepartmental program synergy,” said Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. “Branding can be the key to success in the brewing industry.”

Senior graphic design students developed branding for the brewing major during the 2016-17 academic year. The work of four students was selected to be presented to faculty and administrators, with Keyser’s logo later selected for the major’s main visual element.

“I am so excited that my design will be used to brand Penn College’s new brewing and fermentation science major,” said Keyser, who graduated in May and is working as a graphic designer for Andculture, an experience design firm in Harrisburg. “In designing the logo and other elements for the school, I started with research. I looked into academic and brewing design trends, styles and colors. I went through rounds and rounds of iterations when it comes to what mark to actually use for the icon. The final mark that I went with was a fermentation tank and some bubbles reminiscent of bubbles coming out of a science beaker.”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Penn College Construction Management Students Top Regional Competition

A team of Penn College construction management students placed first in its category at the recent ASC Student Competition in New York state. From left are Thomas D. Roberts, Pittsburgh; Andrew S. Welsh, Chadds Ford; Lauren S. Herr, Lititz; Carl A. Zimmerman, Hunlock Creek; Chekota J. Newhart, Troy; and Calen B. Heeter, Emlenton.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A team of six construction management majors from Pennsylvania College of Technology finished first in the pre-construction division of the 28th annual Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition held Nov. 9-11 in Albany, New York.

Penn College to Sponsor Apprenticeship Programs

Penn College is presented with a Certificate of Registration for new apprentice training programs in mechatronics and CNC. From left are Eric Ramsay, director, Apprenticeship and Training Office, state Department of Labor & Industry; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development, Labor & Industry; Shannon Munro (holding National Apprenticeship Week proclamation), vice president for workforce development at Penn College; Christopher Ray (holding certificate), the college's executive director of business development; John Paul, business engagement coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.; Sara Gligora, Ramsay's executive assistant; and James Chiarchiaro, Keystone Development Partnership.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ­– Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing the manufacturing skills gap by sponsoring apprenticeship training programs for regional companies.