Pennsylvania College of Technology

College Transition: Adjusting to College

Students standing by windows in Dauphin Hall

I think I’m constantly in a state of adjustment   – Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s quote aptly describes many of our students at Penn College. Now is the time when students have adjustment problems and are in need of extra support from all avenues. You may already be seeing this state of adjustment with your student. Learn more about the five stages of college transition and how you and Penn College can help your student succeed.

Parent Access to Student Records

Pennsylvania College of Technology supports the privacy of student records, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In compliance with FERPA, the College limits the disclosure of personal identifiable information from educational records without the student’s prior consent.

At the same time, we understand that students may wish to share such information with parents and guests interested in supporting their educational experience. As a result, Penn College developed a “Grant Parent/Guest Access” option in the Student Information System (SIS) to allow students an easy, one-stop method to release key educational information to parents, legal guardians, and guests.

Talk to your student about using the Grant Parent/Guest Access option to give you the ability to review his or her educational records through SIS. All your student needs to do is set you up with a user ID and password. If you lose your user ID and/or password, your student can access that information for you through the “Grant Parent/Guest Access” option on SIS.

Financial Aid News: PHEAA SAP

Check out the Financial Aid News for Parents for an explanation about PHEAA’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, which determines your student's eligibility to continue to receive PHEAA Grants.

College Transition: The First Four Weeks

The first month at College is a huge transition for new and returning students. Often, students spend the first few weeks trying to navigate their new environment. Many of the students are stressed because it is their first time from home, while other students are stressed about making new friends and fitting in socially. Knowing this, Penn College works to get students involved and to help them transition to the college experience. Here are just a few of the activities your student could have participated in during their first four weeks of the semester:

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Spotlight: College Health Services

Did you know College Health Services has expanded in a big way? Last year, Penn College completed renovations to the office, including an eight-bed facility with five private exam rooms, a procedure room, three infirmary beds, and a convenient laboratory. This expansion offers students greater access and quality of services for their health care needs. 

Christian AndrovetteRecently, Christian Androvette PA-C, physician assistant, joined College Health Services. Christian brings with him more than 13 years of clinical emergency medicine experience, and he most recently served as chief physician assistant for a large-volume emergency department in our area. Christian joins the experienced nursing staff and physician Dr. John Pellegrino to provide care to the campus community. Christian is delighted to join his new team. 

“As a father of four children I was very impressed with the level of commitment that Penn College has placed on the importance of providing quality care for their student base. I found this quality not only appealing, but also a significant component when looking at colleges for my own children,” Androvette said.  “I have always viewed taking care of patients as a privilege and consistently approach my work providing the same level of care that I would expect for my own family.”

College Health Services offers immunizations, routine exams for common acute problems, uncomplicated eye injuries, health and sports physicals, drug screening, suturing/wound repair and management, intravenous hydration, and IV medications. In 2013, Health Services will also be providing women’s health care. Common medications can also be dispensed from the in-house pharmacy so students typically do not need to leave campus. Students can walk in to see a nurse or the PA at any time without an appointment, and can be scheduled to see the physician as needed.

Office hours (when classes are in session):

  • Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

For everyday access to parent information, bookmark the Parents Web page:

Fall 2012, Issue 1
Important Dates
  • Mid-term Grades Due (10/12)
  • Homecoming (10/12-14)
  • Career Fair (10/16)
  • Fall Break (no classes) (10/19-21)
  • Student Advising Meetings (10/22-11/2)
  • Open House (10/28)
  • Scheduling Week (11/5-9)
  • Grad Finale (11/13)
  • Thanksgiving Break (no classes) (11/21-26)
  • 2012-13 Scholarship Application Opens (12/1)
  • Finals Week (12/10-14)
  • Spring 2012 Tuition Due (12/17)
  • Commencement (12/22)
Spotlight on Schools

School of Business and Computer Technologies – Summer 2012 was busy on the 2nd floor, east wing of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center (ATHS). As students returned for the fall semester, they were met with important news of reaccreditation, new accreditation, a few personnel changes, and upgrades/ renovations around our floor.

School of Hospitality – A team of volunteer Penn College students, staff, and faculty been working to plan and construct an extensive hydroculture garden system at the College's Schneebeli Earth Science Center greenhouses. The system will have the capability to produce more than 10,000 heads of lettuce and 2-1/2 tons of tomatoes annually.

Wildcat Wishes Featured Gift Package

Halloween Trick or Treat

Halloween: Trick or Treat - $32
Order deadline: October 23
Students will love this orange pumpkin filled with a large bag of M&M's, a large bag of Skittles, a dozen fresh baked cookies and coupons for a dozen wings and a large pizza.

Order the Halloween: Trick or Treat package

See additional packages

Parent & Family Weekend Recap

Hundreds of Penn College students reunited with families recently, sharing several days (and nights) of campus activities … with a healthy dose of “showing off” what they’ve learned in their new surroundings since last month’s start of the fall semester. Student Activities’ Parent & Family Weekend offered a jam-packed schedule – from athletics and academics to entertainment and events showcasing the Greater Williamsport community. See all the photos from this year’s event.

Did You Know...?

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Penn College ranks among the top public colleges in the north, according to “America’s Best Colleges,” and is one of the nation’s top 100 associate degree producers, according to “Community College Weekly.”


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