Pennsylvania College of Technology

Countdown to Finals Week

counseling word cloud being carriedAs the Northeast recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, students and faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology are beginning to focus on the end of the semester and the well-deserved break that follows. Yes, fall semester will soon be winding down. Can you believe it? This is a time in the academic year when students may experience anticipation and excitement about the break, but also anxiety and apprehension about what needs to be done before they are able to relax. Papers and final projects are due, final exams consume the last week of school. Students cope with academic stress in a variety of ways, some more effectively than others. You may sense that your son or daughter is struggling, or you may receive a more direct message such as a frantic call in the middle of the night. Either way, this article provides ideas about how to help your son or daughter to successfully navigate through the academic challenges ahead. You may find that some of the ideas help you as well!

Scheduling & Registration Changes

Students have been notified of important changes that affect both the scheduling period and the start of the spring 2013 semester.

The “Drop/Add & Late Registration” day, typically held a week prior to the start of classes, will no longer be held. Instead, returning students (except those funded by TAA or on academic probation) will be able to drop and add courses via Web scheduling from the start of their scheduling time through midnight on Jan. 13 (except Dec. 18-21 due to end-of-semester processing).

The impact of this change is that the schedules students created in early November are more likely to be the schedules they keep. Therefore, students were encouraged to work closely with their advisers to develop schedules that best suit their needs.

The period of time following the tuition due date (Dec. 17) through the first day of the semester will be considered the Late Registration period. Students will incur a $50 late fee if tuition is not paid by the due date.

Students with unpaid tuition bills on the first day of classes will have their schedules purged (deleted) at the close of business that day. They will need to reschedule their classes and pay the tuition and fees, as well as the $50 late fee. Because many classes will be filled by this time, creating the same schedule they had prior to being purged will be nearly impossible.

Contact the Registrar’s office for questions about how these changes impact the scheduling process. Contact the Bursar's/Student Accounts office for questions about tuition payment and late fees.

Student Leadership Opportunities

How to GUARANTEE your student gets the FULL Collegiate Experience!

Presidential Student Ambassdor group photo

Do you remember those energetic, knowledgeable Connections Links? How about meeting your student’s Resident Assistant on move-in day? What about the student who toured you around campus during your visit?

On Nov. 28, applications will be available on the Student Activities myPCT portal site for students to apply for the following student leadership positions:

  • Presidential Student Ambassador
  • Community Assistant
  • Connections Link
  • Resident Assistant

We have found that most students who become Penn College student leaders grow, develop, and take away an experience that is “life changing!”

Leadership experience is not required. So encourage your student to apply for one or more of these exciting opportunities.

Financial Aid News: 2013-14 FAFSA

Once we ring in the new year and the spring semester starts, the Financial Aid Office will begin focusing on the next academic year. The 2013-14 academic year includes summer 2013, fall 2013, and spring 2014 semesters. We recommend all students who plan to attend one or more of those semesters complete a 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is a crucial application for various types of financial aid. For most families, the ideal time to complete a FAFSA is February or March, allowing students to meet Penn College’s Priority FAFSA Submission deadline of April 15.

Some of the questions on a FAFSA are financial questions, so we highly recommend families wait until after completing their 2012 IRS Tax Returns before starting the FAFSA. Beginning in February, the FAFSA will offer the IRS Data Retrieval Tool which allows most federal taxpayers (students or parents) the option to directly transfer key items from an IRS Tax Return to a FAFSA. This easy process saves times and reduces the chance of errors. Because there is a ‘lag time’ between electronic submission of an IRS Tax Return and availability of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we advise waiting at least 1-2 weeks after submitting your tax return before assisting your child with the FAFSA.

We will have more to tell you about the FAFSA and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the next newsletter. Note that there is only one government FAFSA website and an easy way to find it is to click on the FAFSA icon on Penn College’s Financial Aid Office site.

Spotlight on Schools

School of Health Sciences
An additional nursing lab with state-of-the-art equipment allows students to build critical care skills in challenging and engaging, real-life scenarios. The School of Health Sciences Endowed Scholarship was established and will be awarded to a Health Sciences' student in 2013.

School of Transportation Technology
A new academic year brings many 'news' to the School of Transportation Technology:

  • New aircraft - Boeing 727
  • New major - Automotive Restoration Technology
  • New options for Automotive Technology students

Preparing for the Holiday Breaks

Here are the answers to commonly asked questions regarding how on-campus resident students can prepare for the holiday breaks:

  1. Do I have to move out my belongings?
    No. Students can leave their belongings in their room or apartment. It is recommended that any valuables be removed (computers, jewelry, etc.).
  2. Do I have to clean my apartment before leaving?
    Yes. Students are required to clean their apartment prior to leaving for the break. In addition, students are asked to straighten up their personal areas so nothing is on the floor.
  3. When do the Residence Halls close and open for breaks?
    • Wed., Nov. 21 – close at 10 a.m.
    • Sun., Nov. 25 – reopen at 4 p.m.
    • Sat., Dec. 15 – close at 10 a.m. for all students or 24 hours after a student’s last final exam (whichever comes first)
    • Sat., Dec. 22 – close at 5 p.m. for graduates participating in Winter Commencement ceremonies
    • Sat., Jan. 12 – open for new and returning students

Break Safety Tips for Off-Campus Students

  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Place a light on a timer
  • Let your landlord know if everyone will be away over the holiday
  • Leave first-floor window blinds/curtains in their usual position
  • Contact the Post Office to hold mail during the holiday

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

Fall 2012, Issue 2
Important Dates
  • Grad Finale (11/13)
  • Residence Halls Close for Break (11/21, 10 a.m.)
  • Thanksgiving Break (no classes) (11/21-26)
  • Residence Halls Re-Open (11/25, 4 p.m.)
  • 2012-13 Scholarship Application Opens (12/1)
  • Finals Week (12/10-14)
  • Residence Halls Close for Winter Break (12/15, 10 a.m.)
  • Spring 2012 Tuition Due (12/17)
  • Commencement (12/22)
  • College Closed for Winter Break (12/22 - 1/6)
  • Residence Halls Re-Open (1/12)
  • Spring Classes Begin (1/14)
Student Organization Spotlight

Student Government Association (SGA) is the democratic voice for students on campus and serves as a recommending body to the College administration on issues that affect students and student life. SGA representatives also serve on College Governance committees as fully participating members.

SGA is currently working on making recommendations on the College’s guest policy for Rose Street Commons and advocating for updates to the College’s alcohol policy. Students from all academic areas can join SGA as senators if seats for their respective school are vacant. All students are also eligible to serve on SGA committees or attend public meetings held on Wednesday evenings. Please encourage your student to get involved with the issues that affect students by participating in SGA. For more information, students can visit the SGA portal site, e-mail, or connect via Facebook.

Wildcat Wishes Featured Gift Package

Just Because cookie

Just Because... - $20
Send your student this giant cookie and a coupon for a pint of ice cream because…you love them…to wish them luck…or whatever the occasion. Personalized the cookie with a short message. Choose from sugar or chocolate chip. Order the Just Because... package

See additional packages

Did You Know...?

The Fall Career Fair brought 181 employers, including 15 Fortune 500 companies, to campus looking to fill 2,244 positions. Many employers made it a two-day trip, interviewing more than 60 students on campus the following day.

Watch this video to learn what employers have to say about Penn College associate-degree graduates.

The College Store
at Penn College

One night each year The College Store opens its doors to a fabulous sweatshirtsale for everyone! This year, Moonlight Madness is Thursday, Dec. 6, 7-9 p.m. Every clothing and gift item in the store is 25% off. Don’t miss it! (In-store sale only – not a website promotion).

Our Snap-On tools make great holiday gift ideas. Shop online or in person for tools or pick up a gift card for your student to use anytime.

Fall Commencement is Dec. 22. Order cap and gowns, announcements, and graduation rings online or in the store!

Textbook Buyback happens year-round at The College Store, however, students know the “big buyback” happens two times a year. Dec. 3-15 is this semester’s big buyback. Students can receive up to 50% of the price they paid during this promotional buyback.

Alumni Career Feature

Rose SomervilleRose Somerville; Manufacturing Engineering Technology, '10; GE Manufacturing Apprentice, GE Transportation.

George Logue IIIGeorge Logue III, Culinary Arts & Systems, '10; Owner/operator, Acme Barbecue & Catering.

Learn more about these alumni and many more.

Homecoming Recap

Penn College Homecoming 2012 was one to remember. Full of reunions both playful and poignant, including the first inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame and two curricular anniversaries. Many of the events showed an apt reverence for history as the college counts down to a 2014 centennial. See all the photos from this year’s event.

One College Avenue

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