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Expanding Opportunities

Did you know that Penn College students can make a smooth transition from their associate's degree to a bachelor's degree? The first two years of their education in specific majors can prepare them to easily complete their bachelor's degree. Why is this important? According to recent US Census Bureau data, individuals with a bachelor's degree make an average of $1,200 more per month than those with an associate's degree. Additionally, possessing a B.S. allows students to acquire management or supervisory positions within their field of choice.

Students can choose to complete their bachelor's degree on campus or can choose a distance learning program! By enrolling in a distance learning program, your student can enter the workforce and finish a bachelor's degree at the same time. Contact the Admissions Office to learn more about how your student can make a smooth transition into a bachelor's degree.

Commencement & Grad Finale

Is your student graduating this May? Spring 2012 commencement will honor graduates during three separate ceremonies, all taking place at the Community Arts Center:

  • Friday, May 11, at 3 p.m. for graduates in the schools of Industrial & Engineering Technologies, Integrated Studies, and Natural Resources Management
  • Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. for graduates in the schools of Construction & Design Technologies and Health Sciences
  • Saturday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m. for graduates in the schools of Business & Computer Technologies, Hospitality, and Transportation Technology

Graduate jumping in front of Penn College sign

To prepare for Commencement, encourage your student to attend Grad Finale, April 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Penn's Inn. Students will be able to check off their commencement to-do list in one day! Pick up commencement tickets, purchase a cap and gown, order announcements, and learn more about alumni benefits. Giveaways available throughout the day, including caps and gowns, food, and drinks. Contact Alumni Relations for details.

Career Planning

It is never too early to start thinking about a career. Even if it is a student's first year on campus, now is the time to begin conversations about career planning. It is important for students to make the most of their college years, gaining an education and experience while simultaneously developing leadership, interpersonal, and technical skills. This is the time when students will be building the framework for what will be documented on their résumé, ultimately leading them to a fulfilling career.

Read the Career Planning article to find out how Penn College Career Services and you can help prepare your student for his/her future career.

Financial Aid: Loan News

Summer Student Loans – Have your student check the portal for information on how to apply for Summer 2012 student loans.

Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans – The Parent PLUS Loan application process is now easier! Borrowers now only need to complete two steps when applying. If applying for the Summer 2012 semester, you can apply any time after your student schedules summer classes. If applying for the Fall 2012 semester, do not start the application process until after June 1.

May Graduates with a Federal Direct Stafford Loan – Graduates are required to complete an online Exit Counseling Session. The Financial Aid Office will notify those who need to complete this session.

Be sure to check out the Financial Aid Timeline to see when loans and other financial aid are awarded.

Preparing for Summer:
Donate to a Good Cause!

It is time to start planning and preparing for the end-of-the-year, on-campus housing checkout. Each year students are scurrying around attempting to complete finals, saying goodbye to friends, and then figuring out how to get their belongings home. A good strategy is to begin taking items home now through the end of the semester. The weather is warmer which means winter clothing can return home. Most importantly, developing a plan for packing can prevent a lot of anxiety and stress during closing. Encouraging your student to pack smart in boxes or plastic containers makes the move out process a lot more enjoyable.

Each year numerous students come across gently used items and unopened food items they don't want to trek home. Luckily, Penn College, in conjunction with the United Way, accepts those items for donation. Items with re-sale value are sorted and sold at our annual Trash-to-Treasure sale, with all proceeds going to the Lycoming County United Way. Food items are donated to the Saving Grace Shelter in Williamsport. Donations can be placed in donation boxes in the residence halls or dropped off at the Field House April 30 – May 9.

For important dates and further instructions for checking out of the residence halls, visit the Residence Life website.

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

Spring 2012, Issue 2
Important Dates
  • April Break, no classes (4/6/2012-4/9/2012)
  • Grad Finale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Penn's Inn (4/10/2012)
  • Wildcat Comic Con
  • Penn College's priority FAFSA and Penn College Scholarship deadline (4/15/2012)
  • School of Health Sciences's 5K Walk/Run (4/21/2012)
  • Finals Week (4/30/2012-5/4/2012)
  • "Trash to Treasure" Donations Accepted (4/30/2012-5/9/2012)
  • Residence halls close at 10 a.m. or 24 hours after student's last final, whichever comes first (5/5/2012)
  • Commencement (5/11/2012 & 5/12/2012)
  • "Trash to Treasure" Sale (5/12/2012)
  • Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for graduates participating in Commencement (5/13/2012)
School of Health Sciences 5K Walk/Run

Participants awaiting 5K start

The annual School of Health Sciences 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, April 21, on the Penn College campus. Proceeds support the School's Endowed Scholarship Fund designated for students pursuing a Health Sciences degree.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 for preregistration or $20 on the day of the event. Awards will be given to the top male/female runners and walkers.

No matter your age or fitness level, fun will certainly be had by all! Preregister today for the 5K Walk/Run!

Wildcat Wishes Featured Gift Package

Spring Final package

Spring Finals - $20
Order deadline: April 24
Package includes Pop-tarts, microwave popcorn, Rice Krispies treats, cookie packs, Nutri-grain bar, Power Bar, muffin, and a SoBe energy drink.
Order the Spring Finals package

See additional packages

The College Store at Penn College

End-of-Semester Textbook Buyback runs April 23 through final exams. The College Store warns students that there are companies, not affiliated with The College Store, offering to buy books. These companies often offer much less for your books than The College Store, which pays up to half of the purchase price for titles needed for the following semesters. Always check what The College Store is offering before selling your books to other companies.

The online store recently migrated to a new provider. Due to this migration, all existing online customers will need to set up a new account when ordering for the first time. Please contact The College Store if you have any questions or concerns.


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