Pennsylvania College of Technology

The Final Push

Mid-terms are over, spring break has come and gone, and all that is left between your student and the summer are … Finals! This can be a stressful time of the year for students. Students who could comfortably handle the workload during the first half of the semester start to panic as they feel overwhelmed during the second half. Then finals week hits! After a couple of months of little contact, you might start receiving phone calls or texts from your student needing support during this stressful time. This article will arm you with information to lead these conversations down constructive paths to help your student finish the semester strong.

Commencement & Grad Finale

Is your student graduating this May? Spring 2013 commencement will honor graduates during three separate ceremonies, all taking place at the Community Arts Center:

  • Friday, May 17, at 3 p.m. for graduates in the schools of Business and Computer Technologies, Hospitality, and Transportation Technology
  • Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for graduates in the schools of Industrial and Engineering Technologies, Integrated Studies, and Natural Resources Management.
  • Saturday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m. for graduates in the schools of Construction and Design Technologies and Health Sciences

To prepare for commencement, encourage your student to attend Grad Finale on April 16 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Penn's Inn. Students will be able to check off their commencement to-do list in one day! Students can pick up commencement tickets, purchase a cap and gown, order announcements, and learn more about alumni benefits. Giveaways will occur throughout the day, including caps and gowns, food, and drinks. Contact Alumni Relations for details.

Financial Aid News

Check out the Financial Aid News for Parents for important information about the following topics:

  • Summer 2013 Aid
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • FAFSA, Federal Pell Grant & SAP
  • Financial Aid Information available on SIS

Jump Starting Your College Career

While summer offers the chance for many to relax before the pressure of a new school year begins, it also offers the chance for many new students to get started on their college careers.  There is a variety of options available for getting a jump start on college. Students may contact Academic Services & First Year Programs to discuss the approach that best fits their needs.

Students who need to improve their reading, English, or math skills in order to enroll at Penn College may participate in RAMP Up. This program offers intensive non-credit, summer sessions to help college-bound students improve basic academic skills in a structured classroom environment. For more information or to register, students may call 570-327-4775 or visit the RAMPup website.

Students may also take credit summer classes. We offer developmental courses during the summer at a 25% discount. Summer course scheduling will open to new students beginning in April. Students may Search Course Offerings to find times and dates for summer courses. Students who attended Pre-enrollment Advising prior to April may call the Advisement Center to schedule a summer course; students who attend Pre-enrollment Advising in April or later may schedule at their advising session.

Students also can take courses at a local college and transfer them to Penn College. Before scheduling a course at another school, students should be sure that they are scheduling the right course. The Advisement Center or school office can provide course equivalencies, or students may look up equivalencies using the Transfer Course Equivalency Search. When students have completed the course with a “C” or higher (2.0 on a 4.0 scale), they should have the local college or university send an official transcript to the Penn College Admissions Office and contact the Advisement Center to update their schedule.

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 May 8 – 15. The Trash-to-Treasure sale will be held on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 7 a.m. (early bird admission with a $5 donation) or 8 a.m.

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

Internships – A Résumé Builder

The number of college students participating in internships continues to grow as more schools offer structured programs and more employers expect graduates to have real world experience. As a college parent, it is important that you understand, and help your student to understand, the importance of experiencing an internship.

The purpose of an internship is to provide a meaningful learning experience for students to develop an understanding of the job, profession, or field. Internships may take place during the academic year or during the summer, may be paid, and may earn academic credit. The experience is intended to help students close the gap between school and work.

Participating in an internship is an important experience to complement the learning your student is doing in the classroom. It can provide good practical experience and looks good on a résumé. An internship also provides an opportunity to “audition” a job or a field before taking a permanent position.

The most direct way for students to learn about internships is through the Career Services Office or their faculty adviser. Career Services can also help with cover letters, résumés, interviewing skills, and workplace expectations. Two other excellent sources of internship opportunities are online internship databases and personal contacts with family and friends.

Career Services is hosting a VIP (Volunteer, Internship, & Part-time) Job Fair on April 9 in Penn’s Inn from 3-5 p.m. This is a great opportunity for students looking for summer internships and part-time jobs to connect with employers. There will be approximately 35 employers at the fair offering more than 200 positions.

Save the Date! Accepted Students Reception

We’re bringing Penn College to you! Join representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Affairs, Residence Life, and Student Life as we travel to your area to meet you and answer your questions.

This reception is an informal event at which accepted students and parents have the opportunity to meet other students who will be attending Penn College from their hometown. During the reception, time will be allowed for one-on-one questions with department representatives. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Wednesday, April 10, Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Washington, PA (Philadelphia)
  • Thursday, April 11, Hoag’s Catering at Celebration Hall, State College, PA
  • Monday, April 15, Holiday Inn Conference Center, Breinigsville, PA (Allentown)
  • Tuesday, April 16, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Student & Administrative Services Center, Williamsport, PA
  • Wednesday, April 17, Hampton Inn, Indiana, PA
  • Thursday, April 18, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton, PA
  • Tuesday, April 23, Heritage Hotel, Lancaster, PA
  • Thursday, April 25, Hilton Garden Inn, Westbury, NY
  • Monday, April 29, Wyndham Philadelphia- Mount Laurel Hotel, Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Wednesday, May 1, Best Western Westminster Hotel and Conference Center, Westminster, MD
  • Thursday, May 2, Hilton Garden Inn, Rockaway, NJ

All students will be entered to win a $50 gift card to The College Store!

Reservations Required
For more information, contact the Admissions Office prior to the event at 570-327-4761 or by e-mail at

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

Spring 2013, Issue 2
Important Dates
  • VIP Fair (4/9)
  • Penn College's Priority FAFSA and Scholarship Deadline (4/15)
  • "Trash-to-Treasure" Donations Accepted (5/8-5/15/)
  • Residence halls close at 10 a.m. or 24 hours after student's last final, whichever comes first (5/11)
  • Grad Finale (4/16)
  • Last Day to Drop a 16-Week Class with "W" Grade (4/19)
  • Finals Week (5/6-11)
  • Commencement (5/17 & 5/18)
  • “Trash-to-Treasure” Sale at the Field House (5/18)
  • Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for graduates participating in Commencement (5/19)
Student Organization Spotlight

The Wildcat Events Board is the premier student programming board on campus. Over recent years, the board has increased the number of events planned to over twenty annually. These events range from a comedian on a Friday night to a mini music festival, and everything in between. Students involved in this organization learn leadership, programming and logistical skills that will surely help them throughout their careers! All students are welcome to join the Wildcat Events Board!

Spotlight on Schools

Learn what is new and happening in the following schools.

School of Integrated Studies

  • New faculty
  • New bachelor majors
    • Applied Technology Studies
    • Emergency Management Technology
  • Graphic Design students earn AGDA and ADDY awards

School of Natural Resources Management

  • Year-round growing season
  • New equipment - Caterpillar C9.3 diesel engine donation
  • Horticulture students among ‘Career Day’ Competitors
Wildcat Wishes Featured Gift Package

Spring Final package

Spring Finals - $20
Order deadline: April 30
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

Countdown to the Centennial

2014 marks a milestone in the institution's rich history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Were You There Centennial Book Cover
These beautiful, full-color books are available for purchase on the Centennial website or in The College Store (Bush Campus Center, 1st floor) for $9.95 each.

Purchase a piece of history for yourself, your student, and/or friends today!

The College Store
at Penn College

End of Semester Textbook Buyback at The College Store starts April 29 and runs through the end of final exams. The College Store pays up to ½ of purchase price for titles needed for the following semesters. Prices will be updated starting April 29 and can be checked at the online store.

Did your student rent any of their spring semester textbooks from The College Store? Textbook Rentals are due back to The College Store by the end of final exams. Students also have the option to purchase their rental title at full price less the rental fee. Students who choose to purchase their rental title need to do so before the end of final exams. Rental textbooks not received by the end of final exams will incur late charges and holds will be placed on student’s grades and transcripts. Contact The College Store if there are any questions or concerns. College Store staff can also verify if a student has any outstanding rentals.

Congratulations to our upcoming graduates! The College Store has all Commencement attire, diploma frames and custom announcements available for sale in store or online. Graduates are reminded to attend the Grad Finale on Tuesday, April 16, in Penn’s Inn from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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