The students in the School of Construction & Design Technologies' student organizations are involved in both on- and off-campus projects, and also compete in national competitions yearly. These student organizations are:
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America-Penn College Student Chapter (ACCA-PCSC) was recognized by the Penn College Student Government Association as an official student chapter on January 6, 2003. Since our installment as an official Penn College student chapter, we have also been recognized as the first ever student chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America on February 13, 2003.
A main objective of the student chapter is education. The ACCA-PCAC has held, and is planning to hold more, education seminars concerning the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry that are free of charge and open to any Penn College community. Our mission is to uphold the integrity of ACCA and all its references, and to educate and inform student members of materials and methods new to the HVAC industry. Our members have participated in a Thanksgiving holiday food-drive that benefited the American Rescue Workers Chapter of Williamsport.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
This student chapter was established in 1991 and is under the sponsorship of the Harrisburg regional chapter and ASHRAE. Activities include community service projects, College service projects, field trips, and involvement in national ASHRAE meetings and activities including design competitions. For more information about the Penn College ASHRAE student chapter, contact Tom Ask.
Construction Management Association (CMA)
The CMA club is for the Construction Management students of Penn College to interact with each other, and get more actively evolved in their community and school.
Penn College Construction Association (PCCA)
The PCCA is the Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and is for students interested in the building construction trades. The club meets weekly to generate and coordinate among its members and the general public. The PCCA is an affiliate of the West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association (WBSBA) and the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA). The organization participates in national competitions such as the NAHB, held yearly, where they compete against other colleges for building industry awards.
Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS)
The purpose of this club is to promote an enhanced extra-curricular working knowledge of the land surveying profession in Pennsylvania. The club encourages interest in the profession, broadens the experiences of the student members, promotes networking opportunities, and germinates professional relationships within the land surveying profession. The club holds weekly meetings and is involved with school tours, open house activities, and several community projects, as well as surveying projects and activities.
Honor society for construction students
The purpose of SkillsUSA, a National vocational student organization, is to compete in more than 80 competitions in a variety of fields.
Regular SkillsUSA activities include chapter meetings, state and national conferences, fund raising, and community and college service.
United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Students of Penn College
USGBC Students recruits, connects, and equips the next generation of green building leaders by empowering them to transform their campuses, communities, and careers. USGBC Students provides a way for hundreds of young leaders to come together and participate in hands-on green building experiences on their own campuses through service initiatives. USGBC Students helps students integrate sustainability themes into their coursework and advocate for sustainable university practices and policies. The group allows for all members to become a part of an entity that builds leadership skills and enhances character.
USGBC Students has previously participated in: Fall Fiesta, Homecoming events, Open House, and guest speaker lectures. Various trips taken: Greenbuild (Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco), Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Philadelphia, Penn State Main Campus, and local building sites of interest.
Come join us, and be a part of an association that not only benefits you but helps others on campus and in the community.