Adventures in Learning
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s unique Global Experience courses returned in 2022, providing dozens of students the opportunity to immerse in new cultures while diving into the subjects they love:
Nursing students practiced their profession at a clinic in rural Guatemala, while human services & restorative justice students helped to plan a conference on domestic violence in Alaska.
Manufacturing students witnessed in-house examples of what makes Germany a world leader in advanced manufacturing, while architecture students took in the wondrous facades of Spain and, in Italy, culinary students cooked alongside chefs, and automotive students visited the likes of Ferrari, Ducati and Lamborghini.
Manufacturing students visit Voith Hydro in Heidenheim, Germany.
Precision Machining in Germany
Funded by a National Science Foundation grant
A mix of classroom and hands-on experiences with tools used in the product-development process, including Industry 4.0 smart manufacturing
Eckert Schools International
Haimer Inc. high-precision products for metal cutting
Kuka Robotics industrial robots and systems
Voith Hydro hydroelectric power turbine systems
Porsche high-performance sports cars
Students visit 4 Madonne Caseificio dell’Emilia, a producer of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, in Italy’s Parma region.
Global Food & Hospitality: Cuisine, Culture & Perspectives
Study of cuisine and hospitality operations, with visits to historic food-product origins and hands-on cooking classes
Cantina Bacco vineyard World War II cemetery
FICO Eataly World – agri-food theme park
Vineyard and winery
La Tradizione balsamic vinegar producer
4 Madonne Caseificio dell’Emilia, producer of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Barbera d’Asti, Moscato d’Asti and Spumante d’Asti wineries
Cavallero farm and restaurant
Prosciutto di Parma ham producer
The Italy trip has definitely helped my creativity. I have a lot of great memories, professional and personal, that I will always keep. Experiences like Italy ... help you grow as a culinarian and as a person, so I think you should take them.
Madison Y. Cooper ’22 , culinary arts technology – now working in the kitchen of 1700 Degrees Steakhouse, Harrisburg
Nursing students prepare for a day of service at the weeklong medical clinic in Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala, which saw an average of about 300 patients per day.
Students learn the history and evolution of Spain’s Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba.
In Seville, students take part in a Spanish flamenco dance lesson.
A traditional dinner in Madrid.
European Sustainable Building, Historic Architecture & Art
Toured various sites and engaged in immersive cultural experiences, such as flamenco dancing, river cruises, farmers markets, authentic dinners and ironwork molding.
Palacio Real – considered one of the finest palaces in Europe
Puerta del Sol
El Retiro Park
Church of Santo Tome
Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca
The Albaicin – the Moorish quarter, one of the oldest quarters of the city
Mirador de San Nicolas
La Mezquita mosque/cathedral
The Gothic cathedral – third-largest Christian church in Europe
Barrio de Santa Cruz – the old Jewish quarter
Real Alcazar – built in the 1360s
Plaza de Espana
Maria Luisa Park
Barrio Gotico – medieval quarter
Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
La Sagrada Familia – one of architect Antoni Gaudi’s most stunning works
Casa Batllo – Gaudi’s masterpiece
The beauty in this world is unimaginable. Looking through a screen doesn’t do it justice. The creativity, respect, faith and love that people put into their culture is one of the wonders of the world.
Diana M. Gaglione , architecture & sustainable design
Students visit Matanuska Glacier in Sutton, Alaska – about two hours northeast of Anchorage.
Students climb Matanuska Glacier.
Service Learning in Human Services & Restorative Justice
Students partnered with YWCA Alaska to explore new perspectives on domestic violence. The collaboration included hosting “Through It All: We Rise Together,”
a conference on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, featuring a panel of local speakers sharing their insight and conversations aimed at exploring fresh options and pathways.
I thanked (Theresa Lyons from YWCA Alaska) for going out on a limb and giving a bunch of Pennsylvania students this opportunity – but most specifically for allowing each and every one of us to thrive in our own way.
Krystle J. Richardson , human services & restorative justice – hopes to attend graduate school and work in criminal psychology or social justice reform/reintegration
The collections of Nicola Bulgari are among stops for International Automotive Studies. Bulgari met with students as they toured his collection in Rome then provided a surprise trip to his Tuscany collection.
In Vatican City, students view a variety of vehicles used by the pope.
The class gathers behind a 1930 Bugatti Royale Esders Roadster at the Schlumpf collection in Mulhouse, France.
Students take advantage of a photo opportunity with an iconic Ferrari sign.
France & Italy
International Automotive Studies
Study of several international automobile manufacturer facilities focused on the manufacturing, assembly and repair processes, and how the automobile has influenced the surrounding culture.
The Schlumpf collection
Alfa Romeo Museum
Memorial Museum of Liberty
Panini Motor Museum (Maserati collection)
Istituto Gerini technical high school
Colosseum, the Roman Forum and The Vatican
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