Brandon J. Close Named 'Student of the Month'

Published 03.04.2009

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Brandon J. CloseBrandon J. Close, of Williamsport, majoring in business administration: marketing concentration, has been chosen as February's Student of the Month by the Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Close is the founder and president of the Collegiate Association for County Correctional Education, is a member of Students in Free Enterprise and participates in SGA meetings.

He is a General Educational Development instructor at the Tioga County Prison, which led him to develop an introductory computer class that he also teaches there. He co-authored with Jeremiah C. Gee (association adviser and assessment coordinator for the college's School of Integrated Studies) an article "Unlocking Correctional Education for Jails: Step 1" that was published in the January/February issue of American Jails.

"For his consistently strong performance as a student, and for his commendable work in prison education and his ongoing efforts to reform, revitalize and renew educational opportunities within the penal system, I believe Penn College should be proud of Brandon Close," his nominator wrote. "Brandon is an ambitious, motivated student whose performance and involvement both within and beyond Penn College make him a very worthy candidate."

The Student of the Month is selected based on commitment, service, role-model behavior, academics, leadership and campus involvement. Nominations from faculty/staff and other students are strongly encouraged.