Penn College IT Faculty Member Featured in Publication

Published 11.07.2016

Information Technology
Faculty & Staff
Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies News

A major information technology publication is highlighting the expertise and accomplishments of a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member.

The November/December issue of IBM Systems Magazine–Mainframe edition showcases Lisa Bock, assistant professor of computer information technology, as one of a dozen women role models in the IT field.

Bock is described in the story, written by Shirley S. Savage, as a “security ambassador, who has spent 20 demanding years in IT.”

Lisa BockMany of those years have been devoted to teaching at Penn College and sharing knowledge within industry. Bock is a frequent national presenter and author at, a leading online learning platform.

“I am humbled to be featured with 11 other talented women as an IT role model and success story,” Bock said. “It’s an honor to be considered an IT ambassador. I’m just one example of how women can succeed and enjoy enriching careers in IT.”

According to a 2015 LeanIn.Org and McKinsey “Women in the Workplace” study referenced in the story, women account for just 32.4 percent of entry-level line employees at tech companies and 26.2 percent of line managers.

“We certainly need more women to recognize the opportunities for them in IT,” Bock said. “The possibilities for them are endless, and the IT sector itself would benefit with more women professionals and decision-makers.”

“We are very proud to have Lisa’s passion and expertise recognized by IBM Systems Magazine,” said David R. Cotner, dean of Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “She has proven to be an outstanding IT educator and tireless advocate for advancing opportunities for women in the field.”

IBM Systems Magazine–Mainframe edition is delivered to approximately 25,000 IBM mainframe customers every other month and is available as a free digital download.

Penn College offers bachelor’s degrees in software development and information management, information assurance and cyber security, information technology sciences ­– gaming and simulation, and information technology: network specialist concentration. The college also provides an associate degree in information technology: technical support technology emphasis and a competency credential in national security telecommunications and systems security.

For information on these and other majors offered by the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development. For more, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.