Lab visits sharpen students' dual-enrollment experience

Published 02.15.2023

Nursing & Health Sciences
Faculty & Staff
Polymer Engineering
Physical Therapist Assistant
Engineering Technologies

Allen R. Smith, clinical director radiography, reviews X-ray images with a few of the students from Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center.With Victoria Hurwitz, director of the physical therapist assistant program, high schoolers from Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical Center incorporate their learning about nerves and muscles to come up with an exercise-band activity to target a specific area.Adam C. Barilla, instructor of plastics technology, explains the process of designing both plastic parts and the molds that shape them.High schoolers test their own balance while learning how such activities are used in physical therapy. (Photo by Victoria Hurwitz, director of physical therapist assistant)A Warrior Run student works to remove purged material from an injection molder.Dual-enrollment students from three schools visited the college campus on Tuesday to further explore hands-on applications of the courses they’re taking. Warrior Run High School students, enrolled in the college’s Fundamentals of Chemistry course, visited plastics, where they incorporated their knowledge of chemical reactions with an overview of part and mold design, then put it into practice on an injection molder. Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical Center students, enrolled in Basics of Medical Terminology, visited the college’s physical therapist assistant facilities, while high school students enrolled in the same Penn College course at Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center saw practical uses for their knowledge in the Radiography Lab. Penn College Dual Enrollment allows qualified high school students to take Penn College coursework during their regular school day, tuition-free. In 2021-22, nearly 1,500 students earned more than 5,800 Penn College credits through Penn College Dual Enrollment. Several more Dual Enrollment Student Visit Days are scheduled this semester.