Your Changing College Student

The college years can be an exciting yet also challenging time for your son or daughter. Even within this first semester, much has occurred. From the time they arrived on campus, students were expected to adjust to changes in their living environment, routine, and increased academic demands. Additionally, students have begun to make decisions on their own, accepting responsibility, and developing new relationships. It is likely that you have already started to notice some of these changes. As your student returns home for Thanksgiving, and again in December, he or she may bring a new perspective, a sense of confidence, and an increased sense of independence. You are probably excited, yet also nervous, about what these changes will look like and how they will impact you and the dynamics of your family. Read this article for helpful tips to help you and your son or daughter navigate through this difficult time.

Student Leadership Opportunities

How to GUARANTEE your student makes the most of their Penn College experience!

Do you remember interacting with a student leader at Penn College? Maybe you remember the Connections Link that you met over the summer, the Student Ambassador that gave you a campus tour, or your student's Resident Assistant or Community Assistant that welcomed you on move-in day. Penn College offers a number of leadership positions just for students, with some great benefits!

Applications are available on the Student Activities myPCT portal site for students to apply for the following student leadership positions:

  • Presidential Student Ambassador
  • Commuter/Community Assistant
  • Connections Link
  • Resident Assistant

Our student leaders are able to make the most of their Penn College experience by getting involved outside the classroom, and helping other students!

Leadership experience is not required. So encourage your student to apply for one or more of these exciting opportunities.

Financial Aid News

Check out the Financial Aid News for Parents for the following:

  • Information about Penn College and external scholarships
    • Penn College scholarship application opens Dec. 1!
  • Student loans
    • Required exit counseling for graduating students
    • Accessing current loan status and repayment options
STEM scholarships

Penn College has a new STEM Scholarship for first-semester freshmen beginning a bachelor's degree within the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies in Fall 2015. This scholarship is made possible through a National Science Foundation grant and will be awarded to students for tuition and fees based on their financial need. To learn more about this scholarship, visit STEM Scholarship or contact

The Penn College Career Hub: a great way to connect to opportunity!

The Penn College Career Hub is a powerful job search tool offered by Career Services! It allows students and alumni to connect with thousands of employers who are looking to hire Penn College students and graduates for internships, full-time jobs, and part-time jobs. All jobs in the Career Hub are reviewed and approved by Career Services staff.

The Career Hub allows students to:

  • Create a profile including tailored job searches;
  • Save job searches and schedule them to run on a regular basis;
  • Mark favorite employers;
  • Upload a résumé. *

* Résumés are reviewed by Career Services staff before students apply to job postings. Once approved, employers have the opportunity to search the Résumé Book for qualified applicants.


For those parents who have children commuting back and forth to school yet still living at home, proceed with caution. Your child has reached a pivotal time in their life where adulthood is knocking at the door. We have a son who commutes each day to college and works at least two jobs. It can be natural to continue to treat them as though they are still a child (i.e. packing their lunches, making sure they have their assignments, worrying if they'll be warm enough as they run out of the door in that flimsy hoodie) but parents beware. Although they are still under your roof, it is imperative that we loosen the umbilical cord to allow them to grow with the college experience. Being a good listener and subtle cheerleader as they face new experiences are good preparation for them to take the next steps into responsibility. Knowing they have your support while they find themselves making decisions that can and will impact their future can be the basis of a smooth transition. While it can be difficult for both the parent and the child during this transition, patience and respect for each other can guide you both through it.

Kris Byrne
Parent of transfer student, Kyle

Have you learned "the hard way " to help your Penn College student? Want to offer advice and guidance to fellow parents? Volunteer to craft a Parent-to-Parent article! To volunteer, or if you have questions, contact Brad Webb.

Preparing for the Holiday Breaks

Here are the answers to commonly asked questions regarding how on-campus resident students can prepare for the holiday breaks. More information will be provided by the RA's before break.

Do I have to move out my belongings?
No. Students can leave their belongings in their room or apartment. It is recommended that any valuables be removed (computers, jewelry, etc.).

Do I have to clean my apartment before leaving?
Yes. Students are required to clean their apartment prior to leaving for the break. In addition, students are asked to straighten up their personal areas so nothing is on the floor.

When do the Residence Halls close and open for breaks?
• Wed., Nov. 26 – close at 10 a.m.
• Sun., Nov. 30 – reopen at 4 p.m.
• Sat., Dec. 13 – close at 10 a.m. for all students or 24 hours after a student's last final exam (whichever comes first)
• Sat., Jan. 10 – open for new and returning students

Break Safety Tips for Off-Campus Students
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Place a light on a timer
  • Let your landlord know if everyone will be away over the holiday
  • Leave first-floor window blinds/curtains in their usual position
  • Contact the Post Office to hold mail during the holiday

Penn College Celebrates One for the Ages

Penn College began a year-long celebration in January to honor its 100-year history, from the inception of adult classes in the Williamsport Area School District in 1914, through its evolution into Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport Area Community College, and present-day Penn College. Your student had the unique opportunity to participate in a number of activities organized to celebrate pride in the College's history, and its vision of being a national leader in applied technology education.

Student-focused events included:

  • Wildcats' Centennial Tip-Off basketball doubleheader
  • Pack the Park Night baseball game at Historic Bowman Field
  • Concert by Grammy-winning Switchfoot
  • Creation and installation of three large-scale outdoor sculptures: These Trees, Centennial Mosaic, and Student Bodies
  • 100 Works! exhibit displaying student, alumni, employee, and retiree artwork
  • East Coast debut of Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara, A Mid-Century Dream Home, an exhibition of photos, artifacts, and furnishings
  • Reunions bringing alumni and industry experts into the classroom
  • Homecoming, including the first-ever campus carnival
  • Inspirational and thought-provoking messages
    • John Ratzenberger, of TV's "Made in America " series, who discussed the need for skilled applied technology workers in America
    • Centennial Colloquia Series, which brought to the forefront unique perspectives linking technology and society by Penn College faculty ( Dorothy Gerring and Robert Wozniak, Dr. Rob Cooley and Dr. Mark Noe, Lisa Bock, and Dr. Craig Miller), a virtual reality pioneer and best-selling author, and a visiting physicist, author, and educator.

The coming months bring an end to Penn College's Centennial celebration. An hour-long documentary about the College's rich history premieres on campus December 2 (students invited), and graduating students receive Centennial-themed diplomas and lapel pins. The Penn College Scholarship Campaign concludes, having raised an estimated $6 million in new scholarship money for Penn College students and, in Spring 2015, a time capsule will be installed.

"Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-on Education " Trailer

Fall Sports Recap

North Eastern Athletic Conference Halfway through its first year as a NCAA articleision III provisional member, Penn College Athletics is in full swing! Fall sports have wrapped up and had some top notch competition in their inaugural year in the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Men's and women's soccer had some great upset wins taking out top seeds. Women's volleyball had five NEAC victories. Men's and women's tennis completed the non-conference part of its schedule notching some strong wins against Susquehanna and Lycoming. Men's and women's cross country competed against top programs in the region improving inarticleidual times along the way. The golf team finished the first half of its season placing eighth nationally at the United State Collegiate Athletic Association Championships. 

Now that the weather is turning colder, we're shifting our gaze to the winter sports of men's and women's basketball and wrestling. Both basketball programs return a strong core and will look to make a splash in the NEAC. Wrestling enters into one of its toughest schedules ever starting off its season at the Monarch Invitational at King's College.

We hope to see you at one of our events. All admission is free!
You can find all the latest schedules, scores, and updates at our new website and our social networking channels.

Athletic Team Spotlight

Golf Team

Coach: Matt Haile (6th year)
Home Course: White Deer Golf Course
Conference: North Eastern Athletic Conference
Competes: Fall and Spring semesters

More golf team information

Homecoming Recap

Homecoming 2014, a spectacular continuation of Penn College's Centennial celebration, made institutional history while honoring it. Marked by the first-ever campus carnival, the inaugural reunion for Williamsport Area Community College alumni and employees, an Oktoberfest, and much more.
See the 140+ photos from this year's event.

Fall Commencement

Is your student graduating from Penn College this fall?
Congratulations! In order to plan for this special day, visit our Commencement website.

See you in December! #PCTgrad

College Store

Fall rental textbooks are due back to The College Store by the end of Final Exams. A student ID is needed when returning rental textbooks to make sure the right account is credited for the return. Unsure if a textbook is rented? Contact The College Store to find out.

Textbook Buyback starts Wed., Dec. 3. The College Store buys back unwanted textbooks and T-84 calculators at up to 50% of purchase price.

Cyber Monday Sale: Receive 30% off clothing and gifts purchased online on Mon., Dec. 1, PLUS receive free shipping. (No pick up in store orders will be permitted for this online exclusive sale.)

Moonlight Madness Sale: Receive 30% off clothing and gifts purchased in store on Thurs., Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m. (In-store sale only.)

Watch for early information on special promotions and sales and Facebook-only contests.

Wildcat Wishes

Exam Cram - $20

Exam coming up? This snack pack will help your student "power " through his or her exam. Package includes Pop-Tarts, microwave popcorn, Snickers bar, Nutri-Grain bar, PowerBar, almonds and two SoBe energy drinks.

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