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08 November 2015

HACC News: Student Symposium, Mechatronics Lab Dedication and More

Current News from HACC, Nov. 8, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, shares recent news and events with the community, including:

  • Students to Showcase Successes at Annual Symposium
  • Gettysburg Campus Dedicates Mechatronics Lab, Classroom
  • HACC Foundation Golf Tournament Sponsors Raise Money for Scholarships
  • Surgical Technology Program Receives National Recognition
  • New Welding Program Coming to York Campus
  • Rose Lehrman Art Gallery to Showcase Student Honors Photography
HACC Students to Showcase Successes at Annual Symposium
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, will hold its annual Student Symposium on Nov. 23, 2015, from noon to 7 p.m., at HACC’s Midtown Trade and Technology Center.
The symposium will celebrate students’ work from various academic programs, such as engineering and arts. It will also provide an opportunity for the community to see the students' successes through their presentations on various subject matters. 
“This is the third year HACC has conducted the student symposium. It is a way to highlight our students and the great work they do. It also provides students and community members the opportunities to interact and learn about all the options available at HACC,” said Kim Ketelsleger, HACC professor of mechanical engineering technology.
The symposium will be held in Room 206 of the Midtown 2 - Evangelical Press Building, 1500 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17102. Please contact Ketelsleger at by Nov. 13 to register.
HACC’s Gettysburg Campus Dedicates Mechatronics Lab, Classroom
The Gettysburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, held a dedication ceremony for its new mechatronics lab and classroom on Oct. 29, 2015. The lab and classroom space is approximately 2,900 square feet and hosts the required high-tech industry equipment needed to conduct hands-on instruction with students in HACC’s new Mechatronics Program. 
Students provided demonstrations on the motor control boards and the power transmission unit.
Speakers included John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D., HACC president; Gary Laird, Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce president; Robin Fitzpatrick, Adams County Economic Development Corporation president; Zachary Brown and Samuel Effland, HACC mechatronics students; and Shannon Harvey, HACC’s Gettysburg Campus vice president.
Most graduates of this program will enter the local workforce with jobs to maintain, refit and repair automated equipment. As such, it is important that they use current local industry equipment whenever possible. This facility allows students to work extensively with industrial components donated by local companies. 
Students who enroll in this program can earn a certificate in nine months. The program is a full-time, day program offered Monday through Thursday, and includes eight technical hands-on courses, industrial math and college-level English.   
Mechatronics is a high-tech field that encompasses a wide variety of careers from technician to engineer with many opportunities for specialization. Any place there is the design, deployment or use of an automated system, mechatronics technicians and engineers are required. 
For more information about HACC’s Mechatronics program, please contact Sara Maines at or 717-339-3514.
HACC Foundation Golf Tournament Sponsors Raise Money for Scholarships
Thanks to generous sponsors, the HACC Foundation was able to raise approximately $100,000 for student scholarships at the 19th annual Frank J. Dixon Tournament for Scholarships at HACC.
This year’s event was held Sept. 28, 2015, at the Hershey Country Club’s East Course. A total of 82 sponsors and 25 golf teams participated. Not only did the teams get to enjoy a great day of golf, but they were also encouraged to bid on items at a silent auction and participate in the post-tournament reception and program.
For more information, please visit the HACC Foundation’s 2015 sponsor thank-you page with the list of sponsors, photos from the event and videos of HACC supporters explaining why this event is a worthy cause that forever changes the lives of HACC students.
Save the date for the tournament’s 20th anniversary! For more information, please visit
HACC Surgical Technology Program Receives National Recognition
The Surgical Technology Program at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for its graduates achieving a 100-percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination for the cycle of Aug. 1, 2014, through July 31, 2015.
Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate their understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is widely recognized in the health care community as the foremost credential for surgical technologists in the nation and is required for employment by many health care organizations.
HACC’s Surgical Technology program prepares students to assist in caring for surgical patients and to function as members of the surgical team. Graduates of the certificate program are eligible to take the CST examination and have an option to complete HACC’s associate degree program. 
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg Campus, and some of the required courses are available at all HACC campuses and online.

For more information, please visit HACC's Health Careers website, email or call 717-780-1988.

New Welding Program Coming to HACC’s York Campus

A demand for skilled welders equals an opportunity for York County residents and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
“With the aging workforce and the weekly inquiries we receive from companies looking for skilled welders, we know there are jobs available. This also means individuals need training to pursue those jobs,” said Marjorie Mattis, interim vice president of HACC’s York Campus.
Starting Jan. 19, 2016, students can enroll in a one-year, 24-credit welding program at the campus. Students will learn to interpret welding blueprints and the techniques of oxy fuel welding, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding. Graduates will earn a diploma.
“York County is the fourth largest manufacturing county in Pennsylvania and is comprised of over 600 manufacturing companies. Welding has always been a demanding occupation in York County, and we’re excited to be able to provide the educational resource for individuals to gain the skills needed for this high-demanding occupation,” said Mattis.
Please visit to learn more and click on Apply Now to enroll.
HACC’s Rose Lehrman Art Gallery to Showcase Student Photography
Students from the award-winning photography program at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, will display their best work Nov. 20 through Dec. 11, 2015, in the Rose Lehrman Art Gallery on the Harrisburg Campus.
The Student Honors Photography Exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All are invited to a reception in the gallery with the students Dec. 3 from 5:30-7 p.m. In addition, many of the photos are for sale.
“Being chosen for the show gives students a real sense of accomplishment. It is important for the students to see their work in a professional exhibit next to the work of their peers,” said Garrick Dorsett, HACC photography professor.
Students are invited to submit up to two prints from each of their photography classes. Art faculty jury the work and select nearly 100 photos to hang in the gallery. The collection covers a variety of subject matter, including landscapes, portraits, still life, nudes and architecture. Many students now produce their work digitally, but there are still some who produce using film and darkroom development.
The HACC photography program consists of a large traditional black-and-white photo developing lab, 14 individual color dark rooms, a digital photography classroom and a photography “Northern Light” studio with retractable roof.
Since 1988, HACC students have competed in photography competitions with more than 2,000 other colleges and universities and have finished in third place or higher. Students have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize award, have been employed as photographers for local newspapers or have gone on to earn additional degrees at higher education institutions.
Fall gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, please contact Shawn Williams at or 717-780-2478 and visit the gallery on HACC’s website and on Facebook.
The Rose Lehrman Art Gallery receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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