Penn College IT students participate in major conference

October 26, 2018

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ­– Five Pennsylvania College of Technology information technology students enhanced their education and future career prospects by attending the recent COMMON Fall Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh.

The students participated in sessions covering a variety of IT topics, networked with industry professionals and obtained COMMON certification. COMMON is the world’s largest association of IBM and IBM-compatible information technology users.

“The event offered a fantastic learning opportunity,” said Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology, who accompanied the students. “It opened their eyes to the IBM technologies that are at the heart of the IT infrastructure of many companies around the world. The opportunity complements our academic programs by helping students understand where technologies such as IBM i and Power Systems fit into their future.”

Representing the college at the conference were software development and information management majors Mike D. Moran, of Williamsport; Grant W. Hile, of Dillsburg; and Ekaterina A. Molostvova, of Pottsville; and game and simulation programming majors Jacob A. Bamonte, of Milton, and Nichalus S. Kibler, of New Columbia.

The COMMON Education Foundation sponsored the students’ attendance at the conference.

In addition to software development and information management and game and simulation programming, the college offers two other IT baccalaureate degrees: information assurance and cyber security and information technology: network specialist concentration. Students also may seek an associate degree in information technology: technical support technology emphasis.

For more about those majors and other programs offered by the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520 or visit

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Last Updated October 26, 2018