Penn College students, faculty attend ‘Women in Technology’ event

PHOTO PROVIDED Female students and faculty from Penn College demonstrated their commitment to technology at the recent College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference in Harrisburg.

WILLIAMSPORT — More than 25 female students and faculty from Pennsylvania College of Technology demonstrated their commitment to technology by attending a recent statewide event in Harrisburg.

During the College to Careers: Women in Technology Conference, the Penn College contingent experienced a panel discussion with eight women technology leaders and enjoyed networking opportunities.

“It was a very valuable experience for our students,” said Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, who helped organize Penn College’s participation. “The students were able to not only listen to, but also interact with many impressive women in technology. The conference reinforced that gender should never be a barrier to success in technology-focused careers.”

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania and the office of Pennsylvania’s first lady, Frances Wolf, organized the event and invited female college students from throughout the state. Deloitte covered the transportation costs for the Penn College group.

Students attending the conference were web and interactive media majors: Dalaney T. Vartenisian, of Williamsport; Gabriela W. Hernandez, of Mechanicsburg; Elisha R. Arantowicz, of Birdsboro; Kristen E. Bowes, of Wayne; Grace F. Clark, of Scranton; Olivia J. Hawbecker, of Chambersburg; Lana A. Kephart, of Mill Hall; Erin K. McCarthy, of State College; and Brittany R. Terpstra, of Jim Thorpe.

Engineering design technology majors: Rylee A. Butler, of Bellefonte; Shannon R. Knarr, of Trevorton; Catherine E. Weatherman, of Ringtown; and Alisha A. Ortiz, of Williamsport.

Information technology sciences – gaming and simulation majors: Sara M. Hueser, of York Haven; Danielle E. Everett, of Williamsport; and Nicole A. Treaster, of Milton.

Industrial design majors: Ashley E. Mahaffey, of Hughesville; Rebecca A. Creasy, of Glen Gardner, New Jersey; and Meghan J. Herman, of Jersey Shore.

Information assurance and cyber security majors: Allison F. Chapman, of Montoursville; Breanna M. Fieger, of Reading; and Mary C. Watts, of Quakertown.

Information technology: technical support technology emphasis majors: Jacqueline M. Westervelt, of Rutherford, New Jersey; and Sarah J. Zuhlke, of Port Matilda.

The students were accompanied by Denise S. Leete, associate professor of web and interactive media; Anita R. Wood and Lisa Bock, assistant professors of computer information technology; Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology; and Kendra N. Tomassacci, instructor of engineering design technology.

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