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“When you’re in high school, and you’re thinking about a career, you could think about what’s just going to make you a lot of money, or you could think about something that you’re going to be happy doing for the rest of your life.”

This advice, from a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate working at one of the world’s great gardens, is offered in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green,” an hour-long documentary premiering Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. on WVIA Public Media.

The second episode of a Telly Award-winning series produced by Penn College and WVIA, “Working Class: Build & Grow Green” invites viewers to consider a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources.

“Millennials are really, really focused on sustainability issues,” said one faculty member interviewed for the film, which explores opportunities related to architecture and sustainable design, building construction and construction management, building automation, electrical technology/power generation, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, forestry and horticulture.

Two Penn College graduates who work as senior gardeners at Longwood Gardens, Lauren Hoderny-Hill and April Bevans, appear in the episode, along with Shawn A. Mayberry, a construction management student, who describes the Department of Energy’s Race to Zero student design competition project that will benefit families served by a community nonprofit agency.

Segments were filmed at Penn College’s main campus and Schneebeli Earth Science Center, as well as Longwood Gardens and Hills Creek State Park, Wellsboro, where the cameras followed a group of environmental science students from Montoursville Area High School.

Two acclaimed authors also appear in “Working Class: Build & Grow Green.” They are children’s book author and illustrator Henry Cole and environmentalist author Rick Bass, who visited the Penn College campus and spoke as part of its Technology and Society Colloquia Series last spring.

Penn College faculty members interviewed for the film are Andrew Bartholomay, forestry; Carl J. Bower, horticulture; Deb A. Buckman, chemistry/environmental science; Geoffrey M. Campbell, architectural technology; D. Robert Cooley, anthropology/environmental science; Michael A. Dincher, horticulture; Dorothy J. Gerring, architectural technology; Eric C. Easton, forestry; Jon W. Hart, electrical technology; Bradley Q. Kishbaugh, HVAC technology; Dale J. Kissinger, HVAC technology; Ken C. Kuhns, electrical technology; Brad M. Martin, construction management; Richard M. Sarginger, building construction technology Faculty; Dennis P. Skinner, horticulture; Richard C. Taylor, HVAC technology, and Todd S. Woodling, building automation.

Describing the importance of sustainability, conservation and energy use in 21st-century careers, one faculty member said: “Everything that we do today will affect what happens next year and the year after and a hundred years from now. If we do our job well, then we’ve impacted future generations in a very positive manner.”

Following the broadcast premiere on WVIA, the episode will be available for viewing online at The website also features a producer’s blog and educational resources selected to help K-12 teachers link classroom activities with the series.

The audience may follow “WorkingClassTVSeries” on Facebook and “workingclass-tv” on Twitter and share comments via social media.

The premiere episode of “Working Class” was awarded a 2016 Bronze Telly Award and appeared on WHYY and MindTV in Philadelphia, WQED in Pittsburgh, WLVT in Allentown and WPSU in State College, in addition to WVIA.

Executive producers for the series are Elaine Lambert and Tom Curra. The series’ director is Christopher Leigh.

Penn College students involved in filming and editing this episode are Jeffrey A. Stanley, of Stewartstown, and Colin B. Helm, of Montoursville.

In the Schools

Watershed Education Teachers’ Workshop at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE – Little Pine State Park will offer a Watershed Education curriculum workshop for teachers in the IU 9, IU 10, IU 16, and IU 17 geographical areas from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Oct. 22.

Watershed Education (WE) is an inquiry-based, interdisciplinary curriculum for students in grades six through 12. Developed by the DCNR Bureau of State Parks, WE helps educators utilize local natural resources as a valuable teaching tool.

Educators attending this workshop will receive the Bureau of State Parks award-winning Watershed Education curriculum and additional resource materials. Educators also will have access to communication opportunities among schools through a database and student conferences.

Morning coffee and snacks will be provided, and attendees should bring a bag lunch. This workshop will be rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

There will be 8.75 hours of at-workshop learning, plus three hours of pre-workshop on-line course work, for a total of 11.75 hours for Act 48. Registration is required and there is a fee. To register, call John Kaercher at 570-753-6005/6000 or email If a minimum of 10 people do not register, the event will be cancelled. The deadline to register is 4 p.m. Oct. 18.

St. John Neumann to hold annual ‘Basket Bonanza’

St. John Neumann Regional Academy will hold their annual Basket Bonanza Oct. 21 at the St. John Neumann Elementary campus gym, 710 Franklin St.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the drawing will start at 7:15 p.m. Food and beverages will be available to buy.

This Chinese-style auction will feature more than 50 baskets, worth at least $25 each and 25 or more specialty “MEGA” baskets, each worth more than $125.

Advance tickets will be available on the preview nights from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at the elementary campus.

All proceeds benefit the students of St. John Neumann Regional Academy.

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Lock Haven University to host prospective student open house

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University will host an open house on Saturday. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend to learn more about everything LHU has to offer. During the program, prospective students will learn more about their major, tour the campus and enjoy a complimentary lunch in Bentley Dining Hall. Financial aid and athletics will host presentations at the end of the day. Additionally, staff members from the Office of Admissions will be available to answer questions.

To register for the open house program, visit or call 570-484-2027.

Lock Haven University to host government outreach seminar

LOCK HAVEN – Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson will be a featured speaker at this year’s government outreach seminar to be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 11 at Lock Haven University Parsons Union building. Robb Armstrong, creator of the comic strip “Jump Start,” also will speak during the seminar.

Government Outreach is a program for high school students. The seminar provides area juniors and seniors the opportunity to be involved in the process of government and to discuss current local and national issues with the speakers. With no government funding, the funds for the program come from corporate sponsors. The seminar is open to the public.

For more information, contact Marchal Rote at 570-484-2002 or email