Penn College names director of workforce development at Wellsboro

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology has named Jason P. Zielewicz as director of workforce development at Wellsboro.

Zielewicz served for the past three years as a client development specialist for WDCE. He will oversee continued expansion of programming offered in the Northern Tier and Wellsboro.

Prior to coming to Penn College, Zielewicz was a supervisor/platoon chief in the paramedic department at the former Susquehanna Health (now UPMC Susquehanna) overseeing daily operations for the prehospital services department. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for the paramedic technology, applied health studies and industrial design programs at Penn College.

Zielewicz holds a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies from Penn College, a master’s from University of St. Francis and a doctorate of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University.

During his tenure at Penn College, Zielewicz has overseen the operations of the Penn College at Wellsboro campus and its programs, as well as health care programming for WDCE.

Zielewicz also will help coordinate the program’s renovation efforts at its new home, an 8,400-square-foot facility at 22 Walnut St., Wellsboro. The building is a gift from Penn College health-care industry partner UPMC Susquehanna, a contribution cited by health system leadership as an investment that will further assist in reducing a critical nursing shortage, both in the region and more broadly.

An adaptive reuse design for the facility is underway, led by Strosser Architecture & Conservation Inc., of Lewisburg. When complete, the expansion will accommodate an increase in enrollment capacity for the full-time, yearlong Practical Nursing Program from 18 to 24 students initially. Additional programming options may be explored later; the college would hire additional instructors as needed.

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