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March 9, 2008
Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Tax-preparing students  plan ‘road trip’

The free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, in which Pennsylvania College of Technology students help local residents prepare income-tax returns, is taking its services “on the road” to the college’s North Campus near Wellsboro.

The program will be offered by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28. Volunteer preparers — trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service — are accounting, business, finance and legal students at Penn College. Two students and coordinator Phillip D. Landers, professor of business administration and accounting in the School of Business and Computer Technologies, will handle the North Campus appointments in half-hour intervals.

Landers said the VITA program focuses on non-complicated returns with income of $40,000 or less — no businesses, stock sales, etc. Taxpayers need to bring proof of identification, Social Security numbers, spouse’s and dependents’ birth dates, and important tax documents such as W-2 and 1099 forms, etc.

To make an appointment with a tax volunteer, call 570-724-7703. The North Campus is along Route 6, between Wellsboro and Mansfield. Parking is available at the rear of the building.

On the college’s main campus in Williamsport, the annual VITA program has enjoyed a robust start since resuming last month. Students are available to assist taxpayers Monday through Thursday until April 10. Services are not available when Penn College is closed or when students are on Spring Break from March 17 to March 24. The site — Room 102 on the first floor of the Madigan Library — is for walk-ins only; appointments are not accepted.

Center plans course on marketing

IMC is pleased to bring Meaningful Marketing to Williamsport on March 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at its offices located at 1127 West Fourth St.

Based in part on the tenets and practical advice of Doug Hall and his latest book, Jump Start Your MARKETING BRAIN, this workshop is “50,000 volts” of ideas and advice designed to guide business owners and managers toward a smarter system of marketing thinking. Its goal is to teach practical ideas for multiplying the impact of every dollar invested and every hour spent on sales and marketing.

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Group sponsors VoIP workshop

On March 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Susquehanna Technology Association is sponsoring a morning full of information on Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VoIP.

Speakers include individuals from ChiliTech Internet Solutions, Lycoming College, Truck-Lite Co., Inc., Williamsport Electric, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc. and Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The Cisco NOW Van will also be onsite for touring.

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Download book camps scheduled

The James V. Brown Library will kick off a series of weekly programs called “Tuesdays With Charles,” designed to give participants hands-on experience downloading audio books to an MP3 player at 1 p.m. March 11 in the Gates Lab.

Taught by Charles Ormsbee of the library staff sessions will be offered every Tuesday at the same time and place.

Participants may bring their own mp3 players or purchase one for $35 from the library which has a supply of Creative Zen Stone 1GB players which hold up to 10 hours of listening.

Books are easily downloaded to a computer and then transferred to the mp3 player for portable listening. For those who cannot attend at 1 p.m., an evening session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.

Class size is limited to 10 so advance registration is required and may be made by contacting 326-0536, ext. 114.

Young adult and children’s books also are available.

Library annnounces March computer classes

The James V. Brown Library will offer three different computer classes during the month of March. Each of the classes will be held once a week for three weeks in the Gates Computer Lab, just off the first floor reference room.

There is no charge for the classes, but registration is limited to 10 per class, so advanced registration is required by calling the library at 326-0536. People planning to attend must have a library card. Cards are free and available at the library with a photo ID and current address, or by registering for a card online at the library Web site:

The following classes will be offered:

• Introduction to Computers, 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, March 14, 21 and 28 — Individuals who have never used a computer will learn basic mouse and keyboard skills, how to access the Internet for research and email, and introductory use of Microsoft Word to create documents. Participants who have never used a mouse, or need to brush-up on their skills, should also register for the free “Mouse Tutorial” class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on either the Wednesday or Thursday prior to class, March 12 or March 13.

• Microsoft Word, 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, March 18 and 25, April 1 — Individuals who have already developed basic computer skills will learn how to use Word to produce, edit and format documents and mailings.

• Microsoft Excel, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 13, 20 and 27 — Individuals who have already developed basic computer skills will learn initial skills for using Excel as a spreadsheet or database.

Course tackles state contracting

A free workshop for small business owners interested in learning about contracting opportunities with the state will be held on March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Lewisburg. The workshop is sponsored by the PA Bureau of Minority and Women Business Opportunities and co-sponsored by Bucknell University Small Business Development Center and SEDA-COG. Pre-registration is required.

Workshop topics will include locating state contracting opportunities, how the state purchases goods and services, using state contracting to “grow” a small business, and state programs to help small businesses make use of contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

The workshop will also cover certification of minority-owned and women-owned businesses. The owners of such businesses are especially urged to attend.

Curtis Burwell will present the workshop. He is a business enterprise analyst for the Bureau of Minority & Women Business Opportunities. After a distinguished military career in the Army, where he served as an equal opportunity representative and a training officer, Burwell completed his bachelor’s degree at St. Thomas Aquinas College and his master of social work degree at Temple University.

For more information or to pre-register for the free workshop, contact Shelley Gadoury at 570-577-1249 or 1-866-375-6010 (toll free) or You may also register online at


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