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Thompson Professional Development Center

Pennsylvania College of Technology History Trail 7

 

— 1914 • Centennial • 2014 —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
1. Thompson Professional Development Center Marker
Inscription.  

Constructed in 1986

The Thompson Professional Development Center was the first on-campus facility designed and built by students, faculty, and staff as a testimonial to the quality of instruction in the College's construction-related programs.

The center hosts meetings, conferences, seminars, and social events. It features a dιcor that echoes the local environment. A native mountain stone fireplace and walls of rough sawn "boom wood" taken from the nearby Susquehanna River are among its attractions.

From the River
"Boom wood," featured in the center's interior, is salvaged crib lumber from the 1880s, an era when Williamsport was known as the lumbering capital of the world. Logs were sent down the nearby river for transport beyond the local region. Many lumber-related businesses were located on the site, taking advantage of the area's access to the river.

Today, the River Walk that follows the Susquehanna is a popular recreation area for students and the public.

Inside the Professional Development Center (PDC)
• Mountain Laurel Room

• Tiadaghton Room

• Atrium

John F. Thompson
The

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 22, 2018
2. Thompson Professional Development Center and Marker
Professional Development Center is dedicated in memory of John F. Thompson, who served as associate academic dean during its design and construction. At the time of his death in 1987, Thompson supervised the College's academic and secondary programs.

[Marker timeline images, from left to right]
• Railroad tracks that served factories along the former Susquehanna Street once ran through the center of campus in the vicinity of this facility.

• The Mountain Laurel Room stone fireplace built by Robert A. Bamonte, '85, was a favorite feature of College President Robert L. Breuder.

• Events ranging from press conferences and board meetings to college council gatherings and student presentations take place in the Professional Development Center.

[School's centennial timeline]
1914 - Williamsport Area School District Adult Education

1941 - Williamsport Technical Institute

1965 - Williamsport Area Community College

1989 - Pennsylvania College of Technology
 
Erected 2014 by Pennsylvania College of Technology.
 
Location. 41° 14.098′ N, 77° 1.564′ W. Marker is in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in Lycoming County. Marker and building are on the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus, along the pedestrian mall south

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By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Pennsylvania College of Technology Sign
of the intersection of 3rd and Susquehanna Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsport PA 17701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Parkes Automotive Technology Center (a few steps from this marker); Lycoming Construction Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Le Jeune Chef (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victorian House (about 400 feet away); Centennial Mosaic (about 400 feet away); Hager Lifelong Education Center (about 600 feet away); Field House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsport.
 
Also see . . .  Penn College History Trail. (Submitted on August 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 24, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on July 27, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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