Professional Development

Professional Development

At Penn State New Kensington, we are committed to providing professional and personal development courses and seminars to meet your specific needs. We bring the resources of a world-renowned teaching and research University to you. Whether your need is providing supervisory training for managers, computer courses, or assistance with a very technical problem, we can assist you.

Our professional development programs include:

  • Computers

    • Basic Excel - Students learn to create and format spreadsheets, enter data, sort data, print and save files, and become familiar with Excel functions.
    • Intermediate Excel - Students build upon basic Excel concepts, learn to protect data, name cells and ranges, use filtering techniques, use conditional formatting, templates and macro recorder, and track changes and work with multi-sheet workbooks.
    • Advanced Excel - Students will review Intermediate Excel, learn to work with advanced filters, Date/Time functions, auditing, goal seek, pivot tables, VLOOKUP and INDEX functions, and basic statistical analysis using the Analysis Toolpak and dialog box controls.
    • Microsoft Project - This course explains the basics of the Microsoft Project application. With hands-on training, the student is introduced to the concepts of planning and managing a project using Microsoft Project.  

      The face to face course is offered four hours per week for four weeks (total of 16 hours). Students will receive 1.6 CEUs and/or 18 PDHs*. The cost of the course is $495, and includes the courseware. Students interested in increasing their general knowledge of the Microsoft Project Application, conveying consistency between members of the organizational team, and satisfying the requirements for Professional Development Hours are encouraged to take the course. Instructor: E. F. “Skip” Laratonda, Jr., MSEE, PE, Microsoft Certified Instructor
      Dates: November 7-28, 2017; 1:00-5:00 p.m.
      Call 724-334-6011 to register!   
    • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications - This hands-on course introduces macro programming using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to automate and customize operations in Word, Excel, and Access. The instructor will introduce both object oriented and event driven programming techniques. The Visual Basic editor will be used to create user interfaces, write VBA code, and execute and debug programs. Content includes good programming practices, object naming conventions, flow charting, writing VBA code procedures, procedural scope, dimensioning variables, dialog boxes, looping, decision-making with If Functions, running macros automatically, recording a macro, and understanding the necessity to document program code.

      The face to face course is offered three hours per week for seven weeks (total of 21 hours). Students will receive 2.4 CEUs and/or 24 PDHs*. The cost of the course is $595, and includes the courseware. Students interested in increasing their general knowledge of Visual Basic for Applications programming, conveying consistency between members of the organizational team, and satisfying the requirements for Professional Development Hours are encouraged to take the course. Instructor: E. F. “Skip” Laratonda, Jr., MSEE, PE, Microsoft Certified Instructor
      Dates: November 6-December 18, 2017; 1:30-4:30 p.m.
      Call 724-334-6011 to register!
    • Engineering Circuit Analysis - A practical application review class structured for electrical, computer science, and computer engineers looking to maintain their PE license or prepare for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.  This course was designed to both refresh and expand the knowledge of the practicing engineer in the areas of electrical DC/AC circuit analysis, operational amplifiers, time-domain transient analysis, and frequency analysis using Bode Plots. The instructors bring 30 years of design experience to the “virtual” classroom.

      The web based course is offered quarterly for two hours per week for 12 weeks. (total of 24 hours). Students will receive 24 PDHs* (pass/fail). The cost of the course is $295, plus a $25 textbook rental. Instructors: Robert “Doc” Mueller, PhD, PE and E. F. “Skip” Laratonda, MSEE, PE.
      Call 724-334-6011 to register!
    • Digital Systems Design - A practical application review class structured for electrical, computer science, and computer engineers looking to maintain their PE license.  This course was designed to both refresh and expand the knowledge of the practicing engineer in the areas of both combinational and sequential digital design.  The instructors bring 30 years of design experience to the “virtual” classroom.

      The web based course is offered quarterly for two hours per week for 12 weeks. (total of 24 hours). Students will receive 24 PDHs* (pass/fail). The cost of the course is $295, plus a $25 textbook rental. Instructors: Robert “Doc” Mueller, PhD, PE and E. F. “Skip” Laratonda, MSEE, PE.
      Call 724-334-6011 to register!
  • Engineering Reviews
  • Finance Skills
  • Human Resources Courses
  • Management Courses
  • Manufacturing Skills
  • Operational skills
  • OSHA
    • 10-Hour General Industry Training Course - The course is offered May 31 and June 1, 2017 at Penn State New Kensington from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Students must attend both classes. The cost of the program is $250.00 per student, and includes materials, continental breakfast, and lunch on both days. For more detailed information, please contact Continuing Education at 724-334-6011.

If you have a need that is not listed, please contact Patricia Hollinger at 724-334-6010 or pdh5@psu.edu.  With the vast resources of the University, we can explore tailoring a program to meet your specific needs.

*Act 25 of 2010, the law, mandates that Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists licensed in Pennsylvania must complete 24 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) of continuing education in each two-year renewal cycle as a condition of license renewal.