MA / OTA students volunteer with third graders

By Nikki Marhefka, Medical Assisting Program Director

MA with third gradersThe Medical Assisting and OTA students volunteered with the Pinnacle Health Children’s Health Fair at Brady Hall at the Pinnacle Harrisburg campus on Thursday, May 4. The Central Penn students assisted the Pinnacle staff and auxiliary in teaching the area third graders about good health and being prepared for encounters with health care experiences.

Those attending included Angela Cassell, Hannah Shertzer, Isaiah Dorsey, Hayley Willier, Adrienne Doolan, Jennifer Smith, Hannah Williams, Hope Harlacher, Kylie Shick, Katrina Gelnett, Heidi Ellis, Gabrielle Edwards, Jarhett Benzel, Matt Welfley, Chantell Williams, Hilary Loehwing, Christina Arnold, Erin Waltz, Travis Meckley, Jannah Tarzona and Beshoy Narouz. The CPC students shared their interest in health care with the young students.

Dorsey is shown in the photo leading students in the station about exercise and health.

Closer Look Weekend 2017


Amanda Paull, Associate Director of Admissions

Last weekend, the admissions team hosted 58 accepted students to experience our annual Closer Look Weekend. For Friday, the day started off with a warm welcome from Dr. Melissa Wehler and Dean Dave Baker – encouraging students to ask questions, get to know each other and take advantage of the opportunities at CPC. The students dispersed for some fun “getting to know you” activities like giant jenga, corn hole, the Marshmallow challenge and the residence life relay. 

While the students were getting to know their future classmates, the parents were learning from campus departments like Career Services, Student Activities, the Education Foundation, Title XI, Residence Life and Security. During this time parents and guardians were also able to meet members of our financial aid team to ensure that they are completing their FAFSA and other financial aid documents in time for upcoming deadlines.


After the overnight guests met their student hosts and enjoyed a fun dinner – including walking tacos! – they enjoyed a lip sync battle in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre and s’mores in the Student Fellowship Area before heading off to Get Air in Harrisburg for a night of pizza, trampolines and great music.

Saturday, we welcomed our guests, student hosts and families back for another information session from the Library, Cultural Diversity Center, Counseling Services and Career Services.


Throughout the weekend, Nakia Page, admissions counselor, took part in an Instagram Takeover to highlight all the fun our students were having throughout the weekend! Check out the coverage @centralpenn.

knights! Knights! KNIGHTS!!! #CLW17

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We’d like to thank our #cpcfamily for making this enrollment event another success. The students and families truly appreciated the information those involved were able to share in such a personalized manner.


Closer Look Weekend 2017


Want to be a Knight for a night? Closer Look Weekend 2017 is right around the corner, and is for accepted students only. Be sure to complete the admissions process to be considered for acceptance! This will give you the opportunity to meet other students attending Central Penn College, starting this summer and fall, and to see what it is like to be a student here on campus.

Already accepted? Register HERE! – Hope to see you soon!


Life Long Learning Facebook LIVE Discussion

Central Penn students have the opportunity to earn college credits towards their major for their professional work experience, we’ll discuss the qualifications to earn work life credits. The credits earned through professional experience shorten the length of their education saving them time and money.

Presented by Rebecca Bowman, Senior Director of Admissions and Dr. Krista Wolfe, Dean of Health Sciences.

Student Spotlight: Daouda Bamba

_DSC0484-LMy name is Daouda Bamba, and my major is Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. I am a 2013 graduate from John Bartram High School in Philadelphia, PA. I started my college journey at Central Penn in July of 2013. I chose Central Penn College because of its small class size setting, accelerated terms, and the friendly and supportive faculty members who are always willing to help. My experience at Central Penn College has been nothing but great because they helped me finish my degree faster.

When I came to Central Penn College, I joined different clubs on campus, such as: Student Ambassadors, where I served as the President, International Society Club, where I served as Vice-President and Treasurer, Student Government Association, where I was the Vice-President, and Circle K International. Joining these clubs allowed me to participate in a variety of volunteer activities. I participated in the Wounded Warrior’s Project, food drives, and carwash fundraisers for Hope International. These activities allowed me to give back to the community and allowed me to network. It also helped me build up my resume.

One thing I did during my journey at Central Penn College, was taking advantage of every resource the school has to offer in order to help me be successful. For example, going to my professors’ offices during their office hours for help whenever I needed it. As I am finishing my degree, I was worried about finding an internship, so I turned to the Career Services Office in order to help me find one. Their support helped me find my internship at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in their Office of Services. Central Penn College has really helped me be the person I am today.

New Student Move-In… the beginning of new beginnings


Central Penn College hosts New Student Move-In the weekend before classes begin. This day is filled with grey moving bins, stacks of luggage, and cars loaded with necessities, which line College Hill Road, and fill the nearby college parking lots. 

Move-In is always an exciting day, which is filled with questions and inquiries from both parents and students. Questions like: Where is the laundry on campus? What are the hours of the Knight & Day Café? Where is the nearest grocery store? And what kind of weekend activities are around? Of course, these are just to name a few.  Thankfully, there are plenty of knowledgeable folks from the Residence Life and Admissions teams around to answer all of these questions! 

Move-in day can also be a bit scary – especially for first-year students. For most students, this is the first time they will be away from home. Move-In marks a new journey – the beginning of new beginnings.

Anyone working in Residence Life or Student Services can tell you that Move-In is the critical first step in setting the tone for a student’s collegiate experience. For this reason, Move-In is accompanied by programs and activities intended to help new students feel welcomed to our Central Penn family. New students will have the chance to meet the whole Residence Life team at a welcome dinner, as well as being building relationships with their housemates through facilitated Suite Meetings.

Studies have shown that the first six weeks of college are crucial to personal development and growth, which is why new students will continue to participate in Housing Orientation activities throughout their first term. Many experts have suggested that it is good for new students to remain on campus and reduce their trips home on the weekends during this adjustment period. This allows students to fully embrace their new journey while encouraging them to focus on their studies, make new friends, and get involved on campus.

We look forward to welcoming new students on campus each term at Move-In… were it all begins!

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