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Posted 21 January 2016 | 2:16 pm
Intern programs benefit students and businesses alike. Roger Price, director of the PennTAP intern program at Penn State University, praises the way the program lets students put theory into practice. "The intern program allows students the first glimpse of how what …

Posted 18 January 2016 | 6:07 pm
PennTAP will host a webinar on January 28 on Saving Money Through Energy Management Systems starting at noon. Energy Management Systems, such as ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance, are powerful tools to ensure that a facility is continuously reducing its energy …

Posted 13 January 2016 | 3:30 pm
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A Penn State undergraduate student startup that is developing a device to enhance communication skills for children with cerebral palsy was the grand prize winner at a recent pitch contest sponsored by Investing in New Student …

Posted 28 September 2015 | 1:46 pm
Penn State engineering students work alongside PennTAP senior engineers performing pollution prevention and energy efficiency assessments for industrial manufacturing facilities.  In this way, students receive the opportunity to work on real-world engineering projects.One objective of this program is to give …

Posted 28 September 2015 | 12:54 pm
Denise Bechdel is the team lead for energy and environment with the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program and the Small Business Development Center at Penn State University. She has more than 14 years of experience providing energy and environmental services for …

Posted 15 July 2015 | 1:18 pm
July 9, 2015 E3 (Economy – Energy – Environment): The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U. S. Department of Commerce's NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and NASCAR Green are working together to encourage businesses to operate in a green and sustainable fashion …

Posted 11 June 2015 | 12:50 pm
Here I am with Bradford County native Donna Yale and the Penn State Nittany Lion celebrating the award of a $500,000 grant to PennTAP Advanced IT, so it may continue to assist small businesses with computer, website and online marketing …

Posted 10 June 2015 | 6:18 pm
See PennTAP50th photos .

Posted 8 June 2015 | 12:26 pm
The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State recently celebrated 50 years in service. Legislators, PennTAP clients and staff gathered June 2 in Harrisburg to commemorate the occasion. “PennTAP’s sweet spot is teaching clients to fish instead of just giving …

Posted 3 June 2015 | 7:45 pm
June 03, 2015   by Special to The Gazette UNIVERSITY PARK — Since 1965, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State has helped businesses in the state's 67 counties become more competitive and sustainable by providing no-cost technical assistance …

27 May 2015, 9:00 pm
The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) at Penn State is celebrating 50 years of helping businesses across the commonwealth become more competitive and sustainable. PennTAP has provided no-cost technical assistance and energy saving programs to businesses in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties since 1965. This federal-state-university partnership was originally one of the first of its kind in the nation. Legislators, PennTAP clients and staff will celebrate the milestone at a reception on June 2 at The Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.

12 August 2014, 2:26 pm
PennTAP’s Advanced Information Technology Solutions team, with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, has been able to offer a student internship program since 2011 that places students in paid positions with businesses around the state.

7 July 2014, 1:00 pm
According to the PennTAP annual report, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program provided 273 cases of technical assistance to clients across the commonwealth in 2013. Clients have reported more than $7.7 million in economic impact and 72 jobs created or retained. And many Penn State students are now involved with projects across the state.

23 April 2014, 1:43 pm
A group of Penn State energy engineering students recently teamed with the University’s Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) to conduct on-site energy audits for two Pennsylvania businesses as part of a senior research project. The audits are being used to help the companies save money by identifying ways to conserve energy and reduce waste in their industrial facilities.

27 February 2014, 3:54 pm
Two manufacturers working with the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) at Penn State have received certification from the U.S. Department of Energy for significantly reducing their energy use.

4 November 2013, 7:57 pm
The College of Engineering is partnering with other academic colleges and local businesses to coordinate a variety of activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 18-22.

16 July 2013, 4:01 pm
PennTAP provided 272 cases of technical assistance to clients across the commonwealth in 2012. Clients have reported more than $9.6 million in economic impact and 156 jobs created or retained, according to its annual report. Also, Penn State students provided more than 4,100 hours of assistance to businesses to improve operations and processes.

6 February 2013, 7:48 pm
Alternative fuel use by the wood products industry could reduce the industry's dependence on fossil fuels and decrease its emissions. A new resource guide created by the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), the Penn State College of Engineering, and the Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy Applications Center (MACEAC) promotes the use of one such alternative fuel: combined heat and power (CHP). CHP, also known as cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source -- in this case, on-site waste products such as sawdust, wood shavings or bark.

14 March 2012, 6:11 pm
Pennsylvania manufacturers hoping to improve energy efficiency and cut down on the levels of carbon dioxide they emit can now get assistance from the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP). PennTAP is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Businesses that apply must be in the manufacturing sector and spend at least $1 million a year on energy costs.

19 December 2011, 3:40 pm
What's the recipe for a successful bakery? Sandi Smith, of Palmyra, Pa., says Penn State has given her most of the ingredients through the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP). See how Smith combines PennTAP knowledge with her baking expertise to make Sandi's Breads a hot business. Penn State for PA (PSU4PA) tells the stories of Pennsylvania residents whose businesses and communities have been transformed by Penn State teaching, research and service.

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