Reaching My Goals

Bellareth Carrasco-Ruiz, Shikellamy senior in Criminal Justice – “I plan to go to post-secondary school for an associate degree and then to the police academy.  SUN Tech is helping me to reach my goals.”



Adam Funk and his Pink Pumpkins

Adam Funk and his Pink Pumpkins

Adam Funk, a Collision Repair student at SUN Area Technical Institute and Mifflinburg High School, sits next to pink pumpkins in the Collision Repair paint booth. Students in Dental Health, Health Professions, Cosmetology, and Collision Repair collaborated to generate awareness for Paint the Valley Pink, a breast health awareness event organized by Sunbury Broadcasting in support of the Center for Breast Health at Evangelical Community Hospital.

SUN Area Technical Institute’s homepage also “went pink” for the event.

We’re sure throughout your life someone has asked you, “What do you want to do when you get out of high school?” Some people don’t really know what they want to do, so they just answer with: “I don’t know,” or “I have a good idea.” As for us, Shikellamy senior Desarae Maurer and Mifflinburg senior Amber Englehardt know exactly what we want to do.

“For the past few years my goal was to get accepted into Pennsylvania College of Technology and work my way into their Dental Hygiene Program. I want to be a Dental Hygienist or a Dental Assistant,” said Amber Englehardt.

When the opportunity of going to SUN Area Technical Institute came to us, we didn’t hesitate. Desarae said,” I came to SUN Tech because I knew it would be a new experience in the classroom and I had a feeling that the hands-on learning would help me get to where I want to be.”  Out of the nineteen available career choices, we knew that if we wanted to reach our dreams of being a dental hygienist or a dental assistant than we would have to walk through the door of the Dental Health Technology room. Theory, hands-on experience with high-end equipment, and working with live patients has helped us reach the expectations of being in the dental field.

In our program, our equipment is in great condition. Being only two years old, all of the dental equipment in each of the three operatories lets us, as well as every other dental student, get the proper education they need. From having new dental chairs, new x-ray machines, new storage compartments, and our reception area enhances the room to make it look and feel like an actual dental office. The learning process includes:  learning it out of our textbook, practicing on manikins, working on each other, and then having the opportunity to work in the dental office right next door. In order to earn your privileges on going to the clinic next door, we have over 200 projects that need to be completed.

Everything we do in the classroom is a project that we must accomplish.  A few projects we must conquer are passing instruments, seating and greeting patients, rinsing and suctioning, and sterilization of instruments and operatories. Many of the projects that are required for us to succeed are being tested off in everything we do. From flossing teeth, setting up trays, and assisting with a root canal, the dental health students complete projects every day.

As for us, we are on our way to achieving our goals with dental assisting from the help of SUN Area Technical Institute. As said before, Amber is planning on attending Pennsylvania College of Technology with hopes of being accepted into their Dental Hygiene Program. Desarae has plans on attending Boston University to major in psychology and working in a dental office on her free time to earn her way through college. With high hopes, we are positive that we will succeed and achieve our goals to make our dreams come true.

Hello, my name is Vance Thomas and I’m currently a senior at Midd-West High School, and I am spending my last year of school here at SUN Tech. I chose to come here because of the wide range of possibilities that this school brings: the large number of courses to take, college credits, hands-on experience, as well as qualifying for extra college credits by applying for the PCNow dual enrollment program. PCNow allows us to take two 3 credit Penn College courses while at SUN, giving us a head start on our college career. We also have a chance through a partnership with Bloomsburg University to obtain up to 15 AP credits toward their new Computer Forensics Bachelor’s Degree Program.

In this class, Computer & Networking Technology, you learn how to repair and build computers, configure network servers, create web pages, install fiber optic and copper cabling and install networking equipment such as switches and routers and lots more.

The year is going quickly and I’m learning quite a lot about this course and what it includes. I hope to pursue a career in Computer Forensics, so many of the current activities we do here will greatly help me in the future.

We, Cody Rathfon and Dustin Baney, are both in the Advanced Precision Machining class at SUN Area Technical Institute in New Berlin, PA. Although our home school is Selinsgrove Area High School, the two of us decided that attending SUN Tech for Precision Machining would be a challenging way to finish high school. Taking this class will definitely bring many options and opportunities for us when we graduate from high school and look to attend college or to go into the workforce. We learn something new and are challenged every day. This class has a combination of working with machines and on computers.

Although we are only half way through the year, this class has already taught us many valuable skills, and what will be expected of us from future employers. The best part about the Precision Machining program is that the majority of the work is hands on, which in many cases is far more valuable than sitting behind a desk all day. We have learned how to use lathes, milling machines, CNC machines, and the surface grinder, and many other valuable tasks involved with machining. We made many projects such as wheel pullers, shifter knobs, tools, and awards. We are also able to make parts for race cars, farming equipment or just about anything.

We are able to design our own emblems and custom graphics on a computer program called Mastercam. Mastercam is a program that enables us to draw and design parts and images which we want to produce.  We can then transfer the drawing onto the HAAS CNC machine which will put the design onto a real part.

Our class, consisting of seven students, and a very involved teacher, Mr. Anselmo, recently collected Toys for Tots. This community service project helps to supply gifts for less fortunate children and give them a special Christmas.

We are also involved in other activities such as Skills USA, which is an organization for students to compete against other students of the same trade.  Advancing in Skills USA competition provides the opportunity to win both scholarship money and or prizes.

This class, without a doubt has prepared us for future jobs as machinists, as well as tasks in everyday life. We both agree that we would enjoy work involving CNC machines and other up-to-date technology. We highly recommend this class and SUN Tech in general.


SUN Tech’s HOSA participants will be having a pancake breakfast at the Barnyard on January 21st, 2012. Tickets are $6.00 and the meal is all you can eat.

We will also be having a yard sale on location. See you there!