WARREN – Northern Pennsylvania Regional College’s faculty members gathered on Saturday, August 12 for Faculty Development Day. This twice annual event brings instructors from across the region together to discuss timely training items, provide resources to assist students, prepare for the upcoming term, and socialize to celebrate the academic year ahead. In addition to scheduled training activities, the College honored one of the institution’s most experienced faculty members, John Abplanalp.
Mr. Abplanalp was presented with a plaque and recognized for his service as an Instructor of Business Administration and for his dedication to fellow faculty members, students, and the College. His time at NPRC began in the earliest days of the institution as he got his start when NPRC was known as the Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania. At NPRC, he’s taught a collection of business courses and has served as a mentor in business and education to many.
Director of Arts and Sciences Ben Blood noted “He’s always been willing to step up to help me and NPRC whenever needed. Students always remark that he challenges them, but he walks with them to make sure they can meet the standards required in his course. He’s consistent and is always finding ways to add something new to his courses and help other instructors who need it.”
Abplanalp has had a successful career in business that began with Adelphia Communications Corporation in Coudersport. After his time with Adelphia, he worked his way to chief financial officer and later the assistant vice president and investment trust officer for Citizens & Northern Bank/Citizens Trust Company. In 2010, he took on a new role that he remains in today as the business manager for the Coudersport Area School District. In addition to his work in business and for NPRC, Abplanalp has also served the Potter County community through Boy Scouts of America, Rotary, and the Knights of Columbus. A native of Elk County, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from St. Bonaventure University.
About NPRC: Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) is authorized by the PA Department of Education to award associate degrees and certificates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. NPRC is an open-admission, two-year institution of higher education. The College’s mission is to provide affordable and accessible post-secondary education to the residents of northern Pennsylvania. NPRC brings affordable education to a 10-county region (Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Venango, and Warren). With flexible scheduling options at numerous instructional locations, attending Northern Pennsylvania Regional is an excellent option for individuals interested in furthering their education close to home. With a growing team of high-quality industry-leading instructors directing our classrooms, students are empowered by a welcoming community to change their lives and brighten their futures. NPRC is a candidate of accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).