WPSU-TV’s ‘Conversations LIVE’ to discuss career, vocational education Feb. 26

"Conversations LIVE" will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Potential alternatives to a traditional college or university and the various pathways to a specialized education will be discussed during the next episode of WPSU-TV’s “Conversations LIVE” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. The 60-minute program will air on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM as well as WQLN-TV in Erie and online at

Richard Makin, president of the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, and David L. Passmore, Penn State professor of education and operations research, will join WPSU-TV’s Patty Satalia for an in-depth discussion on the topic.

“Conversations LIVE” is an interactive program that takes viewers’ phone calls, emails and questions during the broadcast. Viewers can join the discussion by calling 800-543-8242, emailing or tweeting @WPSU.

Makin provides leadership in the planning, development and operations of the instructional delivery system, which includes competency-based curriculum, special courses, new technologies and the utilization of program advisory committees and staff development. Makin, who received a master’s degree from Penn State, earned a doctorate in philosophy from Ohio State.

A member of the Penn State faculty since 1979, Passmore was named a Distinguished Professor of education in 2014 and serves as the director of undergraduate and graduate studies for the College of Education’s Department of Learning and Performance Systems. Passmore, who holds a joint academic appointment as professor of operations research in the intercollege dual degree program in operations research, has earned academic degrees from Buffalo State, Bowling Green State University and University of Minnesota.

For more information and to watch archived episodes of “Conversations LIVE,” visit

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Last Updated February 25, 2015