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Pennsylvania College of Technology, or Penn College, is a college located in Williamsportmarker, Pennsylvaniamarker. Affiliated with The Pennsylvania State Universitymarker, the school offers more than 100 certificate, associate and baccalaureate degree programs in fields like business, information technology, transportation, construction, design, health, engineering technology, and forestry technology.

The school was founded as the Williamsport Technical Institute in 1941, though since 1914 the school had existed as an adult education and training facility. During World War II, the school operated 24 hours per day, providing war production training to help meet defense industry needs. Additionally, both during and after the war, the institute provided training and retraining for disabled veterans. In 1965, the Williamsport Area Community College was founded, superseding the former technical institute. It continued providing technical training for residents of northern Pennsylvania. In 1989, The Pennsylvania State University named the school as an affiliate, which resulted in the name change to the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

As an applied technology college, a majority of the college's student body is made up of students from Pennsylvania. Approximately 10% of the student body comes from other states and countries. The school employs over 300 full-time faculty and services approximately 6,600 students. Roughly 65% of the student body is male and 85% study full-time.

School Philosophy

"We believe in the dignity and worth of all individuals. We further believe that learning is a lifelong process and that all individuals should have opportunities for lifelong education. Education should help individuals realize their maximum potential academically, culturally and technically, while also providing for personal enrichment. To prosper in a complex and changing society, individuals must learn to think independently, value logical and tested conclusions, develop problem solving abilities, and function collaboratively. The successful application of learning contributes significantly to health and happiness and benefits the organizations and communities in which individuals live and work; the College is an integral part of society and must respond to needs and interests. In the delivery of educational services, there is no substitute for excellence."[114234]


In addition to the main campus in Williamsport, Penn College operates four satellite campuses situated around the West Branch Susquehanna River and northern tier of Pennsylvania.

The Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center, opened in 1993, is located approximately 7 miles south at the Williamsport Regional Airportmarker in Montoursvillemarker. It is home to several FAA and Transport certified repair and maintenance programs.

The Herman T. Schneebeli Earth Science Center is located approximately 12 miles south in Allenwoodmarker. This campus offers programs such as natural resource management, diesel & heavy equipment, and forestry.

The North Campus, acquired by Penn College in 1983, is located between Mansfieldmarker and Wellsboromarker. The North Campus services the needs of the northern tier community by offering business and industry training programs as well as noncredit personal and professional development.

The Advanced Automotive Technology Center is located approximately three miles west of the Penn College main campus. Students at this campus study topics such as alternative-powered vehicles and motorsports.

Academic Schools

  • School of Business & Computer Technologies
  • School of Construction & Design Technologies
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality
  • School of Industrial & Engineering Technologies
  • School of Integrated Studies
  • School of Natural Resources Management
  • School of Transportation Technology

Majors of the Academic Schools

There are several majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology. These Majors consist of both Bachelor and Associate degrees. Also, these majors are broken into different categories such as School of Business & Computer Technologies, School of Construction & Design Technologies, School of Health Sciences, School of Hospitality, School of Industrial & Engineering Technologies, School of Integrated Studies, School of Natural Resources Management, School of Transportation Technology.

Automotive Majors

Automotive Technology Management (BAU)

Penn College offers a bachelor's degree in Automotive Technology Management. This is the only bachelor's degree offered by Penn College in the automotive majors. This degree prepares a student not only in automotive servicing, but also for personal management, sales promotion and market planning and organization planning techniques and etc in the automotive field. This degree also prepares students for jobs in service and parts sales, garage or fleet management, automotive teaching careers, and dealership service and parts department management.The college does recommend that you have two years of algebra, three years of English, and one year of physical science in high school.

Automotive Technology (AU)

This is an associate's degree that prepares students for careers to be dealership service specialists, rebuilding shop assemblers, repair shop operators, parts department managers and etc. Students will learn operating theories of automotive systems and components. Students also learn how to diagnose malfunctions in automotive systems. They then apply what they learned to school cars and in some classes, customer cars in a lab portion of class.

Automotive Service Sales and Marketing (AK)

This program prepares students for jobs in automotive sales, marketing, customer relations, and management. The program is for students that maybe don't like the "hands on" part of being a technician. Students must take either automotive technology or collision repair before this program. The students complete internships to help provide work experience.

Automotive Service Technician certificate (AM)

Penn College offers a certificate program that has the same automotive classes, but different Math and English classes. These classes are MTH011 and ENL010. Where as in the AU program you have take MTH124, ENL111, ENL201, PHS103 and a fitness elective. Other than that it is the same as the AU program. It is still a four semester program.

Motorsports Service Technician competency credential (002)

This is for students entering in the motorsports field for an entry-level service technician. Many components in a production car are different than those of a motorsports racecar. This program prepares them to the parts and systems used for a racecar construction and service. The required classes are AMT255 Dynamometer Testing, AMT265 Automotive Engine Machining, AMT258 Performance Chassis Modifications, and AMT259 Introduction to Race Car Construction. Students usually take this course after they have completed another automotive major.

Computer Aided Drafting Technology Major

The Computer Aided Drafting Technology major is an associate degree program which is part of the school of Industrial and Engineering Technologies.

A graduate of this program should be able to:
  • apply basic drafting fundamentals using various CAD media and equipment
  • prepare detailed drawings from design layouts and engineering information
  • prepare sub-assembly and assembly drawings, analyze, design, and calculate gears, cams, and mechanisms
  • perform engineering calculations (algebraic and trigonometric functions) to solve drawing and design problems
  • apply dimensions and calculate tolerances for parts and designs
  • apply geometric dimensioning and tolerancing to drawings
  • prepare structural plans and details for steel structures
  • use the design process to solve problems and prepare modifications to a product
  • prepare civil drawings from surveying and engineering notes
  • use manufacturers' catalogs to select standard parts
  • prepare electrical and electronic drawings and schematics from engineering information
  • design and draw tools, dies, jigs and fixtures used to manufacture parts
  • prepare piping drawings and schematics
  • prepare two-dimensional drawings using CAD software
  • demonstrate CAD customization and management techniques
  • use 3D CAD and solids modeling techniques to design and prepare drawings
  • describe and apply principles of physics and metallurgy to drafting applications
  • demonstrate an understanding of professional behaviors associated with the drafting and design occupation
  • demonstrate research and data collection skills necessary to obtaining technical information
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic machine shop practices and their application in drafting and design

There is also a bachelor degree program in this field known as Computer Aided Product Design (see the Penn College webpage for details).

Most of the CAD software the major currently utilizes are Autodesk based software like Inventor and AutoCAD. Software like Solidworks are only briefly introduced because they are somewhat similar to Autodesk products. The software that is used is also updated to the latest version available.


As of the fall 2002 semester Penn College became the first college in the nation to offer the Building Automation Technology Bachelor Degree.

Also Pennsylvania College of Technology is the only college in Pennsylvania to offer a Heavy Equipment Operator Major. This course consist of everything from working on a diesel engines, hydraulic systems, trouble shooting, and operating equipment. The operations take place at a training site that Pennsylvania College of Technology owns and rents machines for the students to run. At the training site the students will run a bulldozer, backhoe, excavator, scraper, motor grader, dump trucks, articulating dump trucks, wheel loader, and track loader. Also the students learn to use GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and laser levels.

Honda PACT program

The automotive program also has a Honda PACT program. PACT stands for Professional Automotive Career training. It is an extracurricular program that the school has to offer along with the automotive classes. Students still take your regular automotive classes and have this as an extra class.

Students can be in this two year program if they are a 2-year student or a 4-year student. It consists of two spring semester classes and a summer mini-mester and a summer internship. students complete online modules as well as classroom modules. It is Honda specific and you will get a head start if you go to a Honda dealership for a job.

They also have up to date cars. They have 2003 vehicles and up even a couple of new 2008 accords. Students get access to Honda in network where they can get information on all vehicles. Students can get news articles and new TSBs (technical service bulletins). They can get access to service manuals on all Hondas and Acura’s, which help in diagnosis and repair without the use of a service manual.

Students get a tool list that is similar to the tool kit you will get for the automotive program, but there are a few other tools on the list. Honda offers some tuition reimbursement grants or scholarships.


The students are represented by the Student Government Association or SGA for short.[114235] The SGA has been quite successful in changing college policy and most recently helping to establish a college town bus service.[114236]

The college's Wildcat Events Board works diligently to bring many activities to the college.[114237]WEB is an affiliate of NACA the National Association for Campus Activities.

Penn College students of the School of Business & Computer Technologies manage a local branch of the Association for Computing Machinery. The chapter focuses on furthering the education gained in the classroom by introducing new and exciting topics through lectures and demonstrations. The chapter also manages special interest groups such as a programming group along with a security and ethical hacking group. In addition to the educational aspect, the club encourages social interaction through bi-weekly LAN (Local Area Network) parties. In 2007, ACM President Thomas Garrett organized a large "Bring Your Own Computer LAN Party & Gaming Event" which in 2008 would become the largest gaming event in Pennsylvania. This tradition has been carried on by current president, Jeff Shaw.

Penn College students participate in national organization called Skills USA. Skills USA is an organized group of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure that America has future workers to fulfill the need of skilled jobs, more than 300,000 students and instructors join Skills USA annually. The college students involved with Skills USA are preparing themselves for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health care. Skills USA programs include local district, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. Also each year in Saint Louis, Missouri at least one student represents Pennsylvania College of Technology at the national conference.

Penn College Construction and Architecture students from the Penn College Construction Association Club (PCCA) participate annually in a national tournament hosted by National Association of Home Builders. The competition is made from teams of students enrolled in programs ranging from certificate to four year Bachelor programs. Penn College started competing in the competition ten years ago and has done very well placing in the top 10 for the both the two year and four year teams every year. The presentations take place at the International Builders' Show which was held in Orlando, FL the past few years but will take place in Las Vegas, NV this year.

Pennsylvania College of Technology Diesel Club is currently building a drag truck. It is a B model Mack truck.

Penn College ALSC or Penn College American Sign Language Club, which was founded fall 2007 by Joshua Brunk, whom was also Co-President. Many students were interested in wanting to learn more about the deaf culture and/or learning how to communicate with students or people that are hard of hearing or deaf. In the past Penn College did offer a sign language class to students as a language selective, but has since discontinued the course. The club has 2 Co-Presidents, one for Business Affairs, and the other preparing the club for its weekly lessons. The club has a total of 5 officers on board. The club must complete 2 fundraisers, and 2 community services as requested by Penn College.

Penn College also has a student chapter of the professional society SME, or Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Among other things, students in this club compete in the Baja SAE series, administrated by the Society of Automotove Engineers. Students have the opportunity to build a Baja car from the ground up and travel to compete in various competitions around the US. The Baja SAE Series gives the students a chance to show their design and engineering skills by challenging them do build a car that has to pass various obstacles and an endurance race. What helps is the students get to work as a team to design and fabricate the car.

Students enrolled in the HVAC program participate in ACCA (Air Conditioner Contractors of America). ACCA is a national organization that promotes the HVAC industry and also looks to improve the industry as a whole.

Over the past few years there has been a major effort to establish Greek Life at Penn College. There have been four fraternities officially recognized by the college Phi Mu Delta, Sigma Nu, Sigma Pi, and Chi Phi. Sororities are said to begin colonization during the fall 2009 semester.


Penn College offers the following sports:

Co-ed:Archery,Bowling,Dance Team,Golf,Tennis

The archery squad won national intercollegiate team championships in men's compound bow in 1998, 2008 and 2009, as well as mixed (men and women) compound bow in 2009.

Men's Sports:Baseball,Basketball,Cross Country,Soccer,Volleyball

Women's Sports:Basketball,Cross Country,Soccer,Softball,Volleyball

There was a failed attempt to create an ice hockey team in 2007.

Eligibility and Requirements for Athletics

To participate in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s student athletics division two, certain requirements must be met. As a full time student, taking the minimum of 12 credits, a student’s grade point average must be a 2.0 or higher. If an incoming freshman would like to participate as an athlete, Penn College will allow a short time period to complete this task. In the middle of the semester, mid-term grades will be posted, this will determine if the student will be able to continue participating in the sport chosen. This rule also applies to former students. “The Director of Athletics will verify information regarding grade-point average, credit hours, and semesters completed, and will then send the information to the conference where it is again verified and kept on file.”[114238]

Before joining one of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s student athletics a physical form must be filled out and handed to the Athletic Trainer. If the physical is not given when arriving to the first mandatory practice, the current student will have to make an appointment with health services, and schedule a time and date to meet this requirement.

PCT Baseball


The Wildcat varsity baseball team is one of the 15 teams that compete for Penn College. The baseball team plays the majority of its games at Historic Bowman Fieldmarker, home to a minor league team called the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Crosscutters are an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The field that the Wildcats play their home games on is said to be one of baseball's oldest, most distinguished ballparks.


The Wildcats play in the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference or the PSUAC. Starting this year they are also in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association or the USCAA. The championship location of the USCAA is at the War Memorial Stadium, in Hampton, Virginia. Opponents of the Penn College baseball team in this league range from a variety of Pennsylvania State University schools and schools from other states. Before joining these two leagues, the Wildcats competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference or EPCC.


There have only been three head coaches that have led the PCT Baseball team. Mike Stanzione was the first head coach to step up, when the team began in 1991. Reese Danaker then took over the team in the spring semester of 2005. In 2007, Chris Howard took over the squad, and still leads the team today. All three head coaches have one at least one championship.


There have been two players from Penn College who have moved up to play minor league baseball. Todd Grove was the first Wildcat to become a professional. He played for the Wildcats in 1992. Six years later in 1998, Bobby Simock played for the team. He played in the minors shortly after his stay at Penn College.


The Wildcats originated in 1991 as a club team. The next year they left club status behind to play in the EPCC. During the team's years in the EPCC, the Wildcats won five championships. They captured their first title in 1996. Then in 1998, they won both the fall and the spring championships. Shortly after the team compiled their other two titles in 1999 and 2000. In addition to the EPCC titles, the team won the PSUAC championship in 2006 with a 19-4 conference record. More recently, the team won the 2007-2008 PSUAC championship with an overall record of 31-13. Overall the PCT Wildcats have won 352 games in 16 seasons. During this era the team has made playoff appearances 21 times.

PCT Women's Volleyball


Women’s volleyball is one of the five teams offered for women at Pennsylvania College of Technology. It is an intercollegal team sport that allows young woman to show their volleyball talent, while maintaining a 2.0 GPA.


Beginning at the year 2000 to 2003 Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s volleyball was a part of the EPCC. In 2004 the women’s volleyball team joined the Penn State Conference, then called the CCAC (commonwealth campuses athletic conference). The league is now known as the PSU-AC.


Bambie Hawkins , head coach, has been coaching Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s volleyball since 2000. In 2004 coach Hawkins lead the women’s volleyball to a CCAC state championship held at Penn State University Park. Amber Geckle, assistant coach, has been a part of the athletic staff since 2006, after she completed her last season of Penn College women’s volleyball in 2005.


Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s volleyball originated in 1999. During 2000 to 2003 they were a part of the EPCC league, and then moved into the Penn State conference. The women’s volleyball team took first place in championships in 2004, and placed second in 2006 and 2007.

Le Jeune Chef

In addition to other campus food service options, Penn College also offers an attached four-star, fine-dining restaurant named "Le Jeune Chef." The restaurant also serves as a training facility for students in the School of Hospitality during service hours.

On Campus Housing

  • Campus View Apartments
  • College West Apartments
  • Rose Street Apartments
  • The Village at Penn College
  • Penn's Loft

Media Outlets

Penn College owns two media outlets, both located within the main campus:

  • WPTC- College Radio Station
  • PCTV - College Television Station


External links

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