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Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology, known informally as Penn College or locally and by most alumni as "Penn Tech", is a public college in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It is affiliated with Pennsylvania State University. As an applied technology college, the school offers certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degree programs in more than 100 fields of study. The college's student body is 64% male and 86% are full-time.[1]

Pennsylvania College of Technology
TypePublic, technical college
PresidentDavie Jane Gilmour
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
ColorsBlue and gray         



The school began in 1914 as an adult education and training facility at Williamsport High School.[2] It grew into the Williamsport Technical Institute in 1941. 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.[3] In 1965, the Williamsport Area Community College (WACC) was founded, succeeding the former technical institute. It continued providing technical training for residents of northern Pennsylvania.[4] In 1989, the college became a special mission affiliate of Pennsylvania State University and changed its name to Pennsylvania College of Technology.[5]


Penn College offers more than 100 bachelor, associate, and certificate majors in careers ranging from manufacturing, design, transportation, and construction to hospitality, health, business, and natural resources.[6] The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[1]


  • School of Business & Hospitality
  • School of Construction & Design Technologies
  • School of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies
  • School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications
  • School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies


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.[1]

  • The Kathryn Wentzel Lumley Aviation Center, located approximately 7 miles east at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, opened in 1993. It provides several FAA and Transport certified repair and maintenance programs.
  • The Herman T. Schneebeli Earth Science Center, located 10 miles south in Allenwood, offers programs such as landscape/horticulture, diesel & heavy equipment technology, heavy equipment operation, power generation, and forestry.
  • 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.
  • Penn College at Wellsboro is located in North Central Pennsylvania in the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building.It serves the Northern Tier (Pennsylvania) communities by providing business and industry training programs as well as noncredit personal and professional development.

Le Jeune Chef restaurantEdit

In addition to other campus dining units, Penn College has a casual fine-dining restaurant named "Le Jeune Chef". The restaurant serves as a training facility for students in the School of Business & Hospitality during service hours.[7]

Student lifeEdit

Clubs and student organizationsEdit

More than 60 student organizations are recognized at Penn College, many of which are student chapters of professional societies. Student Government Association serves as the students' democratic voice on campus. Wildcat Events Board works to bring many activities to the college.[8]

Greek lifeEdit

Penn College currently recognizes three fraternities: Sigma Pi, Omega Delta Sigma, and Phi Mu Delta.[9]


Penn College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Wildcats are a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) as of the 2013-14 academic season. They are also members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC), US Collegiate Archery (USCA), the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) and the Mid Atlantic Men's Club Volleyball Conference (MACVC). Men's sports include archery, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and wrestling. Women's sports include archery, basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The college also sponsors club sports including bowling, dancing, martial arts, men's lacrosse, men's volleyball and powerlifting.[10]

Significant athletic achievementsEdit

  • Baseball: 2015 NEAC champions. The program has had 10 conference championships and nine All-Americans.
  • Golf: sixth at NEAC championship and 10th at 2015 USCAA national tournament. Two golfers won All-NEAC honors.
  • Five consecutive PSUAC Chancellor's Cups (2009–2013).
  • 130 All-American selections.
  • 23 PSUAC Championships since 2005.
  • Archery: finished third overall (2015 U.S. Outdoor Collegiate National Championships) with three individual first-place finishes. The program has had 76 All-Americans.

On-campus housingEdit

Penn College has three residence hall complexes, each comprising several buildings:[11]

  • Rose Street Commons
  • Campus View Apartments
  • The Village at Penn College

Student safetyEdit

Penn College Police was formed the summer of 1994 prior to the 1994–95 school year. The police department ensures security and safety duties as well as investigative procedures for crimes committed on campus. With over 7,000 students, staff and college visitors on a given school day on campus they have 15 full time officers, 4 property protection officers and 8 security guards. They operate a fleet of Ford Police Interceptor Utility's, Ford Police Interceptor Sedan's and Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor's.[12]

The Penn College Police Department responds to over 5,000 calls for service every year. Mostly involving underage drinking on campus, property theft, drug possession and weapon possession. They are also a major player in mutual aid often backing up units from Williamsport PD and South Williamsport PD.[13][14]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c Fall 2015 Fast Facts About Penn College retrieved 2015-11-15
  2. ^ Williamsport High School retrieved 2015-11-17
  3. ^ Williamsport Technical Institute retrieved 2015-11-17
  4. ^ Williamsport Area Community College retrieved 2015-11-17
  5. ^ History retrieved 2015-11-17
  6. ^ Catalog retrieved 2011-11-02
  7. ^ Le Jeune Chef Restaurant retrieved 2011-11-02
  8. ^ Student Government Association retrieved 2015-11-17
  9. ^ Greek Life retrieved 2015-11-17
  10. ^ Wildcat Athletics retrieved 2015-11-17
  11. ^ Campus Housing retrieved 2015-11-17
  12. ^ "Police Chief's Role Expanded at Penn College". PCToday. 2013-08-08. Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  13. ^ "Emergency Response | Pennsylvania College of Technology". Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  14. ^ "Annual Security & Fire Safety Report 2017" (PDF).

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