Central Pennsylvania hosts many educational opportunities and resources for the development of our workforce, life-long learning, and special skills enhancement. Whether participating in the secondary public education system or state-owned institutions and private sector colleges and universities, or trade, charter and private schools, residents stay current with training and education. Employers benefit from customized training programs that enhance their workforce skills, and convenient access to numerous local education agencies in addition to a truck driving schools.
There are numerous early learning, secondary, and higher institutions of learning in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which is home to 500 public school districts, thousands of private schools, many publicly funded colleges and universities, and over 100 private institutions of higher education. Pennsylvania’s public schools are operated and funded under the authority of the General Assembly and local school boards, whose members are locally elected. There are many types of public schools, including elementary, intermediate, middle school, junior high, high, junior-senior high, vocational-technical, and charter schools.
PASmart is a statewide movement for accountability, readiness, and training
The Future Ready PA Index is a collection of school progress measures related to school and student success. The Index includes a range of assessment, on-track, and readiness indicators, to more accurately report student learning, growth, and success in the classroom and beyond.
Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) is the leading vehicle for regional unification, coordination, integration and alignment of workforce activities, resources and initiatives to support economic sustainability, improve education systems and develop and retain a quality labor force in Central Pennsylvania.
Virtual Campus Tours of Central Pennsylvania Colleges & Universities
Bloomsburg University – 400 E. Second St. Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Bucknell University – 701 Moore Ave, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (Union County)
Pennsylvania College of Technology – One College Avenue, Williamsport Pennsylvania (Lycoming County)
Juniata College – 1700 Moore Street, Huntingdon, PA 16652 (Huntingdon County)
Workforce Skills Assessments
Through our regional center for workforce development (CPWDC) you can access WorkKeys®, a job skills assessment system developed by ACT, a national non-profit company steeped in a tradition of building quality assessment tools. Contact the center to qualify for free workforce assessments and career readiness certification.
Secondary and Higher-Level Education
For high level education, Central Pennsylvania is home to several colleges and universities providing residents with a broad choice of course options with over 75,000 students enrolled including Penn State University; Pennsylvania College of Technology; Bucknell University; Susquehanna University; Bloomsburg University; Lycoming College; Lock Haven University and Juniata College. The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education was established by statute on July 1, 1983, although the 14 universities that comprise the State System have a much longer history dating back to the 19th century.
Colleges and Universities
Enrollment: 9658 students
Bloomsburg University has 54 undergraduate majors and 20 graduate programs with a strong reputation for teacher education. Programs of study include the arts and humanities, sciences, education, health care and business. Founded in 1839 as a four-year public university, Bloomsburg is one of 14 members of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.
In conjunction with academic programs, the university serves the region’s schools, businesses and health care needs with a professional Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic; the Institute for Interactive Technologies; Corporate Institute; the Reading Center; and Continuing Education programs.
Lock Haven University
Enrollment: 3,827 students
Lock Haven University has more than 75 undergraduate programs and three graduate programs. These include elementary education, business administration, and health care professions as well as many others. LHU has an outstanding international mission, offering 21 programs in 17 countries.
In 1983, the university joined the State System of Higher Education and became Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College)
Enrollment: 5,465 students
Penn College has 28 Bachelor degree and 80 Associate degree programs with the most popular majors being Computer Information Technology, Business Management, Electronics Technology and Computer Science. In 1989, Penn College became an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, which has been ranked #48 in the Best National University category and #14 in the Top 50 Public National Universities.
Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Main Campus
Enrollment: 46,606 students
The Pennsylvania State University is a state-related, land-grant, doctoral university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a stated threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service. The University offers more than 160 majors among all its campuses and administers $3.62 billion in endowment and similar funds. The university’s research expenditures totaled $836 million during the 2016 fiscal year. The Pennsylvania State University is the 10th-largest United States college / university by enrollment.
Enrollment: 3,660 students
Bucknell students have their choice of 53 majors and 64 minors including professional programs in accounting, management, education and engineering as well as pre-professional programs for law and medicine. “Peterson’s Top Colleges of Science,” a national reference guide, named Bucknell one of the top 190 science programs in the country. Programs in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics and astronomy were judged at more than 1,400 institutions nationwide.
Enrollment: 2,195 students
Susquehanna University offers more than 50 majors and 48 minors through three schools: School of Arts, Humanities and Communications; School of Natural and Social Sciences; and the Sigmund Weis School of Business.
Enrollment: 1,272 students
Lycoming College offers 33 majors, which include Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics as well as pre-professional programs for Law and Medicine. 99% of graduating students from Lycoming College find jobs or enter graduate school within six months of graduation.
Enrollment: 1568 students
Juniata is an independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences. Bachelor Degrees offered include Biology/Pre-Health, Education, Accounting/Business, Chemistry, Environmental Science/Studies, Sociology (including Social Work, Anthropology & Criminal Justice), and Psychology. The 110-acre main campus is supplemented by the 365-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel.
Enrollment: 60 students
Lackawanna College’s mission has always been to provide a quality education to all persons who seek to improve their lives and better the communities in which they live. That tradition continued as the College opened its new Sunbury Center, located in the Sunbury Plaza at 1145 N. 4th Street, in July 2017. The College’s hallmarks – focused class sizes, progressive curriculum, and unparalleled student support – have expanded higher education opportunities for students in Northumberland County, the Central Susquehanna Valley, and its surrounding regions. Academic degrees that can be completed in Sunbury are: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Professional Studies, and Sport Management!
Luzerne County Community College, Greater Susquehanna (Watsontown) Luzerne County Community College’s newest extension center is now open in Watsontown. The center includes five classrooms, two computer labs, an office area, and a student lounge. Students can complete General Education requirements for many degrees offered at Luzerne County Community College. The Greater Susquehanna Center serves the residents of Northumberland and the surrounding counties.
Luzerne County Community College, Northumberland Regional Center
The Northumberland Regional Center offers degrees, with the largest majors being Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Human Services. The Northumberland Regional Center also has a Nursing Associates Degree program.
Technical Schools & Trade Education
McCann School of Business and Technology
Enrollment: 841 students
McCann School of Business offers Associate degrees in specialized business degree programs in such majors as Accounting, Marketing and Management, Computer Science and Computer Network Administration, as well as others.
Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology – Lewistown, PA
The Academy is an educational complex is situated on approximately twenty acres and consists of the 81,136 square foot school and an annex of 1,966 square feet. Most instructional areas include both classroom and laboratory/shop areas. The Academy is owned and operated by the Mifflin County School District. Students in grade 10, 11, and 12 from one of three sending high schools comprise the school’s population. Sending schools include: Mifflin County High School, East Juniata High School, Juniata High School. Students attending non-public schools in Mifflin and Juniata Counties are also eligible to attend The Academy. Enrollment averages about 350 students annually.
South Hills School of Business & Technology, State College Campus
Enrollment: 715 students
The South Hills School of Business & Technology offers 3 one year and 5 two year degree programs in such majors as such Business Administration, Computer Office Specialist, and Computer Information Systems.
Professional Drivers Academy
Enrollment: 70 students
Licensed by PA Department of Education. The academy is certified by the Professional Truck Driver’s Institute and offers certified training courses for both experienced and in- experienced drivers. Programs available to obtain HAZMAT, Double-Triple, and Tanker endorsements.
Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center
Enrollment: 64 students (full time and part time)
The Career Center offers a one year state approved Licensed Practical Nursing program through their experienced nursing instructors.
Triangle Tech, Sunbury Campus
Enrollment: 127 students
Opened in October 2002, the Sunbury campus offers Associate Degrees in Maintenance and Electricity and a Technical Degree in Construction Technology
Central Pennsylvania offers its families and youth a broad range of primary educational options from which to choose including online charter schools. Public and private schools providing specialized education in the arts and sciences are available. School sizes range from graduating classes up to 700 students to small private school graduating classes of about 50.
School districts in Pennsylvania frequently service multiple communities and cross over traditional municipal boundaries. Educational support services are available from the BlaST IU, Central IU, CSIU, and Tuscarora IU, which are intermediate units serving the Focus region. Our vocational schools provide skilled employees in many different trades. These educational resources include:
The Columbia-Montour AVTS offers technical and vocational training in such career fields as building construction, computer technology, machine technology, and welding technology. The school provides students with a choice of 17 training areas to choose from. Ninth grade students are put through an exploratory program, where they rotate through four different training areas throughout the year. Then in tenth grade, they select one training program. For a virtual tour of the campus click here.
Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology – Lewistown, PA
The Academy is an educational complex is situated on approximately twenty acres and consists of the 81,136 square foot school and an annex of 1,966 square feet. Most instructional areas include both classroom and laboratory/shop areas. Programs offered include agriculture technology, auto mechanics, building trades maintenance, collision repair, cosmetology, culinary arts, early childcare education, electrical installation, mechatronics, medical science, and precision machining.
The Keystone Central AVTS offers technical and vocational training in such career fields as accounting, construction, draft design technology, healthcare, and office technology. The Keystone Central Career and Technology Center is located at Central Mountain High School, which is a state-of-the-art 235,000 square foot integrated academic and career technical educational complex. In conjunction with the physical complex at Central Mountain High School, they also have a satellite site at the Bucktail Area High School. The Keystone Central School District has introduced and implemented an integrated career and technical curriculum that offers a totally integrated academic, career and technical education for all ninth through twelfth grade students.
The Lycoming County Career Consortium offers technical and vocational training in such career fields as building construction, computer technology, health occupations, and manufacturing technology.
The Northumberland AVTS offers technical and vocational training in such career fields as the culinary arts, automotive technology, computer technology, and electrical construction.
Awarded the first ISO 9001 Registration for a Career & Technology Center in the United States. This registration certifies that SUN Tech has met international standards set by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) for its industrial arts/technology training, as well as the quality of this program which includes work-based training. SUN Tech now joins other ISO 9001-registered organizations in the Central Pennsylvania area including Brush Industries, Playworld Systems, and QE Manufacturing. The SUN Tech offers technical and vocational training in such career fields as building construction, electronics technology, healthcare, information technology, and wood products manufacturing
- Department of Education/Details and Statistics on Education
- Map of Pennsylvania School Districts
- Mifflin County School District
- Midd-West School District
- Selinsgrove Area School District
- Lewisburg Area School District
- Mifflinburg Area School District
- Milton Area School District
- Warrior Run School District
- Danville Area School District
- Shikellamy School District
- Shamokin Area School District
- Line Mountain School District
- Mount Carmel Area School District
- Benton Area School District
- Millville Area School District
- Central Columbia School District
- Bloomsburg Area School District
- Southern Columbia Area School District
- Berwick Area School District