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Education in Central PA

Academic Excellence, From Elementary to Post-Graduate

Central Pennsylvania offers many educational opportunities and resources for the development of talent, life-long learning, and special skills enhancement.

Central Pennsylvania is proudly home to 8 distinguished colleges & universities with 75,000+ students enrolled; 7 career & technical Centers and 18 public school districts as well as a variety of private and parochial schools. With a regional population of 645,746, a labor force of 315,117 and incredible quality of life, Central PA has talent and a location talent wants to call home!

K-12 Education

Central Pennsylvania offers families and youth a broad range of primary educational options to choose from including online charter schools. Public and private school sizes range from graduating classes up to 700 students to small private schools graduating classes of 50.

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.

Map of School Districts in Pennsylvania

Intermediate Units – Vocational, Technical and Trade Services

Pennsylvania’s intermediate units (IUs) are education service agencies that were created by an act of the state legislature (Act 102 of 1970), and became operational on July 1, 1971. IUs coordinate and perform instructional, assessment, instructional enhancement and development, professional development, technical and administrative functions.

Central IU, CSIU, and Tuscarora IU serve the Focus Central Pennsylvania region.

Central Intermediate Unit 10 serves Centre, Clearfield and Clinton Counties in Central PA to build the capacity of all learners by identifying needs, developing courses of action and supporting the implementation of strategies to allow for continuous advancement and achievement.

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) serves Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in Central PA to serve the needs of schools, students, families and communities. CSIU’s many programs and services provide quality education services that help students learn, support teachers in bringing best practices to the classroom, and offer valuable services to school districts.

Tuscarora Intermediate Unit serves personnel and students in Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin Counties in Central PA.

Career & Technology Centers

Career and technical education (CTE) in Pennsylvania offers students the opportunity to develop critical skills through a combination of classes and hands-on learning experiences, which allow them to apply academics to real-world problems. CTEs offer PDE-approved programs to thousands of students. Students self-select to enroll in a CTC, and many participate in Advanced Placement or Honors courses within their local school district.

Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School: Offers technical and vocational training in building construction, computer technology, machine technology, and welding technology serving Berwick Area School District; Bloomsburg Area School District; Central Columbia Area School District; Danville Area School District; Millville Area School District; and Southern Columbia Area School District. 

Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology: The educational complex is on 20 acres with 81,136 square feet of classroom and laboratory/shop areas. Courses offered include technical and vocational training in agriculture, auto mechanics, building trades maintenance, collision repair, cosmetology, culinary arts, early childcare education, electrical installation, mechatronics, medical science, and precision machining serving Mifflin County High School; East Juniata High School; and Juniata High School.

Keystone Central Career & Technology CenterThe Keystone Central AVTS offers technical and vocational training in such career fields as accounting, construction, draft design technology, healthcare, and office technology serving the Keystone Central School District. Located at the Central Mountain High School, is a state-of-the-art 235,000 square foot integrated academic and career technical educational complex.

Northumberland County Area Vocational Technical School: The Northumberland AVTS offers technical and vocational training in such career fields as the culinary arts, automotive technology, computer technology, and electrical construction serving high school students in the southern portion of Northumberland County.

SUN Area Career & Technology Center: Awarded the first ISO 9001 Registration for a Career & Technology Center in the United States. SUN Tech offers technical and vocational training in such career fields as building construction, electronics technology, healthcare, information technology, and wood products manufacturing serving Lewisburg, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove, and Shikellamy school districts.

Career Ladders: Many of the schools and programs have articulation agreements with a variety of post-secondary schools to advance students education and careers including the successful, Penn College NOW program, that provides the opportunity for qualified high school students to earn Pennsylvania College of Technology credits during the school day at career and technology centers and high schools across Pennsylvania.

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Technical & Trade Education

Technical Trade schools in Pennsylvania offer career-focused training in fields like healthcare, manufacturing, technology, legal services and more.

McCann School of Business and Technology: Provides continued education for students in the Lewisburg, Selinsgrove, Montandon, College Park, Fairville and Linntown areas to earn the credentials needed to succeed in the workforce.

Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology: Provides continued education for adults in the Lewistown, PA area to earn the credentials needed to succeed in the workforce.

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing: Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School is an affordable, fully accredited nursing degree program with RN and LPN advanced placement programs. 

South Hills School of Business & Technology, State College Campus: Offers several different specialized associate degree and diploma programs in the areas of business, technology, healthcare, criminal justice, and graphic arts.

Professional Drivers Academy: Based in Milton, PA, PDA is a Private Trade School, operating under license of Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Licensed Schools. Provides graduates with the necessary skills, education and training for employment as an entry tractor/trailer driver in the trucking industry. Programs available to obtain HAZMAT, Double-Triple, and Tanker endorsements.

Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center: Based in Lewisburg, PA and is approved by the PA State Board of Nursing and accredited by ACEN offers a one year state approved Licensed Practical Nursing program through their experienced nursing instructors.

Triangle Tech, Sunbury Campus: Campus located in Sunbury, PA offers Associate in Specialized Technology Degrees (AST) in programs including CADD with Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Technology; Maintenance Electricity and Construction Technology; Carpentry and Construction Technology; Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology; and Welding and Fabrication Technology.

 

Community Colleges

Community colleges in Pennsylvania were established in accordance with The Community College Act of 1963 (Act 484 of 1963). Community colleges provide a diversity of two-year associate degree and certificate programs in the occupational and technical areas, and are an important means of access for students in the arts, sciences and professions seeking to transfer at the end of two years to four-year institutions.

Community Colleges serving Central Pennsylvania include:

Lackawanna College – Sunbury Center: Lackawanna College’s Sunbury, PA Center has career-focused bachelor’s and associate degrees in fields like cyber security, business, nursing, accounting, sports management, petroleum and natural gas, and more.  

Luzerne County Community College, Greater Susquehanna: Luzerne County Community College’s extension center in Watsontown, PA 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 surrounding counties.

Luzerne County Community College, Northumberland Regional Center: Located in Shamokin, PA, 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.

Colleges & Universities

Central Pennsylvania is strategically located in the Brain Belt of the northeast United States leading the world in advanced, collaborative, innovative research and higher education. The region is home to 8 prestigious public and private colleges and universities that enroll over 75,000 students.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education was established by statute on July 1, 1983, with 14 universities that comprise the State System that have history’s dating back to the 19th century including Bloomsburg and Lock Haven Universities.

Bloomsburg UniversityLocated in Bloomsburg, PA – Enrollment: 8,909 students. Offer 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. .

Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College): Located in Williamsport, PA – Enrollment: 5,322 students. Penn College  offers 100+ academic degree programs in growing industries to include Business, Arts & Sciences; Emerging Technologies; and Nursing & Health Sciences.

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Main Campus Located in State College, PAEnrollment: 46,810 students. The Pennsylvania State University is a state-related, land-grant, doctoral university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. The University is made up of sixteen academic colleges and several additional schools that range from the arts to the sciences with many subjects in between. The university’s research expenditures exceed $1 billion during the 2019 fiscal year. 

Bucknell University: Located in Lewisburg, PA – Enrollment: 3,668 students. Bucknell University is an undergraduate, liberal arts university in the heart of Pennsylvania and offers more than 60 majors in three top colleges: Arts & Sciences, Engineering and the Freeman College of Management. Bucknell is home to the Weis Center for Performance Arts and the Small Business Development Center.

Susquehanna University: Located in Selinsgrove, PA – Enrollment: 2,396 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.

Lycoming College: Located in Williamsport, PA – Enrollment: 1,142 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.

Juniata College: Located in Huntingdon, PA – Enrollment: 1,433 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, and Psychology. 

Lock Haven University: Located in Lock Haven, PA – Enrollment: 3,418 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. 

Investment in Education 

Automation degrees power new Penn College electronics lab equipped with 16 student-installed Programmable Logic Controller stations (featuring both Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs), four Kuka industrial robots and a conveyer system.

Design work is progressing for the first stage of a proposed, decade-long, $370 million multi-phase plan that will transform the Penn State College of Engineering and its footprint on the University Park campus.

Penn State cuts ribbon on huge engineering building, $144 million classroom and research venue at University Park.

Penn College unveiled $5 million 55,000 square foot advanced welding lab that includes an electron beam welder, CNC plasma cutters, laser welding, automation and robotics, and 124 individual welding booths.

SEKISUI partners with Bloomsburg University to bring a Professional Experience Lab downtown. 

Penn College revamps machining lab with $1 million donation providing a 14,299SF instructional space with 50 new machines, fresh pain, lighting and fixtures.

A $4 million state grant awarded to Juniata College for the renovation and expansion of L.A. Beeghly Library to create the Tim & Kathy Statton Learning Commons. 

Degrees Conferred in Central PA

This data report provides a view of the talent in Central Pennsylvania by showing the annual degrees conferred, 2017-2018, by Central PA colleges and universities. A total of 32,285 graduates

Talent Resources & Programs

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.