Central Penn College
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|Central Penn College|
|Motto||"You can. You Will."|
|Type||Private , For-Profit|
|President||Dr. Karen Scolforo|
|Location||Summerdale, PA, USA|
|Colors||Maroon & Orange|
Established in 1881, Central Penn College, was originally known as Central Pennsylvania Business School. The school officially changed its name in 1999 to Central Pennsylvania College and then to Central Penn College in 2010 to better characterize the diversity of the school's academic programs. Central Penn offers two-year associate degree and three- and four-year bachelor's degree programs to its students.
The school’s library, the Charles T. Jones Library, features a learning resource center open to the public. A swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball court, and picnic areas are also features of the campus. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
- 1 Locations
- 2 Academic programs
- 3 History
- 4 External links
Central Penn Summerdale/Harrisburg
The main campus of Central Penn College is located in Summerdale, Pa. The campus comprises four academic buildings, the Charles "T" Jones Leadership Library, thirty-four student townhouses, six apartment buildings, the Kids On Campus Child Development Center, and the Boyer House. The main campus is home to large yearly events including the college's annual Fall Harvest (homecoming) event as well as SummerFest.
Central Penn Lancaster
In 2004, Central Penn College opened its first additional location - Central Penn Lancaster. Located just off Route 30 near the heart of downtown Lancaster, Central Penn Lancaster serves adult students enrolled in bachelor's degree completion programs in a variety of majors. 
Central Penn Lehigh Valley
In May 2009, Central Penn College opened an additional location in the Lehigh Valley which offers bachelor's degree completion programs to adult students. Central Penn Lehigh Valley is located in the Lehigh Valley Corporate Center in Bethlehem.
- Organizational Leadership
Bachelor of Science Degree Programs
- Business Administration (Concentrations in Finance, Healthcare Administration, Human Resources, Management, Marketing)
- Corporate Communications
- Criminal Justice Administration
- Homeland Security Management
- Information Technology (Concentrations in Applications Development, Cyber Security, Database Management, Network Management)
- Legal Studies
- Organizational Leadership (Concentrations in Emergency Operations, Non-Profit Organizations, Government)
Associate in Science Degree Programs
- Computer Information Systems (Concentrations in Applications Development, Database Management, Network Management)
- Criminal Justice
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Associate in Applied Science Degree Programs
- Medical Assisting
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
Central Penn College traces its history to 1881, when Joseph N. Currey founded the Pennsylvania Business College at 307 Market Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For the next 89 years, a continuous series of career-oriented business colleges existed on Market Street in the heart of the business district of Harrisburg. Their main focus was always clear - to provide career-oriented education.
In 1922, Professor William H. Hartsock was relieved from his position as head of the accountancy department at the Harrisburg Business College/School of Commerce located at 15 S. Market Square. Numerous faculty and anywhere from 150 to 250 Harrisburg Business College students followed Professor Hartsock, who, on October 30 that same year, opened the doors to Central Pennsylvania Business College, less than three blocks away. By 1923, all predecessor institutions (Pennsylvania Business College, Harrisburg Business College/School of Commerce) were non-existent. Only Hartsock's Central Pennsylvania Business College survived.
In 1970, Central Pennsylvania Business School moved across the Susquehanna River to Summerdale, Pennsylvania. Bart and Jean Milano began the creation of the School's current suburban Harrisburg campus, featuring all new structures that included academic buildings, apartment-style housing, and recreation facilities. The transition from business school to college began in 1977 when the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredited Central Penn. In 1999 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recognized Central Penn as a two-year college with degree granting privileges. In December 2000, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education approved Central Penn College to operate as a four-year degree granting college.
In 2002 the College doubled the size of its academic buildings with the opening of the Advanced Technology Education Center (the ATEC), which also houses a conference center and restaurant. Later that year, Henszey's Bridge, an 1869 wrought-iron structure listed in the National Historic Register, was restored and placed in the center of the campus. It serves both practical and symbolic purposes. The Charles "T" Jones Leadership Library opened its doors in October 2002. In addition to serving Central Penn's academic needs, it houses a collection of personal-development and leadership materials from motivational speakers and authors. Constructed in the spring of 2003, the Craiger C. Parker Amphitheatre features slogans that emphasize the college's core values and provides a setting where outdoor classes and other activities can be held.
In 2004 Central Penn College began offering online as well as blended courses (a mix of online and on-ground) and opened its first additional location. Central Penn Lancaster is located just off Route 30 near the heart of downtown Lancaster. The campus serves adult students enrolled in bachelor's degree completion programs over a range of majors.
In 2005 Central Penn was granted permission from the Middle States Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin offering two fully online bachelor's degree programs. Today, Central Penn's online offerings include 12 fully online degree programs and three hybrid degree programs-provided through a blend of in-person and online instruction.
In 2006 the College completed a $1,000,000 learning facility on its main campus that housed a crime lab, a physical therapy assistant lab and a medical assisting lab.
In October 2007 the new Student Fellowship Area opened. Its 1 1/2 acres provide an outdoor setting with an amphitheater, a performance area, a picnic area and a plaza — all connected by macadam stamped pathways. Professionally designed landscaping, lighting, fencing and a wrought-iron archway featured in this campus addition.
In May 2009 Central Penn College opened its Lehigh Valley campus to serve as a bachelor's degree completion center for adult students. Central Penn Lehigh Valley is located in the Lehigh Valley Corporate Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In March 2010 the Central Penn College Education Foundation announced that its endowment had passed the $2-million mark.