Pennsylvania College of Technology

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Pennsylvania College of Technology
Established 1989
Type Publicly affiliated technical college
President Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour
Academic staff
Undergraduates 5623
Postgraduates 0
Location Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and Gray
Nickname Wildcats
Penncollege Wildcat.jpg

Pennsylvania College of Technology, also known as Penn College, is a public college located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, affiliated with The 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 63% male and 85% are full-time.[1]


Pennsylvania College of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition and Postsecondary Accreditation.[1]


The school was founded as the Williamsport Technical Institute in 1941, but previously functioned as an adult education and training facility since 1914. 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 (WACC) was founded, succeeding the former technical institute. It continued providing technical training for residents of northern Pennsylvania. In 1989, the college became an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University and changed its name to Pennsylvania College of Technology.[2]


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 approximately 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 (formerly North Campus), acquired in 1983, is located in North Central Pennsylvania at a temporary location in the Wellsboro Area School District Administration Building.It serves the northern tier communities by providing business and industry training programs as well as noncredit personal and professional development.

Academic Schools[edit]

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

Academic Majors[edit]

Penn College offers bachelor, associate, and certificate programs in more than 100 career areas ranging from manufacturing, welding, design, transportation, construction, and natural resources to hospitality, health, business, and communication.[3]


Student Government Association serves as the students' democratic voice on campus.[4]

Wildcat Events Board works to bring many activities to the college.[5]

There are also more than 60 student organizations, many of which are student chapters of professional societies.[6]

Three social fraternities round out the student organization experience. They are: Phi Mu Delta, Sigma Nu, and Sigma Pi.[7]

Wildcat Comic Con[edit]

The Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted the yearly Wildcat Comic Con across main campus annually from 2012 to 2014.


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; while women's sports include archery, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball. The college also sponsors club sports including bowling, dancing, martial arts, men's lacrosse, men's volleyball and powerlifting.

Significant Athletic Achievements[edit]

  • Five consecutive PSUAC Chancellor's Cups: 2009-2013
  • Over 50 All American selections since 1997
  • 23 PSUAC Championships since 2005
  • Archery ranked second nationally for three straight years: 2010-2012[9]

Le Jeune Chef Restaurant[edit]

In addition to other campus dining units, Penn College has a 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.[10]

On-Campus Housing [11][edit]

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

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Julie Leonard, a retired mathematics teacher from 1978-2012, now runs an online business called
  • Jake Corman, a Pennsylvania State Senator.


  1. ^ a b c Fall 2014 Fast Facts About Penn College retrieved 2015-09-24
  2. ^ History: Williamsport Technical Institute, founded 1941 retrieved 2011-11-02
  3. ^ Catalog retrieved 2011-11-02
  4. ^ Student Government Association retrieved 2011-11-02
  5. ^ Wildcat Events Board retrieved 2011-11-02
  6. ^ Student Organization Listing retrieved 2011-11-02
  7. ^ Greek Life retrieved 2011-11-02
  8. ^ Athletics retrieved 2011-11-02
  9. ^ Wildcat Athletics retrieved 2011-11-3
  10. ^ Le Jeune Chef Restaurant retrieved 2011-11-02
  11. ^ Residence Life retrieved 2011-11-02

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°14′06″N 77°01′16″W / 41.235°N 77.021°W / 41.235; -77.021