History

Centennial

The evolution of this institution over the last century reflects its commitment to achieving a vision of inspired leadership.

It began in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as a vocational-technical program that gained national acclaim for efforts to fight joblessness during the Great Depression.

It grew into the world-renowned Williamsport Technical Institute, which became the foundation for Williamsport Area Community College – one of the first community colleges in Pennsylvania and the only one dedicated to hands-on, technical education.

When challenged by sponsorship requirements within the community college system, the college continued its evolution and growth through a unique affiliation with The Pennsylvania State University, which led to the establishment of Pennsylvania College of Technology in 1989.

Now, as a special mission affiliate of Penn State, Penn College has earned its position as the state’s premier technical college and pursues a vision to become known as a national leader in applied technology education.

WHS circa 1914
Williamsport High School
Klump Academic Center, dedicated 1914
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WTI circa 1941
Williamsport Technical Institute
founded 1941
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WACC circa 1965
Williamsport Area Community College
founded 1965
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Penn College
Pennsylvania College of Technology
founded 1989
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Further reading

Centennial book series:  Were You There? The Evolution of a College Campus
Were You There? – 2009

Were You There? The Evolution of a College Campus depicts a retrospective of photos and artifacts from Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport Area Community College, Williamsport Technical Institute, and Williamsport Area School District. The retrospective was exhibited at The Gallery at Penn College in 2009.

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Centennial book series: Legacy of Leaders
Legacy of Leaders – 2012

Legacy of Leaders chronicles the 100-year history of Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessor institutions, Williamsport Area Community College, Williamsport Technical Institute, and Williamsport Area School District, as reflected through its leaders.

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Centennial book series: Marketing with a Mission
Marketing With a Mission – 2013

Marketing With a Mission is an abundantly illustrated book that employs a variety of promotional images to chronicle the transformation from Williamsport Area School District into Pennsylvania's premier technical college.

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