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.