Individuals and organizations working together for a better future can change the course of history. These challenging times provide a perfect opportunity for us to join in a cause that can help to secure relevant, accessible career-education opportunities for future generations.
Pennsylvania College of Technology was created 20 years ago on the foundations of Williamsport Technical Institute and Williamsport Area Community College. Our mission to provide educational opportunities based on workplace needs and emerging technologies has never wavered since 1914.
We have opened doors across the generations. Now, we must work to ensure that future generations have access to hands-on, applied technology education that will keep our workforce competitive and our nation strong.
You can help ensure the future by helping students succeed through “The Penn College Fund.”
We have renamed the former “Annual Fund” and refocused our efforts strictly to support scholarships, provide advanced-technology equipment and facilities, and enhance the quality of our educational programs.
As evidence of the quality of our programs, Penn College earned a top-tier ranking in the “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the North Region for the 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. This, coupled with our recognition as one of the 2009 “Great Colleges to Work For,” indicates that our national reputation is growing.
Rankings provide a way to compare Penn College with other institutions, but the best measure of our success is the success of our graduates. We stake our reputation on the incredible impact of our alumni in the workforce and the community.
So, while we celebrate our national rankings, we are even more pleased that our most recent graduate survey showed that 95 percent of graduates were employed or continuing their education within a year of their graduation. That is the measure that really counts.
Our “degrees that work” make a difference for graduates, employers and communities. You can make a difference by supporting “The Penn College Fund.” You can help to fund a student scholarship or contribute to a specific academic school or major. You can choose to make an unrestricted gift, allowing the college to use the funds where it has the greatest need.
There are many ways for you to become part of Penn College history. Learn more online or call toll-free 1-866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272). You also can make your gift by using the envelope provided in this issue of One College Avenue.
Thank you for working with us to make a difference!
Davie Jane Gilmour, Ph.D.
On July 1, 1989, legislation transformed the former Williamsport Area Community College into Pennsylvania College of Technology, a special mission affiliate of Penn State. Prior to the Penn State affiliation, W.A.C.C. operated for 24 years (1965-89) as part of the state community college system. The community college was established on the foundation of the former Williamsport Technical Institute (1941-65). The official founding of W.T.I. formalized an adult-education program sponsored by the Williamsport Area School District.
To mark the 20th anniversary of Penn College, officials announced the launch of a five-year “Countdown to the Centennial.” The centennial will honor the full history of the institution, beginning in 1914, when the first postsecondary classes were offered at Williamsport High School in the building that is now Klump Academic Center.