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.
Explore the main campus to glimpse the history shared on the 17 kiosks that delineate Penn College's History Trail.
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Were You There? – 2009
Were You There? The Evolution of a College Campusdepicts 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.
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.
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.
Working Class – 2014
Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education This book (number four in the series) captures stories that embrace the dignity of a "working class" defined not only as a group of individuals contributing to the workforce, but also as a teaching and learning experience that puts general education into practice through relevant, hands-on activities in classrooms, shops, and laboratories.
Celebrating a Century– 2014
Celebrating a Century is a scrapbook of events and activities, and the people who celebrated them, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania College of Technology.