Innovation Leadership

Competency Credential
innovation students

About this program

With a competency credential in in Innovation Leadership, you’ll harness a proven system for idea generation. The need for innovation transcends industry and has the power to infuse new energy into old ways of doing things. This competency credential offers the core courses in the innovation leadership sequence and provides the theory, concepts, and hands-on activities that foster and develop the skills and abilities that support the creative process. And the best part - the work to achieve your Black Belt is embedded within the final course. 

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.



Only College in PA to Offer Innovation Engineering Black Belt Credential


Innovation Engineering Black Belt Holders Run 24X More Projects


Become a changer leader in your industry with skills to:

  • Lead product/process development teams
  • Prototype models quickly and inexpensively
  • Apply the patent process to new ideas
  • Communicate about the innovation process and results

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Principles of Innovation (INV201)
  • Advanced Innovation I (INV350)
  • Advanced Innovation II (INV450)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

    ​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

      Woodlands Bank Innovation Lab

      Woodlands Bank Innovation Lab

      Collaborate with classmates across all majors in our technology centric innovation lab where creative ideas run free.

      Student Experience

      “Innovation is a new way of thinking. It really took me out of my original thinking box. It threw the box away and made me think in completely different way.”

      Stevie Petrison

      Tour Schedule

      Seeing is believing.

      Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about.

      Jan 27

      Open House

      Friday, January 27 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

      Feb 25

      Open House

      Saturday, February 25 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

      Mar 17

      Open House

      Friday, March 17 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

      Mar 26

      Open House

      Sunday, March 26 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

      Apr 14

      Open House

      Friday, April 14 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

      Apr 29

      Open House

      Saturday, April 29 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

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      Admissions Office

      If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

      Industry Partners

      Work with experts to become an expert

      Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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      Student Life

      Lead and put your skills to the test

      Penn College Business Club

      Penn College Business Club

      Network with business leaders and work with like-minded students as you explore the business profession. 

      Student Organizations at Penn College

      Student Organizations at Penn College

      Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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      More Information

      • A competency credential must be completed within three years of enrollment in the credential.
      • Non-traditional credit such as credit-by-exam, work/life experience, and transfer credit is limited to one third of the total credits in the credential. Two thirds of the requirements must be completed by course enrollment.
      • Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in each course to merit the credential.

      Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

      Visit the Alternative Credit Options page in our Course Catalog for general requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.