Adult Learners


25 years of age or older

or


Assuming multiple roles such as parent, spouse/partner, employee and student

or


Returning to the classroom after four or more years of non-academic activity/employment

or


A veteran or actively serving member of the US armed services

Pursuing a college degree is a major commitment, especially if you are already trying to balance your career, family and community responsibilities. Penn College is committed to working with our adult learners to ensure they are successful. We offer a variety of services and programs that are designed to meet the needs of our adult learners both inside and outside the classroom. Whether you are just starting out, returning to complete a degree, changing careers, or re-entering civilian life, Penn College offers the flexibility and support to make your goals a reality.

Childcare

The Children's Learning Center

Penn College offers care and education for children of students between the ages of 1 and 5 years.

Other options for local childcare?

Child Care Information Services of Lycoming and Clinton Counties (CCIS) provides resource and referral service for subsidized child day care programs for eligible families. For additional information call: 800-346-3020.

CLC

Health and Safety

College Health Services

The College Health Services office offers a variety of options to all of our students including equipment loans, allergy injections, suture and staple removal and immunizations. Most services are free; some have minimal fees such as prescription medications given at cost.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Office offers free and confidential counseling to all enrolled students. Counselors can assist students in the areas of personal, career and academic counseling and are available by appointment.

Campus Safety

The Penn College Police are officially responsible for maintaining safety and security on the campus. This responsibility is one which the Police cannot accomplish alone. Each community member must do his or her part in preventing crime, accidents, and hazards from interfering with the College Mission.

Academic Support

We find that some students are reluctant to ask for help during their academic journey. However, studies show that getting the extra academic assistance and support will most definitively improve your skills and increase your chance of success at Penn College. Here are some of our programs that we want to highlight for our Adult Leaners and hope that you'll consider taking part in!

Academic Mentor Program

The Academic Mentoring program helps students transition to and through the college process. Mentoring is customized to meet each student's needs and can range from two sessions to on-going meetings throughout the semester. Mentors are available to help students clarify goals, work on time management skills, and make connections to college resources.

Tutoring/Writing Center

The Tutoring Center provides academic assistance in math, biology, and a variety of other courses for all Penn College students and is free to all students. The Writing Center uses a process-centered approach to writing that promotes effective communication through individualized assistance in a supportive and creative environment. The Writing Center tutors, as well as faculty and librarians on occasion, are available to assist students with all stages of the writing process, from initial idea development through drafts and revisions

Parking/Transportation

Parking

See places to park around campus. There is ample parking for our commuters in designated green labeled lots around campus. Parking permits are purchased by adding the option via the SIS. Students can get a parking pass by adding it to their bill on the SIS

Here are some tips to help with parking around campus:

  • Arrive at least 20-30 minutes before your class begins
  • Park in the lot closest to you last class of the day and use FREE lockers on campus – you just need to purchase a lock
  • If your schedule allows, arrive to campus early. Students who arrive by 8 a.m. have their choice of any parking lot on-campus

Study Areas/Lounges

Commuter Lounge

The Commuter Lounge, in the Campus Center, offers a quiet place to study, comfortable seating, an information board and regular programming.

Madigan Library

The library offers private student rooms, Bookmarks Café, several computer labs and great resources all surrounded in a beautiful atmosphere.

CC TV Lounge

The TV Lounge is just that: a place that provides comfortable seating and large TV's for student's enjoyment.

Multicultural Lounge

A comfortable place on campus created to share ideas, interact with your fellow students and relax!

Financial Opportunities

Penn College has scholarships specifically for our adult learners. Here are just some of the opportunities:

Additional financial resources include federal tax incentives, UPromise student loan reduction program, and special Veterans education benefits. Learn more

Technology

For those who have been away from the classroom, keeping up with the latest technology can be daunting. Whether it's understanding P.L.A.T.O., using the TI-84 plus calculator, or accessing the portal, Penn College has resources to help.

  • Student Help Desk
  • Computer Tutoring
  • Calculator Tutorials

Students have free access to lynda.com

Lynda.com helps students achieve higher scores on assignments by lowering the learning curve on programs they are going to be required to use.

More information for Student Accounts and Services related to technology

Programs/Events

Our family-friendly "icon"!

Penn College offers a variety of family-friendly programming throughout the semester.
Look for family-friendly icon for programs that you and your family may want to attend together!

Parent and Family Weekend

This is a GREAT weekend to invite your friends and family to campus to show them around while enjoying a variety of great activities. Parent and Family weekend is geared toward all students. Learn more

Student Government Association

SGA represents students in all program areas and degree programs. They represent students' voices to Penn College administration and faculty. SGA also collaborates with administration to support and fund social and academic activities sponsored by Penn College Student Organizations. Contact: sga@pct.edu

Leadership Boot Camp

​The Leadership Boot Camp is a six-week leadership series meant to provide students with a set of basic leadership skills that will enable them to assume leadership positions in the very near future. Contact: studentaffairs@pct.edu

Services of Interest

Dental Hygiene

Penn College offers preventative dental care at a nominal cost to students and their families. Services include cleaning, exams, sealants and x-rays. Make an appointment by calling 570-327-4500.

Auto Repair Services

Penn College offers work on personal vehicles for a very small fee in addition to parts. Services include check engine light, fuel/emission problems, cooling problems, fuel/air filter replacements, timing belts and more!