New Center for Career Design

Launched February 1, the Center for Career Design bolsters collaboration among students, alumni and employers to ensure students’ career readiness, while enhancing alumni connections and fulfilling unmet workforce needs for the college’s corporate partners.

The Center for Career Design offers a wide variety of virtual and in-person services.

Students will benefit from career readiness and networking opportunities, including:

  • Career assessment.
  • Resume and cover letter development.
  • Interview preparation.
  • Skill-building on salary and relocation negotiation.
  • Networking with alumni and industry leaders.
  • Career Fairs.

Read more about the Center for Career Design and visit online.  

Online Tutoring: Smarthinking

  • Benefit from 24/7 online tutoring in mathematics & statistics, writing, science, business, computers
  • Ask about special nursing and allied health hours
  • Tap into the Virtual Nerd resource that houses over 1,500 self-help math videos
  • Get the answers you need from study aids, tutorials, and videos 

For additional information about the many forms of tutoring at Penn College, visit the Academic Success Center website or encourage your student to email or stop by the Klump Academic Center (ACC), Room 141.

PCT Alerts/Omnilert

PCT Alerts is a messaging system designed to alert employees and students of situations that may require immediate attention. Employees and students can "opt-in" to the system to receive text or e-mail messages (to non-College e-mail accounts) regarding:

  • snow closing notifications
  • security threat warnings
  • evacuation instructions
  • individual class cancellations (text message only; all students enrolled in a class automatically receive cancellation notices in their College e-mail accounts)

Students can sign up through the SIS by selecting PCT Alerts/Omnilert on the right hand side.

Once you sign your student up – you as a parent/family member are also able to receive alerts by having your student enter your phone number or email.

The College Store


Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Stop in with any textbook or tool questions, or if you need to update your Penn College gear! You can also visit us online  at or visit our Facebook page @PCTcollegestore .

Do you have books to sell? We have two annual buyback events at the end of the fall and spring semesters, but you can stop in any time to sell back your books, regardless of where you purchased them.

Check out our Monday Madness sale and save 25% on all clothing and gifts on Monday, March 8. 


FAFSA and Penn College Scholarship Priority Submission Deadline is March 1

Make sure that your student does not miss our March 1 Priority Deadline for submitting:

There are still incoming and returning students who have not submitted their 2021-22 FAFSA which is based on income and tax information from 2019, not 2020. All students attending Summer or Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Semester should submit their FAFSA by March 1, 2021. Learn more about the FAFSA.

Many students also have not yet submitted their Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Penn College Scholarship Application. It is easy for current or accepted students to submit from our Scholarships Web page. Awarding begins in early March. If your student isn’t sure if it was already submitted, direct your student to the site to quickly learn if they submitted it or not once they log into the application. Also remind your student to select ‘external scholarships’ from the same Scholarships Web page and apply for every external scholarship for which they meet the criteria.

Has Your Incoming Student Completed the FAA?

The Financial Aid Authorization (FAA) is essential for all students in need of financial aid. The FAA serves as an electronic database that the Financial Aid Team needs to:

  • Review accepted students’ FAFSAs
  • Estimate common types of aid
  • Answer any questions about your student’s aid applications
  • Award financial aid per our award timeline

In other words, no FAA, no aid. The FAA only takes students a few minutes to complete yet many incoming accepted students have not yet submitted theirs.

Are you positive that your student has submitted the 2021-22 FAA? If not, here’s how to guide them:

Accepted incoming students log in to their applicant dashboard and proceed to their Financial Aid section. 

  • If they see ‘Get Started’ for their FAA, have them complete the FAA immediately
  • If they see ‘Completed’ for their FAA status, it’s done

Incoming students who have confirmed their intent to enroll log in to their Student Information System (SIS). They select ‘Financial Information’ on the left menu and then select ‘Penn College Financial Aid Authorization (FAA)’.

  • If they see ‘Your FAA is complete’ for July 2021 – June 2022, great!
  • Otherwise, have them complete their FAA immediately

Once students submit their FAA, allow at least one full business day to pass before any additional financial aid information appears on the financial aid section of either the applicant dashboard or SIS.

Contact the Financial Aid Team with any questions.

What is The Cupboard at Penn College?

The Cupboard at Penn College is an on-campus food pantry, which provides aid to Penn College students who may be having a difficult time providing enough food to avoid hunger for themselves and their families.

Dining Services offers this free and confidential service to all current students. Those in need can visit The Cupboard weekly to receive food based on the needs of their household situation. During the Fall 2020 semester The Cupboard supported 159 individuals in 82 households.

In January, The Cupboard moved to a larger location in the Campus Center. This new space has enabled the pantry expand offerings to include both perishable and non-perishable items.

 The Cupboard, located in the Bush Campus Center, can be accessed by request at the CC Commons Cashier station, Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. - 5p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., or Sundays by visiting the CC Info Desk for assistance.

To make a financial donation to The Cupboard, visit College Relations or mail your gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Inc. – DIF 65, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701-5799.

Food donations can be made by contacting The Cupboard or by calling 570.327.4767.

Dining Services: Important Dates and Nutrition Resources

Spring 2021

April 19 – 30, students with a declining balance and taking summer classes may request to keep their dining account open through the summer months. Email requests to

May 7, all dining plans end for the semester at close of business

A helpful resource for both students and parents is NetNutrition. This online resource features five days of menus for each of the dining units. Filters for the top eight allergens, plus MSG, sesame seeds, and selection for preferences such as Heart Healthy, Vegan and Vegetarian options are available.

If your student is encountering any nutritional concerns, Penn College Dining Services offers nutrition counseling. Appointments are free of charge, in a relaxed, confidential setting with our Registered Dietitian. To make an appointment, email Rebecca Pawlik, RD LDN, at Together we can develop a plan that encourages good eating habits to last a lifetime.

Fight those winter blues: Order your student a Wildcat Wishes package.

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