Pre-College Programs

There’s never been a better way to prepare for the college experience.

Pre-College Programs

The summer 2022 Pre-College Programs were a huge success. We’re busy planning for next year and hope you can join us in 2023. The following programs are tentative and may change. Please check back mid-January for the complete list of 2023 programs.

Pre-College Programs

Because tomorrow begins today

Unsure what you want to study in college? No problem. Join us next summer for an overnight Pre-College Program. Or, better yet, try a few different ones. Interested in a middle school career exploration program? Check out My Tomorrow. 


Learn how campers can save up to $2,000 on Penn College tuition.
June Sessions

Architecture Odyssey

Discover the world of architecture and sustainable design through design studios and seminars, field trips to building sites, and visits with local architects.



Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience

Students with autism spectrum disorders, and their parents, will obtain valuable information about post-secondary education and career exploration.

Automotive Technology

Enjoy working with your hands? Considering a career as an auto technician? Get to work in our advanced learning labs and see if a career in automotive is right for you.


Discover the world of aviation maintenance by hands-on applications of sheet metal, composite materials, and engine operation. A tour of a vintage aircraft collection is included.


Explore engineering concepts and careers such as robotics and electronics, civil engineering, industrial and parametric design, plastics and polymer engineering, information technology, machining, and welding.

Future Restaurateurs

Join chefs from Penn College’s hospitality department for a fun-filled program focused on the ins and outs of baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management. 

Health Careers

Discover a variety of health careers including dental hygiene, nursing, physical therapist assistant, physician assistant, surgical technology, and more.

July Sessions

Automotive Restoration

Learn what it takes to return vintage cars and trucks to their former glory while immersing in the world of automotive restoration. Included will be a tour of a vintage car museum. 

Design, Build, & Grow Landscape & Horticulture

Workshops will explore working in greenhouses, floral design, landscape design, landscape equipment operation, and nature walks.  

Diesel Truck & Heavy Equipment

Looking for a hands-on career in an in-demand field? This three-day program will introduce you to options in diesel technology and heavy equipment maintenance and operation.

Fundamentals of Emergency Response

Learn first aid basics for the most common emergencies, including how to recognize them, call for help, and perform lifesaving skills.

Graphic Design Summer Studio

Dive into an intensive three-day workshop that guides you through the graphic design process from ideation and concept development to production.

Have Your Cake & Decorate It Too

You've seen the pros do it on TV. Now you can test your cake baking and decorating skills and see how they stack up. And, of course, you can eat it when you're done! 

Non-Destructive Testing

Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) involves a variety of non-invasive processes that allow technicians to carefully inspect and certify the integrity and safety of objects like vehicles, bridges, pipelines, and airplanes. Hands-on workshops will delve into welding, robotics, and more!

Thingamajig Fabricators

Experience the marvels of modern manufacturing. Learn how everyday objects are designed and fabricated. Throughout this program, you'll work with 3D design software, run mills and lathes, and weld varying projects.

My Tomorrow

Sponsored by the Soars Family

At Penn College, we want younger students to join the summertime fun, too! My Tomorrow is a middle school exploration program designed to give students an opportunity to preview a variety of career possibilities.

Featured Program

Career Exploration Camp

June and July sessions for
students entering grades 6-8

Parents as Partners in Applied Technology Education

In this two-day program, students and families will explore the benefits of hands-on learning and the widespread career opportunities that follow. Through tours, presentations, and demonstrations, you’ll discover the vital role applied technology education can play in your student’s future and the future of our nation’s economy.

Sponsored by the EQT Foundation

Featured Program


Earn up to $2,000 off Penn College tuition

Did you know you can save money on your Penn College tuition if you attend one of our overnight Pre-College Programs? 

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Here's how it works:

Here's how it works:

  • Complete a Pre-College Program during the summer before entering 9-12 grade. 
  • Or better yet, come for two Pre-College Programs. Pick a different program the second time around or come for the same one twice. Each year we mix things up.
  • Attend Penn College and receive $1,000 off your tuition each year if you came for one program. 
  • Or, get $2,000 off your tuition each year if you join us for two programs. 
  • My Tomorrow participants are not eligible for scholarships.

Helpful Info

Parent & Student Info

What do I need to bring? Where will I stay? What’s for dinner? So many questions, and we have all of your answers!

Virtual Tour

Want a sneak peak of campus before you arrive? Check out our virtual tour. It's the next best thing to walking campus. 


Time to start planning for your future! Learn why Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education and provides the best opportunities for your education, hands-on skills development, and real work experience.

Sports Day Camps

Excel on the court and on the field

Let's take those skills to the next level. All sports camps are designed to build skills, boost confidence, and spark tons of fun along the way.

Wildcat Girls Basketball

This comprehensive program focuses on individual shooting technique, offensive skill development, and defensive prowess. Wildcat campers will walk away with overall improvements skill, effort, and teamwork.

Students entering grades 8-12

Wildcat Boys and Girls Basketball

Jump into four days of fun-filled skill-building games and competitions. Finesse your shooting. Improve ball handling. And have tons of fun while you’re at it! Plus, we’ll send you home with a free t-shirt.

Students entering grades 3-9

Wildcat Youth Soccer

Focus on fundamentals. Practice everything from dribbling and passing to shooting and technique during this exciting program led by Penn College soccer coaches. Campers are asked to bring a soccer ball, shin guards, water bottle, proper footwear (cleats and indoor sneakers), sunscreen, and a snack each day. Everyone will receive a free t-shirt.

So, you're coming to campus?

So, you're coming to campus?

We couldn't be more thrilled! Our interactive map highlights the hot spots on campus including parking and where to find the closest mobile phone charging station. 

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