Thingamajig "Tinker-Belles"

Pre-College Program

Are you creative? Do you like to work with your hands? Do you want to make the world a better place? Then consider becoming a real world Thingamajig "Tinker-Belle!"

"Tinker-Belles" is designed to give female participants hands-on experience with different aspects of manufacturing including: engineering design, plastics engineering, machining and automated manufacturing, and welding engineering technology. Participants will work with Penn College faculty to use design software and operate fabrication equipment in our shops. Daily tours of local manufacturing facilities and meetings with female Penn College students and graduates will help participants explore the different types of career paths possible.

Summer Overnight Pre-College Program

July 16-20, 2023

Age Group: Female students entering grades 9-12

Fee: $50*
Includes all activities, meals, and on-campus housing.

*This program is sponsored by the EQT Foundation. Thanks to their generous donation, this program will be offered at a reduced rate.

Registration for this program is full.

Field Trips/Special Events


Get a glimpse into the world of manufacturing by visiting two local manufacturers.

Please Bring

Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.

Industry Partnerships

Industry Partnerships

Sincere thanks and appreciation to our program sponsor, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. Their generous support has enabled Penn College to offer this program to students at a reduced rate by providing scholarships for all attendees. Penn College thanks The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. for helping to offer a modern manufacturing experience in state-of-the-art labs for our Pre-College Programs students.

Thanks to our sponsor

Thanks to our sponsor

Thanks to a generous grant from EQT Foundation to supplement the cost of this program, there is a reduced fee to attend.

The EQT Foundation was established in 2003 as a dedicated resource for financial, in-kind and volunteer support to communities touched by their business.


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 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.