The Pennsylvania College of Technology began in 1914 as a small local industrial arts school. It offered training programs and adult education to disabled veterans from World War I. The school was officially designated the Williamsport Technical Institute in 1941. By that time, it had already begun to focus on vocational education and operated on a 24-hour-a-day schedule that met the growing needs of the World War II defense industry and returning veterans.
In 1965, the campus was renamed the Williamsport Area Community College, a new institution that was built on Williamsport Technical Institute’s original programs and facilities. The Community College grew throughout the next two decades, adding new campuses and facilities to accommodate its rising student population.
Finally, in 1989, the College was incorporated into the Pennsylvania State University System as the Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College). Today, it offers baccalaureate and associate degrees as well as certificate programs. It serves over 6,000 students from across the globe, training them to be competitive in the workplace of tomorrow with state-of-the-art technologies and programs.