Pennsylvania

STEM Premier Announces Partnership with Penn College

To be successful, you have to work with the best. That’s why we are excited to announce our newest partnership. Pennsylvania College of Technology, in collaboration with UGI Utilities Inc., will be using the STEM Premier platform to enhance their STEM recruitment and job placement efforts.

 Pennsylvania College of Technology - also known as Penn College - is a public institution located in Williamsport, PA providing comprehensive, hands-on technical education at the baccalaureate and associate degree levels. After establishing a strong national reputation for workforce development, it became an affiliate institution of Penn State University in 1989. The College currently boasts an enrollment of 5,500 students and a 95% graduate placement rate.

 What makes Penn College a national leader in applied technology education is the commitment to their core values: an emphasis on hands-on education, a student-centered environment, strong business and industry partnerships, and a diverse community built on respect. STEM Premier plans to contribute to these values.   

 “The STEM Premier partnership will be a tremendous asset for both prospective and current students and serve as a valuable tool for employers recruiting our students,” said Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost. “As a national leader in applied technology education, we are acutely aware that the workforce needs an influx of STEM talent. Partnering with STEM Premier will help us identify and nurture that talent.”

 “STEM Premier is honored to help foster this partnership between two premier institutions like Pennsylvania College of Technology and UGI,” says STEM Premier Co-Founder John Welch, “to assist students in connecting with employers to not only find a job, but more importantly a career!”

STEM Premier Spotlight: Pennsylvania

Quick Stats:

  • STEM Premier Student Members in PA: 2,000+
  • Average SAT: 1781
  • Average ACT: 29
  • Average GPA: 3.61 (On a 4.0 scale)
  • Top College Interests: University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania

Historically, heavy manufacturing, energy production and petroleum processing have been the foundations of Pennsylvania’s economy, making the Keystone State a hub of STEM activity. Food and chemical production have also become large sectors of the economy.  

The majority of the state’s STEM Premier students are located in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, although Newcastle and Allentown boast a significant presence as well. The top occupational interests of Pennsylvania’s students include biological science, computer science and programming, surgery, and mechanical engineering.

ACT's report on STEM in Pennsylvania optimistically finds that interest in STEM has increased steadily over the past five years, from 47% in 2011 to 53% in 2015. Healthcare is the predominant STEM area of attraction, with 38% of students expressing interest. This is followed by other natural sciences (26%) and engineering (26%). Math and computer science (10%) are the areas of lowest interest.

Learn more about STEM in Pennsylvania by checking out ACT's full report