With academic programs in high-demand career fields and a faculty and staff committed to student success, PTC offers students an opportunity to pursue a career in two years or less.
For more than 65 years, PTC's faculty and staff have been singularly focused on each student's career development. It takes a tremendous amount of focus, hard work and dedication to reach your goal and the PTC team will be behind you every step of the way.
Our academic programs are offered in fields in which there is great demand for new graduates — and we adjust our offerings as market conditions change. From Building Technology to Business Administration; Criminal Justice to Information Technology to Graphic Design; Medical Assisting, Nursing and Massage Therapy, all Associate Degree and Certificate programs offered at PTC are developed under the guidance of industry advisory boards and designed to meet the current needs of employers by following industry trends and technologies.
PTC's hands-on approach to education and active learning environment replicates the reality of a workplace so closely that our students enter the workforce with the ability to work in a team environment, interpret customer needs, communicate well, interact effectively with people, and analyze problems. That's why employers call hiring a PTC graduate a "win win" (Dennis DeFelice, GNC) or "beyond all expectations" (Carl Pierce, Worldwide Flight Services).
PTC's Pittsburgh area location and its online education division, PTC Online, meet the needs of students by delivering education in three different ways: as campus-based programs, as blended on-ground and online programs, and as completely online programs.
PTC's North Fayette Campus is conveniently located on 180 acres close to major interstates and situated between Pittsburgh International Airport and downtown Pittsburgh. This ideal location provides a tranquil learning environment, on-campus housing, recreation areas, plenty of free parking, and quick access to employment and entertainment. It is close to the Mall at Robinson and The Pointe, retail complexes with options for dining, shopping and relaxing.
PTC's Online Division offers certificate and degree programs through distance education. Additionally many campus-based programs offer selected coursework in the on-line format.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
Since 1946 PTC has grown from a small, single-discipline school to a two-year college offering more than 25 programs to 2,000 students. Our primary campus is located on 180 acres in a quiet suburban community and offers on-campus and off-campus housing, intramural sports, and student activities.
As a post secondary institution PTC has changed tremendously. Our core values have not. PTC's academic programs prepare students for careers by delivering employer-directed curriculum. PTC's instructors focus on student achievement and success, rather than research and papers.
PTC's hands-on approach to education and an active learning environment replicates the reality of a workplace so closely that our students can enter the workplace with the ability to succeed in a team environment, interact effectively with people, and analyze problems. That's why employers return to PTC time and time again for their new hires.
Thousands of our graduates hold career-related positions throughout the region. Many of them now are in hiring positions and return to their college to hire additional employees.
Key Dates in PTC's history
PTC first opens its doors in 1946 as the School of Management Engineering in downtown Pittsburgh. This is what has happened since.
- 1960s The Drafting program, now Computer Aided Drafting, is introduced.
- 1991 The Graphic Design program is introduced.
- 1996 Penn Technical Institute joins PTC adding an electronics division.
- 1998 The Boyd School joins PTC expanding offerings within the travel and hospitality fields.
- 2000 PTC opens its North Fayette Campus in Oakdale, a suburb of Pittsburgh.
- 2002 PTC earns regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- 2003 The Pennsylvania Department of Education authorizes PTC to award the associate in science degree.
- 2003 PTC expands its evening offerings to include short-term certification preparation and degree programs designed specifically for the adult student.
- 2009 PTC opens its first three residence halls and offers on-campus student housing at the North Fayette Campus and builds a 24/7 campus complete with around-the-clock security, an intramural sports director, and robust student activity and student development programming.
- 2010 PTC offers its first fully online distance education program.
- 2010 PTC opens its Nursing Simulation Center.
- 2013 PTC establishes a new culinary school, The American Academy of Culinary Arts.
- 2013 PTC opens the Energy Technology Center.
- 2016 Pittsburgh Technical Institute changes its name to Pittsburgh Technical College
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