PTC: A legacy of career-focused education and student success.
For more than 70 years, PTC's faculty and staff have been singularly focused on each student's academic and career development. With academic programs in high-demand career fields and faculty and staff committed to student success, PTC offers students an opportunity to pursue their passion and gain real-world experience in their field; 100% of on-campus, degree seeking students have internships or clinical rotations prior to graduation.
We offer bachelor’s and associate degrees, and certificate programs.
Our more than 30 academic programs are offered in fields in which there is demand for new graduates—and we adjust our offerings as market conditions change. The curriculum is developed under the guidance of industry advisory boards and designed to meet the current needs of employers by following industry trends and technologies.
In addition, PTC Online offers bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Many campus-based programs offer selected coursework in the online format.
Our 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).
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 recruit employees while other employers return to PTC time and time again for their new hires.
Conveniently located near Pittsburgh in a tranquil setting.
PTC's North Fayette Campus is located 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.
Background and history
Since 1946 PTC has grown from a small, single-discipline school to a college offering more than 30 programs to over 2,000 students.
Landmark 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 (AACA). Our associate and certificate programs in Culinary Arts are accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
- 2013 PTC opens the Energy Technology Center.
- 2016 Pittsburgh Technical Institute changes its name to Pittsburgh Technical College and is authorized to award bachelor of science degrees to graduates of approved programs in the School of Information Technology and the School of Business.
- 2017 Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirms PTC’s regional accreditation.