Welcome to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh- The City of Bridges
Pittsburgh Technical College is located in Oakdale, PA, a small town tucked into a quiet community. This tranquil campus setting provides PTC students an environment free from urban congestion and distractions and a learning environment conducive to studying and academic pursuits.
But only if that’s what you want.
For the student ready to venture off campus, there are plenty of choices in and around PTC for entertainment and enjoyment during your stay as a student.
Just a short drive from campus is the Robinson Township area. Here you can find fast food, casual dining and fine restaurants. There is American fare and ethnic options from Mexican and Latin to Chinese, Japanese and Indian.
The Robinson area also offers theaters, clubs, fitness centers, entertainment venues, bowling lanes, walking and biking trails, and parks.
Pittsburgh has enjoyed a renaissance that brought clear skies and clean air. Just 12 minutes by car from PTC, it is also known as the “Steel City,” homage to its heritage as a steel-producing town, but also reflective of the downtown area that features 29 skyscrapers and two inclined railways that transport visitors to promontories overlooking the beautiful cityscape showcasing Point State Park and its signature fountain.
The city is sometimes called the City of Bridges and, in fact, has 46 bridges connecting center city to its North Shore and South Side. The topography of the city is defined by three rivers: the Allegheny River, which flows between the city and the North Shore; the Monongahela River, which separates the city from the South Side; and the Ohio River, which forms at the confluence of the previous two.
Art enthusiasts can nurture their creative spirit in the halls of The Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Frick Art and Historical Center, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Smaller galleries including the Mattress Factory, Space, and Future Tenant Artspace connect Pittsburgh to its vibrant art scene.
History buffs can visit the Fort Pitt Museum and Block House at Point State Park or spend a day wandering through the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Senator John Heinz History Center.
Pittsburgh is home to Pittsburgh Steelers football (American), Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey. The Steelers and the Penguins are perennial championship contenders, and the Pirates show signs of returning to the team’s former glory. Fans of female sports can enjoy the Pittsburgh Passion, the city’s female football (American) team.
Named in 2011 as America’s most livable city and the world’s 29th most livable by Economist Intelligence Unit, the honors continue. In 2012, National Geographic Traveler named Pittsburgh one of the “Top Best Places to Visit.” In 2013, Jetsetter.com listed Pittsburgh as a top ten destination in the world saying, “Dial in a new Google office and an emerging start up scene, art pods in empty warehouses and a rapidly rising food scene (check out the 10-entrée chalkboard menu at the Salt of the Earth, featuring local and seasonal produce), and you have an America’s Coolest City contender on your hands.”
International students ready to explore beyond the city boundaries can elect to see Western Pennsylvania’s lush countryside or travel to cities farther afield.
Just a short drive away are Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Nemacolin Woodlands, and Hidden Valley Resort, which offer alpine and cross country skiing in the winter and biking and hiking in the summer, plus several casinos and gaming venues.
Weekend getaways by car can include Lake Erie, PA; the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC; Atlantic City, NJ; the American and Canadian sides of Niagara Falls; and the Atlantic Ocean seashore.
Just an hour away by plane are New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia, some of the largest and most exiting cities in the USA.
So many places to go. So many sights to see. So many things to do. PTC’s Western Pennsylvania home is an ideal location to explore the history and culture of America while pursuing your PTC education.