Pennsylvania College of Technology is home to the dynamic School of Business, Arts & Sciences. PCT was originally founded to combat joblessness during the Great Depression, and it continues to empower graduates for successful careers. The job placement rate for the 2017-2018 class exceeded 97 percent. The professors hail from top universities and have decades of experience in their industry. In 2018, two papers written by faculty members were published in the Journal of Business Leadership. Students will grow personally and professionally through small classes. Classes place a strong emphasis on ensuring students are technologically savvy for modern 21st-century business careers. Pennsylvania was ranked among the “Best Colleges for 2020” and “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News and World Report.
Students gain the hands-on experience needed to shape their future through a wide array of certificates, associate’s degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. The Applied Innovation Leadership certificate will show employers you have what it takes to effectively lead an organization. An Associate of Applied Science is available in Business Management and Accounting. Accounting is also offered as a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as Applied Management and Business Administration. Business Administration majors can select a concentration in Sport and Event Management, Marketing, Management, and Banking and Finance.
All students will start with the First-Year Experience to get acquainted with college expectations. This course will help students succeed throughout the remainder of their college journey. Students are educated in state-of-the-art facilities and will master Quickbooks and SAS software in the Financial Markets Investment Lab.
Students will learn to lead through participation in one of more than 70 student organizations, such as the Accounting Society, Student Government Association, or SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA provides students with job readiness skills through more than 80 competitions annually, catering to every major career field. In the 2019 National Leadership and Skills Conference, the four business students on the SkillsUSA team brought home silver medals in the Entrepreneurship category. Another significant accomplishment made by a Business Administration student was acceptance into the Next Level Development Program at Northwestern Mutual after writing more than ten insurance policies throughout her year-long internship experience. Field Trips to nearby companies, such as Wheeland Lumber Company and Danzer Veneer Americas, help students learn about future potential career opportunities.
The SoB also engages in community outreach, such as hosting Career Day for high school students and the Stock Market Challenge for middle school and high school students. College students can volunteer for these opportunities through the Pennsylvania Council for Financial Literacy. Accounting students also help file approximately 150 tax returns annually through the VITA program.
Students are able to create a work/life/school balance by completing an online business degree at PCT. The Associate of Applied Science is offered fully online in Accounting and Business Management. Students seeking a Bachelor of Science have the option of studying Accounting, Applied Management, or Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Zoom meetings, faculty interactions, and 24/7 tutoring provide a strong support system for students.