Pittsburgh Technical Institute Changes Name to Pittsburgh Technical College
PITTSBURGH, PA – Pittsburgh Technical Institute has unveiled a new name and is now Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC). The announcement was made on June 28 by Gregory DeFeo, president.
“Our new name better reflects the breadth and depth of our academic programming, institutional resources, and student life,” DeFeo explains. “Our name is changing; our commitment to the highest caliber of educational experience remains unchanged.”
Founded 70 years ago as the School of Management Engineering, the educational institution has grown and evolved as the needs of students and the regional workforce have changed. Recent academic expansion includes introducing a fully online distance education program; creating a Nursing Simulation Center; establishing The American Academy of Culinary Arts, and the opening of the Energy Technology Center.
To accommodate its growth in programming and enrollment, in 2000, the college moved from its location in the City of Pittsburgh to a 180-acre campus in the Pittsburgh suburb of North Fayette. Enrollment steadily has grown, with the 2016 graduating class the largest in the school’s history.
Pittsburgh Technical College has nine academic schools, awards Associate in Science degrees and certificates in more than 30 programs, enrolls more than 1,900 students, and provides resident housing to more than 900 students. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredited PTC, which has been a member of the collegiate community since 2002.
“The student activities and amenities that complement our academic programming create an environment where students can develop leadership and social skills while also learning the career skills in demand in today’s marketplace,” DeFeo says.
As a natural evolution of PTC’s academic programming, the college received approval from Middle States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Education to award bachelor’s degrees. In 2016, the college will offer a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology.
“Our mission to serve the needs of our students continues with the decision to offer two bachelor’s degrees,” DeFeo says. “It was increasingly evident that some of our graduates wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree and felt the best educational environment for continued success was right here at Pittsburgh Technical College.”
About Pittsburgh Technical College
A leader in career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) offers degree and certificate programs in more than 30 areas. Its 180-acre campus is home to the American Academy of Culinary Arts, the Energy Technology Center, the Nursing Simulation Center and many specialty labs. PTC students can take advantage of online course offerings, on-campus residence halls, student activities, intramural programs and community service programs. PTC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.