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            Venango College will host an open house for students interested in the Electric Utility Technology concentration of the Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology Degree, which is offered through a partnership of Global Power Line Academy and Clarion University. The open house will be held on Thursday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Robert W. Rhoades Center at the campus.  The program is free and open to all interested persons. Tours of the campus will be available at 7 p.m.

            This unique program combines classroom learning with hands-on training.  Students can complete the academic program in as little as two full-time semesters of coursework in general and business education at Venango College in Oil City. Technical training will be completed during a 12-week summer session at the Blue Knob All Seasons Resort in Claysburg, PA. The program is designed to educate future electric utility professionals with an emphasis on overhead line work.  Information will also be provided about the significant career opportunities in this field. 

            The Electric Utility Technology concentration was first launched in fall 2005 at Venango College in partnership with First Energy and Penelec. Global Power Line Academy has been added as a partner for the program and Professor Bill Hallock, chair of the university’s Department of Applied Technology will present information about the program during the open house program.

            Information will also be available at the open house about other concentrations of study offered through the Department of Applied Technology.  Under this unique model, students complete general education and business courses at Venango College of Clarion University and the technical component of the degree through licensed, certified, accredited and/or otherwise approved technical education providers. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology or Administration Technology degree from Clarion University.  In addition to Global Power Line Academy and First Energy, the university’s Department of Applied Technology has partnerships with Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI) in Meadville; The Learning Center in Seneca; the National Hardwood Lumber Association in Memphis, Tennessee; Triangle Tech, which has campuses in Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, DuBois, and Sunbury, Pennsylvania; and Preferred Systems, Inc. of Erie.

            To learn more about the Applied Technology programs, contact Professor Hallock at 814-676-6591, ext. 1307, or

            In addition to the Applied Technology programs, information will be provided about other programs offered at Venango College including allied health, arts and sciences, business administration, criminal justice, medical imaging sciences, nursing, paralegal studies, rehabilitative services, and respiratory care.   

            Venango College of Clarion University, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The college provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University’s 90 plus degrees, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The college is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, and School of Humanities, Sciences and Technology. Venango College is committed to serving the needs of the community.

7/25/2013 12:00 PM

Electric Utility Open House to Be Held at Venango College of Clarion University