– State Rep. Jamie Flick (R-Lycoming/Union) issued the following statement on his vote in support of the allocation of funds for Pennsylvania College of Technology:
“As an alumnus of Pennsylvania College of Technology and former adjunct professor of computer science and data analytics, I am a strong supporter of this college and its programs, which was reflected in my ‘yes’ vote for an increase in appropriations funding on the House floor this week.
“Pennsylvania College of Technology is recognized as a national leader in applied technology education, offering hands-on education that is vital to the needs of Pennsylvania’s workforce. The college continues to have a 96% placement rate for graduates across approximately 100 academic programs. To me, this college is beyond measure.
“A degree from Penn College offers a remarkable return on investment (RIO). According to Georgetown University’s “Center on Education and the Workforce,” in 2022, Penn College’s four-year graduates’ financial value outpaced those from other public four-year institutions in the Commonwealth.
“In conjunction with 3,000 Pennsylvania businesses, there were 5,000 incumbent workers and apprentices trained through Penn College’s robust workforce development division last year. In addition, the college is ranked second for veterans with 300 veteran-students on campus, according to the 2024 US News & World Report on best college for veterans.
“While Penn College is an affiliate of Penn State University, Penn College is not reliant on Penn State for funding of its operations, and approximately 90% of its students are Pennsylvania residents, and more than 87% of the students receive financial aid.
“With passage of House Bill 1461
yesterday, this vital $3.23 million increase in the appropriation allows Penn College to open more slots in dozens of in-demand programs – such as welding, electrical and aviation maintenance – that are beyond capacity and have been on waitlists since last spring.”