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5 Penn College academic majors reaccredited

The ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission has reaccredited Pennsylvania College of Technology’s associate degrees in civil engineering technology, plastics and polymer technology and surveying technology, as well as baccalaureate degrees in civil engineering technology and plastics and polymer engineering technology.

Graduates of those majors who have responded to recent surveys administered by the college report a 100 percent placement rate.

ABET is a nonprofit, nongovernmental agency that accredits programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. The Penn College programs are accredited through Sept. 30, 2025.

“Accreditation is an essential component to ensuring that our academic programs are doing an outstanding job in preparing students for career success in their chosen profession. We are proud that ABET continues to affirm the excellence of the Penn College civil engineering, surveying and plastics programs and the critical role those majors play in shaping the workforce,” said Michael Reed, vice president for academic affairs and provost at Penn College.

The reaccreditation was based on the college’s self-study report and a campus visit by an accreditation review team.

Students in the civil engineering and surveying programs learn problem-solving approaches, technical knowledge and communication skills needed to plan, design, improve and maintain infrastructure projects.

“Our graduates have the opportunity to earn licensure as professional engineers or professional land surveyors. The accreditation process ensures our current and future students will have the opportunity to earn their professional license and be competitive in the workforce and leaders in the construction and design industry,” said Carol Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies.

Penn College plastics students work with industrial-scale processing equipment in gaining experience in thermoforming, extrusion, rotational molding, injection molding and blow molding processes.

“For decades, our graduates have been a vital resource for the plastics industry. The reaccreditation provides external validation of the quality of our plastics program and the manner in which we educate, train and prepare students for rewarding careers in the field,” said David Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies.

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