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NPRC Offering Applied Technology Program

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) has been approved to offer a two-year Associate Degree of Applied Science in Applied Technology. This program has a specialization in Industrial Maintenance Technology and will begin Fall 2020.

Application to the program is open for all students and began April 13. NPRC now offers six Associate degrees. The Applied Technology program will prepare students for entrance or advancement in advanced manufacturing environments.

NPRC’s mechatronics-based curriculum, hands-on laboratory experience, and field experiences give students the opportunity to integrate skills gained through the program with a capstone project at the conclusion.

NPRC’s curriculum has been vetted by industry leaders and technical experts and emphasizes the importance of effective communications, positive work ethics, quality assurance, and testing.

Additional topics covered by these courses are programmable logic controls, robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics, high voltage industrial systems, and safety.

The Industrial Maintenance focus was designed to provide a deep, rich experience for students who become familiar with a wide variety of applications, such as automation, biotechnology, injection molding, powder metal, ceramics, and plastics manufacturing, and other related industries.

For more information on the Applied Technology program, visit

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s May 2020 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

NPRC Gains Degree-Granting Authority

June 3rd marks another milestone for Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC). Coming just over a week after the College celebrated their second year of operations, the Pennsylvania Department of Education provided NPRC with their degree-granting authority. This degree-granting authorization is a critical step for NPRC and will allow them to operate independently for the Spring of 2020. Gannon will remain their educational partner through the end of 2019.

To reach this point in the College’s establishment, the last year has been filled with policy development, curriculum writing, and creation of the College’s 2019-2020 course catalog. “This is an extremely momentous occasion for NPRC thanks to the hard work of the staff, the board, and PDE. We are building a top-notch school, and that can only be done with top-notch, dedicated individuals,” says Kate Brock, Chair of NPRC’s Board of Trustees. When Founding President Nairn was delivered the news from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, emotions were strong. “I cannot adequately express the gratitude I felt when I got the news,” said Nairn, “So many people, so much time, so much effort, and now we are one last step away from fully realizing the promise and the mission of this very special institution.”

This milestone couldn’t have been accomplished without the backing by Senator Scarnati, the early work of the Educational Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA), counties that have supported the College from the beginning, and the superintendents and school districts that took a chance on this initiative. NPRC is the first two-year college in Pennsylvania above interstate 80 and much of its success can be attributed to the seven years of ground work ECUA has laid for the College. Early in 2020, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College plans to begin the process for regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Local classes can be taken at the Venango Technology Center.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Northern PA Regional College Kicks off Fall Term

NPRC SEALFall 2018 has been an exciting term for Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC). Classes began on August 22 at 14 site locations over nine counties. This term also marked the start of two new Associate of Arts Degrees – Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention.

Shortly after the term began, NPRC celebrated yet another new chapter in the College’s existence–the Inauguration of its Founding President, Dr. Joseph T. Nairn, who believes in the transformative power of education to improve lives and revive communities.

NPRC is the first college developed in Pennsylvania since 1993. For the Inauguration, a college seal was adopted to be displayed on the Presidential Medallion–a symbol of the Office of the President. NPRC chose to represent the nine-county area they serve with a nonagon shape and nine hemlocks. The seal was designed by Caitlin Nairn, Founding President Nairn’s daughter.

Throughout the day, Dr. Nairn insisted that this event was not about him, but about the students and the success of those that attend NPRC. Alumna Tesla Moore confirmed his statement in her remarks by saying: “This is the idea that drives the success of this school. The benefits to the students are the main priority.” It was further echoed in Dr. Nairn’s sentiment, “We believe in and respect the inherent worth and dignity of all, and our academic staff are charged with ensuring our curricula reflect that respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and traditions of our learners.”

NPRC is currently enrolling students for the Spring 2019 term. The class schedule can be found at You can also contact Student Success Specialist Steve Carr at for more information.


This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s November 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.