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State College, Pa. provides a number of academic routes when it comes to planning for your future and making steps toward your career.

State College, Pennsylvania Career Colleges, Technical Schools, and Universities

Looking for accredited career colleges, technical schools, and universities in State College, Pennsylvania. Each degree from a State College, Pennsylvania Career College, a post-secondary for-profit institution, offers an education with an in-demand career field.

At career colleges in Pennsylvania, you typically don't take general education classes in core subjects such as English and math. Instead, you focus on career-related courses.

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State College, Pa., Colleges and Universities

State College, Pa., sums up what the town is about all through its name. A college town of more than 40,000 people, State College provides residents with great academic offerings and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, at just below six percent.

State College colleges

The main college in the area is Pennsylvania State University. Ranked in the top 50 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, Penn State has about 40,000 students, 160 undergraduate degree programs, and 150 graduate degree programs. Tuition costs about $15,000 a year for in-state students and $28,000 for out-of-state students. Also located in State College is South Hills School of Business & Technology. This career-training college provides more than 10 associate degree programs in subjects ranging from criminal justice to engineering technology. Tuition is just below $14,000 a year.

There are many other colleges near State College, which may explain why 66 percent of adult residents in town possess bachelor's degrees -- much higher than the state and nationwide averages. However, the total costs you pay per year will vary on the type of school you attend. According to The College Board, in-state tuition and fees in Pennsylvania for the 2011-12 were $3,663 for two-year public colleges, $12,079 for public four-year colleges, and $32,559 for private nonprofit four-year colleges.

State College economy

Education and health care employ nearly half of the workforce in State College. Some of the top employers include Mount Nittany Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University (with some 23,000 employees), and Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Within the last decade alone, the population of State College grew by nearly 10 percent. This could attest to the popularity of State College and possibly the many academic opportunities that the town avails.

Author: Jon Fortenbury

Jon Fortenbury is a Reno-based freelance writer. He's written for many publications, including Las Vegas Review Journal, Nevada Magazine, and Reno News & Review. His interests include education, religious debates, and lengthy road trips.

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