Preparing children to become productive, contributing members of society is the aim of every educator. From preschool through college or technical schools, providing young minds with the tools, environment, structure and guidance is key to maximizing each student’s potential. Huntingdon County is home to many excellent educational institutions. From the public school system, which serves over 7,000 students, to private and charter schools like New Day Charter School and the Grier School, Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center, and several local post-secondary options, area residents have access to everything their child needs to get a strong start in life.
The Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center just completed a $2.2 million expansion of their transportation center. Adding 12,500 square-feet to their facility doubled the space available to students and instructors in the automotive programs. The expanded facility will be in use for the 2020-2021 academic year. Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center offers vocational training to area students, offering 13 programs which are available to high school students from Huntingdon, Juniata Valley, Mount Union, and Southern Huntingdon school districts, as well as to adults in the area.
Juniata College is a private liberal arts college, with a student body of 1,500 students. Ranked nationally as the 82nd liberal arts college in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, Juniata is highly regarded for its academic excellence. Students can pursue a four-year traditional bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts program, selecting from a broad range of majors. Founded in 1876, the school boasts an impressive success rate, with 95% of students either employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Penn Highlands Community College, based in Johnstown, has six branches offering students an opportunity to pursue degrees locally and online. The Huntingdon Center is equipped with multiple classrooms, a full science lab, video conferencing capabilities, and a student lounge. Students can earn 10 degrees and/or certificates entirely through the Huntingdon Center and online classes.