Having an Anthracite coal heritage that lured young men from the education system by the age of 12, the Schuylkill County of today recognizes education as a key to a successful and prosperous tomorrow.
The 12 Public school districts and parochial education system all place strong emphasis on meeting the needs of individual students and shaping interests and skills through comprehensive programs that develop each student's full potential. All of the school programs introduce students to computer skills at an early age and high school curriculums are structured around basic mathematics, social studies, science and English courses. College preparatory programs emphasize additional skills. A broad range of extra-curricular and sports programs are available to all of the students for the total development of each person.
The Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29- coordinates program and consultative services to the 12 public school districts, as well as operating a Special Education Program. The Intermediate Unit also operates the Schuylkill Technology Centers-which offer a variety of short-term certificate programs for adults.
A Business/Education Partnership and the Pennsylvania CareerLink- a program that has been developed to assist in job skills training for local workforce demands. This partnership also focuses on career awareness, school drop-out factors and other social and education concerns of the Schuylkill County community. Higher education is available through several facilities. Penn State Schuylkill, combines the benefits of a small-college atmosphere - allowing for more individualized teaching - along with the power and prestige of a major research university.
The courses offered at Penn State Schuylkill give students the chance to earn both Bachelor and Associate Degrees. Associate Degrees in Business Administration, Human Development and Family Studies, Letters, Arts & Sciences, and Radiological Sciences (Radiological Technologies). Bachelor Degrees in Administration of Justice, Biology, Business, Corporate Communication, Information Sciences and Technology, Psychology, and RN to B.S. in Nursing. Minors include Biology, Business, Civic and Community Engagement, Criminal Justice, Information Science and Technology, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre. The campus also offers adult education programs and customized educational services for business and industry.
In addition to Penn State Schuylkill, two-year Associate Degree programs are available through Lehigh Carbon Community and McCann School of Business and Technology.
Alvernia University Schuylkill Center also offers 4-year degrees. Bachelor Degrees in Accounting, Behavioral Health, Criminal Justice Administration, Criminal Justice Administration and Behavioral Health minor, Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4), Finance, Healthcare Science, Liberal Studies, Management, RN to BSN Completion Program. Graduate Degrees and Certification Programs in Dual M. Ed. with Graduate Certification Programs, Graduate Education Certifications, Master in Business Administration, Master in Business Administration Online, Master of Education, and Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility.
As times have changed, so has the education system in Schuylkill County. A commitment to education with a dedication to developing the minds of young and old alike is an essential ingredient to the successful creation of the Schuylkill County of the future.