Penn State to close Williamsport Center in 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK –  Penn State will close the Williamsport Continuing Education Centeron June 30, 2014. The decision to close this location, located at 1020 Commerce Park Drive in the Water Tower Square complex, was based on decreasing enrollment and declining revenue.

The students currently enrolled in courses at the Williamsport Center will receive assistance from Penn State to help them finish their degree programs. The University is exploring partnerships in Williamsport for suitable, temporary classroom space for Penn State faculty-led classes.

In addition to a temporary Williamsport location, current students will be counseled on their options for continuing their education at other Penn State locations, including online through Penn State’s World Campus. Students also will have access to support services after the center closes, including academic advising, career counseling and financial aid information.

In July 2011, the Academic Program and Administrative Services Core Council asked Outreach to carefully review the cost effectiveness of offering courses in Williamsport. The goal of the council was to identify new ways to maintain academic excellence, while helping Penn State become a more efficient and effective institution. Outreach leadership gave the center additional time to realize increased enrollments. With enrollments remaining low, the decision was made to implement the council recommendation.

Current Williamsport students can call 814-865-3443 or 800-228-1627 for further assistance.

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