Opened in 1934 and originally located in Pottsville, Penn State Schuylkill was one of the first three “undergraduate centers” created to serve more state residents. The Schuylkill Haven campus offers 14 bachelor’s and four associate degree programs. “We’re adding programs for which there is demand and employment,” says Chancellor Patrick Jones; recent additions include Information Technology and Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations.
Penn State Schuylkill Chancellor Patrick Jones says he knew when he arrived in 2019 that students enrolling there needed to know that their degrees would lead to jobs. In 2021, the campus launched the Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op, a partnership with more than 60 employers who interview and hire students for internships, building their potential employee pipelines. Across the four-year program, students complete three full-time internships—12 months total—plus career development training in addition to their regular degree coursework. “You graduate with a diploma and a résumé,” Jones says.