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Venango College of Clarion University is a community in which all students are encouraged to explore their hopes and dreams and to achieve their full potential through participation in collaborative, innovative, and outcome-oriented cocurricular programs and services. Student Affairs promotes student learning and development through the provision of high quality programs and services designed to enhance students’ educational experiences and prepare students to be contributing members of a local community and a global society. Student Affairs offers a variety of services that help students achieve personal, academic, and vocational goals.

Career Services

The Career Services staff assists students and alumni in all aspects of career exploration, career planning and preparation, and professional development. Venango College students are encouraged to use all services including skill and interest assessments, resume and cover letter development, interviewing skills and techniques, portfolio preparation, making career changes, and classroom presentations that cover a variety of career-related topics. Services are designed to help students maximize their employment options. Students receive assistance in selecting a college major or identifying academic interests.

Students are encouraged to gain practical hands-on experience in their fields of study, the community, and the workplace prior to graduation. Through the Office of Career Services, students have the opportunity to learn more about themselves, their career options, and skills to remain marketable in a changing and competitive workforce.


Clarion Campus Opportunities

Students are invited to participate in a variety of activities at the Clarion Campus, including Greek life, musical productions, theatre productions, other cultural events, athletics, religious groups, and more.

Empowerment Program

Through specialized student services and the Empowerment Program, Venango College provides proactive advising, mentoring, peer tutoring, and a structured environment that helps students achieve their goals and succeed in college. These services support the university’s commitment to provide access to public education for all citizens of Pennsylvania.


Dining Services

CrossRhoades Café is located in the Robert W. Rhoades Center, which is open Monday through Friday when classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are offered, including sandwiches, pizza, soups, and more.



Elizabeth S. Black Hall, Edward V. & Jessie L. Peters Hall, Michael F. and Joyce I. Hughes Hall, Leadership Hall, and Bradford George Carmack Barnes Hall are attractive, upscale apartment buildings offering students a private bedroom and a semi-private bathroom, shared kitchen facilities, and living and dining areas. Each apartment is fully furnished and houses four students. Rent includes all utilities including heat, air conditioning, Internet access, cable television, local phone service, and off-street parking. The complex of seven buildings, when complete, will include a mix of two- and three-story buildings housing a total of 136 students. All buildingsinclude handicap-accessible apartments.

For more information about on-campus housing, call the Office of Student Affairs, Rhoades Center, at 814-676-6591, ext. 1269.


Learning Support Center

The Learning Support Center provides an array of academic support services, including the identification and counseling of study skills proficiency, individualized or group assistance, academic success workshops, resource materials for self-motivated learning, learning support groups, specifically designed study sessions for selected courses, and adaptive software for students with special needs.


Project P.A.S.S. (Promoting Academic Success for Students)

New students are encouraged to participate in Project P.A.S.S. workshops, which are an extended orientation for four weeks each semester. The seminars introduce participating students to important skills such as time management and study techniques and are designed to assist students in making a successful adjustment to college.


Personal Counseling

Students enrolled at Venango College have access to confidential professional counseling, support groups, and workshops offered by Counseling Services. The office can help students with concerns related to personal, social, and emotional adjustments. Counselors can also help individuals set developmental, educational, and career goals.

Sports and Recreation

Each year, students participate in softball, golf, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, pool, and bowling events. Intercollegiate competition is offered in various ntramural and club sport programs. Students may also use the recreation and fitness equipment at the Oil City YMCA or use the exercise facilities available in the Robert W. Rhoades Center.

Student Government

Student Senate, the student governing body at Venango College of Clarion University, is composed of five returning students and four new students, all of whom are elected by the student body. The senate develops a budget for student events that is funded by the student activity fee and makes recommendations to the executive dean in the areas of policy and campus improvements.

Student Organizations and Events

Involvement is important to gain the most from the college experience. At Venango College, student organizations provide an opportunity for networking with other students who share common interests. By taking an active part in an organization, students learn career-related leadership skills and have fun, too. Special interest groups include:

Allied Health Club
Bowling Club/Team
Business Club
Campus Activities Board
Criminal Justice Club
Equestrian Club/Team
Fitness Club
Nursing Club
Outdoor Club
Paintball Club
Paralegal Club
Phi Theta Kappa (academic honorary)
Photography Club
Psychology Club
Respiratory Care Club
SEED (Studying, Engaging, Exploring, Discipleship
Ski Club
Sports and Fitness Club
Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (S-PSEA)
Student United Way
Venango College Book Club
Venango College Eagle Ambassadors
Venango Veterans Club

A variety of social and cultural events are available at Venango College of Clarion University, including nationallyknown performers and speakers, dances, service projects, ski and canoe trips, coffeehouses, and much more. Students play an integral part in planning campus events and projects. A variety of leadership workshops, which provide students the opportunity to enhance skills or learn new ones, are offered throughout the year. Many events are family-oriented, and
students and families are encouraged to participate.


Charles L. Suhr Library

The Charles L. Suhr Library provides library resources, study facilities, and computers for Venango College students. The library contains 29,000 volumes and subscribes to 175 periodicals, as well as access to more than 7,000 full text journals via the Web. A computerized book catalog makes books from Suhr and Carlson libraries readily accessible to students at Venango College. The periodical collection is supplemented by thousands of periodicals that the library makes available online. All library services, described under Libraries, are available to Venango College students.

The Suhr Library is home to the Barbara Morgan Harvey Center for the Study of Oil Heritage. More information on Suhr Library is also available at

Venango Parking and Automobile Regulations

Parking regulations, described in the Parking and Automobile Regulations section of this catalog, apply to Venango College. Applications for parking permits are available in the Administrative Office and may be used at Venango College and in designated commuter parking lots at Clarion campus. Students at Venango College also may park only in designated student parking areas.


The Writing Center

The Writing Center supports all students in their efforts to become better writers and provides assistance with writing assignments in all subject areas. Consultants at The Writing Center assist students at whatever stage of writing they need assistance. Writing consultants aim to motivate rather than control a writer by asking questions, offering feedback, and encouraging writers to talk through the thinking and planning process.