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Mission Statement: To provide students with comprehensive academic and technical skills that address the needs of our community and the employers of the region. 

Vision Statement: To ensure that students completing Applied Technology programs are provided with an opportunity to secure employment in their area of concentration with the educational background to advance into supervisory positions or are able to further their education at Venango Campus of Clarion University or other institutions of higher learning.

logoDo you want to learn a trade in addition to attending college? Do you want to prepare yourself so that you can be upwardly mobile in your chosen career?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, Clarion University's Applied Technology program may be your next step.

The Applied Technology programs utilize a creative partnership approach designed to prepare you for a career path leading to a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions. Under this unique model, you complete general education and business courses through Clarion University, either on campus or online, and the technical component of the degree through licensed, certified, accredited, and/or otherwise approved technical education providers. Graduates receive an Associate or Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Clarion University.

Based on post-graduation student surveys:
  • 100 percents of respondents are employed and working in their field
  • Salary:  40% - $25,000-$30,000
                  20% - $30,001-$40,000
                  20% - $40,001-$50,000
                  20% - $60,000+
  • 40% have received advancement/promotions
  • 80% strongly agree that the applied technology degree has prepared them to be successful

For the associate degree, you will complete 30-33 credit hours (one year if you attend Clarion full-time) of specified coursework with Clarion University prior to field training with one of our technical education providers.  At one of our technical education providers, you will complete a concentration in AppliedTechnology. The Applied Technology program holds national accreditation by the Association of Technology,  Management, and Applied Engineering.  ATMAE is recognized as the premier professional association for the accreditation of industrial technology programs in colleges, universities, and technical institutions.

For the bachelor’s degree, you will complete 90 credit hours of coursework with Clarion University and a concentration in Applied Technology at one of our technical education providers. The bachelor’s degree also prepares you for graduate school and a future MBA.

Many of our associate degree programs can be completed in 18 months or less!

Ask about possible state-wide articulations credit hours in areas such as: 

  • Administrative assistant secretarial science
  • Carpentry/carpenter
  • Computer network/telecommunications
  • Computer technology
  • Drafting/design tech
  • Electromechanical technology/electromechanical engineering technology
  • Electronic/communication engineering technology
  • Heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and refrigeration maintenance technology/technician
  • Machine tool technology/technician
  • Welding technology/welder

Awarding Credit for PA State registered Apprenticeships

To enhance and achieve educational and training goals and to minimize the need to repeat coursework, successful Pennsylvania Registered Apprenticeship program graduates may be able to receive appropriate college credit for prior learning in applied technology obtained while in 2-year State Registered Apprenticeship programs, up to 30 APT credits.

Minimum hours of two-year apprenticeship: 4,000 hours; 288 hours in technical training.


Hope Lineman
 114 Rhoades Center
Oil City, PA 16301 
+1 814 393 1270

Dr. Tony R. Johns 
Department Chair 
335 Still Hall 
Clarion, PA 16214 
+1 814 393 2626

Last Updated 8/24/21