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Cultural and economic growth in Venango County will get a boost under a plan developed by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism and Pennsylvania Western University Clarion for the university’s Venango property.

Starting in fall 2024, pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Associate of Science in Nursing will relocate to the Clarion campus. 

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Pennsylvania offers qualified employers the opportunity to train new and existing employees through WEDnetPA. The progressive training program, funded by the Department of Community and Economic Development, provides qualified companies with money for training in a wide range of essential skills and high-tech topics.

Pennsylvania is using its resources to invest in its workers to make sure they have the skills needed to compete in the global economy. We must ensure that businesses have access to a highly skilled labor force and that residents have the education and training they need. Together with the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth is making sure our working men and women remain competitive. We're working to improve the quality of life for our residents as well as our economy.

Since 1999, the PennWest Clarion Office of Continuing Education has awarded more than $3.7 million in training!

The training has:

  • No application fee
  • No matching funds requirement
  • Simple application and administration
  • Essential skills training
  • Advanced manufacturing technology training
  • Instructor-led training
  • Online training options are available

Click here for grant qualification information.


Jeanne Best, WEDnetPA Partner
PennWest Clarion - Venango Campus
1801 West First St.
216 Frame Hall
Oil City, PA 16301
814 676 1348 (fax)

Last Updated 1/22/24