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Central Penn College
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PresidentLinda Fedrizzi-Williams
LocationSummerdale, PA, USA
ColorsMaroon & Orange
AthleticsUSCAA Division II

Central Penn College (commonly referred to as Central Penn or CPC) is a for-profit college in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. Established in 1881, CPC offers two-year associate degree, three- and four-year bachelor's degree programs, and a master’s program in Professional Studies.[1] In 2004, Central Penn College opened a Lancaster, Pennsylvania location and began offering blended and online classes. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Central Penn College was originally known as Central Pennsylvania Business School. The school changed its name in 1999 to Central Pennsylvania College and then to Central Penn College in 2010.


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Central Penn College was founded in 1881 under the name "Pennsylvania Business College". Its original location was on Market Street in Harrisburg.[2] In 1970 the new president Bart Milano moved the Central Pennsylvania Business School, as it was known at that time, across the river to Summerdale where it continues to operate today.[3]

In 2015 Central Penn added three health science degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and Bachelor of Science in Radiology Sciences.[4]

Presidential history Edit

  • 1881–1886 – Joseph N. Curre
  • 1886–1917 – John E. Garner
  • 1917–1922 – Dwight L. M. Raker
  • 1922–1935 – William H. Hartsock
  • 1935–1953 – Sadie T. Hartsock
  • 1953–1969 – H. Rae Young
  • 1969–1989 – Bart A. Milano
  • 1989–2012 – Todd A. Milano[5]</li>
  • 2013–2017 – Dr. Karen M. Scolforo[6]
    • 2018–Present – Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams[7]


    The landscape of the campus has changed over the years. In 2002 the Advanced Technology Education Center opened. The new building doubled the number of academic classrooms on the Summerdale campus.[8] That same year 1869-vintage Henszey's Bridge, a 93-foot (28 m) wrought-iron bowstring arch/truss type, was refurbished and relocated to Central Penn from its previous home in Wanamakers, Pennsylvania.[9] In 2004 the college's first satellite location opened on Old Philadelphia Pike in Lancaster.[10] Responding to feedback from students for more recreational facilities, the college in 2014 opened The Underground, which contains a student union space, dance studio, fitness center, writing center and the Capital BlueCross Theatre. Fall 2015 saw the opening of the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Health Sciences Building, a state-of-the-industry facility designed to give students in the Department of Health Sciences a real-world, hands-on experience.[11]


    Master of Professional Studies Degree Programs Edit

    • Organizational Leadership[12]

    Bachelor of Science Degree Programs Edit

    Associate in Science Degree Programs Edit

    • Accounting
    • Communications
    • Computer Information Systems
      • Applications Development
      • Networking and Security
    • Criminal Justice
    • Entrepreneurship & Small Business
    • Marketing
    • Paralegal

    Associate in Applied Science Programs Edit

    • Medical Assisting
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    • Physical Therapist Assistant

    Post Secondary Certificate Program Edit

    • Phlebotomy Technician[14]


    Central Penn College Summerdale (Harrisburg) CampusEdit

    The main campus of Central Penn College is located in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. The campus comprises four academic buildings, the Charles "T" Jones Leadership Library, thirty-four student townhouses, six apartment buildings, a new Health Sciences Building, the Underground Student Union, and the Boyer House. The main campus is home to large yearly events including the college's annual Fall Harvest (homecoming) event, as well as Festival of Nations and SummerFest.

    Central Penn College Lancaster LocationEdit

    In 2004, Central Penn College opened its first additional location: the Lancaster Center. The Center serves mainly adult students enrolled in a variety of degree programs, including:[15]

    • Physical Therapist Assistant[16]
    • Business Administration
    • Accounting
    • Criminal Justice

    Central Penn College's Lancaster Center offers primarily evening classes, Monday – Thursday. Most courses are taught in a blended format––a mix of in-person and online learning, The center operates by the same academic schedule as the Summerdale main campus––four, 11-week terms. This year-round, accelerated approach enables students––if they maintain a full schedule––to complete their academic program earlier.

    Judith Dutill was appointed director of Lancaster Center in October 2018. Dutill has held a number of positions at Central Penn, including, most recently, the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. She earned a bachelor's in speech communication from Millersville University and a master's in professional communication from Purdue University in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    Central Penn College Lehigh Valley LocationEdit

    In May 2009, Central Penn College operated a location at Lehigh Valley from May 2009 to 2014.


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    The Central Penn College Knights are in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division 2. The USCAA is a national organization that exists to provide quality athletic competition on a regional and national level for smaller institutions of higher learning and their student athletes. The association conducts national championships, names All-Americans and scholar athletes.[17]

    Men's SportsEdit

    • Baseball[18]
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country[19]
    • Soccer

    Women's SportsEdit

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Soccer


    1. [1]
    2. "Central Penn College – History of Central Penn". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
    3. "Central Penn College president resigns leadership post after 23 years at helm". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
    4. "Midstate business briefs". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
    5. Matthew, Kemeny. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}".
    6. Barbara, Miller (August 15, 2013). Retrieved 3 December 2018.
    7. Daniel, Urie (May 31, 2018). Retrieved 3 December 2018.
    8. "Will work for spacev | CPBJ". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
    9. "Want to buy a bridge? Craighead in South Middleton Township is up for grabs". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
    10. "Central Penn opens center here". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
    11. "Central Penn College announces construction projects | CPBJ". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
    12. Babinchak, Jack. "Master of Professional Studies vs. MBA degree". Retrieved 4 December 2018.
    13. "Central Penn College is promoting three new bachelor's degrees".
    14. Jason, Scott. "Colleges, universities seek bigger role in fixing labor shortages". Retrieved 4 December 2018.
    15. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2010-04-29.
    16. Greg, Colburn. "PR Director". Central Penn College. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
    17. "USCAA". Retrieved 2015-09-10.
    18. "Central Penn Knights Set School Record for Wins". Retrieved 4 December 2018.
    19. "Central Penn College Relaunches Cross Country Team". Retrieved 4 December 2018.

    External linksEdit

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