Higher & Continuing Education
Alvernia University is a major presence in downtown Reading that gives students the opportunity to explore and enjoy a bustling community together. With stellar academic programs for business, engineering and technology, e-sports, and more, at Alvernia students have access to the resources and support they need to build their skills and foster strong relationships with mentors and peers.
Albright College is one of the oldest colleges in the Berks area and is home to innovative programs such as Total Experience Learning® that integrates research-based learning in all disciplines from biomedical and agricultural sciences to music and the arts. Students of all ages will find an environment at Albright that encourages them to learn enthusiastically.
Kutztown University has been a fixture of the Greater Reading area since its founding in 1866. With a wide array of programs and small class sizes that allow students to receive a more hands-on experience, there’s a good reason that KU is such a staple of the local educational community.
Penn State Berks
With 20 baccalaureate degree programs and the ability to complete the first two years of more than 275 degree programs at other campuses, Penn State Berks offers choices to its students that will help them choose their best educational path. With this variety and flexibility, students are given a strong foundation on which to build thriving professional careers.
Reading Area Community College
Reading Area Community College (RACC) was founded on October 1, 1971 with an enrollment of just 265 students for the first classes. Now, after 50 years, RACC has seen the graduation of 13,771 students and awarded 14,516 degrees, including associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas. With programs for nursing, criminal justice, business, and much more, RACC attracts students from all over the world.
Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health
Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health is the latest addition to Greater Reading’s learning community — giving local students the same outstanding opportunities and curriculum as the Philadelphia campus. The new building was designed to train and nurture the medical professionals of tomorrow and was made possible by the support of the Berks community.
Tech and Trade Schools
Berks Career and Technology Center
Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) was founded in 1968 and is regarded as one of the premier career and technology education facilities in Pennsylvania. Offering 34 career programs designed for students who are seeking to enhance their educational program with a highly relevant career and technical experience connected directly to the business and industry.
Berks Technical Institute
Berks Technical Institute (BTI) offers quality career-focused educational programs that help prepare students for a successful line of work. Students have access to a hands-on education where they are inspired and empowered through skill development. BTI staff are dedicated to helping students find their best path forward and succeed professionally.
Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center
Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center (RMCTC) provides outstanding career and technical education programming to prepare secondary and adult students for life after school. Students can enroll in one of 31 career and technical education programs. RMCTC staff are committed to providing a high-quality education and helping students become successful in their career of choice.
Career Ready Berks
GRCA has proudly supported this initiative since its inception. Career Ready Berks is an alliance developed by Berks County School Districts, post-secondary institutions, businesses and local business organizations to provide information, resources, and training programs to the 70,000 students in Berks County.
To learn more about this significant, community-wide approach to career exploration and hands-on experiences, visit the site here.
Additional Career Exploration Partner Programs
Contact Director of Workforce Development Keith Stamm to learn more!
Berks Business Education Coalition
The Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC) is a partnership between Berks County businesses and the education community. The BBEC applies the resources and expertise of the business sector to particular initiatives designed to advance student competencies and promote lifelong learning.
Manufacturers Resource Center
What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? Program – Is an annual video contest for middle school students designed to create awareness about modern manufacturing careers as they engage with local manufacturers, recording and presenting their experiences in an educational and “cool” way through documentary video production.
PA Dream Team – Dream Team members, who are among the best and brightest young professionals in the industry, make classroom presentations that encourage students to explore manufacturing careers.