Life Long Learning Facebook LIVE Discussion

Central Penn students have the opportunity to earn college credits towards their major for their professional work experience, we’ll discuss the qualifications to earn work life credits. The credits earned through professional experience shorten the length of their education saving them time and money.

Presented by Rebecca Bowman, Senior Director of Admissions and Dr. Krista Wolfe, Dean of Health Sciences.

Student Spotlight: Paige Pendl


Hello, my name is Paige Pendl.

I am originally from a small town in the state of Connecticut and moved out here about a year ago to attend school in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Central Penn. I am 19-years-old and I will be graduating in December with my associate degree in PTA.

I started school in July of 2015. Since I am living on campus, I have had wonderful memories and experiences with many of the faculty and staff members as well as other students. It also allows me to attend many of the wonderful club fairs, activities and other fun events around campus. I am able to participate in Club Wars, bonfires, ATEC parties, club meetings, drama productions and many of the sports activities, as well. I help out on campus as much as possible. I am currently the student reporter for the Marketing Department and attend many events, sports-related or not. I am also a part of the Colleges Against Cancer club, VicePresident of the PTA club, a tour guide and a student athlete.

Another advantage of living on campus is that it is easier for me to participate on sports teams. The last two years I have been the women’s soccer team’s captain and have played on the basketball team, with this year being a captain. I won student athlete of the month in October 2015 for all the hard work and effort that I had put in and I am very proud of that. Being a student athlete is a great way to open yourself up and has broadened my horizons with the people I have met and the friendships I have made.

As a student athlete I am always a student first, athlete second. I have to keep all my classes above a 77 in the PTA program in order to pass and work rigorously to maintain a good GPA. The program is very intense, one of the hardest programs at Central Penn, but the professors and other students are wonderful and will help each other out. The PTA degree program is full of great life lessons, as well as clinical lessons that will guide us outside of school. This campus is full of wonderful professors and students. Being a smaller school, after a few terms, you truly get to know students, faculty and staff very well and can create great professional relations that can benefit you later on. This is a warm and welcoming environment that allows students to explore and achieve their highest expectations.

A Perspective from One Busy Central Penn Student

My name is Caroline and I am a student at Central Penn College. I am just about halfway through my college career and am looking to hopefully soon start an internship. I am a marketing major. There are always exciting things going on around campus. Whether it is my volunteering or working on campus, it is very busy.

Community service is one of our Big Eight Philosophies here at Central Penn, so our students learn community involvement. Working on campus is also huge because I have worked in the marketing department, admissions, and now the President’s office. It is a great opportunity to learn really what all goes into getting our prospective students to say “yes.” All of my experiences have already helped me so much with realizing what the real world will really be like.

You may be thinking, “How could she know just by working within the school and going to classes there?” Well, our classroom set up is amazing! We have a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, and the one-on-one time with professors is a great opportunity to learn even more. We do dress professionally on presentation days and if there is a career expo of some sort, which makes me realize that this is real. In just a year, I will be in my internship and graduating – really deciding what I want to do for the rest of my life.

The professors make it easy to speak with them, especially regarding resume-building opportunities. The hands-on learning experiences we get in the classroom are well put together and something I have never experienced before. With the Allied Health majors, of course it is easy to be hands-on, but within the business department it is on another level. Whether it may be looking at previous business plans, creating our own business plan, or even doing research on certain companies, it gets everyone excited to learn something new and realize what our niche is. Central Penn has opened so many doors for me, and I will be forever thankful. I have met so many great people, and made great connections that will last a lifetime.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Caroline is a current student at Central Penn College, and she is in her sixth term. Caroline is working toward her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing, and she is originally from Middletown, PA. Caroline currently works in the President’s office on campus.[/author_info] [/author]

Want to join Caroline on your own journey toward success? Learn more about Central Penn’s academic programs, community service on campus, and all of the guiding principles of the college that Caroline mentioned. Then schedule your visit to campus!


For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.


The College Student’s Balancing Act

Being a student worker, an athlete, and a full-time student at Central Penn College can be extremely tough! I barely have time to relax because I go from classes to work to basketball practice and then home for whatever homework I need to get done. I usually go to sleep around 1:30 AM on a good night, but sometimes I don’t get to sleep until about 2:15 AM. Even when I am tired though, I love working in the Admissions Office because I can always find a laugh here. It’s a great opportunity to be able to work with such amazing people; hopefully when I graduate I will continue to work with amazing people in my future career, but for right now, it can be a tough road!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Bachelle is a current student at Central Penn College, and she is in her fifth term. Bachelle is working toward her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and she is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Bachelle also plays basketball and volleyball for Central Penn’s Lady Knights.[/author_info] [/author]

Lady Knights Basketball

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One Student’s Perspective on Enrolling at Central Penn

Enrolling in Central Penn’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program is one of the best decisions I have ever made!

I was previously accepted at another larger university’s OTA program. After quickly becoming just another number and getting lost in their system, I started to rethink my desire to attend their program.

As fate would have it, I saw a billboard advertising Central Penn’s new OTA program right here in my own backyard. I promptly made an appointment with admissions. I met with Amanda and immediately noticed a significant difference in Central Penn’s staff and faculty. I was encouraged to ask questions, and I got immediate answers.

Central Penn’s admission process was seamless and simple. All my questions were answered immediately. I have support every step of the way! My college advisor, Shaashawn, is welcoming, approachable, and genuinely helpful.

I am currently an OTA student in my second term. I am completely enjoying my studies here at Central Penn. My professors are the best. Their experience is an asset to Central Penn. I am enjoying their practical and unpretentious teaching methods.

I am confident I made the right choice to attend Central Penn College.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Debora is a current full-time student at Central Penn College. She is working toward her associate degree in occupational therapy assistant, and she is from Enola, PA. She is a member of the OTA club at Central Penn, and she is a mother of two children.[/author_info] [/author]

To get started with your admissions process, complete your free application online now or contact admissions.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

Starting College Mid-Year

Starting college can be a very scary and difficult choice to make, but Central Penn makes it easy. My name is Erin Fausnaught, and I started attending Central Penn College in January of 2013 in the winter term. At many colleges there is one time in the year when the entire new freshman class starts, normally in the fall. At Central Penn students are given four different opportunities throughout the year to begin their education.

Starting at a different time in the year could be intimidating, but not at Central Penn. I was very nervous to be starting in the middle of the year. The thing about Central Penn is that all of the four opportunities to start are the beginning of a new term. This means that when you start you’re not behind at all because it is the beginning of the new eleven week term.

The first day spent at Central Penn is orientation. It is a really great day because it gives you the opportunity to meet all the other new people who are also starting and are probably just as nervous as you! Orientation is how I met my best friend here, and it can help you start to build relationships.

If you are considering taking this next big step in your life to continue your education, Central Penn is a great place to go. They work with you and make things easy to accomplish. No matter when you decide to start, you will have great opportunities to be successful here.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Erin is a current student at Central Penn College, and she is in her first term. She is working toward her associate’s degree in criminal justice, and she is originally from Muncy, PA. Erin is currently taking steps toward going to Croatia this coming fall with Central Penn’s Cultural Immersion Program.[/author_info] [/author]


For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

Should You Come to Closer Look Weekend?

Hey! My name is Aaron, and I was once in the same place you are in now. Just a year ago, I was thinking “What college to go to? Is it too far from home or is it too close?” At that time, the next school visit that was on the list for me was Central Penn College. When I came to visit during Closer Look Weekend in April 2012, I must admit that I was a bit nervous. I had no friends or classmates from my high school, and I didn’t know anyone. But after I came back home from visiting, I could not stop running my mouth about how much I loved the school and the people I met.

The weekend kicked off with the placement exam testing which honestly was very easy and quick. After that, we all regrouped and participated in activities for a little while, which included a scavenger hunt and a reception with our parents. Then finally all the outrageous fun began. We were paired up with current students at Central Penn. I was lucky to be paired up with someone who was exactly like me. We went to the arcade, played laser tag, and rode go-carts. It was so much fun. After that, we stayed overnight (which was even more fun), and in the morning we met professors and explored some of the majors that Central Penn College had to offer.

Overall, Closer Look Weekend is one of the main reasons why I am here today. It can really have a positive effect on your decision to come here.

If you are ready to register for Closer Look Weekend for yourself, contact Central Penn Admissions!

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Aaron is a current student at Central Penn College, and he is in his third term. He is working toward his bachelor’s degree in accounting, and he is originally from Philadelphia.[/author_info] [/author]


For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.