Penn State Schuylkill Announces Spring Community Engagement Program


SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. – Penn State Schuylkill has released its community engagement programming schedule for the spring semester. Offerings include pre-college, entrepreneurship, professional development and certification courses, as well as business services.

All classes will meet via Zoom video conferencing technology unless otherwise specified.

Special discounts

Employees of member institutions of the Consortium of Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op Employers and the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce receive special discounts. For more information, contact Shannon Del Conte, Director of Community Engagement, at or 570-385-6112.


SAT Prep Courses

Penn State Schuylkill’s SAT prep course has helped participants increase their SAT scores by up to 140 points. This course is ideal for high school students looking to excel in their SAT to gain acceptance into their dream school and qualify for scholarships. Participants will learn common SAT exam tips, tricks and pitfalls.


Business boot camp

Business Boot Camp is a rigorous six-week program that provides small business owners with the tools they need to navigate business law, marketing, financial management, and more. Entrants who choose to submit their business idea in the business plan competition will have their application fee waived.

Business plan competition

The annual business plan competition allows small business owners and entrepreneurs to submit their plans for starting or expanding their small business for up to $5,000 in funding. Registration fees are waived for Business Boot Camp attendees.

Professional development

SHRM Learning System Course

Earning your SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) or SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) designation makes you a recognized HR expert. This course consists of 36 hours of classroom instruction, including review before the new certification exam, and participants will receive materials from the SHRM learning system and practice tests. Instructed by William Aquilino, Assistant Professor of Business Education at Penn State Scranton.

  • Dates: from February 24 to April 16, Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $1,450 for SHRM members ($1,550 for non-members)
  • Learn more and register before February 11 >

SHRM Human Resource Essentials

This course covers six key human resources topics in a user-friendly format and is ideal for those new to the human resources profession or those looking for an effective way to strengthen their employee management skills. Instructed by William Aquilino, Assistant Professor of Business Education at Penn State Scranton.

Practical Spanish for the Workplace Part 1

If language barriers are affecting productivity in your workplace, Practical Spanish for the Workplace will help your business overcome this obstacle. Instructed by Jennifer Gipe, Spanish and French teacher for the Blue Mountain School District.

Change Management Certification Program

This program, offered in partnership with Prosci, is an interactive experience where participants learn how to lead successful change initiatives. Participants will apply Prosci’s holistic change management methodology to an ongoing project and ultimately have the basis of a change management plan to address and improve a specific project. This session of the program is offered exclusively to Penn State faculty, staff, and alumni. Instructed by the expert Prosci.

Grant Writing Fundamentals I – The Basics

Grant Writing Fundamentals I helps participants learn to identify and understand the grant writing process, the basic components of grant applications, and more. Educated by Dr. Erin Portland, owner of Schuylkill Grantworks, LLC.

Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Excel

This course is designed to help you master Excel from the basics to advanced features, from creating spreadsheets to pivot tables and complex formulas. Taught by Angela Brown, Accounting Lecturer and Business Program Coordinator at Penn State Schuylkill.

Supervision Essentials Series, Part 1

Develop practical skills to lead today’s individuals and teams. Part 1 examines supervisory roles and responsibilities and employee performance management. Instructed by Jamie Barton, Vice President of Jack Rich, Inc.

Services for employers

Our team can partner with your company to deliver programs to meet your workforce development needs. Classes can be taught onsite or at Penn State Schuylkill, and teaching styles are tailored to the needs of working adults.

Our dedicated faculty and staff will partner with your business to assess your immediate and long-term needs, then design and deliver training solutions to meet them. Our mission is to understand your needs and develop your people to achieve your goals and objectives.

To explore customized training options for your staff, contact Shannon Del Conte, Director of Community Engagement, at


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