Penn State Behrend recognizes that succesful communities and organizations start with young people who are motivated, educated, and excited to learn. The Office of Workforce and Community Programs offers a number of outreach programs that give area youth the opportunity to use the college's resources to receive unique and exciting learning experiences.
College for Kids
This very popular program has been providing summer enrichment opportunities to children in the Erie region for 20 years. Classes ranging from art and music to engineering and science are offered to children ages 6-16.
Summer Reading Skills Program
There is perhaps no activity that provides more lifelong, tangible benefits than reading. Regardless of age, reading remains an activity that everyone can enjoy. In collaboration with the Institute for Reading Development, Penn State Continuing Education has offered Summer Reading Programs for Children and Adults since 2008.
This program, held every May, provides middle-school girls the opportunity to spend the day on the Penn State Behrend campus participating in activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The goal is to motivate them to take advanced math and science courses in high school, so that they can pursue exciting and fulfilling careers in the STEM disciplines.
21st Century Kids
The 21st Century Kids Program is designed to bring youth from rural populations to Penn State Behrend to participate in workshops, activities, and experience a college setting.