Penn State Behrend recognizes that successful 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.
This program, held every May and is scheduled for May 13th, 2014, 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
21st Century Kids is designed to bring youth from rural populations to Penn State Behrend and provide exposure to opportunities available through post-secondary education. Students participate in hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math workshops taught by Behrend Faculty, tour campus, and experience a college setting.