Greater Reading values lifelong learning. There are over 29,000 college and technical school students within 40 miles of Reading and over 4,700 certificates and degrees awarded from technical schools, colleges and universities in the Greater Reading area. The learning institutions in Greater Reading work closely with the business community to support entrepreneurship, workforce training, research, innovation and leadership development.
Find your niche at one of Greater Reading’s institutions of learning.
Colleges & Universities
Albright College is one of the oldest colleges in Greater Reading and is home to innovative programs such as the Science Research Institute program (SRI), which integrates research-based learning in STEM education and offers state-of-the-art scientific summer and after-school programming to middle-and high-school students. Students of all ages will find an environment at Albright that encourages them to learn enthusiastically.
Learn more at www.albright.edu.
Alvernia University is a major presence in downtown Reading that gives students the opportunity to explore and enjoy a bustling community together. With an education built on experiential learning paired with stellar academic program for business, engineering and nursing, Alvernia students are able to foster strong skills and relationships with mentors and
Learn more at www.alvernia.edu.
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.
Learn more at www.drexel.edu/medicine/about/campuses/west-reading.
Kutztown University (KU) 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.
Learn more at www.kutztown.edu.
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 there are given a strong foundation on which to build thriving professional careers.
Learn more at www.berks.psu.edu.
Reading Area Community College
Reading Area Community College (RACC) was founded in 1971 with 265 students enrolled. Now, after more than 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 more, RACC attracts students from all over the world.
Learn more at www.racc.edu.
Tech & 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.
Learn more at www.berkscareer.com.
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.
Learn more at www.berks.edu.
Reading Muhlenberg Career and 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.
Learn more at www.rmctc.org.