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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest growing occupation from 2016 to 2026 is solar photovoltaic installers, followed closely by wind turbine technicians. As energy consumption continues to increase year over year, alternative energy sources are becoming ever more essential to fill demand. Municipalities, businesses and power companies across the nation…(Read More)

HVAC-R Training Program

Hear from HVAC-R Training Program graduate, Deni Jackson, as she shares her experiences at Penn Commercial. Students in the HVAC-R program benefit from a thorough, hands-on learning experience in which they are able to train using the kind of technology, tools and resources they are likely to find when they are employed…(Read More)

Welding Competition Penn Commercial

Penn Commercial’s 2019 Annual Weld-Off Competition has begun! This is open to Juniors and Seniors in a welding program at your high school. The competition will consist of a welding test on AWS D1.1 joints on 1/2” plate in the vertical up position using either 3/32 or 1/8 E7018…(Read More)

Lennox HVAC-R Lab

Explore our new Lennox Sponsored HVAC-R lab with a tour by HVAC Instructor, Don McGary! Penn Commercial Business/Technical School has nearly 90 years of experience preparing students in Washington County for meaningful skilled trade careers. Students in the HVAC-R Training program benefit from a thorough, hands-on learning experience in which they…(Read More)

HVAC-R Training

Chris Ramos graduated from Penn Commercial Business/Technical School’s HVAC-R Training program in 2018. When transitioning from military to civilian life, Chris found challenges, but also opportunities to use his skills obtained in the military in his HVAC-R training. Students in Penn Commercial’s HVAC-R program benefit from a thorough, hands…(Read More)

Trade schools, trade schools vs traditional college, why trade school over traditional college, trade programs

Why top students are choosing trade school over traditional college. Raelee Nicholson could have had her pick of prestigious four-year universities. The high school junior from just outside of Pittsburgh is a member of the National Honor Society, is earning A’s in her honors classes, and scored very highly on her college board…(Read More)

Welding

What should you know about what it takes to succeed with Welding? If someone were to tell you that there’s a career field out there that offers good pay, is in desperate need of skilled workers, and doesn’t require a four-year college degree—and in fact only takes 12 months of education…(Read More)

HVAC

Major shortage of HVAC technicians means big opportunities on the job front. Everyone’s been there. It’s the middle of summer, the temperature outside is reaching high up in the 90s. Thank goodness for central air conditioning. Then, it happens. You start feeling a little warm. The room feels stuffy. You check the vent…(Read More)

Welding

America’s shortage of skilled welders means big opportunities. It affects virtually everyone, every day. It’s around us everywhere. It’s in our homes, our cars, public transportation, our places of work, the roads we drive, and countless other places. Without it, everyday life would be dramatically different than it is today. We’re…(Read More)