Study Away students experience firsthand look at urban sustainability

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State World Campus students Jamie Parke and Yolanda Jackson are experiencing their possible career paths in urban sustainability through Penn State’s Study Away program. The program is facilitated through Penn State’s urban centers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Study Away is designed to give students a real-world experience in an urban…

Mayor’s action plan, WPSU documentary highlight climate change in Pittsburgh

By Christie Black Penn State Outreach and Online Education Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto is one of more than 330 mayors from across the United States who has pledged to continue to align their city with the goals of the Paris Agreement, despite the federal government’s announcement to back out. In advance of the mayor’s reveal…

U.S. Navy and Penn State Center Pittsburgh teach STEM using underwater robotics

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — More than 100 students and educators from western Pennsylvania schools will compete in the 2017 Pittsburgh Regional SeaPerch Competition from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at California University of Pennsylvania. Penn State Center Pittsburgh, United States Navy City Outreach, and Navy Recruiting District Pittsburgh partnered to facilitate the regional contest.…

Students encouraged to apply for new resident program in urban sustainability

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Starting in fall 2017, Penn State will launch a new program for students who are interested in helping the cities of today support the world of tomorrow. Study Away Pittsburgh is a 15-credit resident program that provides students with an immersive urban experience while taking classes in person and online. It…

New director hired to lead Penn State Center Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Thomas Bartnik is the new director of the Penn State Center Pittsburgh. Bartnik, a certified urban planner and LEED accredited professional, has spent 25 years working in sustainable community development. Before joining the Penn State Center team, he was executive director of Pittsburgh Green Innovators and served as director of planning and…

Penn State Center Pittsburgh begins program to mentor at-risk teens

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The pilot program for the Penn State Community Innovation for Youth (CITY), an initiative created to help at-risk students in the Pittsburgh area transition to adulthood by achieving academic success and financial independence, is underway. The first student cohort to participate in Penn State CITY includes juniors and seniors selected from…

Community development students gain practical experience through new program

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement Program, or SSCEP, is in its pilot year, and so far, it’s off to a great start. In 2014, a group of undergraduate students and faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences developed a plan to get students working in community- and sustainability-related fields long before…