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Education & Training

Education is a high propriety in the Oil Region. Venango College of Clarion University and the Titusville branch campus of the University of Pittsburgh are both located here.

The Oil Region is home to six public and three parochial schools. They serve thousands of students.

Elementary Schools

Allegheny Valley Area School District

  • Allegheny-Clarion Valley Elementary

Cranberry Area School District

  • Cranberry Elementary School

Franklin Area School District

  • Central Elementary School
  • Sandycreek Elementary School
  • Victory Elementary School

Oil City Area School District

  • Hasson Heights School
  • Seventh Street School
  • Smedley Street School

Titusville Area School District

  • Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Hydetown Elementary School
  • Main Street Elementary School
  • Pleasantville Elementary

Valley Grove School District

  • Valley Grove Elementary School

Oil Region Middle & High Schools

Allegheny Valley Area School District

  • Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School

Cranberry Area School District

  • Cranberry Area Jr/Sr High School

Franklin Area School District

  • Franklin Area Middle School
  • Franklin Area High School

Oil City Area School District

  • Oil City Area Middle School
  • Oil City Senior High School

Titusville Area School District

  • Titusville Middle School
  • Titusville Senior High School

Valley Grove School District

  • Rocky Grove Jr/Sr High School

Venango Technology Center

  • Located at 1 Vo-Tech Drive in Oil City, the Venango Technology Center serves all six school districts in the Oil Region and offers programs that are designed to meet the needs of students as well as occupational requirements in the labor market. Courses offered will prepare the students for all levels of ability to enter jobs in technical, skilled and semi-skilled occupations.
  • Customized training to meet the needs of area industry is also available. The training is offered at the Venango Technology Center or on-site at the industry location. Licensed Practical Nursing, daytime and evening school classes, customized industry training and specialized daytime training are also available.

    Private/Parochial Schools

    Christian Life Academy

    Located in the former Pinoak Elementary School on Route 257, this school offers complete education from kindergarten through 12th grade, with an average class size of 11.

    St. Patrick’s School

    Located on Buffalo Street in Franklin, this school has students from kindergarten through eighth grade and is part of the Erie Diocese.

    St. Stephen’s School

    Located on Reed Street in Oil City, this school has students from kindergarten through eighth grade and is part of the Erie Diocese.

    Faith Baptist Church, Academy & School of Theology

    Faith Christian Academy is a Christian school for grades K-12. Faith Baptist School of Theology offers Christian college level classes for ministry, missions and teaching. Both are located at 235 Horsecreek Road in Seneca, PA.

    Venango Catholic High School

    Located on West First Street in Oil City, this school has students from ninth through twelfth grade and is part of the Erie Diocese.

    Colleges & Universities

    For the most up-to-date information, we recommend that you contact the institutions below or visit their respective websites.

    Venango College of Clarion University

    Venango College of Clarion University is located on West First Street in Oil City. It was established in 1961 on 62 scenic acres and was the first branch campus in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The campus provides programs for full and part time students who wish to complete the first two years study toward a bachelor’s degree in business, education, psychology and rehabilitative sciences, with the final two years being completed at the main campus in Clarion.

    Venango College is responsive to the needs of the community and committed to developing innovative programs that meet the requirements of the local population. Special programs have been designed for young children, academically talented high school students who want to start earning college credits, returning adult learners and older individuals.
    Venango College also provides students the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing and radiologic sciences and masters’ degrees in nursing and special education/rehabilitative science.
    In addition, the campus offers students the ability to earn an associate degree in one of nine areas:

    • Allied health
    • Applied technology
    • Arts and sciences
    • Business
    • Early childhood education
    • Legal business studies
    • Nursing and rehabilitative services

    One-year certificates are offered in nine high demand fields that include both credit and non-credit classes and a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses are offered.

    Venango College of Clarion University
    1801 West First Street
    Oil City , PA 16301
    814.676.6591
    www.clarion.edu/venango

     

    University of Pittsburgh at Titusville

    University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (UPT) is a part of the University of Pittsburgh, an institution with a history of excellence in learning and research for more than 200 years.

    UPT boasts faculty and staff of more than 120 persons. The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (UPT) was established in 1963 in response to a long-recognized need for higher educational opportunities in the Oil Creek Region. Following a successful fundraising campaign, UPT opened its doors in the fall of 1963 with classes being held in McKinney Hall. Joe M. Ball, a University of Pittsburgh administrator, was named the first president and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1986.

    Students attending UPT have access to more than 100 majors, including:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management
    • Associate degrees
    • Certificate programs

    Top major areas of study include:

    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Education
    • Pre-Pharmacy
    • Engineering

    University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
    504 East Main Street
    Titusville, PA 16354
    814.827.4400
    www.upt.pitt.edu

     

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