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Education & Training

Education is a high priority in the Oil Region.

PennWest Clarion — Venango Campus and the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville are located here. Six public school districts and four parochial schools serve thousands of students Pre-K through 12.

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

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 Jr/Sr 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 prepare students and adult trainees 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. Stephen’s School – Located on Reed Street in Oil City, this school has students from pre-kindergarten through sixth 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 Jr/Sr 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:

PennWest Clarion–Venango Campus 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 Campus 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 Campus 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.


PennWest Clarion — Venango Campus
1801 West First Street
Oil City , PA 16301


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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. The university offers an associate degree in nursing and manufacturing certifications.

University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
504 East Main Street
Titusville, PA 16354



Northern Pennsylvania Regional College offers affordable education and workforce training including associate degrees for high school students, adult learners, and employees.

Northern Pennsylvania Regional College
300 2nd Ave, Suite #500
Warren, PA 16365

844-350-7729 (Toll Free)



Keystone Community Education Council

“Education and Training – Where, When, and How YOU Need It!”

That’s what the Keystone Community Education Council (Keystone CEC, KCEC) is all about.

The Keystone CEC is an education referral resource for education providers and coordinates their efforts. KCEC also develops educational training options that are not currently available in their service area, which covers Venango and Crawford counties in the Oil Region, as well as Clarion and Mercer Counties and the surrounding area.

The Keystone Community Education Council, the Community College of Allegheny County, local career and technical centers and the Appalachian Regional Commission partnered to bring five (5) Technical Certificate Programs into the Northwest Pennsylvania area for the 2019 school year. They are:

  • Basic Electronics Technology Certificate
  • Facility Maintenance Technology Certificate
  • Machine Technology Certificate
  • Mechatronics Technician Certificate
  • Welding Technology Certificate

These programs are being offered to help address the “skills gap” problem in the manufacturing industry in our region. This will bring the same affordable, quality, technical education offered at the community college level to the underserved rural counties of Northwest PA at the lowest cost possible. This partnership is a proven method to help rural communities and local employers meet their educational/training needs by utilizing the local Career and Technology Centers during the times they are not being used by high school students.

Keystone Community Education Council
255 Elm St, Oil City, PA 16301

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