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Our Story

HISTORY

Founded in 1973, Pennco Tech’s history started with a progressive vision and uncommon ambition. Through innovative teaching techniques, Pennco Tech delivers an intense curriculum, hands-on training in core technical areas such as; HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing/Heating, Air Conditioning, Diesel/Truck Technology, Automotive Technology, Auto Body/Paint, Pharmacy Technician, and Medical Assistant.
At Pennco Tech Trade School, we are committed to offering students career-focused programs that are relevant to employers’ needs, and our students and partners have noticed! Over the years, we’ve continued to grow, creating new career education programs that put our students in the best position to succeed.
Today, Pennco Tech’s reputation and reach go well beyond the Tri-State area as a leading preeminent technical trade school. With experience, innovation, and dedication, we have not only evolved to meet demands, but have thrived to lead the way.

TIMELINE

1961

1961

The School of Electronics was founded in Philadelphia by the Philco Corporation.

1966

1966

The Ford Motor Company, through its subsidiary, Philco-Ford, established the School of Automotive Technology in Philadelphia, PA and Wyndmoor, PA.

1973

1973

Philco-Ford and the School of Electronics and Drafting (Bay-Valley Tech), located in Santa Clara, CA were acquired by John Hobyak of Pennco Institutes, Inc.

1975

1975

The School of Electronics and the School of Automotive Technology Center move to its present facility at Bristol, PA, and consolidated as Pennco Tech.

1976

1976

First Career Fair held at Bristol campus.

1978

1978

A new Pennco Tech facility opens in Pennsauken, NJ, consisting of a School of Automotive Technology and a School of Automotive Body Repair.

The School of Automotive Body Repair was established at the Bristol location.

1983

Diesel/Truck Technology was added at Pennsauken facility.

1984

1984

Pennsauken campus is relocated to a larger facility in Blackwood, NJ.

1988

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating were added to both locations.

1991

Medical Secretary program is added to both locations.

1995

Diesel Technology Program is added to Blackwood campus.

1997

1997

Blackwood facility expands its operation by acquiring an additional 46,708 sq. ft. facility on 5.3 acres to support growing training programs.

2001 – A New Millennium

Pharmacy Technician Program is added.

2003

Electrician Program is added.

2006

Bristol facility adds Plumbing & Heating Program.

2008

2008

An American flag is flown over the U.S. Capitol and a letter from Congress to commemorate Pennco Tech’s 35 Years of Service

2014

2014

Blackwood campus is recognized as a School of Distinction by the ACCSC.

2018

2018

Bristol campus is named as one of only a few trade schools to be an official OSHA Certification Test Site.

2019

2019

Blackwood location is recognized as a School of Excellence by the ACCSC.

Demonstrating Educational Excellence and Continued Growth Since 1973.

‘I got it!!!!!I got it!’, Anthony said as he raced into the Career Services Office. He was talking about his new job. Hired by a former graduate of Pennco Tech, Anthony will begin his new career with a two-day OSHA training course.

Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help…I just got a full time job at Kennedy Healthcare in Stratford, NJ as a Patient Services Representative. Thank you again.

Maria Z. - Medical Assisting Administrative Graduate
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