Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) is a two-year career school in Western Pennsylvania which offers associate degrees and short-term certificate programs in a variety of career-related fields. Founded in 1946, the school has undergone a consistent expansion of course offerings which now include business, medical, design, criminal justice, computer, safety, security, travel, hospitality, and technical fields. PTI operates two campuses: the primary North Fayette Campus in Oakdale and the PTI-Cranberry Center at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Woods.
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PTI offers Associate degree and certificate programs in a variety of career-related fields, which include the following:
Program availability varies by location. Associate degrees can be earned in just 24 months and certificate programs can be completed in as little as 9 months.
Admission to PTI can be achieved by following a few simple steps, beginning with a visit to PTI and a meeting with an admissions coordinator. Submission of an application form and financial aid form are next. The admissions coordinator will guide the applicant through the rest of the admission process.
Most PTI instructors are full-time faculty members. All have a high level of industry experience, and the Institute's Center for Teaching and Learning offers its instructors professional development classes to help them teach and communicate more effectively.
About 80% of the PTI student body comes from in-state. Male-to-female ratio is about 60-40. In 2006, enrollment at the school's main North Fayette Campus in Oakdale slightly exceeded 2,000 students.
PTI considers campus life as important to the total educational experience. The school cultivates a dynamic environment which includes activities, events, student organizations, dances and celebrations. Many housing choices are available for PTI students. School-sponsored housing units are available in apartment-style or residence hall-style units located in surrounding neighborhoods. Private housing is also available in the area for non-traditional students or those who prefer a more independent lifestyle. The school offers Housing Day tours to help students select school-sponsored housing.