Organizations throughout Pennsylvania and beyond are faced with a complex set of challenges and must establish a culture of change and innovation if they are to thrive in our rapidly changing world. As we face uncertainties generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, our College provides skill sets needed to serve our communities and regenerate regional economies. We are facing complex individual, social, environmental and infrastructural challenges and our graduates are prepared to deliver on these.
Students majoring in business, information systems or human services will be given the knowledge necessary to compete for career oportunities in a vast array of public and private organizations. Our programs include courses and majors in business administration; finance, insurance and risk management; accounting; entrepreneurship; international business; computer science; cultural heritage management; adventure tourism and recreation management; sport management; mental health counseling; sport and exercise psychology; criminal justice; social work; and many more exciting and cutting-edge courses, certificates and programs that lead to rewarding careers. Several of our programs are nationally ranked, with our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program being one of the highest ranked accredited and fully online programs in the country. We offer our degrees and certificates on our campuses in Lock Haven and Clearfield and online to meet the needs of students in all circumstances wherever they are located.
You will know your professors and they will know you! Our class sizes are small compared to many other universities, and you can get the personalized attention rarely available in universities today. Additionally, experiential learning is a hallmark of our programs. Our students not only understand theory, but how to put what they learn in the classroom into practice in their chosen fields. Recent internships, clinicals, and employment of graduates have included: The Federal Bureau of Investigation; Deloitte; RB Leipzig and New York Red Bulls soccer clubs; UPMC; Department of Veteran’s Affairs; police departments and correctional facilities across PA and MD; First Quality; State Farm; Disney; the Pittsburgh Steelers; Hershey Entertainment; and the Franklin Institute Science Museum.
We have many industry educational partners including Wolverhampton Wanderers (aka Wolves) of the Premier League in England and FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark in sport marketing and social media marketing, Preservation Pennsylvania in cultural heritage management, with Higher Digital in digital transformation management; and with Psynergy Mental Health. We have program partnerships and collaborations locally and around the world which provide opportunities for global engagement, internship and learning experiences for our students. We have developed a collaborative international center for sport management with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia; and a new Institute for Rural and Regional Development working closely with the Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship.
New programs and certificates we have recently established include social media marketing; trauma informed care; conservation law; and cultural heritage management are placing us at the forefront of 21st century economic and social needs and opportunities.
Our faculty members utilize a variety of learning techniques so our students not only have the knowledge base necessary to compete in today’s economy, but they also understand how to apply that knowledge base to address real world problems and issues. Our clear and primary focus is on student success.
In April of 2016 the College was named after our benefactor Stephen Poorman. His gift of over $7 million was the largest in the history of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education at that time. Mr. Poorman’s generosity has enabled us to create a student investment fund; bring global leaders in business and entertainment to campus; and to develop new infrastructure for student success.
The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services is committed to student-centered, life-long learning, focused on current and emerging societal needs in sustainable economic development, business and technological innovation, social and environmental justice, and holistic wellbeing, evidenced in our policies, procedures, curricula, research, and outreach activities.