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Penn State students climb Mount Vesuvius while visiting Italy through the HDFS in Florence summer program

Human Development and Family Studies Students Discover Themselves and the World

The comprehensive curriculum of Penn State Mont Alto's Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) degree program allowed Kevin Faust ’14 to find his passion, in part through the introspection encouraged by faculty.

"I was still figuring myself out when I got here. I knew I wanted to do something in the helping fields, but I wasn't sure what," Faust said.

PTA Students practice hands-on skills with a wheelchair

Physical therapist assistant students get hands-on skills to treat patients

Renee Lawyer was a personal trainer familiar with helping people reach their fitness goals when she entered Penn State Mont Alto's Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree program knowing she herself would need professional support to succeed in her educational goals.

She found the support she needed.

Nursing students practice techniques on high-tech simulator in lab

With a nursing degree, the world is your oyster

William Myers always questioned the long-term stability of his job with a federal contractor, knowing the business had to re-bid its projects every couple years.

Myers started considering the breadth of positions in the health care industry and how the well-respected reputation of Penn State University could guarantee him a high-quality educational experience.

That's how Myers found himself transitioning from automotive mechanics to nursing.

Graduate cap with "Just did it" decoration

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Melizza Zavala Duran spends time with friends on campus

Student forges her own path with a Letters, Arts, and Sciences degree

Psychology. Business. Social work. Melizza Zavala Duran wanted to combine three differing areas of study for her bachelor's degree and a customizable program at Penn State Mont Alto allowed her to do just that. She will enter law school with a background unlike that of any of her peers.

Zavala Duran, a first-generation immigrant, is forging her own path with the Letters, Arts and Sciences degree.

HPA Student Chris Seery attends class

Health-care management gives veteran student chance to help people, serve the public

Penn State Mont Alto's campus is a long way from Iraq and Afghanistan, but Chris Seery fell in love with the campus on his first visit and discovered the offerings would well establish him for his post-military career.

Seery enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere, small-community feel that allowed for deeper interactions with professors, wide range of events for various interests, and available facilities where he could study or relax.

The Nittany Lion accompanied the Alternative Spring Break student from Penn State Mont Alto to Montreal

Students spread goodwill through service and engagement

In March, a group of Penn State Mont Alto students, faculty and staff, and the Nittany Lion travelled to Montréal, Quebec, for Alternative Spring Break ― a highly immersive week of service projects, leadership building and relationship building. While there, they engaged in a variety of community service projects, meeting new people and learning about the culture. They also did some sight-seeing and enjoyed the food.

Forestry Student and Instructor Measure Tree

Forestry program fosters students’ passions for the environment and outdoors

While many students choose the Penn State Mont Alto Forest Technology Program because they have an interest in ecology, forests, and wildlife, others discover their passions as they learn more about their career choices.

Founded as one of the nation’s first forestry academies to train men for service in the state forests, the Mont Alto Campus has a rich tradition of conservation and environmental awareness.

THON Dancer Keighley Taylor holds THON benefits recipient Austin Lightner

For the Kids

Penn State Mont Alto came in fourth in raising funds among Commonwealth campuses for THON 2018.

“I am extremely nervous and excited all at once. I have been counting down the days,” said Penn State Mont Alto THON member Keighley Taylor, prior to the February event.

Dayne Connor works with IST faculty to develop two different capstone projects

Aerospace job awaits IST student upon graduation

Dayne Conner will be graduating from Penn State Mont Alto with not only a diploma in hand, but also a job waiting for him.

Conner, an information sciences and technology major, received several job offers when he went to a Penn State IT careers expo held twice yearly. He plans to work for Textron, an aerospace and defense contractor.