Keystone Technical Institute
About Keystone Technical Institute
Keystone Technical Institute is a career focused and technical school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It offers associate's degrees and diplomas. Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, has a population around 50,000. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in downtown Harrisburg is home to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and also hosts science lectures. In 2004, Harrisburg started the CowParade, a public art show, in which fiberglass cows painted by local artists were displayed all over the city. The capital city is also home to the National Civil War Museum, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Susquehanna Art Museum.
Keystone has been providing career- and technical-focused education for nearly 30 years. It was started in 1980 as a school to provide health and business education to the residents of Dauphin County. In 2006, current president David W. Snyder, bought the school and began campus renovations, adding new equipment, and adding professional development programs.
Keystone offers a 65 credit hour diploma program in digital arts specialist. For daytime students, the program takes 15 months to complete and for evening students, 22 months. The diploma prepares students for entry level careers in information technology. Emphasis is placed on Web site design and development, creating interactive Web content, and scripting languages. Coursework includes professional development, job hunting, communications, graphic arts, computer animation, digital media, computer programming, and an internship.
Students can also earn a drafting diploma through a 90.5 credit program. The program takes 19 months to complete for daytime students and 28 for evening students. Students learn traditional drafting with a pencil and drafting board as well as with AutoCAD and both architectural and civic drafting. Students are prepared for entry-level careers in various types of drafting. Students learn to read blueprints, make field drawings, design HVAC, and complete plumbing and electrical plans. Coursework includes technical math, AutoCAD, Microsoft office, civil and architectural drafting, career search strategies, and more.
To qualify for any financial aid, students must be enrolled in a program at Keystone and must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may then be eligible for federal and state grants and loans, scholarships, private loans, or work study. Keystone provides eight half tuition scholarships each year based on test results and an interview.
The Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approves Keystone to award Associate degrees in specialized business and specialized technology.