Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith is a devoted higher education administrator with 30 years of successful experience in instruction, senior leadership, and higher education administration across multiple institutions and states. Committed to organizational excellence, peak institutional performance, and operational and student success, this scholar-practitioner’s experience is diverse and expansive.Read the Full Biography
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Alicia Harvey-Smith, PhD. and President of Pittsburgh Technical College, is a champion of the College’s mission on campus and in the community at-large. Browse this timeline for internal and external communications that reflect her thinking on the topics that affect not only PTC and our students, but on issues that drive education and the impact it has on the success of the Commonwealth.
Power of Diversity: Women 100August 2, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith is honored to be selected by City And State PA to its Power of Diversity: Women 100 list. Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith is grateful to be part of such a prestigious group that includes so many influential female leaders across the state.
St. Clair Health Summer SwingJuly 23, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith had an amazing evening at the 24th annual St. Clair Health Summer Swing. 2023’s event, themed “A Night on the Bayou,” highlighted St. Clair Health’s deepened education efforts, and partnerships with organizations like Pittsburgh Technical College around the region.
Congresswoman Summer LeeJuly 3, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith joined Matt Blackburn, Senior Manager, Government Relations and the Aurora Technology Team as they hosted Congresswoman Summer Lee for a visit, tour, and meeting to discuss advances with autonomous vehicles and PTC’s first in the nation, Robotics Autonomous Engineering Technology Program to educate Technicians of the Future, developed in partnership with Aurora Technology.
Presidential Honorary Jackalope Partnership AwardJune 26, 2023
469 beautiful minds graduated into their destinies. 1800 family and friends gathered to celebrate their success on our 185 acre campus.
“Today was another historical moment at PTC, as I had the privilege of awarding two Honorary Doctorates of Public Service Degrees – (Honoris Causa) to Tracy Gorham, Founder/President/CEO ConexED and William Flanagan, Pittsburgh News Legion. Midnight Blue Technology Services was also awarded, the 2023 Presidential Honorary Jackalope Partnership Award! What an amazing day of celebration for Pittsburgh Technical College.”
Commencement Keynote AddressJune 6, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith announced that Bill Flanagan will deliver the keynote address at Pittsburgh Technical College’s on-campus commencement on June 24, 2023.
Bill Flanagan is an experienced broadcast journalist and has been the host and producer of “Our Region’s Business” on WPXI-TV since 2004 and worked for decades as a general assignment reporter and Money Editor for KDKA-TV.
In addition to his on-air accomplishments, he is the special advisor and former chief corporate relations officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. PTC is proud to have Bill serve as the founding chairman of the PTC Education Foundation Board and as a member of the President’s Executive Advisory Council.
PNC Park Alumni NightJune 5, 2023
The PTC community enjoyed a great Friday night at PNC Park as part of the Pittsburgh Technical College Alumni Night. Students, alumni, faculty and staff enjoyed a night of fun, saw a Pittsburgh Pirates win and even got to take the field after the game for a “post-game catch” experience.
Commencement Address at Nazareth PrepJune 3, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith will be delivering the commencement address at the Nazareth Prep graduation on Thursday, June 8th, 2023. She also has the privilege of presenting a member of the graduating class with a scholarship to attend Pittsburgh Technical College.
Pittsburgh Business TimesJune 1, 2023
Pittsburgh Business Times featured Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith as one of its Women of Influence Alumni. She had the honor of being named to its Women of Influence list in 2020 and is proud of all the strides Pittsburgh Technical College has taken in just the three years since. From developing the college’s first-ever Education Foundation and Corporate College, to forming articulation agreements with local colleges and universities that expand educational pathways for our students, PTC has accomplished so much as an educator of choice and a primary pathway for filling middle-skills jobs.
Welcoming Billy Porter for his “Black Mona Lisa Tour”May 30, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. harvey-Smith joined Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey, Superintendent of Public Schools, Dr. Walters, and the City of Pittsburgh at Heinz Hall to welcome home Pittsburgh native Billy Porter for his “Black Mona Lisa Tour”. Billy is an extraordinary talent. It was wonderful to congratulate him on his tour, thank him for promoting Pittsburgh Technical College in his film; “Anything’s Possible” and present him with a special PTC Swag Basket. Billy’s story is one of triumph, perseverance and a commitment to excellence, no matter the odds. An absolutely wonderful show!
Community Meeting Presidential AddressMay 25, 2023
Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Williams-Betlyn MemorialMay 24, 2023
On May 23, 2023, we honored and paid tribute to Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Williams-Betlyn at a memorial service and reception on campus. Peggy devoted 25 years as a member of our Board of Trustees, including the last four years as Chair.
Peggy was a dear friend and trusted advisor, and yesterday’s service celebrated her special devotion to higher education and our college. I will forever be inspired by her lifetime commitment to the transformational power of education. She will be deeply missed.
Three Rivers Youth FundraiserMay 23, 2023
Honored to support Three Rivers Youth Fundraiser and Kentucky Derby Experience Gala with Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. and many other caring organizations. Each united to support PIttsburgh youth and to transform the future. Three Rivers Youth making a difference in the lives of youth and families since 1880.
Fletcher Falcon Academy for Leadership AdvancementMay 19, 2023
Dr. Alicia B Harvey-Smith was pleased to support her friend and colleague, Dr. Kristine Strickland, in her great work as a chancellor of Fletcher College by appearing as a guest speaker at the Fletcher Falcon Academy for Leadership Advancement.
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association Spring FinalsMay 16, 2023
Pittsburgh Technical College hosted some of the state’s best high school gamers over the weekend at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association Spring Finals. Congratulations to Canon-McMillan on winning first place in the competition!
Partnership with TeachingHOW2sMarch 27, 2023
At Pittsburgh Technical College, we pride ourselves on being a model for the future of higher education. Our recent partnership with TeachingHOW2s represents one of the earliest adoptions of the innovative faculty development models in the United States, after over 200 successful implementations across the world. With its multitude of techniques available to faculty and its convenience of deployment, TeachingHOW2s will enable PTC instructors to help our students flourish.
PTC Education FoundationMarch 22, 2023
PTC launched the first-ever PTC Education Foundation at an on-campus luncheon. The Foundation’s mission is to raise scholarship and endowment funds to transform students’ personal and professional lives through higher education.
Frederick Community College Enrollment SummitMarch 21, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith recently had the honor to serve as the keynote for Frederick Community College’s Enrollment Summit. Higher education is on the brink, and expanding the depth and quality of our planning efforts is critical and must be reimagined.
KDKA’s “Intersections”March 17, 2023
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith had the opportunity to sit down and speak about women in education with several leading women in the education sector on KDKA’s “Intersections” public affairs program.
Pittsburgh Executive Speaker SeriesMarch 16, 2023
The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh invited Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith to be the keynote speaker at its Pittsburgh Executive Speaker Series. The Rotary Club has a long tradition of hosting prestigious and well-known speakers and it is an honor to be in that category.
Student saves a lifeMarch 4, 2023
Criminal Justice student Logan McCarthy was recognized for her courageous efforts to save a man last week.
The PTC community applauds McCarthy’s courage, confidence, and empathy in a situation that could have ended very differently without her help.
Inaugural DEI DayFebruary 16, 2023
On February 15 PTC hosted its inaugural DEI Day as we welcomed Adrienne Woodard, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Covestro. Mayor Ed Gainey issued a special proclamation declaring February 15 as Pittsburgh Technical College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Day.
Our Region’s BusinessFebruary 14, 2023
Tune into WPXI next month to catch Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, Bill Flanagan, and Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy co-director Vu Nguyen discuss PTC’s new fast-track degree partnership for CMRA high school students on “Our Region’s Business”.
Excellence in Ethics AwardFebruary 10, 2023
PTC was recognized as a finalist at the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh Excellence in Ethics Award ceremony.
“At PTC, we take great pride in our ethical standards and congratulate all the honorees for the great work they do in our region.”
Pittsburgh Power 100January 30, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith is among City & State PA’s Pittsburgh Power 100 honorees along with many incredible leaders.
African American Chamber of Commerce BreakfastJanuary 23, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith enjoyed catching up with her colleague Quintin Bullock, President of CCAC, as well as Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald who delivered a great presentation at the African American Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at the Rivers Club downtown.
Welcoming leaders from Point Park UniversityJanuary 10, 2023
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith welcomed leaders from Point Park University to campus yesterday as they discussed ways to continue supporting our students.
“Thank you to Point Park President Dr. Donald Green, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Soto, as well as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Josie Brown. Looking forward to innovatively partnering with President Green and his dynamic team to create new pathways for students at Point Park and Pittsburgh Technical College.”
One Year Anniversary CelebrationDecember 15, 2022
Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith attended and lent her support to the City of Pittsburgh and Mayor Ed Gainey at the one-year Anniversary Celebration.
PTC’s New MascotDecember 8, 2022
We welcomed a new member to the Pittsburgh Technical College community yesterday, our new mascot, PT (Petey) the Jackalope. A mythical and hybrid creature, the Jackalope represents the best of both worlds. Similarly, PTC also has its own dual nature, with a strong academic offering paired with applied project-based learning, as well as offering both on ground and on-line learning.
We unveiled PT at an exciting masquerade party on campus where students were able to enjoy performers, a DJ and more.
President’s Executive Advisory CouncilNovember 17, 2022
Pittsburgh Technical College was honored to welcome a number of the region’s top executives and leaders to campus for the second annual President’s Executive Advisory Council. It was a great day of sharing insights on workforce trends, development opportunities and collaborative partnerships as we work together to build a skilled workforce.
Pittsburgh Black Collective 2022 RetreatNovember 1, 2022
Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith attended the Pittsburgh Black Collective 2022 Retreat and engaged with some of Pittsburgh’s most talented and focused leaders. They discussed key challenges and opportunities impacting underserved, underrepresented and marginalized communities.
HERDI ConferenceOctober 31, 2022
Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith was able to reconnect with so many community college presidents and chancellors across the country, while having the opportunity to lead a panel discussion.
Student Affairs RetreatOctober 25, 2022
Tarrant County College invited Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith to speak at its Student Affairs Retreat. During her presentation, Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith shared her Enrollment Management Strategies.
Pennsylvania Diversity CouncilOctober 19, 2022
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith welcomed members of the Pennsylvania Diversity Council to PTC yesterday. The meeting focused on what it means to be an ally, and how attendees can support members of social groups outside their own through listening, engaging, and acting.
Community College Leadership ProgramOctober 14, 2022
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith was invited to speak to New Jersey City University graduate doctoral students during their Student Affairs Leadership course.
Carnegie Science Center Geek Out GalaOctober 14, 2022
Thursday night Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith was surrounded by an impressive group of scientists, educators and innovators supporting the future of STEM education at the inaugural Geek Out Gala at the Carnegie Science Center.
Alumni Fall FestOctober 6, 2022
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith spent the evening with PTC alumni at our annual Fall Fest at Black Dog Winery. It was a lively gathering of wine tasting, live music, food trucks and prize giveaways, but more importantly, a great time to catch up with our proud PTC alums!
Lakin Institute for Mentored LeadershipOctober 5, 2022
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith served as presenter at the 28th annual Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership in Pittsburgh on the topic of “Identifying the Match-Personal and Professional.”
A Gathering of ChefsSeptember 19, 2022
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith was excited to support the PTC School of Culinary Arts at “A Gathering of Chefs”. This was a “farm-to-fork” event to benefit the children at the Bradley Center. At this event some of Pittsburgh’s most talented chefs worked to create a fall harvest feast at the Barn at Soergel Hollow.
Scholarship ScrambleSeptember 13, 2022
The fourth annual Scholarship Scramble was a huge success, as PTC welcomed over 100 golfers to Montour Heights Country Club. We were able to raise $48,000 for the PTC Presidential Scholarship Fund.
PTC Summer MagicAugust 2, 2022
In a message from Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, quote “The PTC magic has been shining bright this summer! We’ve hosted over 3,000 individuals for our historic presidential inauguration and on-campus commencement, and even debuted the new PTC alma mater. Thank you once again to the entire PTC community!”.
Inaugural Freedom Fund BanquetJune 30, 2022
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith was honored with the 2022 Educator of the Year Award. Our President states “I was also pleased to have the opportunity to present scholarships to the winners of the ACT-SO program!”
Celebrating 75 YearsJune 28, 2022
As PTC celebrates its 75th anniversary, our discussion with Pedro Quiroga, EAFab Corporation co-founder and a member of PTC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology advisor board, outlines the importance of corporate partnerships to shape curriculum.
PTC Commencement CeremonyJune 27, 2022
We were proud to welcome over 1,200 students, friends and family to campus this weekend for PTC’s first-ever on-campus commencement ceremony where we honored nearly 400 students in the graduating classes from January, April and June of 2022.
A special thank you to Tracy Gorham, founder and CEO of ConexED for delivering such a great commencement address.
Presidential Scholarship GalaJune 22, 2022
The Presidential Scholarship Gala was the perfect way to close out an exciting week of events—but it’s just the start of our new scholarship endowment campaign. All proceeds went towards helping our students gain scholarships to help pursue higher education.
Installation CeremonyJune 20, 2022
On Friday June 17th 2022, Dr. Harvey-Smith was officially installed as the fourth President of Pittsburgh Technical College.
“When I began my presidency in July of 2019, I never would have thought a pandemic would delay this event three years, but we got through it together and it was worth the wait!” – Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith
Alumni Wall of HonorJune 17, 2022
Unveiling The Alumni Wall of Honor during Inauguration Week. This was Dr. Harvey-Smiths’ vision when arriving at PTC to honor the accomplishments of PTC Graduates.
We are proud of the inductees including posthumous induction of the Former Mayor of PIttsburgh Richard S Caligiuri. A beautiful event catered by the PTC School of Culinary Arts. Congratulations to the inaugural class of the PTC Alumni Wall of Honor.
Presidential Collegiate LuncheonJune 16, 2022
Some of Dr. Harvey-Smith’s most steadfast supporters traveled to Pittsburgh and were welcomed to the Presidential Inauguration Collegiate Luncheon and Special Tribute to Service. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and make it such a great event.
Crafternoon on campusJune 15, 2022
Our Crafternoon was sponsored by the Rainbow Alliance. The event enabled students to partake in several fun crafting activities. At PTC, we’re proud to celebrate Pride month and place the highest priority on making our campus an inclusive environment for all.
Professional Awards of the PTC Faculty and StaffJune 14, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith was amazed to see all of the impressive accolades of our faculty and staff! It’s their hard work that is helping to promote a higher standard in career-focused education at PTC.
Inauguration WeekJune 13, 2022
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith is proud to be the first African American president in Pittsburgh Technical College’s 75-year history. Our President says “And I’m proud of all of our faculty, staff and students for making PTC so special.”
Celebrating 75 yearsJune 8, 2022
As PTC celebrates its historic 75th anniversary, our discussion with faculty Gralan Gilliam and Deb Malkin discusses how they’re helping to rebuild the region’s workforce through their curricula.
Tour and Lunch with Mayor of Pittsburgh Ed GaineyJune 7, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith had the pleasure of hosting the Mayor of Pittsburgh Ed Gainey to campus for a tour and lunch meeting. The entire PTC community was excited to have him back on campus the following week as a speaker at the upcoming Public Installation Ceremony.
Stop the Violence: Pittsburgh Black Tie Honors GalaJune 6, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith attended the eighth annual Stop the Violence Pittsburgh Black Tie Honors Gala. This year’s event recognized Pittsburgh area newscasters past and present, and Dr. Harvey-Smith was proud to see her friend and former KDKA reporter @Lhayesfreeland be recognized.
PTC Night at PNC ParkJune 4, 2022
The entire Pittsburgh Technical College community shared a fun evening at PNC Park. Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith states “A special thank you to everyone who came out to support the Pittsburgh Pirates, our PTC Alumni Association, and the Pittsburgh Pirates for inviting me to throw out the first pitch!”.
Evolllution ArticleJune 2, 2022
Sunjay Bali, Executive Director of the Corporate College and Dr. Harvey-Smith co-authored an article on how corporate training initiatives help organizations attract and retain talent during this time of frequent turnover.
PTC Student AmbassadorsMay 24, 2022
Presidential Inauguration GalaMay 23, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith would be honored for you to join us at the Presidential Inauguration Scholarship Gala, as every ticket purchased goes towards helping our students gain scholarships to help pursue higher education.
President’s BreakfastMay 19, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith co-hosted the President’s Breakfast at PNC Park alongside Citrone 33 as part of #MentalHealthAction Day. Presidents of Pittsburgh’s 11 major universities came together to discuss the state of mental health on their campuses and its importance.
West Allegheny School District transforming the futureMay 18, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith visited with Superintendent Dr. Jerri Lynn Lippert, two amazing Principals, and ten high achieving students on the Equity Scholars Panel from West Allegheny School District. Dr. Harvey-Smith is proud of the work they are doing to transform the future.
75th Anniversary CelebrationMay 12, 2022
PTC’s 75th anniversary is a celebration of just how far we’ve come over the years. What started out as a lone building and single discipline career training institution in 1946 has now grown to become a beautiful 185-acre campus with more than 30 academic programs!
Annual Conference 2022May 6, 2022
College presidents from across the country gathered in New York for the 2022 Annual Conference to build strategic alliances and reimagine the higher #education landscape to improve operational and student success.
Principals’ BreakfastMay 5, 2022
President Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith began in 2019 and placed emphasis on connecting with high schools across our region to provide their students with pathways in education. On May 5th, 2022 PTC welcomed local high school principals to campus for a Principals’ Breakfast.
The EvoLLLution: A Modern Campus Illumination PodcastMay 3, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith joined The EvoLLLution: A Modern Campus Illumination Editor-in-Chief Amrit Ahluwalia as a guest on his latest podcast to discuss her recently published book, “Higher Education on the Brink: Reimagining Strategic Enrollment Management in Colleges and Universities.”
They covered some important lessons that Dr. Harvey-Smith hoped readers would take away from the book, and how #highereducation leaders can work to ensure enrollment management teams are appropriately resourced to drive change.
National ConferenceMay 3, 2022
“It was great to spend time at the HERDI.org national conference in New York last week with presidential colleagues and national leaders in higher education. Kudos to HERDI President, Toni Cleveland, for organizing exceptional panels with cutting edge industry partners.” – Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith
Asian American Chamber of CommerceApril 29, 2022
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, and it was my honor to be a part of the Leadership Roundtable at the “Bridging the Gender Race Divide” at Carnegie Mellon. We discussed the challenges we currently face, while celebrating success and the opportunity to make our region a gateway to emerging economic opportunities in Asia.
The Spring Term is Underway!April 26, 2022
The spring term is underway, and it’s been exciting to see so many students back on campus!
At Pittsburgh Technical College, we’re so proud of what our campus has evolved into over our 75-year history, starting from a lone building downtown into a beautiful 185-acre campus where students can choose from more than 30 academic programs, as well as student life opportunities.
Proud to Support Our VeteransApril 19, 2022
At Pittsburgh Technical College, we are so proud to support our veterans on campus. One of those veterans, Magnus Hieber, a Navy veteran and current engineering student, had the opportunity to tell his amazing story on KDKA Radio with Rick Dayton earlier this month.
He’s continuing his education at PTC to pursue a career in electronics engineering technology, inspired by his role as an avionics tech on the F-18 Super Hornet while serving in Japan.
Way to go Magnus! https://lnkd.in/g3weuehY
African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania’s PowerBreakfastApril 15, 2022
It was my honor to speak at this morning’s African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania’s PowerBreakfast. I shared my perspective on the state of higher education and the exciting developments at @PTC_edu as we work to support the region’s workforce.
Inaugural Faith-Based Alliance BreakfastApril 12, 2022
It was my pleasure to host the inaugural Faith-Based Alliance Breakfast at @PTC_edu this morning! We welcomed four faith-based organizations to campus for a meeting and campus tour as part of our strategic partnership to advance education and training as we work to expand access.
Thank You to Terry O’Banion, Ph.D., President EmeritusApril 7, 2022
Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD Carlow InaugurationMarch 25, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith congratulatating Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD at her Inauguration for becoming the 11th president of Carlow University.
Welcoming some of the region’s leading robotics, AI, and innovative organizationsMarch 24, 2022
I was so excited to welcome some of the region’s leading robotics, AI and innovative organizations to the @PTC_edu campus today as we begin to develop new pathways to expand the talent pipeline in this industry. We look forward to a successful partnership!
Conversations about UkraineMarch 18, 2022
At PTC, our hearts are heavy as we continue to watch the invasion of Ukraine unfold, and we remain hopeful for the return of peace to that region. As a community of higher learning, @PTC_edu has come together to engage in conversations and celebrate our ability to speak freely.
Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific OlympicsMarch 14, 2022
International Women’s Day at KLGatesMarch 8, 2022
A Message from the Office of the President: A Call for HumanityMarch 6, 2022
A letter from Dr. Harvey-Smith to the PTC community regarding the attack on Ukraine
Read the Letter
Higher Education on the Brink: Reimagining Strategic Enrollment Management in Colleges and Universities is now available!March 2, 2022
University Leadership SummitFebruary 23, 2022
Dr. Harvey-Smith went to Miami to participate in the University Leadership Summit. Dr. Harvey-Smith’s presentation titled, “Leading Emergence: Higher Education on the Brink Post COVID19 Critical Leadership Qualities, Strategies and Approaches” includes key insights from her latest book. #meUnivLeaders
Sustainable PittsburghFebruary 8, 2022
We met to discuss creative sustainable approaches and practices with alignment through community support, growth of quality jobs, ethical and transparent business practices, stakeholder engagement, and diversity practices.
Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of EducationJanuary 24, 2022
This evening, it was such a pleasure to host Dr. Tanya Garcia, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). In our meeting, we discussed a very important topic– workforce development trends and student challenges. Thanks again to Dr. Garcia for taking time to visit PTC’s campus.
PTC Teams up with West Liberty University for MBA Fast Track PartnershipJanuary 11, 2022
Pittsburgh Technical College finalized its Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Fast Track partnership with West Liberty University (WLU) today at 10 a.m., as PTC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Eileen Steffan took part in an event signing with WLU President/CEO Dr. W. Franklin Evans.
The signing, conducted in the Board of Governors Room, located in WLU’s historic Shaw Hall, finalized the MBA Fast Track Partnership that will enable PTC graduates with Bachelors of Science degrees in Business Administration, Applied Management or Information Systems and Technology programs to accelerate their bachelor’s to master’s degree pathway.
Chaîne des RôtisseursDecember 14, 2021
Pittsburgh Technical College hosted Chaîne des Rôtisseurs for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Pittsburgh Bailliage.
PTC’s own Jill Kummer, Culinary Instructor, serves as Bailli for the Pittsburgh Bailliage. The event was hosted by Dan Brennan, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Golf Club.
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith was chosen to represent and encourage other college Presidents to join the non-professional category with the other leading executive professionals in the Pittsburgh Area. She is the first president of a college to be inducted to the Pittsburgh Chaine.
Discovery DayDecember 4, 2021
It was a pleasure meeting all the new faces at our Discovery Day on campus this past weekend!
Tech50 Award WinnersNovember 10, 2021
We are truly humbled to be recognized by the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2021 Tech50 Awards as Innovator of the Year alongside our President and CEO, Dr. Harvey-Smith, who was recognized as CEO of the Year!
Health & Wellness Center OpeningNovember 8, 2021
“Health and wellness is of the utmost importance to us at PTC,” said Dr. Harvey-Smith. “With our new Student
Health and Wellness Center, students now have an on-campus outlet to seek treatment for any ailment, whether
physical or mental, while also being able to enjoy a space to workout with our new fitness center.”
The new facility was made possible by funds allocated to PTC through a number of philanthropic partners.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf allocated funding through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER)
funds, granting PTC the opportunity to utilize funding to both develop and renovate the Wellness Center.
Tech50November 5, 2021
We salute all of the Pittsburgh Technology Council‘s 2021 Tech50 finalists, including PTC’s President, Dr. Harvey-Smith, CEO of the Year nominee, and Pittsburgh Technical College, Innovator of the Year nominee—along with anyone, anywhere, who is finding a better way to do something.
Pittsburgh Regional AllianceOctober 15, 2021
Thank you for the shout out Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and recognizing our recent designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. PTC is the college for students interested in serious cybersecurity careers. Discover our School of Information Systems and Technology.
Golf Scramble for ScholarshipsSeptember 13, 2021
Extending a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in our Student Scholarship Annual Golf Scramble, and a special thanks to our event sponsors.
Celebrating 75 Years!August 27, 2021
It was a pleasure to have RMU President Chris Howard on campus today. PTC President, Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, was gifted with a special resolution from the Robert Morris University Board of Trustees recognizing PTC’s 75th anniversary. Our special year coincides with RMU’s centennial anniversary!
RTM Higher Education CIO CongressAugust 10, 2021
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, PTC President/CEO, was a featured speaker at the RTM Higher Education CIO Congress, an invite-only, informative dialogue among CIO’s and VP’s from higher education institutions across the country. She shared a series of post-Covid tools, resources, and innovative ideas directly addressing the ramifications of the pandemic.
TechVibe Radio Presents: Geeking Out with Dr. Harvey-Smith & Dr. ScarpinoAugust 7, 2021
We sat down with Audrey Russo and Jonathan Kersting from the Pittsburgh Technology Council to discuss our collaboration with local tech employers and students to continue to fill the ever-growing demand for skilled talent.
Power52 visits PTCJuly 30, 2021
We were excited to welcome Power 52 from Baltimore, MD to the PTC campus July 28-July 30, 2021. Power52 was born under the leadership of Cherie Brooks and Ray Lewis who joined forces after the Baltimore Riots in 2015 to develop a 501(c)3, non-profit foundation that works to train and employ at-risk youth focused in the Clean Energy Industry.
President & Trustee Emeritus CelebrationJune 10, 2021
At an on-campus reception, Dr. Harvey-Smith, PTC President/CEO, our Board of Trustees, and invited guests honored John (Jack) R. McCartan and Michael Yurisic who were proclaimed President Emeritus and Trustee Emeritus, respectively. As we move forward, we also look back to those who’ve supported PTC to help our students succeed.
All College Development MeetingMay 7, 2021
PANDEMIC SUCCESSES AND POST PANDEMIC REALITIES WE WILL FORGE AHEAD TOGETHER
2021 State of the College Address presented by Dr. Harvey-Smith at the All College Development Meeting.
The Power of Partnerships: Creating Inclusive Educational OpportunitiesApril 1, 2021
A bigger focus on technical educationMarch 28, 2021
Dr. Harvey-Smith’s letter to the editor in response to the March 21 article “Some Liberal Arts Colleges Add Career, Technical Training” published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Read the Post-Gazette Article
COVID AnniversaryMarch 12, 2021
Black History Month – PittsburghFebruary 26, 2021
It has been a pleasure to share with you the stories of so many influential African Americans this month. I hope that you have enjoyed them as well, and you’ve taken the time to learn more whether through the links I’ve provided or your own research.
It seems to me that there is no better way to wrap up Black History Month than by spotlighting some of the individuals who have made an impact in their hometown of Pittsburgh and beyond. Please review and see if you can spot the PTC connection. Perhaps someday a PTC employee or graduate will be featured as a leader of significance on a list such as this.
PTC Featured in Pittsburgh City PaperFebruary 24, 2021
Business Students and Faculty at Pittsburgh Technical College Make a Smooth Transition to Online–a profile on PTC’s successful shift to online learning featuring student Marita Adams and School of Business Academic Chair Michele Zollner.
Conversations about change and transformationFebruary 22, 2021
How Two Community Colleges Make Equity Transformative–an article on building more inclusive communities in higher education.
Black History Month – LeadersFebruary 19, 2021
I believe that when we think of Black History Month we automatically reflect upon the civil rights leaders of the past. It has been a pleasure the past two weeks to share with you profiles of Black leaders in academia, science, and innovation.
Leaders such as Medger Evers, Marcus Garvey, Stokely Carmichael, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have made undeniable impacts on the Civil Rights Movement, and I invite you to learn more about them here: https://www.biography.com/people/groups/civil-rights-activists. Today, I want to share with you the background of some individuals who continue to champion civil rights today.
Black History Month – InventorsFebruary 12, 2021
Continuing our Black History Month recognition of African Americans who have been influential in their field, I ask that you take some time to learn about and celebrate the accomplishments of the following individuals who have significantly impacted science through their research and inventions.
These are just a few of the great black Americans who have changed our world with their work. Additionally, I hope you’ll take the time to review the following link featuring a list of items that you use, and probably take for granted, every day that you can thank a black inventor for creating: Black Inventors List
Black History Month – AcademicsFebruary 5, 2021
Dear PTC Community,
Since 1976, February has been designated Black History Month and it is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of so many African Americans in our nation’s history.
One of the Core Values of Pittsburgh Technical College is Diversity and Inclusion, and we are taking great strides in developing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our campus, and thereby encouraging our graduates to take this framework with them into the world both personally and professionally.
Each Friday this month I will highlight African Americans who have been influential in various fields. It only seems appropriate to begin with academics. I invite you to learn more about the following five featured individuals as well as so many others who impacted education.
Reimagining the Future of Higher EducationFebruary 3, 2021
Thank you to all who attended our Inaugural Webinar Series, Reimagining the Future of Higher Education. It was an honor to have Dr. Harvey-Smith and our featured panelists provide their unique insights for how they reimagine the higher education learning, teaching, and support landscape evolving in the coming years. A recording of the webinar is available on the event page.
Diversity WorkshopJanuary 28, 2021
The Value of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Learning Enviornments
Power52 Foundation and Pittsburgh Technical CollegeJanuary 27, 2021
Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC) has partnered with Power52 Foundation, a 501(c)3 non- profit foundation dedicated to providing employment training for at-risk and underserved individuals in the city of Baltimore, Md., and surrounding counties to prepare them for careers in the solar industry. The partnership will provide Power52 students with an opportunity to receive entry in a college program and course credits in pursuit of a PTC certificate or degree.
To celebrate the partnership, PTC and Power52 conducted a virtual contract signing event. Watch below.
AAC&U-Cengage Inclusion ScholarshipJanuary 22, 2021
Thank you Association of American Colleges and Universities, Cengage, and the committee of peers that selected Dr. Harvey-Smith, PTC President and CEO, as a recipient of the AAC&U/Cengage Inclusion Scholarship. Dr. Harvey-Smith will join a diverse community of leaders united by their shared commitment to promoting quality, equity, and innovation in education through institutional transformation and public advocacy.
In Memory of Dr. KingJanuary 19, 2021
Today we celebrate the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This past Friday, Dr. King would have turned 92 years old. He did not live to see his 40th birthday. Yet in his short 39 years, he became one of the most recognizable and memorable figures of the Civil Rights Movement.
2021 New Year Presidential AddressJanuary 12, 2021
We Will Rise!January 7, 2021
I thought it important to reach out to all of you after yesterday’s disturbing events in our nation’s Capitol.
Democracy is a living, breathing, and sometimes messy form of government that requires constant attention and care by American citizens and our nation’s leaders; it’s defined by the collective voices, vision, and votes of all Americans. It’s rarely perfect except in its belief of governing based on the will and good intentions of the people, by the people, for the people.
Workforce Development in the Era of COVIDDecember 17, 2020
Dr. Harvey-Smith, PTC President and CEO, was at the table to discuss workforce development in the era of COVID and what is being done from a regional workforce development perspective to prepare workers for the jobs of the future. This topic is important now more than ever as PTC is committed to rebuilding the Commonwealth post COVID-19. Thank you Pittsburgh Business Times for the opportunity.
Beyond the Rankings: Regional Colleges’ Impact on Their CommunitiesNovember 20, 2020
Important January 2021 Quarter InformationNovember 19, 2020
Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2020 CEO of the YearNovember 13, 2020
A Special Election MessageNovember 2, 2020
Dear PTC Faculty, Staff and Students,
On Tuesday, millions of Americans will go to the polls to exercise their sacred right to vote in federal, state, and local elections. This will be the culmination of an unprecedented election season, one in which more than 92 million votes have already been cast. This election is historic, as all elections are. Voting is an opportunity to dream of the possibilities of America.
October Commencement AddressOctober 7, 2020
A Message of EncouragementOctober 5, 2020
2020 Women in Leadership SymposiumOctober 2, 2020
Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, Pittsburgh Technical College President and CEO, will be a panelist and presenter at today’s 2020 Women in Leadership Symposium. Once again the Pennsylvania Diversity Council has brought together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues, will educate, inspire, and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status.
U.S. News & World ReportSeptember 23, 2020
For the first time, Pittsburgh Technical College has been ranked with other colleges and universities by “U.S. News & World Report” and has been recognized in four categories.
Women of influence: Alicia Harvey-Smith charting a new course for Pittsburgh Technical CollegeSeptember 16, 2020
A newcomer to Pittsburgh, Alicia Harvey-Smith became president of Pittsburgh Technical College last year after serving in leadership roles at several colleges throughout the country. Since taking on her current role, she has worked to develop a number of programs that enhance and promote technical career education. She’s also in the midst of developing a new strategic plan for the school, which recently switched from being a for-profit institute to a nonprofit college.
Pittsburgh Technology Council – Business as UsualSeptember 2, 2020
Leading Higher Education’s Emergence Post COVID-19: A Call to ActionJuly 14, 2020
Leading Higher Education’s Emergence Post COVID-19: A Call to ActionMay 27, 2020
A letter to the Class of 2020May 5, 2020
“Today, I write to you and your families on behalf of our faculty and staff, to honor each and every one of you for the expression of fortitude during such an unprecedented time in our world’s history.”
Visits to PTCMarch 9, 2020
President Harvey-Smith briefed Jennifer Beahm, Editor Pittsburgh Business Times, on the progress, changes, and advantages of Pittsburgh Technical College. Editor Beahm had the opportunity to tour the 180 acre campus, explore high-tech equipment / simulations and applied curriculum offered to PTC students.
Presidential Event Series: African-American Legacy Celebration – Through Music and LiteratureFebruary 21, 2020
a very special evening of music, poetry, literature, presentations and community learning
Learn more about the event and see the photos
WA+PTC: A Dual Enrollment OpportunityFebruary 13, 2020
We’re partnering with West Allegheny School District (WASD) to launch five healthcare-based, dual-enrollment programs to address the growing need for professionals in the region. Through this workforce-driven program, students in the WASD can earn college credits while simultaneously completing their high school diploma.