Camper health and safety is paramount.

Penn College adheres to governmental and health agency guidelines, procedures, and practices for the COVID-19 pandemic to provide an optimal living and learning camp environment. Safety protocols are in place and all Pre-College Programs attendees who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to submit a negative test result no more than 72 hours prior to arriving on campus.


Pre-College Program

What is an aircraft made of? What materials make the magic happen and why are they used? Dive into all things aviation at this four-day pre-college program. Get a taste of hands-on applications. Learn about composite and sheet metal materials used in the fabrication and repair of many aircraft structures. Try your hand at common repairs tackled by professional aviation mechanics like bending, forming, and riveting sheet metal. Perform preoperational inspections and learn the safety essentials of a gas turbine engine utilizing the College’s Boeing 727. Ready to test your aviation skills? Take our flight simulator for a ride. Top off the experience with a trip to the Eagles Mere Auto and Air Museum and check out an impressive collection from the golden age of flying.

Summer Overnight Pre-College Program

June 19-23, 2022

Age Group: Students entering grades 10-12

Fee: $500
Includes all activities, meals, and on-campus housing. This program includes an off-campus outing; participants will need to bring spending money for ice cream.

Registration for 2022 programs opens April 1, 2022.

Industry Partnerships

Industry Partnerships

Lycoming Engines and Piedmont Airlines, two of Penn College's valued industry partners, have generously contributed to enhance the curriculum of the Aviation pre-college program by providing student scholarships. These dedicated companies recognize the value of this exciting, hands-on program and wish to support students who hope to earn a degree in Aviation from Penn College. 

Field Trips/Special Events


A field trip to Eagles Mere Auto and Air Museum is included in the program.

Please Bring

Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required during lab projects.

Aviation Workshops

Introduction to Composite Materials

Form an airfoil shape with a core material and reinforce it with composite material using industry practices.

Introduction to Sheet Metal

Design and form an airplane with aluminum materials using industry practices to experience how to cut, form, bend, and rivet sheet metal materials.

Drone Aircraft Operation

Learn the policies and procedures for safe operation of drone aircraft including an opportunity to practice on a flight simulator.


Earn up to $2,000 off Penn College tuition

Did you know you can save money on your Penn College tuition if you attend one of our Pre-College Programs? 

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Here's how it works:

Here's how it works:

  • Complete a Pre-College Program during the summer before entering 9-12 grade. 
  • Or better yet, come for two Pre-College Programs. Pick a different program the second time around or come for the same one twice. Each year we mix things up.
  • Attend Penn College and receive $1,000 off your tuition each year if you came for one program. 
  • Or, get $2,000 off your tuition each year if you join us for two programs.