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Creativity that leads to careers

Penn State Shenango's corporate communication program emphasizes the importance of written, visual, and verbal skills that employers are in search of.

SHARON, Pa. — Penn State Shenango will launch four new majors to prepare students for local, state and national occupational demands. Corporate communication, criminal justice, cybersecurity analytics and operations, and health policy and administration will join Shenango’s offerings starting in fall 2020.

“These new majors complement Penn State Shenango’s existing business and health care offerings to empower students when choosing the program that best fits their strengths and interests,” said Campus Director Jo Anne Carrick.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau reports health care, computer science and management occupations among the highest paid jobs in Mercer, Lawrence, Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

“Families know the importance of their children earning a degree, but many may be facing financial uncertainty right now,” said Director of Enrollment Chuck Greggs. “Penn State Shenango offers families an incredible value with lower tuition and our competitive ‘$3,000 for a 3.0 GPA’ scholarship program.”

Penn State’s application for fall 2021 is now open. For help applying or for more information about any majors, future students should contact the Admissions Office at or by calling 724-983-2803.

Corporate communication

Penn State’s corporate communication program places an emphasis on humans and contemporary organizations. The program is well-suited for individuals looking to develop analytic, verbal and creative talents.

“Employers consistently report valuing communication skills like writing, speaking, presenting and effectively interacting with others,” said Tiffany Petricini, assistant teaching professor and corporate communication program coordinator. “This program is perfect for creative students with interests in written, visual and verbal communication. Successful communicators know how to design and time messages for their target audience.”

Communications courses focus on organizational communication, business writing, conflict resolution, negotiations, social media, public relations, marketing and crisis communications. Communications students will also gain journalism experience while working for the Shenango campus student newspaper.  

The corporate communication program includes a semester-long internship to help students gain valuable experiences and jump-start the development of their professional network.

About Penn State Shenango

Penn State Shenango provides an affordable and accessible education, while prioritizing the academic quality and rigor expected at Penn State. The Shenango campus is located in Sharon, midway between Erie and Pittsburgh, near the Ohio border.

The Shenango campus offers 14 undergraduate degree programs to 400 students, in addition to a master of science in nursing. The campus also offers the first two years of study leading to more than 275 majors offered throughout the University — this path is called the 2+2 plan.