Pittsburgh-Based Rosedale Technical Institute Officially Becomes Allegheny County’s 15th College

Sep 12 2014

State-approved name change from ‘Institute’ to ‘College’ signifies the non-profit’s expanding program offerings and enrollment to meet employers’ demands for skilled-laborers

(PITTSBURGH) September 17, 2014 Rosedale Technical Institute will become Rosedale Technical College in a move the President and Board Members say is aimed at more accurately reflecting the non-profit’s program offerings. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved the name change this August. The change goes into effect immediately with complete implementation by the end of 2014.

“We believe that this designation more effectively communicates to our graduates and current and prospective students who we are today as well as the growing institution that continues to emerge,” said Rosedale Technical College President Dennis Wilke. “We do the things that a college does. Our students have fun, they learn complex ideas, and they become graduates and start new careers. We believe it’s time our students receive respect and credit for the serious learning that is happening here. What will not change is our hands-on, student-centered approach to learning trades. We may have a new name, but we’re still all about the trades.”

Founded in 1949, Rosedale continues to help grow the region’s economic footprint by creating Associates degree programs in Automotive, Diesel, Electrical, HVAC Technology and Industrial Technician which prepares students for workforce demand. Diploma programs are offered in Automotive, Diesel, Electrical and Truck Driving.

As they celebrate their 65th anniversary, they also celebrate record enrollment and expanded program offerings that will match graduates with in demand, well paying energy jobs. In addition, a business management program will be added to meet the needs of the increase in Rosedale graduates who have gone on to start their own businesses. The school also plans to add programs in welding, and auto body in 2015.

“Since 2005, we have tripled our enrollment and program offerings. In addition, our graduation and job placement rates continue to surpass the rates of traditional community or four-year colleges,” said Wilke.

Today, Rosedale has more than 400 students currently enrolled in a 16 month program at its 153,000 square foot, hands-on learning campus in Kennedy Township. Last year, Rosedale became affiliated with the Precision Manufacturing Institute in Meadville, PA and has made significant strides to enhance operations and program offerings. PA. Rosedale programs are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

Wilke stated, “In less than two years, Rosedale is preparing students for well paying jobs that are in demand right now. Whether it’s electricians repairing hydraulic equipment at Marcellus well sites, mechanics specializing in diesel repairs, HVAC technicians installing eco-friendly geothermal heating, or graduates taking the skills they’ve obtained to become entrepreneurs – Rosedale graduates greatly impact the economy and have more than earned the designation of ‘college graduate.’”