Northeastern Pennsylvania colleges and universities are educating the next generation of qualified, highly-skilled employees and many of those who studied trades plan to remain in the region after graduation to seek employment.
Six colleges and universities across Northeastern Pennsylvania were ranked in the Top 100 of the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual poll of best regional colleges or universities in the north. The University of Scranton, which has made the list for 23 consecutive years, came in sixth on this year’s list, followed by Keystone College (ranked 29th), Misericordia University (44th), Marywood University (51st), King’s College (57th) and Wilkes University (85th).
Pennsylvania has a rich history as one of the top manufacturing states in the country. It routinely receives high rankings in national polls for the benefits in operations, logistics and infrastructure that manufacturers, including those in the food processing industry, find when they choose to locate their businesses. Greater Hazleton amplifies those benefits through its strategic location to major transportation routes, lower operating costs and its skilled workforce.
Pennsylvania recently ranked in the top 10 in a national poll across five crucial industry categories including manufacturing, infrastructure and exports. Business Facilities’ Annual Rankings Report placed PA sixth in the “Top Manufacturing States” category, which measures employment totals for manufacturing jobs; fifth in the “Infrastructure Upgrades” category and 10th in the “Exports” category.