Education is a high propriety at the Oil Region. With three universities and colleges, the Oil Region is able to offer our citizens many opportunities for higher education, as well as customized technical and industrial training. The Oil Region is recognized for educational excellence – we believe education will be the engine that drives our economic development. Our education is our fuel!
The Oil Region is home to six public school districts serving thousands of students encompassing the schools listed below.
Located on Buffalo Street in Franklin, this school is part of the Erie Diocese and offers a Catholic education for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.St. Stephen’s School
Located on Reed Street in Oil City, this school is part of the Erie Diocese and offers a Catholic education for students from kindergarten through eighth grade.Venango Catholic High School
Located on West First Street in Oil City, this school is part of the Erie Diocese and provides secondary education for students from ninth through twelfth grade.
Christian Life Academy
Located on Route 257 between Oil City and Seneca, this school offers complete education from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, with an average class size of 11.Faith Christian Academy
Located at 235 Horsecreek Road in Seneca, this is a Christian school for grades K - 12.Faith Baptist Church, Academy & School of Theology
Also located at 235 Horsecreek Road in Seneca, this school offers Christian college level classes for ministry, missions and teaching.
Both Faith Christian Academy and Faith Baptist Church, Academy & School of Theology are ministries of Faith Baptist Church.
For the most up-to-date information, we recommend that you contact the institutions below or visit their respective websites.
Venango College of Clarion University
Venango College of Clarion University, located in Oil City, was established in 1961 on 62 scenic acres and was the first branch campus in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The campus provides programs for full and part-time students who wish to complete the first two years study toward a bachelor’s degree in business, education, psychology and rehabilitative sciences, with the final two years being completed at the main campus in Clarion.
Venango College is responsive to the needs of the community and committed to developing innovative programs that meet the requirements of the local population. Special programs have been designed for young children, academically talented high school students who want to start earning college credits, returning adult learners and older individuals.
Venango College also provides students the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing and radiologic sciences and masters’ degrees in nursing and special education/rehabilitative science.
In addition, the campus offers students the ability to earn an associate degree in one of nine areas:
One-year certificates are offered in nine high demand fields that include both credit and non-credit classes and a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses are offered.
Venango College of Clarion University
1801 West First Street
Oil City, PA 16301
University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (UPT) is a part of the University of Pittsburgh, an institution with a history of excellence in learning and research for more than 200 years.
UPT boasts faculty and staff of more than 120 persons. The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville (UPT) was established in 1963 in response to a long-recognized need for higher educational opportunities in the Oil Creek Region. Following a successful fundraising campaign, UPT opened its doors in the fall of 1963 with classes being held in McKinney Hall. Joe M. Ball, a University of Pittsburgh administrator, was named the first president and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1986.
Students attending UPT have access to more than 100 majors, including:
Top major areas of study include:
University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
504 East Main Street
Titusville, PA 16354