SUN Area Technical Institute

Welcome to SUN Tech

At SUN Tech we offer career and technical education that gives students the tools they need to succeed in the competitive world of work.  Participating school districts include Lewisburg, Midd-West, Mifflinburg, Selinsgrove, and Shikellamy.  We also accept students from neighboring districts.  Educational opportunities for adult learners are available as full time day programs or evening courses.  Contact our office for more information.

Students who train for a career at SUN Tech know they’re leaving with the skills and experience they need to thrive in the working world. And employers know it too:

The students of SUN Tech are eager to learn and adaptable with their training in order to meet the staffing needs of our company.  –  Randy Beiler, General Manager, Pik Rite Inc.

Precision Machining Students James Radel and Parker Derr

Whether Work or College Bound…

Our students train using the latest techniques and cutting-edge, industry standard equipment. SUN Tech students can earn certifications  which not only boost your résumé but instantly tell employers you’re qualified.

Students can also gain valuable on-the-job experience (not to mention earn money) through our Co-op program. Many employers are so impressed with our students that they choose to keep them after their co-op position ends!

But SUN Tech isn’t just for students who want to go straight to work: a year at SUN Tech is the perfect stepping-stone into higher education.  Each of our 19 full-time programs can earn you college credits transferable to a variety of state universities.

High School Students

Students approaching their last years of high school face some difficult questions: what do I want to do when I graduate? Do I want to go straight to work or go to college? Which college should I choose? How do I pay pay for it? 

An education at SUN might be the answer to your questions.

The Future: One Size Does Not Fit All

2013 State SkillsUSA Competitors

2013 State SkillsUSA Competitors

At SUN we know that everyone has different hopes, goals, and dreams and different ways to reach them.  Some students are ready to join the working world after they graduate while others will head to college to continue their education.  SUN Tech students leave ready for both.

Students that are ready to work can leave with skills and qualifications that make them sought-after by local employers. Those that take advantage of our co-op program will graduate with valuable work experience in their field.

Students that choose to continue their education will start college with more knowledge in their field than their classmates who didn’t take advantage of career and technical education.  Our students can also earn college credits at SUN Tech that will transfer to many state universities.

Choosing a Program

Our choice of full-time programs has something for everybody. Enjoy working with your hands?  Try one of our four programs in the Building Trades. Do you like helping people or putting a smile on the face of a customer?  Try one of our programs in Health and Human Services. Do you get a kick out of manipulating materials and the world around you?  Learn how to create just about anything in our Manufacturing programs. Are you a natural problem-solver? Do you love technology? One of our Technical programs might be right for you. Do you enjoy self-expression, creativity, and art? Learn to turn that passion into a paycheck with our Advertising Art program.

Making the Decision

Student in Precision Machining played a major role in the creation of the benches.

Precision Machining students pose with the bench they made for Lewisburg School District.

We know that every student that comes to SUN Tech chooses 180 days away from their friends at their home school.  That’s not an easy choice to make! But many of our successful graduates agree: it’s worth the sacrifice! And modern technology makes it easier than ever to stay connected to your friends and the goings-on at your home school.  We make every effort to keep you informed of events at your home district through Facebook, Twitter, and our website.

Before you make a decision about your future talk to your guidance counselor or contact SUN Tech to schedule a tour. You’ll be glad you did.

How to Attend SUN Tech

Getting to SUN Tech is easy! Talk to your guidance counselor and let them know you’d like to come to SUN Tech.  Some of our programs fill up quickly, so making the decision as early as possible can be important! Your counselor will be able to provide you with the appropriate forms to enroll you for an exciting year of career and technical education! If you have any problems or questions, please feel free to contact SUN Tech.

Local Business and Industry

Nate Baker at Playworld Systems

Nate Baker at Playworld Systems

Career and technical education and industry have always worked together: in fact SUN Tech was designed specifically to meet a skilled labor shortage in the Susquehanna Valley back in the 1960’s.

Today labor shortages still exist: according to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, today’s focus on college has created a well-educated but low-skill working class whose expertise don’t match the needs of the job market. Their solution?  a return to career and technical education, cooperative education (“co-op”), and apprenticeship (Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Business, February 2011).

Many local businesses already know the value of technical education:

Thank You for the letter and your ongoing efforts to provide a valuable Technical Training Program for our local community! At times, it seems more and more difficult to find the caliber of employees that are needed to run a successful technology based business, from machinist to electronics technician, we have a growing need. We at Brush Industries and Q-Card Company are  grateful that we have a valuable resource like SUN Area Technical Institute in our back yard and we are pleased that we can help support your efforts. – Joseph Stenglein, Vice President at Brush Industries


We understand the value internships can provide to students as they begin to envision their future careers. The partnership between Playworld Systems and Sun Area Technical Institute allows the two organizations to build a sustainable and rewarding program that ensures the success of students entering the workforce. – Bonnie Burns, Hiring and Training Specialist at Playworld Systems

Help SUN Tech Help Your Business

There’s no doubt about it: business benefits from a well-educated workforce.  Here are just a few of the ways that SUN Tech and your business can work together to help students and workers succeed:

  • Participate in Cooperative Education: SUN Tech’s Cooperative Education (“co-op”) program places students in jobs at local businesses during the latter stages of the school year. Students benefit from Co-op by gaining job experience, learning real-world work expectations, time management, worth ethic characteristics, and earning financial rewards. Participating businesses gain a youthful and highly skilled employee workforce that is highly trainable. These students look to make a long-term investment for the continued success of the Susquehanna Valley Region, as businesses continually train and mold their employees.
  • Train Your Employees: You’ve already got great employees, but everyone’s skills need updated from time-to-time. Let our Adult Education department help your business through night courses, customized training, and other exciting opportunities for adult learners.
  • Find the Perfect Employee: Is your business hiring?  SUN Tech can help! If we offer a program related to your position, we can reach out our graduates and let them know you’re looking.  Contact the Co-Op department to learn more.
  • Help Advise our Programs: Each program at SUN Area Technical Institute is guided by an Occupational Advisory Committee composed of local industry leaders that meet twice a year. The goal of the committee is to ensure that SUN Tech’s courses and curriculum are meeting the needs of the local workforce.Contact SUN Tech to find out how you can join your industry’s Occupational Advisory Committee.

For the Community

SUN Area Technical Institute has a long and proud history of being a force for positive change in the Susquehanna Valley. Here are just some of the ways that SUN Tech helps our community.

Community Service Projects

Electrical Systems Technology class of 2012 wired electricity to the barns at Ashburns Animals on a Mission.

Electrical Systems Technology class of 2012 wired electricity to the barns at Ashburns Animals on a Mission.

Each year students and faculty at SUN Tech take part in community service projects including dress-down days which raise money for the American Cancer Society, building dug-outs for local ball fields, and larger projects such as a barn wiring project for Ashburn’s Animals on a Mission.

I had the greatest pleasure of working with the students and instructor of the electrical program from SUN Area Technical Institute.  Never before have I met a more responsible, mature and educated group of young adults.  After the project, I toured the school and was very impressed at how advanced the learning programs were and what incredible educators and staff were employed.  The entire experience was above any expectations I had.  Thanks SUN Tech. Janel Ashburn, Owner, Ashburn Animal Farm & Shelter Non Profit

Do you have a community project that could benefit from the skill and knowledge at SUN Tech? Contact us today to see if we can help!

More Community Projects

Adult Education

SUN Tech provides many training opportunities for adults. We offer night classes in dozens of fields, full-time enrollment in our day-time programs, customized training for businesses and individuals, and even online courses.  Are you a veteran of the armed-services?  All of our day-time programs are  for GI Bill funding! Contact the Adult Ed Department to learn more.

More Adult Ed Services

Environmental Initiatives

While SUN recognizes the importance of building our workforce, we believe it’s necessary to be good stewards of or planet in the process.

Get Educated in Green Technology

Many of SUN Tech’s programs including Electronics and HVAC have begun to incorporate wind and solar power into their curriculum.  We also offer green energy courses through our Adult Ed program.

Participate in our Recycling Fundraiser

You can help SUN Tech students and help the environment at the same time by participating in our e-waste recycling fundraiser! We’ll accept ink cartridges, toner cartridges, laptops, MP3 Players, phones, tablet devices like iPads and Androids, headphones, digital camera, and GPS devices.  Don’t worry–they don’t have to work! Drop any of these items off at SUN Tech or send them in with a SUN Tech student.  Funds raised by recycling these items will help pay for student activities such as participation in SkillsUSA and HOSA.

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