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What to Expect at KTI

Now is an exciting time for both you and your student. The decisions you make today can set your student up for a lifetime of career success. We invite you to learn more about what KTI can offer your student.

What is a career training school?

A career training school like KTI offers your student specialized training for a variety of skilled jobs, including health information technicianmedical assistant, sterile processing techniciandental assistant, Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA), electrician, baker, culinary arts specialist, carpenter, and computer technician. All classes are specific to your student’s industry of choice—general studies are even related to his/her career and designed to improve the soft skills employers are looking for.

Your student can earn a specialized degree or diploma, plus a number of industry-specific certifications and licenses. Career training schools take less time to complete than a 4-year degree, have smaller classroom sizes, and offer more hands-on training.

What are the benefits of a career training school like KTI vs. a 4-year college?

With KTI’s career training, your student can begin an exciting new career in just 10-18 months, compared to a 4-year college or university. Your child can earn more than the average bachelor’s degree recipient with less than two years of career training*.

Your student will train alongside experienced professionals in our real-world labs and kitchens, plus get extra on-site experience with an externship. Your student will make real connections with employers, and our career services staff will help him/her find a job after graduation.

Keystone Technical Institute is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), so you know your student is in good hands! We’re also licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. We are endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA).

Our culinary arts specialist and baking and pastry programs are programmatically accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), and our medical assistant and medical assistant specialist programs are programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

As part of our Articulation Agreement, your student can also apply a number of credits to continue his/her post-secondary education at institutions like New England Culinary Institute and Central Penn College, and apply for entrance into the ABC Apprenticeship program at the level commensurate with his/her level completed at KTI.

We encourage you and your student to attend one of our upcoming Career Exploration Days to see the KTI difference in person.


*Harvard Graduate School of Education, Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, 2011.  
When do classes begin?

We publish start dates a year in advance. Day classes begin four or five times a year with a new module (term) scheduled every 10 weeks. If your student attends class at night, he or she will begin a new 15-week module three times per year. The Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) program begins three times per year.

What will my student's schedule or classes look like?

If your student takes day classes, they’ll attend class Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are Friday classes scheduled periodically throughout the program, especially during the last module prior to externship for career search and readiness class.

If your student takes night classes, they’ll attend class Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If they enroll in our Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) program, they’ll attend one night per week and three Saturdays per month, until they complete their didactic and lab component of the program.

When students begin their externship or clinical, they will work alongside their employer externship sponsor Monday through Friday, and hours vary based on site and career area. Weekends should be expected for some career areas such as culinary artsbaking and pastry arts, and medical assisting.

We develop the individual course schedules for students, which eliminates any stress associated with two- and four-year colleges, including completing the program on time, deciding what class to take next, and worrying whether there’s space available or not. We’ll provide your student their schedule four weeks prior to beginning their next module so they can plan ahead.

They’ll attend classes at KTI much like they would a new job. They’ll attend every week from the beginning to the end of their program, except for traditional holidays, a week off around Independence Day and Christmas, and three or four nontraditional days which KTI uses for inservices for faculty. These dates are published a year in advance for their convenience.

What extracurricular activities or special events are available?

KTI offers a number of opportunities for community involvement. We host several outreach programs in our community, including blood, toy, and food drives. Your student can participate in a number of events related to his/her program too—for example, our culinary students bake cakes and other treats for the Keystone Human Services‘ Chocolatefest competition.

We also celebrate our Students of the Month, student and staff birthdays, holidays, and more throughout the year. To see what we’re up to this week, check out our Facebook page.

How will my student pay for school?

Tuition and fees vary by program. However, we do offer financial aid to those who qualify.

Graduating high school seniors may apply for one of 22 quarter-tuition scholarships for a number of programs, plus additional federal student loan programs, state grants, and other scholarships. To learn more about tuition and financial aid options available to your student, click here.

What is the environment and surrounding neighborhood like?

KTI is located in the foothills of the Blue Mountains north of the city of Harrisburg. We’re housed in a beautiful, modern, air-conditioned building on a seven-and-a-half-acre campus with street level entry. The building is divided into computer, culinary arts, dental, medical, business labs, wellness labs, classrooms, a learning resource center, administrative offices, and a reception area. The student activities center includes a food service area, a lounge area, and vending machines.

We pride ourselves on having a warm, welcoming, and home-like environment, where students, faculty, and staff feel like friends and family. We treat others with kindness and respect at all times. We’re family-owned, and our president practices an open-door policy because he believes in open communication and accessibility. Visit us to see for yourself.

Is transportation available?

No. Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from classes. However, KTI is located along several routes served by the Capital Area Transit Bus System in Greater Harrisburg and is easily reached from any point in the greater Harrisburg area.

We’re also readily accessible by car from Routes 11, 15, 22, 81, 83, 230, 322, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Harrisburg International Airport is 15 minutes south. KTI has plenty of parking facilities available for students.

How will staff work with my student to ensure s/he succeeds?

Our faculty members are selected for their professional backgrounds, academic experience, and professional certifications. They are experienced in their fields and strive to impart their knowledge to students. They are willing to devote extra, one-on-one time with students to help them succeed. They teach their material effectively and work alongside students to make sure they’re prepared to enter the workforce after graduation.

What kinds of jobs could my student qualify for after graduation?

Every day, employers are hiring qualified KTI graduates, and your son or daughter could be one of them. Here’s a small sampling of the types of jobs your student may get after graduating from KTI with a specialized degree or diploma, based on career concentration:

How much money will my student make after graduating with a specialized degree or diploma?

Average salary depends on the career field your student chooses. But, on average, your student can earn $4,000 to $19,000 more each year with career training*.

To learn more about average salaries for your student’s career of interest, visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook website and search his/her desired occupation, or visit any of our career training program pages.


*Source: “Pathways to Boosting the Earnings of Low-Income Students by Increasing Their Educational Attainment”, Hudson Institute Center for Employment Policy, 2009
Can my child and I visit before enrolling?

Of course! We invite you and your student to come to our campus and see what KTI is all about. Attend any of our Career Exploration Days, or schedule a tour with a KTI admissions advisor for a time that’s convenient for you.

How do we enroll?

To apply to KTI, simply fill out this form and one of our admissions representatives will be in touch soon. Thank you for interest in our career training programs. We can’t wait to meet you and your student!

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.kti.edu/ConsumerInformation.

Did you know?
Career schools, versus public and private not-for profit institutions, lead the way in creating opportunities for students –


are likely to be financially independent
according to the Imagine America Foundation’s 2014 Factbook.


The Gold Military Friendly® school designation was awarded to Keystone Technical Institute for its opportunities as being better for veterans.

Gold Military Friendly School

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The KTI Difference

KTI isn’t like every other career training school. Take some time to research other career schools and you’ll find that, at KTI, there’s a difference. Read More.

Student success comes first

Warm, welcoming, home-like environment

President practices an open-door policy

Staff assists you with financial aid and career placement services

Faculty members work with you so you're ready for a new career

Family-owned, so all decisions are made right on campus

Programs provide students access to the career training employers need

Degree and diploma programs provide preparation for more than 26 third-party certifications

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