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Our History

In 1962, the Penn-Trafford PTA Council proposed a one-term adult education program as an experimental project.

One of the first of its kind in the area at the time, the Penn-Trafford adult education program was designed, in part, to provide opportunities for learning or reviewing job skills close to home.

That first term, 10 classes were offered and 150 students were enrolled.

The Penn-Trafford School District serves Penn Township, Trafford Borough, Manor Borough, and Penn Borough in western Westmoreland County, PA.

PTAE Today

Today, Penn-Trafford Adult Education (PTAE) is still organizing and running classes for adults in the Penn-Trafford School District and surrounding areas, with the continued support given to the committee by the administration, staff, faculty, and custodians of the school district. While instructors are paid, the members of the Penn-Trafford Adult Education committee are all dedicated volunteers.

PTAE offers something for most every interest, with about 90 classes offered per year. They offer fitness classes like aerobics, swimming, water aerobics, and yoga. They offer craft classes like painting, floral arranging, quilting, and stained glass. They offer life skills classes such as finances, stress management, college planning, and computers. And, they offer special interest classes such as cooking, ballroom dance, golf, antiques, and vacation get-aways.

While the favorite classes are held each session, new classes are always being added! Members of the committee draw upon their own assortment of interests and those of neighbors and friends to find instructors and come up with new and exciting class offerings.

Classes are scheduled in three sessions -- fall, winter, and spring. Both residents and non-residents of the school district are welcome to register for classes.

Fall class brochures are available in August; spring is available in February.The winter class brochure is handed out to students during a take-home Tuesday in November. Class brochures can also be picked up at the Penn Area or Trafford library, the Harrison City or Trafford post office, and S&T Bank on Route 130. Current classes are also listed on this web site.