Centers and Institutes

Centers and Institutes

Centers and Institutes Fact Sheet

  • Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute (CAECTI) 
    The Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute (CAECTI) is a community-based professional development and research organization of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg. The purpose of the Institute is to improve the quality of childcare for young children by developing, providing, and coordinating a wide variety of professional development opportunities for childcare providers and early childhood services in the South Central Region of the Commonwealth.

  • Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science (CAIMS) 
    CAIMS is devoted to the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, continuing its founding mission to improve the delivery of STEM content, while forging a new path that strengthens research, professional development, entrepreneurship, and information services through collaboration between and among faculty on all Penn State campuses, other universities, businesses, and industries.

    CAIMS brings the strength of Penn State’s expert faculty and research resources to bear on the problems facing our region’s math and science educators, as well as coordinating math and science summer camps and other programs that give students engaging, hands-on experiences to which they might not otherwise have access.

  • Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies 
    Besides being an inviting physical space providing research materials in print and other media in the Penn State Harrisburg Library, the Center is actively involved in outreach programming such as public performances of music, drama, and dance; screenings of films along with discussions by their makers; and lectures and book talks with nationally recognized writers and researchers on the Holocaust and Jewish Studies. The Center works to bring people from the Central Pennsylvania region and the university together in a common interest of remembering and teaching the Holocaust and Jewish Studies. In addition to its annual event series, the Center regularly presents art and history exhibitions in its Linda Schwab Gallery, manages a curriculum of course offerings for undergraduate students to learn about the Holocaust, as well as Jewish history and culture, and maintains an archive of materials from survivors in the Central PA regi 

  • Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
    The center’s purpose is to develop the skills and abilities of students, faculty, staff, and community partners to realize the full value of their ideas and entrepreneurial efforts and to make an impact on economic development in the region.

  • Pennsylvania Center for Folklore (formerly the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies)  
    The Pennsylvania Center for Folklore was founded in 1990 with a mission to “promote greater knowledge and appreciation” for “diverse peoples” and “cultural traditions,” especially in “southcentral Pennsylvania.”

    For more than 25 years now, the Center has developed research, research collections, courses, degrees, and events related to study and educate about folklore and folk cultures. In 2017, the Center relaunched under the new name Pennsylvania Center for Folklore to celebrate its achievements in the documentation and appreciation of Pennsylvania’s significant cultural heritage, and to mark its refined and expanded mission to study and educate about folklore across the state, region, and nation.

    Advised by a board of experts from several Penn State campuses, as well as institutions and organizations regionally and nationally,  the Center is committed to the documentation, study, and interpretation of diverse communities and cultural traditions, especially in Pennsylvania. It manages research projects, and coordinates with organizations and resources, devoted to the study of folklore and folk cultures. The Center fulfills its mission to educate about folklore through a variety of public programming, by offering a range of courses and degrees to students, educators, and community members.

    The Center is affiliated with the Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities and its American Studies program.

  • Center for Signal Integrity 
    The goal of the Center is to support signal integrity research and product development for local and national companies and advance the research collaboration between Penn State Harrisburg and industry.

  • Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels 
    The Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels serves as a center for the study of second- and third-generation biofuels, with the goal of bringing environmentally friendly energy alternatives to the marketplace.

  • Continuing Education 
    Penn State Harrisburg Continuing Education offers workshops, seminars, and short courses to enhance your professional portfolio.

  • Institute of State and Regional Affairs 
    The Institute of State and Regional Affairs is an applied research, training, and project management unit committed to the development and delivery of data solutions. It is comprised of applied research centers that can work either independently or collaboratively, depending on the nature of each project. The centers include:

  • Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC)
    The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC) is a non-profit corporation with a mission to expand and develop markets for recycled materials; stimulate demand for products with recycled content; and understand up-to-date market trend data. RMC supports the recycling supply chain – manufacturers, end-users of recycled materials and products, recycling processors, haulers, and ultimately the consumer.