We are a service and outreach institute that collaborates with education, industry, and community partners to create learning experiences for diverse audiences.

Our programming empowers high-school-aged learners, as well as educators and community leaders, to become adaptable, curious, and industrious. As education, work, and civic engagement rapidly evolve, the way we learn, work, and lead must also change.

The Readiness Institute at Penn State, as first envisioned by The Heinz Endowments, helps learners achieve community and future readiness. We demonstrate an unwavering commitment to equity and diversity by providing essential and creative experiences that help foster a counternarrative to racism and marginalizing systems. Our learner-centered programming could not succeed without the cooperation of our valued partners:

  • Education partners cultivate holistic competencies in all learners.
  • Industry partners make learning relevant to the modern work environment and connect learners to employment opportunities and networks.
  • Community partners create opportunities for civic engagement and leadership.
Our StoryReadiness Institute Summer Program learners visit the Moonshot Museum
Our Story - An idea was born when Dr. Stan Thompson of The Heinz Endowments asked: "What would it take to prepare every Pittsburgher for personal, professional, and civic success?"
Goals and SuccessesInstructor pointing at a computer screen while a student watches
Goals and Successes - At the Readiness Institute we are partnering with educators, industry leaders, and the Pittsburgh community to build year-round experiential activities that prepare learners for future careers and civic contribution.
Awards and RecognitionNittany Lion Shrine awards
Awards and Recognition - Awards presented and received by the Readiness Institute at Penn State.
Our TeamJustin Aglio presenting at the Summer Program
Our Team - Meet the dedicated professionals from Penn State and The Heinz Endowments who share a commitment to help young people find their paths to a successful life.
Employment and Volunteer OpportunitiesReadiness Institute learners sitting in the stands at a Pittsburgh Pirates game
Employment and Volunteer Opportunities - Employment and volunteer opportunities available at the Readiness Institute at Penn State.