March 28, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA) – Dean Institute of Technology and Rosedale Technical College, today, announced a merger of their operations effective immediately. Rosedale Tech will accommodate Dean Tech’s current students within their programs at Rosedale Tech’s campus. Both schools are known to offer high quality, hands-on technical training with a shared goal of securing high paying employment for their graduates in various technical trades with employers in the area and beyond.
Both schools share a long, rich history of training students in the tri-state area. Founded in 1947 as West Penn Tech, Dean Tech has been a fixture in the downtown Pittsburgh area for nearly 72 years. Rosedale Technical Institute was founded in 1949 in Verona, PA, becoming Rosedale Technical College in 2014, and is now located in Kennedy Township just off Interstate-79.
“The combination of these two iconic institutions is a very positive step towards securing the future of technical training in Western PA,” said Dennis Wilke, President of Rosedale Tech. “By joining forces, students will have the opportunity to continue to seek training in the skilled trades so desperately needed by our local economy.”
“As I considered retirement, I sought a strong partner that has the same values and vision as Dean Tech,” said Jim Dean, President of Dean Tech. “I felt that Rosedale Tech was the perfect fit to continue the Dean Tech legacy, as they have a solid reputation for honesty and sincere commitment to raising the standards of the trades.”
The combined organization will continue to innovate, grow and provide services and course offerings to its students. Rosedale Tech currently offers two-year Associates in Specialized Technology degrees in electrical, HVAC, automotive, diesel, collision repair, and industrial technology. Diploma programs are offered in welding, electrical, HVAC, automotive, diesel and truck driving.
The current Dean Tech location will close and all operations will be relocated to Rosedale Tech’s campus. The combined entity will be known as Rosedale Technical College. Mr. Dean will serve on Rosedale Technical College’s board of directors.
About Rosedale Technical College
Celebrating its 70th year of technical training in the Pittsburgh region, Rosedale Technical College is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit higher education institution located in Kennedy Township, PA. Rosedale Tech offers training for eight high-demand skilled labor industries, such as automotive, collision repair, diesel, electrical, HVAC, industrial technician, truck driving, and welding. The college was recently ranked 11th on Forbes’ list of Top 25 two-year trade schools in the nation based off of post-graduate success, affordability, graduation completion rates, and overall student experience. Since 2012, Rosedale Tech has been recognized as a Military Friendly® school by VIQTORY, and was ranked eighth on the top 10 list for the 2019-2020 school year. Rosedale Tech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), has been evaluated by the ASE Education Foundation and has been found to meet Automotive Service Excellence standards for all eight mechanical areas in both the Automotive and Diesel Technology programs.
About Dean Technical Institute
Founded in 1947, Dean Institute of Technology, formerly West Penn Tech, is a nationally accredited private, for-profit trade and technical school offering technical training which prepares graduates for employment opportunities in electrical, HVAC, welding, and building maintenance. Founded by the late Dr. John Renwick Dean, the school has remained owned and operated by the Dean family. Formerly located in Downtown Pittsburgh, the school currently operates in its W. Liberty Road location just outside the city.