Williamson College of the Trades is located on Route 352, in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and is fourteen miles west of Philadelphia. A wide variety of attractions are located nearby, including historical sites, museums, shopping malls, theaters, parks, arboreta, and many other points of interest in the historic Delaware Valley.
Situated on 220 acres of woodland and fields, the Williamson campus is noted for its beauty. Frank Furness, one of the most highly acclaimed architects of the late 19th century, designed eleven of the college’s buildings. (Williamson boasts the largest collection of Furness buildings in the country and has received awards from historical societies for its upkeep of these buildings.)
In addition to faculty homes, athletic fields, woods, and streams, the campus boasts a variety of major buildings, including:
- Rowan Hall: administrative offices, student lounge, dining room, and the chapel.
- Twelve student dormitories: Byers Hall I & II (which also contains Health Services and the Campus Store), C Cottage, Derrickson, Eyre, George, Jenks, Longstreth, Smith, Stell, Townsend, and Watson.
- The Restall Sports Center, completed in 1988, offers a basketball court, indoor running track, weight room, locker rooms, offices, lounge, and laundry facilities.
- The John Wanamaker Free School of Artisans, an integral part of the college, includes separate, modern Carpentry, Machine, Paint, and Masonry Shops and the Walter M. Strine, Sr. 2W9 Learning Center, which houses the library, the placement office, faculty and administrative offices, and classrooms for studies that include mathematics, communications. physical science, business and economics, and drafting.
- Alumni Hall is the home of the Clarence W. Schrenk Program in Horticulture, Landscaping, and Turf Management. The Horticulture program maintains two greenhouses and many gardens, including the Sabia Garden adjacent to the McLean Technical Center. The complex of facilities supporting the Horticulture program is named in honor of Mrs. Dorrance H. Hamilton.
- Power Plant training is conducted in a shop maintenance building and the college’s power generating system. Most instruction and training are centered in the Lipp Educational Center, which includes classrooms, faculty offices, a computer laboratory, a resource room with a technical library, and three separate laboratories: the mechanical operations and industrial wiring laboratory includes programmable logic controllers with computer interface, residential wiring stations, and a turbine maintenance/overhaul station; the instrumentation laboratory includes level process stations, a dead weight tester, and a full range of calibration equipment; and the electrical theory laboratory includes Heathkit electronic trainers, motor control stations, motor-generator training stations, motor control boards, and oscilloscopes.
- The William L. McLean, Jr. Technical Center houses a technology classroom and the Walton H. Simpson ’32 Computer Science Center, a computer lab that is designed to introduce students to both computer operations/applications and computer-aided design (CAD).
Williamson offers excellent information technology to its students. The campus has 4 computer labs, a library with 32 student computers, 20 instructional computer projectors including several interactive projectors, and a public wireless network (including dorm access). Williamson also has a state-of-the-art student lounge with 6 additional computers, 3 large screen TVs, and wireless access. Each student has access to private, secure file storage and personal cloud storage of 1TB through Office 365. Additionally, each student is issued a Williamson email account that he may continue to use beyond graduation.
The Library, located in the Strine Learning Center, provides a collection of books and journals in each trade and technical area offered at Williamson, books and periodicals on general subjects, and computers with Internet access for Web-based research. When classes are in session, the library is open during the day, Monday through Friday, and selected evening hours; please consult the Librarian for specific hours of operation. The library is associated with the Delaware County Library System, providing convenient access to the holdings of all the public libraries in the county, including those of Delaware County Community College. As a member of ACCESS-PA, the library can easily receive, via interlibrary loan, items from hundreds of libraries across the Commonwealth.
Located online and on the first floor of Byers Hall, the Campus Store sells academic supplies, snack foods, Williamson apparel, and a variety of college souvenirs.
All students live in one of the twelve on-campus dormitories, which are supervised by an adult dormitory manager.