Providence College Army Specialized Training Program

The national Army Specialized Training Program took place from 1942-1944. It served as a way to educate young, academically talented, soldiers (ages 18-21) for leadership roles within the Army during World War II. ASTP participants gained training in engineering, science, medicine, mathematics, and more. Over 122 institutions across the country hosted ASTP students. Providence College's Army Specialized Training Program began in July 1943 and lasted through April 1944. During the program's short tenure over 500 soldiers from around the country lived and took classes at Providence College. The ASTP Program was important to Providence College as it kept enrollments up during the war. The program concluded nationally when soldiers were needed on the battlefields of Europe as war efforts increased. PC's ASTP collection includes video, photographs, correspondence, newspaper coverage, archival materials, and more. This web site was created by the Digital Publishing Services team at Providence College's Phillips Memorial Library + Commons. The original materials are housed in the library's Special Collections and Archives.
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