Created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1971, BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 is an educational service agency meeting the needs of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties.  Serving 19 public schools, two career centers, and 12 non-public schools, BLaST’s vision is to transform lives and communities through educational services. These services are organized into four major divisions: Student Services, Educational Planning, Technology, and Management Services. In partnership with Educational Staffing Solutions (ESS), BLaST employs approximately 339 staff with a majority of staff working in the division of Student Services providing early intervention and school-age special education services. ​


Transform lives and communities through educational services.


To provide, create, and facilitate high-quality educational solutions.

Core Values

We strive to practice our core values every day in our decision-making, service delivery, and relationships with all of our stakeholders.

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Doing what is right by choosing courage over comfort and practicing values rather than professing them.​

Valuing ourselves and each other while acting with courage, consideration, and empathy.

Committing to and practicing honest and open communication.
Integrating physical, social, and emotional safety through our thoughts, words, and actions.

IU17 School Districts Served

  • Athens
  • Canton
  • East Lycoming
  • Jersey Shore
  • Loyalsock Township
  • Montgomery
  • Montoursville
  • Muncy
  • Northeast Bradford
  • Northern Tioga
  • Sayre
  • South Williamsport
  • Southern Tioga
  • Sullivan County
  • Towanda
  • Troy
  • Wellsboro
  • Williamsport
  • Wyalusing