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January 9, 2019 All It Took Was One Class...

Addy Perales is in a good place. The Lancaster Center continuing ed student is on target to graduate in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s in business administration.

Her journey at Central Penn College began with a single class, Principles of Management (BUS 220), in the 2015 summer session. Married with two kids, Perales has excelled in the credit union industry over the past 15 years. She started as a teller at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union and worked her way up to her current position at Lanco Federal Credit Union as a loan manager.

Stacey Hankey, the credit union’s CEO, had always encouraged Perales to take a course on business. Perales initially hesitated, but finally decided to take the plunge. 

“College was always a goal for me,” she says. “But I was apprehensive, too. I had been out of school for a while and didn’t know quite what to expect.”

“When I came in for that one class, Central Penn’s admissions and financial aid team made it easy. They took care of me and as a first-time college student, that meant a lot,” says Perales, who graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster. 

The Lancaster Center

After that one summer course in 2015, Perales has gone every term since then. Needless to say, the Lancaster city resident is a big fan of Central Penn College and the Lancaster Center. “The location, the flexibility [course formats and schedules] and the advantage of having most of my professors who are actually in the business field, was a big plus for me.”

She also likes the fact that instructors really empathize with students who are working adults. “They understand what you’re going through,” she says. “Most of them come from the professional world... that makes a huge difference.”

Working with Interim Dean of Professional Studies Ben Lipschutz, Perales received 15 college credits due to her extensive experience in the banking industry. “That was nice,” she says. “I learned a lot on the job, and I’m glad Central Penn thought so, too.”

Perales has taken classes in different formats––on-ground and online. She prefers the on-ground because––with two kids at home––it can be difficult to devote uninterrupted time to class. “Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, but If my kids know I’m home, everything becomes an emergency,” she says, with a laugh.

She also likes the Polycom courses, where classes are taught in Summerdale and broadcast via a closed-circuit system to Lancaster. “It’s been really convenient and has opened up more courses for me to take,” says Perales.

Accelerated Terms

Central Penn’s accelerated terms enabled her to go to college year-round, while making steady and significant progress toward her bachelor’s degree. 

“You set the pace, depending on your situation,” she says. 

She’s looking forward to graduating in May. “It’s been a great experience earning my degree. I love learning, but I’m ready to spend more time with family. I think my husband and kids are ready, too.”