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September 18, 2012 Dual admissions agreement formalized with HACC

HACC and Central Penn College bolster long-standing educational partnership

After a series of successful partnerships over the years between Central Penn College and HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, the two area higher education institutions have formalized a dual admissions agreement.

Central Penn College President Todd A. Milano and Provost Janice Moore, with HACC President John J. "Ski" Sygielski and Interim Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs James E. Baxter signed the agreement today at the HACC Harrisburg Campus in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center. The agreement enables HACC graduates of 11 associate degrees to directly transfer to related Central Penn College bachelor’s degrees. Milano and Ski were joined by representatives from the two colleges and members of the Harrisburg community.

HACC students who take advantage of the new opportunity and sign the dual admissions agreement will bypass the transfer evaluation process when they graduate from HACC and transfer to a bachelor’s degree at Central Penn College. Eligible HACC degrees include associate in arts degrees in: accounting, business administration (all concentrations), business management ( accounting, computer and general), business studies, criminal justice, entrepreneurial leadership, marketing, paralegal studies, and restaurant and food service management, as well as the associate in applied science degree in computer networking technology and an associate degree in general studies.

Central Penn College bachelor’s degree programs are available at the college’s Summerdale, Lancaster or Lehigh Valley locations or through fully-online programs. The specific bachelor’s degree programs that HACC associate degrees smoothly transition into as part of the dual admissions agreement are listed at www.centralpenn.edu/hacc.

“As Central Penn College and Central Pennsylvania's Community College continue to collaborate in providing educational opportunities for the region’s students, this next step in our valuable partnership has the potential to do amazing things for central Pennsylvania,” says Todd A. Milano, Central Penn College president. “It is a win for the community, a win for our institutions and most importantly, a win for the career-focused students who desire an affordable, high-value education. Together, we are committed to serving students who will serve as the backbone of the businesses that drive our local economy.”

“Today we are formalizing a dual admissions agreement that allows HACC students enrolled in 11 different majors to benefit from this agreement,” says Ski. “It will allow our students to simultaneously enroll at HACC and a four-year institution. They will have the benefits of the cost savings as well as an excellent academic path.”

For many years Central Penn College and HACC have benefited from a long-standing educational partnership, which has heavily expanded in 2012. A standard agreement previously gave HACC graduates the opportunity to transfer up to 65 credits, passed with a 2.0 GPA or higher, to a Central Penn bachelor’s degree program. Shortly thereafter, Central Penn began awarding HACC transfer students with a one-time $500 scholarship divided over their first two terms to help ease the cost of continuing their education. The Central Penn College Education Foundation also established a HACC scholarship fund in 2012 for HACC graduates who would benefit from need-based scholarships.

Central Penn students who do not live nearby the college’s Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library on the Summerdale campus can now use the resources at any nearby HACC library through a partnership established in 2012.

Most recently in July, Central Penn College and HACC formalized another agreement that brings Central Penn courses and professors to the HACC Lebanon Campus. The agreement enables HACC criminal justice graduates to maximize their transferrable credits and transition to a Central Penn criminal justice administration bachelor’s degree. Participating students can stay close to home to complete their degree by taking one Central Penn course per term on site at HACC’s Lebanon Campus, supplemented by online courses. They also have the option to complete their Central Penn bachelor’s degree fully online.

Central Penn is a career-focused college, offering 18 bachelor’s and associate degrees, located in Harrisburg and with additional bachelor’s degree completion locations in Lancaster and the Lehigh Valley. The college’s 12 fully-online degree programs are also available for students who want the flexibility and freedom to take courses from home or an off-site location. Central Penn’s mission is to provide an education that prepares its graduates to obtain employment or advancement in their chosen field, continue their education and be contributing members of society. With an academic calendar that operates on accelerated, 11-week terms, there are four start dates per year. The college is currently enrolling students for the fall term, which begins Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.

HACC has five campuses and several off-site locations in the region. HACC offers career and transfer associate degrees, certificates and diplomas and is central Pennsylvania’s premier workforce development provider to thousands of students enrolled in areas such as job training, customized company contracts, public safety, technology and trades and computer training.

For more information on the partnership between Central Penn and HACC, contact Central Penn’s continuing education team at 1-800-759-2727 or hacc@centralpenn.edu, or visit www.centralpenn.edu/hacc or www.hacc.edu.


Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering bachelor's and associate degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security and legal studies. The College, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 82.9 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, was established in 1964 as the commonwealth’s first community college. HACC, which also is the largest of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges, offers nearly 200 associate and transfer degrees, certificate and diploma programs to more than 22,000 credit students in a 10-county area. HACC has regional campuses in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York, as well as several off-campus sites and an online Virtual Campus that reaches students on a global scale. HACC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For more information about HACC, go to http://www.hacc.edu or call 1-800-ABC-HACC (1-800-222-4222).