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October 4, 2013 Central Penn College joins ACE Credit Network

Partnership helps student turn potential into career success as part of Central Penn’s lifelong learning program

Central Penn College has joined the American Council on Education (ACE) Credit College and University Network, a group of more than 2,000 institutions which consider ACE credit recommendations for corporate and military training  and  determine the applicability to their course and degree programs.

“By participating in the ACE Credit Network, higher education institutions signify to millions of adult learners their commitment to boosting attainment of postsecondary credentials, offering flexibility, portability and the efficient transfer of credits,” says Deborah Seymour, assistant vice president for ACE’s Center for Education Attainment and Innovation.

ACE’s military and corporate evaluation programs each year review about 150 educational and occupational experiences provided by workforce and military training, and recommends whether colleges and universities accept that experience and training for college credit. The recommendation identifies and describes the discipline, the level of learning, and the number of credit hours offered by individual training programs and other educational experiences. Colleges and universities then take the recommendations into consideration in deciding whether they fit with their degree offerings, and if so, award credit toward general education courses, electives or core courses in the major.

In addition to accepting credit for ACE approved workforce and military training, Central Penn evaluates professional work/life experience to offer ‘lifelong learning’ academic credit.

“I went from having just 27 college credits when I started at Central Penn to being halfway to my goal,” says Marjorie Kluck, an employee of Holy Spirit Health System and a Central Penn student majoring in business administration with a concentration in healthcare administration. “I tell every adult student I come into contact with to explore the option of life experience credits.” 

Prospective students can transfer up to 77 credits toward a Central Penn bachelor’s degree through a combination of approved college credit and approved work/life experience. In some instances, credit can be earned at 1/3 the tuition rate through portfolio development, which is determined on an individual basis.

 “Lifelong learning reduces the amount of time and money it takes for students to achieve their goals, which is a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved,” says Beth Romanski, Central Penn’s corporate and community outreach coordinator. "Central Penn’s career-focused degree programs, accelerated terms, and flexible evening and online courses make the college an ideal fit for busy adult learners seeking to expand upon their professional qualifications.”

Those interested in more information on Central Penn’s lifelong learning program should contact their personal enrollment counselor at 1-800-759-2727.

Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering career-focused associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of fields. Degree programs are available in: accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. 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, 87.8 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.

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit www.acenet.edu or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.