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Above: Quintin B. Bullock, president of CCAC, and Nancy L. Herron, interim chancellor of Penn State Greater Allegheny, ceremoniously exchange the pens they used to sign the Articulation Agreement. (Penn State photo)
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Students at Community College of Allegheny County will be able to seamlessly transfer credits to six Penn State campuses --- including Greater Allegheny Campus in McKeesport --- under a new agreement effective this fall.
The "articulation agreement" smoothes the transfer of CCAC students into bachelor's degree programs at six Penn State campuses, including Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington and Shenango.
“Penn State and CCAC share the common goal of enhancing education for students in our region," said Nancy Herron, interim chancellor of Penn State Greater Allegheny. The agreement will make it easier for CCAC students "to earn an affordable, quality college education," she said.
The agreements provide students who earn their associate degree an academic pathway to transfer into a parallel bachelor’s degree program at the six campuses. The coordination of transferrable coursework, supported through academic advising, will support the successful transition for students.
"Together we are helping to ensure that future graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive and diverse global marketplace," said Quintin Bullock, president of CCAC.
The agreement also was met with great enthusiasm by local business leaders.
“It is always a plus when institutions view each other as partners in collaboration as opposed to competitors,” said Bill Flanagan, chief corporate relations officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
“It is very important to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County that this agreement will, hopefully, encourage students to stay in our region, get educated here, and stay, and make a difference here," he said.
When transferring to Penn State, CCAC students must apply for admission, submit required transcripts and meet Penn State’s admissions requirements. Penn State application fees will be waived for CCAC students who apply for four-year bachelor's degree programs.
The agreement was signed July 15.
(Editor's Note: Written entirely from a press release by Linda Curinga, Manager of Marketing and Communications, Penn State Greater Allegheny)
Originally published July 22, 2015.