Articulation Agreements Reached With Corning Community College

Published 09.05.2014

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Pennsylvania College of Technology and Corning Community College have approved several articulation agreements.

Corning students will be able to plan their transfer to Penn College with minimal loss of credit and complete a degree at  Penn College’s in-state tuition rate. To receive the tuition discount, students must earn an associate degree from Corning in a major that has been aligned with a four-year pathway at Penn College.

Richard K. Hendricks Jr., left, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing at Penn College, leads a Spring 2014 tour of College Avenue Labs for Corning Community College’s Michael Reynolds, center, associate professor of math/physics/technology, and Dale Crandall, assistant professor of mechanical technology.Students completing an electrical technology-electronics major at Corning may continue on to a four-year degree in electronics and computer engineering technology at Penn College. Students following the recommended sequence at CCC and Penn College can expect to complete the bachelor’s degree with two additional years of course work.

Building on the electronic and computer engineering in the associate-degree programs, the advanced course work focuses on the skills needed to lead projects and interface with engineering and design teams.

Completion of an associate degree in Corning’s machine tool technology program puts the student on the path to complete a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology. In addition to the strong emphasis in manufacturing, automation and metals-oriented industry, the program is accredited by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, offering students the opportunity to earn valuable industry certification.

“Aligning technical majors is never easy,” said David R. Cotner, dean of the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies at Penn College. “The faculty worked hard at making sure the Corning Community College students will find a smooth transition to our applied-technology, hands-on programs. We’re excited to begin this joint venture with Corning.”

“Many of our students come to Corning with the expectation of transferring to a four-year college,” said Kimberly Perkins, CCC’s director of academic outreach. “Articulation agreements pave the way for a smooth transition, ensuring that students don’t have to repeat courses, which adds time and expense to the process. These agreements position our students to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. We are excited to be partnering with Penn College to offer our students these exciting opportunities.”

Students wishing to pursue a management degree to partner with their technical associate degree can enroll in Penn College’s online or campus-based technology management bachelor’s degree. CCC graduates from the following degrees may enroll in the program: auto body and collision repair, automotive technology, criminal justice, early childhood, information technology, machine tool technology, manufacturing technology, and mechanical technology.

This degree affords maximum flexibility for individuals who are working full time and who aspire to bachelor-degree completion by taking course work at a pace that accommodates work and personal-time demands. Spring 2014 CCC graduates and future graduates may qualify for the tuition reduction.

“These agreements incentivize completion,” said Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president of instruction at Penn College. “Students with completed associate degrees are more likely to remain on track and graduate. We want to reward those students and encourage them to pursue advanced course work in fields that are in high demand and in expanding growth industries.”

The in-state tuition benefit offers students a substantial savings. For students completing 15 credits each semester at Penn College, the in-state benefit is a savings of approximately $13,000 over four semesters or two academic years.

For more information regarding the agreements with Corning Community College, contact Carol A. Lugg, director of transfer initiatives at Penn College, or 570-320-2400, ext. 7308.

For more about Penn College, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014, call toll-free 800-367-9222.