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LCCC Grads Gain Streamlined Path for Continued Architectural Study

Students in Luzerne County Community College’s architectural engineering technology associate-degree program will benefit from a recently signed agreement that establishes a clear and efficient path to complete a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

After completing a strong foundation with an associate degree at LCCC, students have the opportunity to continue the career ladder at Penn College and complete coursework that prepares them to enter careers as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design specialists, sustainable designers or architectural project team members. In addition to new-building design, students have the opportunity to gain skills that are vital to historic preservation and the renovation and reuse of existing structures.

“We look forward to welcoming the Luzerne County Community College students to our campus and providing a seamless pathway to the bachelor’s degree,” said Marc E. Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies at Penn College. “The articulation agreement provides a benefit to the student, the industry and both institutions. Being the next step in the lifelong learning process is exciting.”

Three students in Luzerne County Community College’s architectural engineering technology program (on left), join, from left, Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies at Penn College, Dana Clark, vice president of academic affairs and provost at Luzerne County Community College, and Brian Overman, instructor in LCCC’s architectural engineering technology program.
Three students in Luzerne County Community College’s architectural engineering technology program (on left), join, from left, Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies at Penn College, Dana Clark, vice president of academic affairs and provost at Luzerne County Community College, and Brian Overman, instructor in LCCC’s architectural engineering technology program.

Graduates of Penn College’s building science and sustainable design major, first offered in 2009, have successfully entered the workforce or have furthered their education at the graduate level.

Students enrolled in the degree program recently designed a home that produces as much energy as it uses for the Race to Zero Student Design Competition, held at the National Renewable Labs in Golden, Colorado. Their project, designed for Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity and slated to be constructed next year in Williamsport, was one of the four grand-prize finalists.

Penn College’s building science and sustainable design program also offers biennial study-abroad experiences. A three-credit course, European Sustainable Building, Historical Architecture and Art, offered this spring, will culminate in a 10-day trip to the Italian cities of Venice, Vicenza, Florence and Rome.

Students graduating from Luzerne County Community College’s architectural engineering technology program may also enter Penn College’s residential construction technology and management bachelor’s degree. Students interested in this degree should contact Penn College’s School of Construction & Design Technologies to discuss their transfer into this program.

For more information about Penn College’s architectural technology majors, call the School of Construction & Design Technologies at 570-327-4518. The school offers several opportunities to tour labs and discuss career options with faculty.

Transfer students are encouraged to attend a special transfer visit date on June 10. Other tour dates throughout the summer include June 17, July 1, July 29 and Aug. 5. For those students entering the senior year of high school, Senior Visit Days are scheduled June 27, July 10 and July 24.

For information about Penn College, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.