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New Path Opens for Forestry Students Seeking Four-Year Degrees


Graduates of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s associate-degree major in forest technology now have an additional option for pursuing a Bachelor of Science in their chosen career field.

Paul Smith’s College and Penn College’s School of Natural Resources Management recently signed an articulation agreement allowing students to follow a streamlined path toward obtaining a baccalaureate degree in forestry.

“We welcome this agreement with an institution that shares our commitment to an education that focuses on real-world experience,” said Dennis F. Ringling, professor of forestry at Penn College. The partnership also affirms recognition by Paul Smith’s College of the high quality of Penn College graduates, he said.

Paul Smith’s College, located in the Adirondack State Park in Brighton, N.Y., offers graduates of Penn College’s forest technology major the opportunity to pursue a four-year degree in ecological forest management or forest operations.

A Penn College graduate in good academic standing will enter Paul Smith’s as a junior and be required to successfully complete no more than 66 additional credits to complete the Bachelor of Science program. As part of the agreement, students must enroll at Paul Smith’s within two years of graduation from Penn College.

“The work accomplished by our faculty to establish these articulation agreements demonstrates their commitment to our students, as well as the study of the natural resources.” said Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management at Penn College. “The agreement with Paul Smith’s College allows us to encourage students to pursue baccalaureate studies, knowing that the course work here will be fully recognized.”

Both institutions are accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

The forest technology major at Penn College has previously established seamless articulation agreements with West Virginia University and Glenville State University. These agreements, along with the newly acquired Paul Smith’s articulation, allow students to save both time and money.

“These articulation agreements open up additional options for our students,” Ringling added. “As students enter our program, they begin to refine and focus their career goals. The articulation agreements allow the student to both expand and streamline their educational pursuits.”

Further information about the Paul Smith’s transfer process is available from Andrea Hemmerich, assistant director of enrollment and transfer services, or toll-free at 800-421-2605.

To learn more about forest technology and other “degrees that work” within the School of Natural Resources Management at Penn College, call 570-320-8038.

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

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