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Penn College Approves In-State Tuition Rates for CCC Graduates

Pennsylvania College of Technology has approved an agreement allowing qualified graduates of Corning Community College the opportunity to enroll at Penn College at the in-state tuition rate.

According to the agreement, which was announced March 10 at Corning Community College, any CCC student with an eligible associate degree who enrolls at Penn College from Fall 2015 through Fall 2018 will be offered the in-state rate.

Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Penn College, and Katherine P. Douglas, president of Corning Community College, at the March 10 announcement.
Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Penn College, and Katherine P. Douglas, president of Corning Community College, at the March 10 announcement.

Eligible degrees include Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Occupational Studies. Graduates of certificate programs are not eligible. Corning graduates may enter associate- or bachelor-degree programs at Penn College, but the college cannot guarantee acceptance into competitive-entry majors or a seat in a major that may have a waiting list.

Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Penn College – and a Corning Community College graduate – said he recognizes the vital role that community colleges play in many students’ access to higher education.

“The Corning area is less than 90 minutes away, and it was clear from enrollment data that the out-of-state tuition was creating a barrier between our institutions,” Gregory said. “We have an opportunity with Corning to collaboratively broaden access to baccalaureate-degree attainment in the Twin Tiers region and strengthen the economic base.”

“The partnership between Corning Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology is a door-opening opportunity for many of our students,” said Dr. Marian Eberly, vice president and dean of academic affairs at Corning Community College. “Together, we have developed an academically superb and affordable path for students to pursue further education that will empower graduates with greater flexibility, freedom and control of their futures.”

Penn College and Corning Community College have already collaborated on articulation agreements for several technical programs.

A transfer pathway has been structured for students from Corning’s machine tool technology program to enter the Bachelor of Science in manufacturing engineering technology at Penn College.

Another agreement carves the way for Corning’s electrical engineering-electronics graduates to enter the Bachelor of Science in electronics and computer engineering technology at Penn College.

Joining Gregory and Douglas are (back row, from left) Penn College's Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies and former director of transfer initiatives, and David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies;  and, from Corning Community College, Kimberly Perkins, director of academic outreach, and Marian Eberly, vice president and dean.
Joining Gregory and Douglas are (back row, from left) Penn College’s Carol A. Lugg, assistant dean of construction and design technologies and former director of transfer initiatives, and David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies; and, from Corning Community College, Kimberly Perkins, director of academic outreach, and Marian Eberly, vice president and dean.

Graduates of technical/professional areas are afforded the opportunity of a seamless transfer into Penn College’s online applied management degree. The bachelor’s degree emphasizes business and management skills to complement technical degrees. The two institutions are in the process of developing further agreements to ease the transfer process.

In addition to applied technology, hands-on degrees, Penn College offers online bachelor-degree completion programs including applied management; applied health studies; automotive technology management; dental hygiene: health policy and administration concentration; health information management; and nursing (RN to BSN). A professional certificate program, magnetic resonance imaging, is also available online.

Students interested in taking advantage of any of these opportunities are encouraged to visit during Penn College’s Spring Open House on Saturday, March 28. The application fee is waived for students with a completed Corning degree.

Students currently completing a degree are encouraged to attend Open House or visit on an academic school tour date to have their application fee waived. Open House will include a session on transferring completed degree credits to Penn College. Prior to enrollment, students must submit their official transcripts to Penn College.

For more about the college, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.