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Penn College Approves In-State Tuition Rates for Jamestown Grads


Pennsylvania College of Technology established an agreement that affords graduates of Jamestown Community College the opportunity to enroll at Penn College at the current Pennsylvania in-state rates.

Graduates must have earned an associate degree from Jamestown Community College to qualify.

“Jamestown Community College has grown to a multicampus institution, with graduates that often live and work in the counties that border Pennsylvania. The out-of-state tuition was creating a barrier between our institutions,” said Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Penn College. “We have an opportunity with Jamestown to collaboratively broaden access to baccalaureate-degree attainment in the Twin Tier region and strengthen the economic base.”

According to the agreement, any student with a Jamestown Community College eligible degree and enrolling at Penn College from Fall 2015 through Fall 2018 will be offered the in-state rate.  Eligible degrees include Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Occupational Studies. Graduates of certificate programs are not eligible.

Jamestown graduates may enter Penn College’s associate- or bachelor-degree programs, but Penn College cannot guarantee acceptance into competitive-entry majors or a seat in a major that may have a waiting list.

In addition to the in-state rate, Penn College and Jamestown Community College have collaborated on articulation agreements in several technical programs. Both agreements allow students to plan their baccalaureate-degree transfer path.

A transfer pathway has been structured for students from Jamestown to enter a bachelor-degree program in emergency management technology, preparing students to enter careers in emergency management, environmental protection, or occupational health and safety, and expanding on training for individuals working in emergency medicine.

The institutions have also designed a structured pathway for Jamestown students to enter the industrial and human factors design degree at Penn College. The degree prepares students to design marketable products in the fields of industrial design, product and packaging design, and in the growing field of human-factor and sustainable design.

After completing general education and introductory coursework at Jamestown, the student will complete technical coursework in industrial design, engineering, sustainability, lean manufacturing and quality control at Penn College. Students may also elect to complete a concentration in mobile device development or plastic-part design or pursue one of nine approved minors applicable to the degree.

Jamestown Community College alumnus and Penn College dean Clifford Coppersmith welcomes this new partnership.

“JCC is a great community college that has a reputation for high-quality general education programming and a strong applied-technology tradition,” Coppersmith said. “This is an exciting partnership that will open doors for Jamestown graduates to Penn College’s applied, hands-on four-year degrees.”

Those interested in taking advantage of the opportunity are encouraged to attend Transfer Days, scheduled for June 9, 10 and 11. Staff will be available to discuss the degree pathways. Application fees are waived for Jamestown graduates.

To learn more about Penn College’s degrees in emergency management and industrial and human factors design, visit the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications.

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

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