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Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Hosts Event to Formalize Student Partnership with HACC

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March 13, 2019
Local Schools Join Together to Provide More Education and Career Opportunities
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences formalized an articulation agreement with HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, at a signing ceremony and reception on March 5. The two leading institutions are strengthening their partnership to better serve and support members of the community in achieving their educational goals. 
The agreement will ease institutional transfers and efficiently prepare students to enter the health care workforce by offering dual admission and reverse transfer options between the two colleges. These options will create a smoother transition for students as they advance their education. 
“For both institutions, this is a win-win,” said Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences president Dr. Mary Grace Simcox. “PA College and HACC both serve a similar student population, and we are very proud to put our learners on the path to meaningful, family-sustaining careers in health care. The fact that we can work together and provide even more opportunities for our students is a testament to both institutions’ commitment to our learners.”
A dual-admission process offers guaranteed admission and waives the application fee to HACC students who declare their intent to transfer to Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences prior to completing their 30thcredit. In addition, the reverse transfer option will allow PA College students to transfer credits back to HACC to complete an associate degree while pursuing their bachelor’s degree at the four-year institution. 
“We’re grateful PA College is offering our students both dual admittance and reverse transfer options,” said HACC president John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D. “PA College is the third-most popular college for transfer students from HACC’s Lancaster Campus, and over the last five years, we’ve had approximately 1,000 HACC students transfer to PA College. We’re hoping to see those numbers grow, and we’re very excited and hopeful to see where this collaboration leads.”
The partnership is also intended to help relieve some of the costs associated with a health care education, increasing access to education and developing well-prepared credentialed professionals to fill the growing needs of the health care space.  
“There’s been great collaboration between both institutions in developing this agreement,” added Dr. Kimberly Johnston, executive vice president of academic and student affairs for Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. “We’ve talked about even more new and innovative ways our institutions can work together, and this agreement will really help re-energize that relationship.”
To learn more about Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and its health care programs, please visit www.PAcollege.edu.
To learn more HACC and its program offerings, please visit hacc.edu
About Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
A dynamic and academically rigorous institution, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private, accredited, four-year college focusing exclusively on the field of health care. Offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, as well as a number of certificate programs, PA College provides professional development for health care workers throughout their career. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the College attracts a select group of more than 1,800 students to study with faculty who are experts in their specialty areas. For more information, please visit https://www.PAcollege.edu/
About HACC
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges. HACC offers approximately 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 19,000 students. Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquelyYOURS, visit hacc.edu. Also, follow us on Twitter(@HACC_info), follow us on Instagram(@HACC_edu), like us on Facebook(Facebook.com/HACC64) and use #HACCNews.


Sarah Mongeau