Penn State, LCCC sign agreement allowing easier program transfers
HAZLETON — Luzerne County Community College students will have an easier time transferring into bachelor’s degree programs at five Penn State campuses in the Northeast.
The leaders of the colleges came together at Penn State Hazleton on Tuesday to sign an articulation agreement between the schools, which will allow LCCC students to transfer the majority of their credits into one of 11 bachelor’s degrees at Penn State campuses.
“This articulation agreement will bring affordable, accessible and quality education to residents and create pathways to a bachelor’s degree program,” Gary Lawler, chancellor of Penn State Hazleton, said. “This effort allows students to seamlessly transition from Luzerne County Community College to Penn State and continue progress toward a bachelor’s degree.
“Additionally, this articulation agreement expands opportunities for faculty as evidenced by the creation of Luzerne’s engineering program,” he said. “Faculty from both institutions worked to design the program that allows LCCC students to enter Penn State Hazleton as juniors in the engineering program.”
Lawler introduced Thomas Leary, president of LCCC, whose career spans three decades at the community college in various roles before becoming the school’s sixth president in 2008.
“We’re so happy at Luzerne County Community College to join you on this momentous occasion — the first comprehensive agreement between Luzerne County Community College and the Penn State campuses of Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Leary said.
Many people in this area don’t realize they have a path to a bachelor’s degree, he said, and higher education is one of the only opportunities people have for economic and social mobility. Leary said that throughout his career, he dreamed of forming agreements with colleges to provide that pathway.
“I am deeply appreciative of the leadership, faculty and staff who have committed the time and energy in forming these articulation agreements,” he said. “Affordable, accessible higher education literally changes people’s lives and that’s what we’re talking about this morning.
“I congratulate Penn State in being receptive in providing this opportunity,” Leary said.
Thomas Leary, at podium, president of Luzerne County Community College, talks about the articulation agreement between five Penn State campuses and the community college during a press conference held Tuesday at Penn State Hazleton. Seated, from left, are Dale Jones, chancellor Penn State Wilkes-Barre; Marwan Wafa, chancellor of Penn State Scranton; Tina Richardson, chancellor Penn State Lehigh Valley; and Gary Lawler, chancellor of Penn State Hazleton.