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.

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