Lehigh Valley Community College students can now get a bachelor's degree at PSWS

Administrators from Penn State University and Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) signed an articulation agreement this week to facilitate the transfer of LCCC students into 12 baccalaureate degree programs at 14 Penn State campuses, including Penn State Worthington Scranton.

Other participating campuses in the northeast region are Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Schuylkill, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

The agreement is effective this fall and was announced by Dr. Ann Williams, chancellor at Penn State Lehigh Valley; Dr. Gary Lawler, chancellor at Penn State Hazleton; and Dr. Ann Bieber, president of LCCC.

"Our institutions have a long-standing history of collaborating to provide access to high-quality academic opportunities for students in our shared service area. This articulation agreement will enhance that relationship and benefit students by streamlining the transfer process," said Williams.

Lawler said, "The articulation agreement was a natural step toward our mutual goal of providing an excellent education to students in our region and beyond. I'd particularly like to recognize the efforts of our directors of academic affairs, Dr. Elizabeth Wright, Dr. Kenneth Thigpen, and LCCC Transfer Counselor and Professor Dr. Virginia Mihalik, all of whom were instrumental in facilitating the articulation agreement."

"This agreement further broadens the opportunities LCCC students have when choosing to transfer to earn their bachelor's degree," said LCCC president Dr. Ann Bieber. "All of the institutions have worked together to ensure that student success is a priority. Students can be assured they will have a seamless transition when they are making the decision to transfer."

Through the agreements, students who earn their associate degree will be provided an academic pathway to transfer into a parallel bachelor's degree program at the 14 participating Penn State campuses. The coordination of transferable coursework, supported through academic advising, will support the successful transition for students.

"Penn State Worthington Scranton looks forward to welcoming LCCC students looking to further their education with a bachelor's degree," said Dr. Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen, chancellor.

The campus currently offers 10 baccalaureate degrees in Business; Corporate Communication; English; Human Development and Family Studies; Information Sciences and Techonology; Letters, Arts and Sciences; Nursing; a B.A. or B.S. in Psychology; and Science.

Penn State has a variety of scholarships available to community college transfer students.

When transferring to Penn State, LCCC students must apply for admission, submit required transcripts and meet Penn State's admissions requirements. Penn State application fees will be waived for LCCC students who apply for baccalaureate programs.

"The enrollment specialists look forward to, and encourage, students interested in transferring to Worthington Scranton to contact to arrange a one-on-one appointment to review transfer credits, talk about their academic plan and discuss graduate outcomes," said PSWS Director of Enrollment Management Sandra Feather.

For more information about academic and scholarship options at Penn State Worthington Scranton, call the admissions department at 570-963-2500.