HARRISBURG, Pa. – Seven students from HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, were named to the 2014 All-PA Community College Academic Team.
The awards program recognizes an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities. This year’s All-PA Team consists of 45 outstanding community college students from across Pennsylvania. The program is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honors society, through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.
In addition to being named to the All-PA team, HACC students Jessica Schwankl and Heather Venezia were awarded scholarships from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to be used at any of the 14 PASSHE universities.
HACC’s All-PA Team members included:
Stephanie Delp, of Dover, is a business major at HACC. A 39-year-old mother of two daughters, Delp became passionate about the fight against cancer after the loss of her father. She came to HACC to pursue a business degree in the hopes of one day working for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Delp is an active Phi Theta Kappa member working toward graduation and recently began working as a Relay for Life Specialist at the ACS office in Lancaster.
Susanna Earley, of Carlisle, is a civil and environmental engineering major at HACC. She plans to transfer to Penn State University in summer 2014 to complete her bachelor’s degree, before continuing for her master’s degree.
Erika Putt, of Elizabethtown, will graduate in fall 2014 with an associate degree in police science. She has made the Dean’s list with highest honors every term since enrolling at HACC. Putt plans to attend Albright College or Elizabethtown College to pursue a dual degree in criminal justice and psychology. She is also a Certified Veterinarian Assistant, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and volunteers for a local no-kill animal shelter.
Jessica Schwankl, of Ephrata, is currently attending Millersville University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a focus in criminology and anthropology. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree and work for the federal government.
Brandy Stabley, of Red Lion, is a registered nursing major at HACC. Stabley is active in Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Government Association at HACC. She is striving to graduate with highest honors and obtain employment in a fast-paced medical facility where she can utilize her leadership skills and abilities.
Heather Venezia, of Lancaster, will graduate from HACC in May 2014 with an Associate in Arts in psychology and will attend Millersville University to major in psychology and minor in sociology. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to pursue additional higher education and one day teach psychology at the college level and treat patients.
Brandon Wagner, of York Springs, is a psychology major at HACC. In the future, he hopes to enter the military through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Shippensburg University. Wagner hopes to become an Army officer and pursue a military career or continue his education to enter the field of psychology. He also hopes to one day become a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, offers more than 150 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to nearly 20,000 students at campuses in Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York and through online classes. In addition, HACC serves more than 29,000 students in noncredit workforce development, public safety, adult basic education and continuing education programs offered at all campuses and off-site locations in many communities in Central Pennsylvania. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit www.hacc.edu.