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27 August 2014

HACC Kicks Off Fall Term with Exciting Events and Opportunities

Current news from HACC, Aug. 27, 2014


HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, shares recent news as well as upcoming events available to the community.
 
 
HACC Has Late-Start Classes Available
 
While the fall semester has started at HACC, it’s not too late for students to register for late-start classes. Late-start classes begin later in the fall semester, specifically on Sept. 8, 2014.
 
Interested students must apply for admissions, complete a placement test, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, and if needed, signup for the HACC payment plan. Financial aid may be available; however, payment is due at time of registration. For additional information or assistance, students should follow the instructions on HACC’s website or contact a campus welcome center.
 
 
Part-time Job Fair to Bring Employers to HACC’s Harrisburg Campus
 
A job fair for part-time employment is scheduled for Sept. 3, 2014, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Cooper Student Center on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC. Admission to the fair is free for students, alumni and the community.
 
“The part-time job fair gives our students, alumni and the local community a chance to get a collective foot in the doors of potential employers,” said Jean Tucker, campus career and transfer specialist. “Many companies are looking for people to fill full-, part-time, internship and volunteer positions in a variety of jobs, including entry-level and experienced workers. Whether participants are students thinking about what to do after graduation or are already employed, this is a very good opportunity to make significant contacts with local employers.”
 
The job fair is an opportunity to meet potential employers and could result in on-the-spot job interviews and possible hiring. “I would suggest that individuals who plan on attending will want to prepare an elevator speech. Make sure you know how to introduce yourself to employers in a positive and professional manner,” said Tucker. “Also, participants should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their résumés.”
 
For more information, contact Tucker at 717-780-2522 or email jetucker@hacc.edu.
 
 
Find Connections, Leads to Employment at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus Job Fair
 
Students, alumni and the community are invited to HACC’s Getting Connected Job Fair on Sept.17, 2014, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Hoffman Community Room at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus.
 
“This job fair will give students and alumni a chance to find a full- or part-time job and will help expose our campus to the Gettysburg community,” said Howard Alexander III, campus director of counseling. “The number one way to land a job is through connections and leads; that is what we are trying to do here at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus. We are here to help our students and the community to build valuable connections with the goal of having a positive impact on their future.”
 
HACC’s Getting Connected Job Fair is an opportunity to meet potential employers and could result in on-the-spot job interviews and possible hiring. Participants are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their résumé.
 
For more information, contact Alexander at 717- 339-3576 or email halexand@hacc.edu.
 
 
HACC’s Lebanon Campus Offers English as a Second Language Classes for Free
 
The Lebanon Campus of HACC is offering free English as a Second Language classes starting in September 2014. With a focus on meeting college and career goals, the classes will concentrate on sharpening reading and writing skills, exploring career interests, setting goals, practicing resume and cover letter writing, job interviewing, and learning how to manage time and stress. Students must have a basic understanding of the English language and pay for the class textbook.
 
The classes are eight-week sessions held Monday-Wednesday from 9-11:30 a.m. or 6-8:30 p.m. at HACC’s Lebanon Campus. Students are required to attend the new student meeting on Sept. 9, 2014, at 9-11:30 a.m. or 6-8:30 p.m. to determine reading levels. Individuals interested in taking the classes should contact Melinda Fraker de Fonte at mmfraker@hacc.edu or 717-780-2577.
 
 
HACC Hosts Fall Events to Celebrate 50 Years of Education
 
HACC invites the public to continue to celebrate its 50th anniversary by attending events this fall. From HACC alumni sharing their stories to free lectures and music performances, the College has a lot in store for the HACC community and public to enjoy. Examples of upcoming events include:

  • Sept. 17, 2014: Alumni Share Their Stories
    Five HACC alumni, including a chef, pastry chef, restaurant manager, hotel manager and travel specialist will share their successes and stories after attending HACC. Seating is limited, so interested participants must RSVP. 
     
  • Sept. 25, 2014: Rock and Roll, the Beat Generation and the Evolving Cultural Landscape of the 60s
    Dr. Dennis McDaniel, chairperson and professor of English at Saint Vincent College, will visit HACC to take attendees back to the 1960s. Seating is limited, so interested participants must RSVP.

To learn more or RSVP to an event, please visit www.hacc.edu/50. HACC is appreciative of the 50th Golden Anniversary sponsors for their support.
 
 
Milt Friedly’s ‘Harrowed Fields’ Displayed at HACC’s Rose Lehrman Art Gallery

“Harrowed Fields and Related Work,” an exhibit by Elizabethtown artist Milt Friedly will be on display in the Rose Lehrman Art Gallery on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus from Sept. 3 through Oct. 1, 2014. A lecture will be given by the artist on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Whitaker 214, also located on the Harrisburg Campus. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 
“Harrowed Fields” displays Friedly’s return to creating landscapes in clay, a format that he began in 1980 while studying ceramics at Arizona State University. Works from the exhibit are inspired from aerial views taken in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Friedly records landscapes digitally and references them while creating the clay landscapes. In the “Harrowed Fields” series, Friedly draws with his fingers and nails to create harrows, setting up rhythm and texture that appear controlled, yet spontaneous.
 
The Rose Lehrman Art Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday and 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment. For more information, call 717-780-2478.
 
The Rose Lehrman Art Gallery received state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This exhibit is supported by the Nadar Family Fund.
 
 
HACC’s Geospatial Technology Program Accepted Into MentorLinks Program
 
The geospatial technology program at HACC has been accepted as one of 10 colleges nationwide into MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education, an American Association of Community Colleges program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
 
The MentorLinks program helps colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields through mentoring, networking, professional development opportunities and technical assistance. MentorLinks will help HACC’s program build and sustain the geographic information system (GIS) workforce in Central Pennsylvania. As part of the project, HACC’s geospatial technology program will revise its curriculum to align with the competency model developed by the National Geospatial Center of Excellence. In addition, HACC’s geospatial technology program will develop a suite of workforce offerings for professionals and develop a GIS summer institute for high school teachers.
 
Geospatial technology students learn to apply GIS skills to various disciplines, such as marketing, urban planning, emergency services and environmental science. “HACC’s program prepares students for groundbreaking jobs for today and ones not yet imagined for tomorrow,” said Nicole Ernst, assistant professor, geospatial technology.
 
 
New Scholarships Established by the HACC Foundation
 
Two new scholarships totaling more than $140,000 have been established with funds given to the HACC Foundation, the non-profit educational trust established in 1985 to raise private and corporate revenues in support of HACC.
 
The scholarships are:
 
  • Pell Grant Ineligible Student Scholarship Award – Established by Norma Gotwalt, a HACC Foundation Board member, this scholarship will be awarded to students who are enrolled at HACC and are ineligible to receive a federal Pell Grant.
     
  • Geary D. Kauffman Memorial Scholarship Endowment – Established by the estate of Geary D. Kauffman, this scholarship will be awarded to students who are enrolled in HACC’s Arts and Humanities program and have demonstrated unmet financial need.
 
For more information about HACC Foundation scholarships, please visit https://hacc.academicworks.com/.
 
 
HACC Receives More Than $44,000 in Grants
 
Grants totaling $44,734 have been awarded to HACC in support of geospatial information systems (GIS), Hispanic enrollment at the Lebanon Campus and Live at Rose Lehrman.
 
The recipients, funders, grant totals and purposes are:
 
Recipient Funder Grant Total Purpose and Impact of Grant
HACC Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Program Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection $2,344
 
HACC will develop and present three hands-on, interactive GIS workshops at GIS Day 2014. The overarching goal of this project is to increase exposure to GIS technologies for high school students and teachers, while incorporating environmental education into GIS Day.
HACC Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Program American Association of Community Colleges (MentorLinks) $20,000 This project will prepare technicians to work in the geospatial technology field and offer professional development for GIS professionals in Central Pennsylvania. The College will update HACC’s GIS credit curriculum and add new credit and noncredit workforce development. The grant will also allow HACC to offer interdisciplinary faculty development to help HACC geosciences and social sciences faculty to integrate GIS into their curricula.
HACC’s Lebanon Campus United Way of Lebanon County $10,000 HACC is launching a 20-week College and Career Readiness for English Language Learners program to increase Hispanic student enrollment in noncredit and credit programs that will lead to family-sustaining employment. HACC will prepare 50 intermediate and advanced English-as-a-second-language (ESL) learners for college-level coursework and non-credit workforce training that will improve their job prospects.
HACC’s Live at Rose Lehrman Performing Artist Series The McCormick Family Foundation $7,500 The McCormick Family Foundation will support the 2014-15 Live at Rose Lehrman Performing Artist Series at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center on the Harrisburg Campus. The series includes distinctive, diverse, high-quality, professional offerings of live dance, music, theater and family events for regional residents. It also provides opportunities for curriculum enhancement and audience education through professional artist residency activities.
HACC’s Live at Rose Lehrman Performing Artist Series William R. and Esther Richmond Foundation $5,000 The William R. and Esther Richmond Foundation will support artist residency activities for the 2014-15 Live at Rose Lehrman Performing Artist Series.
 
 
It’s Time for YOU to Experience HACC!
New students can experience HACC and learn about HACC's admissions process, transfer and career programs, financial aid options and more! Visit the “New Students” section of www.hacc.edu.
 
 
For further information or general inquiries, please email newsroom@hacc.edu. This is the most effective way to ensure a timely response.
 
 
About HACC
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.
 
 
About the HACC Foundation
The HACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 to raise private and corporate revenues in support of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. In fiscal year 2013-14 alone, the HACC Foundation contributed close to $2.2 million to the College in scholarships, special programs and facilities and provided financial assistance to 1,345 students.
 

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