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16 February 2015

HACC News: Spring 2015 Open House, New Physician Office Assistant Program and Dean’s List Announced

Current News from HACC, Feb. 16, 2015


HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, shares recent news as well as upcoming events available to the community, including:

  • HACC’s Online and In-Person Open House Offers $1,000 for Tuition and Fees
  • HACC Introduces New Physician Office Assistant Program
  • HACC Announces Fall 2014 Dean’s List
  • HACC Foundation Board Adds New Members, Names Officer
  • HACC Theatre Presents ‘Godspell’ on Stage March 5-8, 2015
  • Is Your Company Hiring? Participate in the 15th Annual Spring Job Fair at HACC’s Lancaster Campus
  • HACC Saves $1.9 Million by Refinancing Bonds
  • HACC’s Sen. John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center Wins Dauphin County Planning Commission Premier Project Award


HACC’s Online and In-Person Open House Offers $1,000 for Tuition and Fees
 
HACC is expanding its Open House to be virtually YOURS. The public is invited to attend the College’s Open House on March 4, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. either in person or online.
 
Similar to the College’s Virtual Learning program, individuals may learn about HACC right from their own computer on March 4! Whether the person experiences the event online or at one of the five campuses, attendees will learn about: 

  • What type of learning fits his or her schedule – online, classroom or both
  • More than 150 programs such as electrical technology, criminal justice, psychology or respiratory therapy
  • Free student services like tutoring, degree advising and career counseling
  • Financial aid and scholarship options
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • HACC’s 13 online degree programs, such as health science and technology studies
 
Additionally, the College will award a $1,000 tuition giveaway to one individual participating at each of the five campuses and online that evening. The winner of each tuition giveaway will be able to apply the funds toward HACC tuition and fees for the summer or fall 2015 semester.
 
Registration is not required but encouraged. Please visit hacc.edu/OpenHouse to register and learn more about HACC’s Open House. Persons with disabilities who need additional accommodations are encouraged to contact a Campus Welcome Center at 800-ABC-HACC.
 
 
HACC Introduces New Physician Office Assistant Program
 
HACC is introducing a new program, the physician office assistant program. Classes are forming now for the Gettysburg Campus program, which begins on March 16, 2015, as well as for the York Campus program, which begins on April 27, 2015.
 
The HACC physician office assistant program is a relatively low-cost program that provides the training for a new, growing career. The program will be held on the College’s Gettysburg and York campuses and will train students to work as front office staff in a physician, specialty practice or patient call center.
 
The program is 172 hours of lecture and 160 hours of practicum, allowing students to extern in family and specialty practices. 
 
Students interested in the program should contact Jolynn Achaj, program coordinator, at 717-221-1391.
                                                                             
 
HACC Announces Fall 2014 Dean’s List
 
HACC has named 1,309 students to the dean’s list for the fall 2014 term.
 
The dean’s list recognizes full-time students with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher in college level classes. The students are listed by county and according to hometown mailing address at http://newsroom.hacc.edu/article_display.cfm?article_id=2544.
 
 
HACC Foundation Board Adds New Members, Names Officer
 
The HACC Foundation Board of Directors has appointed two new members and named an officer. The HACC Foundation is the nonprofit organization that works to raise private contributions in support of HACC.
 
Lise-Pauline Barnett of York will serve as the HACC employee member of the HACC Foundation Board, and Sophie Bromand of Lancaster will serve as the student member. They will each serve one-year terms.
 
In addition, Kenneth Shutts was named vice chair of the Board and will serve in that office through June 30, 2015.
 
Barnett is an assistant professor of English in HACC’s Virtual Learning program with an office at HACC’s York Campus. She joined the College in 2005 as an adjunct professor of English and became an assistant professor in 2008. Barnett was the Virtual Learning director of operations from 2012-14.
 
Barnett was the recipient of HACC’s President’s Award in 2013 and HACC’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.
 
She serves on numerous College committees, including the Technology Governance Committee, Strategic Governance Task Force #6 Joint Committee, 50th Anniversary Committee, Academic Council and Strategic Planning Committee for Virtual Learning.
 
Barnett has a Master of Arts in Teaching with a major in English and speech, radio and television from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta. She is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and management at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
 
Bromand is majoring in international studies at HACC’s Lancaster Campus and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international relations and politics with a focus on women’s issues. A native of Denmark, she came to Lancaster in 2012 in pursuit of a different environment and view on social justice and cultural issues.
 
Bromand is a student worker at HACC’s Lancaster Campus. She is the founder and treasurer of the new International Student Club at the campus and has served as a senator of the Student Government Association and Ethics Committee chair.
 
Bromand was among seven HACC students chosen as a Bucknell University Community College Scholar for the summer 2014 program.
 
Shutts, a HACC alumnus, was elected to a three-year term on the HACC Foundation Board of Directors and will serve through June 30, 2016. In December 2014, he retired from Penn National Insurance, where he served as president and chief executive officer. He has a juris doctor’s degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in social science from the Pennsylvania State University.
 

HACC Theatre Presents ‘Godspell’ on Stage March 5-8, 2015
 
HACC Theatre will present Stephen Schwartz’s “Godspell” on stage in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center (RLAC) Theatre on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus in March 2015. Performances are scheduled March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m.
 
“Godspell” was the first musical performed at HACC when the RLAC opened 40 years ago and is the first musical to be presented on the theatre’s stage in 20 years.
 
“Godspell” is a retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary pop-culture references and new arrangements of Schwartz’s score. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, a small group helps Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a variety of games, storytelling techniques and comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus's life dances across the stage.
 
The production is directed by Dave Olmsted, HACC scenic designer and theatre instructor, and music direction is by Genevieve Karki, adjunct instructor of music. The 2012 revised version of “Godspell” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, which also provided all authorized performance materials.
 
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors for performances on March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2:30 p.m. HACC students are invited to a “Student Night” performance on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. All seats for this performance are $5 with valid student identification.
 
For tickets, call 717-231-ROSE (7673) or visit www.hacc.edu/RLAC.
 
 
Is Your Company Hiring? Participate in the 15th Annual Spring Job Fair at HACC’s Lancaster Campus
 
Employers looking for a venue to meet and hire employees can take advantage of 15th annual Partnering for Success Job Fair on March 18-19, 2015, at the Lancaster Campus of HACC. This two-day event will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day in the East Building on the campus.
 
The job fair is a great way to tap into Lancaster County’s labor pool to hire just the right employees – and an opportunity for job seekers to meet industry leaders in their field and to find out about potential jobs and internships. Last year, more than 60 companies from the Lancaster area workforce interviewed potential candidates, including HACC students and members of the public.

Employers can choose which day they want to participate based upon availability – March 18 or March 19. The registration fee is $65 if received by March 5. After that date, the cost is $85, if space allows.

To register as an employer, visit www.hacc.edu/lancasterjobfair. For additional information, contact Lorie Sonnen, assistant director of career services, at 717-358-2290 or llsonnen@hacc.edu.
 
 
HACC Saves $1.9 Million by Refinancing Bonds
 
HACC refinanced $19.9 million of capital improvement bonds in January 2015. As a result, the College will save $1.9 million – an approximate 9-percent refunding savings rate – by borrowing at lower interest rates on outstanding bonds issued in 2009 and 2010.
 
Refinancing the outstanding capital improvement bonds will not extend the term of the original bonds; however, it will slightly accelerate payments at a lower interest rate.
 
HACC’s Board of Trustees approved refinancing of the bonds in November 2014, enabling the College’s Office of Finance to work with its independent financial advisor, Public Financial Management, Harrisburg, to obtain the savings.
 
The College, with a strong Standard & Poor's credit rating of “A-”, worked with Public Financial Management to select an underwriter through a competitive process. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Philadelphia, submitted the lowest bid resulting in an overall interest rate on the new bonds of approximately 2.476 percent.


HACC’s Sen. John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center Wins Dauphin County Planning Commission Premier Project Award
 
The Sen. John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center (PSC) of HACC was named the 2014 winner in the community capacity category of the Dauphin County Planning Commission Premier Project Awards.
 
The PSC won the community capacity category for its education and training programs, all of which serve emergency services personnel and first responders.

Per award guidelines, the community capacity category winner is chosen based on the following factors:
  • Assisting local communities in making good planning decisions
  • Implementing an Elm Street or Main Street Program
  • Maintaining up-to-date plans and ordinances
  • Facilitating regional coordination and cooperation
  • Creating and delivering education and training programs

The Premier Project Awards acknowledge professional leadership in creating projects that aid communities as they make planning decisions, promote smart growth and spark revitalization. Individuals, organizations, municipalities, public authorities and developers, as well as public/private partnerships within Dauphin County, may submit applications for projects in which they were principally involved in design, development or implementation. Other categories awarded were infrastructure, revitalization (above $500,000 and below $500,000) and sustainable growth.

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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.

Contributions to the HACC Foundation are accepted in the form of unrestricted gifts to augment endowed funds, contributions to existing or new scholarship programs or award funds, support for academic and workforce programs, sponsorship of special events and cultural programs and contributions made in honor or in memory of individuals. In addition, the Foundation holds annual events, including the Frank J. Dixon Tournament for Scholarships at HACC, and various scholarship award ceremonies. The HACC Foundation is gratefully YOURS.

For more information on the HACC Foundation, visit http://www.hacc.edu/HACCFoundation/ or the College’s YouTube channel.  

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