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25 March 2015

HACC News: Online Associate Degree in Gerontology, Rose Lehrman Arts Center’s 40th Anniversary, New Scholarship Endowment and More

Current News from HACC, March 25, 2015

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, shares recent news and events with the community, including:

  • HACC to Offer Online Associate Degree in Gerontology
  • Live at Rose Lehrman Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Rose Lehrman Arts Center with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
  • New Richard J. McLaren Scholarship Endowment Helps HACC Students in Languages, Music, Arts Programs
  • HACC Hires New Director of Military and Veterans Affairs
  • HACC’s Lancaster Campus Hosts Community Health Fair
HACC to Offer Online Associate Degree in Gerontology
Starting fall 2015, students can earn a degree in one of the fastest growing careers in healthcare
Gerontology, the study of the aging process from middle age through later life, is among the fastest growing careers in healthcare. Students interested in this field can take advantage of a new fully online associate in arts degree in gerontology offered at HACC starting in the fall 2015 term.
Students who enroll in HACC’s online gerontology program can:
  • Complete an associate degree on your time schedule, which allows you to work and combine study as it fits into your lifestyle
  • Start by enrolling in the associate degree gerontology program or transfer credits you’ve already earned if you previously completed HACC’s gerontology certificate program
  • Get the training and skills needed to enter positions in this high-demand field in the healthcare industry
  • Prepare to transfer into bachelor degree programs at a four-year college or university
The need for an aging services workforce will continue to grow as the population continues to age in Pennsylvania, across the nation and around the world. Gerontology specialists are needed nursing homes, assisted living homes, retirement communities, aging caregiver services and social work agencies.
Professionals in the field of aging work in a variety of settings, according to the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. These include:

  • Community, human services and religious organizations
  • Health care and long-term care institutions
  • Federal, state and local government agencies, including the National Aging Network
  • Schools (working with grandparents who are raising their grandchildren)
  • Retirement communities
  • Academic and other education and research settings
  • Professional organizations
  • Business and industry

Some professionals work directly with older adults. Their activities may include:
  • Developing programs such as health promotion, senior theater groups, intergenerational activities and leisure and recreation for older adults
  • Providing direct care to frail, ill or impaired older adults in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, adult day care or home care programs
  • Counseling older adults and their families about issues of caregiving, employment, death and dying or mental health
  • Advising older clients about estate planning and investments, financing long-term care or housing options
Explore your opportunities! For more information, please go to
Live at Rose Lehrman Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Rose Lehrman Arts Center with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Live at Rose Lehrman’s final performance of the 2014-15 season will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet on April 25, 2015, at 8 p.m. in the center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus.
In April 1975, Dave Brubeck and Sons performed at the grand opening and dedication of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center. The Live at Rose Lehrman artist series brings back to HACC’s stage two of the legendary jazz pianist’s sons: Daniel Brubeck on drums and Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone. Together, with Mike DeMicco on guitar and Chuck Lamb on the piano, they will perform jazz standards, original material and Dave Brubeck classics. A reception for all patrons will follow the concert. It will be held in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center Rose Garden.
Performance sponsors include Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation, HACC Foundation, Richmond Foundation, McCormick Family Foundation and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities – Rose Lehrman fund. Community support is provided by Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. The media sponsors are abc27 and WJAZ.
Tickets for the performance are $36 or $42 depending on seating location. To purchase tickets, call 717-231-ROSE (7673) or visit
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New Richard J. McLaren Scholarship Endowment Helps HACC Students in Languages, Music, Arts Programs
A generous contribution from the late Richard J. McLaren recently established the Richard J. McLaren Scholarship Endowment to benefit students at HACC for generations to come.
McLaren, who passed away in March 2007, was single with no children. The HACC Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to raise private contributions in support of HACC, received the life-changing contribution of more than $620,000 from his estate.
The Richard J. McLaren Scholarship Endowment will provide assistance to students with unmet financial need who are enrolled in languages, music and/or theatre programs at HACC. Funds may be applied toward tuition, fees and/or books.
HACC Hires New Director of Military and Veterans Affairs
Dean Myers has joined HACC as the College’s new director of military and veteran affairs. Myers comes to HACC as a retired Marine Corps captain with 25 years of service and experience teaching at Vanderbilt University. Most recently, he was a disabled veteran outreach program specialist with the North Carolina Department of Commerce. 

Myers will oversee HACC’s military and veterans affairs office, which serves veterans, eligible dependents and members of the National Guard, Reserve and active duty personnel. HACC has the second largest veteran and military student population among Pennsylvania institutions of higher education.
HACC’s Lancaster Campus Hosts Community Health Fair
HACC will host a community health fair on April 29, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HACC’s Lancaster Campus in Room 203 of the East Building.
The fair is free and open to the public. Community members can enjoy and benefit from the following free services and activities:
  • Health screenings, including blood pressure, blood glucose and bone density scanning, conducted by HACC’s nursing, radiologic technology and cardiovascular technology students
  • Chair massages
  • Information from more than 20 local wellness organizations, including Health Depot Pharmacy, Lancaster General Hospital, Pennsylvania State Police, SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, Universal Athletic Club and the YWCA Lancaster
  • Raffle prizes and drawings
  • Light refreshments
For more information, contact Nakia Eckert at 717-358-2991 or
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
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Information about the HACC Foundation
The HACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 to raise funds for 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 support of scholarships for 1,345 students, innovative academic programs, state-of-the-art training equipment and modernized facilities.
Donors to the HACC Foundation include individuals, community organizations and corporations. In fiscal year 2013-14, more than 1,300 donors contributed more than $1.8 million to the HACC Foundation.

The HACC Foundation is gratefully YOURS. For more information, please visit
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

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