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30 June 2015

HACC Foundation Has New Look, Online Geospatial Science Class and More

Current News from HACC, July 1, 2015

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

  • New Look for the HACC Foundation Unveiled
  • Explore Geospatial Science with HACC’s Online Introductory Class
  • HACC Foundation Seeks Qualified Applicants to Serve on Its Board of Directors
New Look for the HACC Foundation Unveiled
The HACC Foundation, the non-profit organization established in 1985 to raise private and corporate revenues in support of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, has a new HACC Foundation website and logo.
The design and coding of the new website, launched today, July 1, 2015, were initiated in spring 2014 as a HACC Capstone Web Program project in which students created websites for non-profit organizations.
Students Nate Richardson, producer; Kendra Yoder, designer, and Ray Fisher, developer, met with HACC employees to develop the goals, layout, color scheme and overall functionality of the new website using College-provided content. The students are now HACC alumni, each with an associate degree in Web development and design.
“The HACC Foundation has been an important supporter of the Web program in recent years,” said Carl Petersheim, Web design professor.
“Since 2011, and through seven different grants, the Foundation has provided nearly $45,000 for software and hardware purchases to advance the program and provide the latest technology for our students. In addition, many of our students were able to finance their degrees with the help of Foundation grants and scholarships. It’s our great pleasure to thank the Foundation by providing a leading-edge website to advance its mission,” Petersheim said.
“To have students that the HACC Foundation supports invest back into the Foundation is an incredible gift,” said Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, vice president of college advancement at HACC and executive director of the HACC Foundation. “The new website is a tool that will help the HACC Foundation grow its funds to further support HACC students and academic programs. It will also help us to communicate more effectively and efficiently with our donors. We are truly grateful for this gift.”
To accompany the new website, a new HACC Foundation logo was designed. The new logo helps to visually connect the HACC Foundation and the trademarked HACC logo.
Explore Geospatial Science with HACC’s Online Introductory Class
The Geographic Information Systems Department in conjunction with the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, will offer an introductory online class, “Exploring Our World: Fundamentals of Geospatial Science.” The eight-week online course, which is open to the public, begins Aug. 24, 2015.
This class will benefit business owners, real estate agents, first responders, high school teachers and others who want to learn more about the technology and the impact that spatial analysis can have on their life and career.
Students will:
  • Learn fundamental concepts of geospatial analysis and map interpretation
  • Utilize technologies such as cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), geo-visualization and interpretation, global positioning systems (GPS), Internet mapping, remote sensing and spatial statistics
  • Discover how geospatial technologies and tools are used in data collection, analysis, presentation and problem solving
Students who complete the course may earn Act 48 credits, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or college credit toward HACC’s Geospatial Technology Program.
Please view the class flier for more information or contact Nicole Ernst at or 717-221-1345. Please visit to register.
HACC Foundation Seeks Qualified Applicants to Serve on Its Board of Directors

The HACC Foundation, a nonprofit educational trust established in 1985 to raise private and corporate revenues in support of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, is seeking professional, ethical, knowledgeable and hard-working individuals to join its Board of Directors.
The Board raises funds for the College, directs the business and financial affairs and serves as the policy-making body of the HACC Foundation. The Board is comprised of corporate and community leaders who are committed to raising funds for and awareness of HACC and its students, programs and facilities.
“The Foundation Board is a group of caring and dedicated individuals with a common goal – to provide a better means of education for the communities we serve,” said Niles S. Benn, a member of the HACC Board of Trustees, a former HACC Foundation Board member and an attorney in York County.
H. Ralph Vartan, another former HACC Foundation Board member and business leader in Harrisburg, said, “The Foundation directly supports teaching and learning at HACC. It directly touches the lives of tens of thousands of people. It supports students with scholarship money, and it supports teaching at HACC with funding for necessities like equipment and classroom space.”
“If education is the heart of a community college, then philanthropy is its soul,” said Jim Grandon, former chairman and current member of the HACC Foundation Board and a business leader in Harrisburg.
In fiscal year 2013-14, 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.
Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for membership on the HACC Foundation Board. Applications are accepted any time and should be submitted using an online application.
To see why others enjoy serving on the HACC Foundation Board, please watch this video and view these photographs.
It’s Time for YOU to Experience HACC!

Future students can experience HACC and learn about HACC’s admissions process, transfer and career programs, financial aid options and more! Visit the “Future Students” section of
For further information or general inquiries, please email 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 virtual learning. 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 Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), like us on Facebook ( and use #HACCNews.
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 Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), like us on Facebook ( and use #HACCNews.


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