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26 June 2017

HACC Partners with Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State York to Provide Transfer Options for Students

HARRISBURG, Pa. – To provide more opportunities for graduates of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, who want to continue their education and pursue a bachelor’s degree, HACC, Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State York are partnering to make it a reality. On June 26, 2017, at HACC’s Harrisburg Campus, the three colleges joined for a signing of articulation agreements.

HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D.; Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis K. Achampong, Ph.D.; and Penn State York Chancellor David W. Chown, Ph.D., signed articulation agreements for HACC programs, including: biology, business administration, communications, general studies, humanities, languages and the arts, health care management, psychology and social science.

“HACC is committed to maximizing our students’ ability to transfer to local four-year schools to complete their education. Penn State York and Penn State Mont Alto are natural partners given their proximity to our York and Gettysburg campuses. This partnership allows our students to transfer seamlessly and hit the ground running as a junior when they arrive at these campuses,” said Kathleen Doherty, Ph.D., associate provost for HACC.
These agreements allow graduates with a HACC associate degree to enroll in a parallel Penn State Mont Alto or Penn State York program, thus maximizing the students’ transferable credits.

Penn State Mont Alto offers five parallel programs, including Bachelor of Science degrees in business, health policy and administration, human development and family studies, information sciences and technology, and letters, arts and sciences.

At Penn State York, the articulation agreements allow HACC transfer students to move seamlessly into nine programs: biology, business (including an accelerated option for adult learners), communication arts and sciences, English, human development and family studies, information sciences and technology, psychology (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) and science.

Students enrolling as a junior at either Penn State campus will have access to all of the resources of Penn State. Both campuses are part of The Pennsylvania State University, University College.

“We are pleased to partner with Penn State York to establish the articulation agreements with HACC. We have a solid relationship with HACC and see many of their graduates who transfer to Penn State Mont Alto to complete their bachelor’s degrees. The articulation agreements further solidify our relationship with HACC and will make it even easier for HACC graduates to transfer to Penn State Mont Alto. We all work to provide the greatest opportunities in higher education to the students in south-central Pennsylvania and these articulation agreements are a benefit for the students,” said Michael Doncheski, Ph.D., Penn State Mont Alto chief academic officer.

“I am delighted to see our collective desire to collaborate come to fruition. This is a ‘win-win’ for HACC, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State York and the students who will benefit from these articulation agreements,” said Francis Achampong, Ph.D., Penn State Mont Alto chancellor.

“The articulation agreements with HACC will provide improved access for students to further their education in York and the surrounding area,” said Chown. “Students will be able to better plan their academic careers and move seamlessly from one institution of higher education to another.”

For assistance with transferring to Penn State Mont Alto, please contact Diane Chamberlin, director of enrollment, at 717-749-6173 or email For information and support with transferring to Penn State York, please contact LeighAnn Fry, assistant director of transfer admissions, at 717-771-4040 or

For more photos of the signing, please visit HACC’s Flickr page.

Photo caption: From left to right, Penn State York Chancellor David W. Chown, Ph.D.; HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D.; and Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Francis K. Achampong, Ph.D., signed articulation agreements for HACC programs.  

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About Penn State
The Pennsylvania State University, founded in 1855, is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution and its largest public university. Penn State’s land-grant mission embraces teaching, research, and public service in order to support the citizens of the Commonwealth, collaborating with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners to create, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society. The University generates approximately $8.5 billion in direct and indirect economic impact annually within Pennsylvania.  Penn State has 24 campuses across the Commonwealth — a campus within practical commuting distance of virtually every Pennsylvanian, and of which Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State York are two examples. Most campuses offer the first two years of baccalaureate instruction as well as a limited number of four-year degree programs. To learn more about all that Penn State has to offer, visit

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