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01 November 2017

Koplovitz Foundation Supports Rose Lehrman Program, HACC Allied Health Grads Fill In-Demand Jobs and More

Current news from HACC, Nov. 1, 2017

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

  • Koplovitz Foundation Award Will Support Live at Rose Lehrman Educational Program
  • Graduates of HACC’s Allied Health Programs Fill In-Demand Jobs in the Region
  • HACC Student Honors Photography Exhibit Opens Nov. 20, 2017
  • Celtic Christmas Cheer at HACC’s Live at Rose Lehrman
Koplovitz Foundation Award Will Support Live at Rose Lehrman Educational Program
HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Dorothy B. and S. Lawrence Koplovitz Foundation recently awarded funds to the HACC Foundation in support of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. The funds will be used for the Educating the Next Generation through the Arts (EdGe) Program, a new initiative of the Live at Rose Lehrman Artist Series at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus.
As public funding of the arts in our schools has dwindled, HACC recognizes the need to give back to the community to fill that void. The EdGe Program will begin with the 2017-18 Live at Rose Lehrman Artist Series season. Two artists who are contracted for the Live at Rose Lehrman Artist Series have agreed to participate in outreach to Susquehanna Township High School’s Orchestra program and Bethesda Mission’s after-school program.
The Koplovitz Foundation funding will partially offset artist fees and additional costs for hotels and meals required for the performers to provide the proposed workshops to students.
Through the EdGe Program, HACC will have musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music conduct hands-on training with Susquehanna Township High School Orchestra students. Dancers from the Lehrer Dance Company will provide workshops for eighth through 12th-grade students at the Bethesda Mission’s after-school arts program.

Graduates of HACC’s Allied Health Programs Fill In-Demand Jobs in the Region
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Graduates of allied health career programs at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, have outstanding completion rates, score high in national board exam pass rates and are in demand in the job market.

Allied health describes the broad range of health professionals who are not doctors, dentists or nurses. They work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide the best patient outcomes.
Over the past three years alone, 493 graduates of HACC’s 11 allied health career programs achieved the following:
  • All students in four programs passed the national board exams and 95.3 percent or higher passed the national board exams in an additional four programs.
  • Students had a 100 percent job placement rate in six programs, with placement rates of 81.3 percent or higher in five additional programs.
HACC’s allied health careers include cardiac sonography, invasive cardiovascular technology (CVT), dental assisting, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography (DMS), medical assisting (MA), medical laboratory technician (MLT), paramedic, radiologic technology, respiratory therapist and surgical technology. The allied health programs include career associate degrees and certificates.
Ambré Sauer, RDH, a graduate of HACC’s Dental Hygiene Program, said, “This program challenged me and I embraced it head on, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to do so. I am now a registered dental hygienist working in a small practice that I love and continue to expand my knowledge every day. I do not doubt that I will never stop learning and improving my skills as a practitioner and I can only contribute that to the rigorous program and work ethic that was instilled into me by the HACC Dental Hygiene Program.”

The Respiratory Therapist Program at HACC has the highest success rate in Pennsylvania, as measured by a three-year average. HACC’s success was recently recognized by the national Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) with its Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success Award. The award recognizes HACC’s outstanding pass rate on the RRT credentialing exam. Over the past three years, the average pass rate for HACC graduates has been 100 percent.

HACC graduates in other allied health career programs also have exceptionally high pass rates for national certification exams. Please visit for more details.

  • Cardiac Sonography and Invasive Cardiovascular Technology programs had a three-year pass rate of 86 and 77.3 percent, respectively.
  • Dental Assisting’s Program board exam pass rates for 2016 were Infection Control and General Chairside, both 100 percent, and Radiation Health Safety, 95 percent.
  • Dental Hygiene Program graduates scored a 95 percent pass rate on the national board written exam in 2016.
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program graduates in 2016 passed the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation test, the abdomen test and the OB/GYN test at 100 percent and were all registered diagnostic medical sonographers upon graduation. All were employed within two months. The national average for passing the three tests is 73 percent.
  • The Certified Medical Assistant exam pass rate for both Medical Assisting programs was 100 percent for students who entered in 2015 and graduated in 2016. HACC also received accreditation for our Gettysburg program.
  • Medical Laboratory Technician Program graduates scored a 100 percent pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology board certification exam 2015-16.
  • Paramedic Program graduates had a three-year 97 percent pass rate and 100 percent job placement rate.
  • In 2016, 96 percent of Radiologic Technology Program graduates passed the national board exam and have a 100 percent job placement rate.
  • In both 2015 and 2016, 100 percent of Surgical Technology Program graduates passed the national Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.
For more information about HACC’s allied health careers or to enroll, please visit

HACC Student Honors Photography Exhibit Opens Nov. 20, 2017
HARRISBURG, Pa. – An exhibit of student photography will be on display Nov. 20-Dec. 7, 2017, in the Rose Lehrman Art Gallery on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
The exhibit will showcase over 50 photographs made by current students. The collection covers a variety of subject matter, including landscapes, portraits, still lives, nudes and architecture. A public reception for the students will be held Dec. 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the gallery.
HACC’s Photography Program includes a traditional black-and-white photo developing lab, 14 individual color dark rooms, a digital photography classroom and a “Northern Light” studio with a retractable roof.
Since 1988, HACC students have competed in photography competitions with over 2,000 other colleges and universities, and have consistently been among the top three winners in each competition. Additionally, HACC alumnus Sean Simmers worked for The Patriot-News in 2012 when the newspaper’s staff was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Jerry Sandusky case. 
Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment. 
The gallery received state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, please call Shawn Williams at 717-780-2478.

Celtic Christmas Cheer at HACC’s Live at Rose Lehrman
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Begin celebrating the holiday season with “Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas” at Live at Rose Lehrman Nov. 28, 2017, on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
With a unique blend of instrumental talents, vocals, musical arrangements and step dancing, “Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas” combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture. Led by founder Joanie Madden (flute, whistle), the ensemble consists of Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki), Mirella Murray (piano, accordion), Kathleen Boyle (piano, accordion) and Nollaig Casey (fiddle).
According to the Boston Globe, “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.”
The troupe has won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and named Top North American Celtic Group by the Irish Music Awards. They also have a street named after them in the Bronx, New York.
The Live at Rose Lehrman performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. A meet-and-greet will immediately follow the performance, where the artists will have CDs available for purchase and will be signing autographs.
Performance tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for students grades K-12. To purchase tickets, please visit For more information, please call 717-231-ROSE (7673).
Sponsors for this event include the HACC Foundation, WHTM abc27, HACC’s Student Government Association, WITF and the Susquehanna Folk Music Society. Grants and community support include The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


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