Nov 19, 2019

HACC, Wilkes University Sign Two Agreements to Help Students Pursue Early Education Degrees

HARRISBURG, Pa. HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D., and Wilkes University interim Senior Vice President and Provost Terese Wignot, Ph.D., signed two articulation agreements on Nov. 18, 2019. The agreements allow HACC students who complete an Associate in Applied Science in early care and education or an Associate in Arts in early childhood - elementary education to transfer into the Wilkes bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education as a junior.

HACC’s Early Childhood – Elementary Education Program graduates can transfer 60 credits and Early Care and Education Program graduates can transfer 54 credits to Wilkes University.

The agreements support Pennsylvania’s push for creating more pathways to bachelor’s degrees for those who wish to work with young children. 

“We’re always striving to provide more opportunities for our students, and we are thankful for the partnership with Wilkes University. Their small class sizes and individualized advising are similar to HACC, which gives our students even more reason to pursue this opportunity,” said Kathleen Doherty, Ph.D., associate provost for HACC.

With on-campus and fully online education programs, Wilkes University gives HACC students who want to work with infants, toddlers and preschool children, the opportunity to continue their education and complete a bachelor’s degree.

"Wilkes University has a long, successful history in educating students to meet societal needs,” said interim Senior Vice President and Provost, Terese Wignot, Ph.D. “There is a national call for highly qualified early childhood educators. This agreement offers students a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in a rewarding and growing field, while expanding our partnership with an outstanding institution like HACC.”

Photo caption:
HACC and Wilkes University signed two articulation agreements on Nov. 18, 2019. Pictured from left, front row: HACC Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Cynthia Doherty, Ph.D.; HACC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D.; Wilkes University interim Senior Vice President and Provost Terese Wignot, Ph.D.; Wilkes University Dean for the School of Education Rhonda Rabbitt, Ed.D.,; back row, HACC Assistant Professor and Program Director of Education Jennifer Wright; HACC Department Chair of Health and Public Services Melinda Eash; HACC Associate Provost Kathleen Doherty, Ph.D.

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About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, Wilkes is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest doctoral universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a
small college, open to all who show promise. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 46 majors, Wilkes offers 24 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at