Mar 11, 2021
HACC Is Military Friendly®, New Medical Cannabis Program Offered and More
HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, shares recent news, including:
- HACC Again Designated Military Friendly® School
- HACC Offers New Medical Cannabis Program
- HACC/SkillPointe Partnership Assists Students in Skills-Based Careers
HACC Again Designated Military Friendly® School
This news release was updated on March 26, 2021.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Jose Velez, an alum of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and a retired Army infantryman who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, found “HACC is a wonderful place to build yourself from the ground up in a judgment free zone.”
The services and supports offered to Velez and other HACC military and veteran students and their families has earned the College the designation as a 2021-22 Military Friendly® School for the third consecutive year.
Among the benefits offered to HACC military and veteran students is priority registration, allowing them to register for classes before continuing and future HACC students. Military and veteran priority registration for summer and fall 2021 classes begins in April. Summer semesters begin on May 24, June 21 and July 5, 2021. The fall semester begins on Aug. 30.
HACC is proud to have the second largest active military and veteran population among public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. It is the only college in Pennsylvania chosen to participate in VetSuccess on Campus, a federal program aimed at easing the transition to academic life for military veterans and their families.
The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, including input from student veterans and responses to a survey from participating institutions, according to VIQTORY, a military marketing company that connects the military community to civilian opportunities.
Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans, the company said.
For more information about priority registration for continuing military and veteran students, please visit hacc.edu/ContinuingMilitary.
For more information for future military and veteran students, please visit hacc.edu/Admissions/Apply/Veterans.
For more information about HACC’s Military and Veterans Affairs Office (MVAO), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HACC Offers New Medical Cannabis Program
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Find a niche in the exploding medical cannabis industry in just eight weeks with a new program offered at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
“Medical Cannabis 101 – Fundamentals and Career Explorations” is a short-term job training opportunity that provides the necessary skills and networking experiences to individuals who want to pursue careers in medical cannabis. Classes will be offered online with instructor-led sessions via Zoom.
This noncredit certificate program includes nationally known guest speakers who will discuss real-life job expectations and previews of working in various aspects of the medical cannabis industry. Guest speakers include representatives of the Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council; Jushi Holdings Inc.; Cresco Labs, Inc.; and Terrapin.
Classes start April 19, 2021.
For more information and to register, please visit hacc.edu/medical-cannabis.
For more information about HACC’s short-term training programs, please visit
HACC/SkillPointe Partnership Assists Students in Skills-Based Careers
HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is partnering with SkillPointe.com to provide students a direct path to a rewarding, skills-based career by supplying access to training and employment opportunities in key skills-based and trade industries facing talent shortages.
Current and future students can also access financial and scholarship information and receive advice from industry experts on the SkillPointe platform.
Vic Rodgers, HACC’s vice president of workforce development and continuing education, said, “One of the purposes of SkillPointe is to build a more inclusive skills-based community through the fastest routes to greater economic opportunity. This fits in well with HACC’s focus on serving all parts of our community. We know that the opportunity for skills acquisitions affords people the ability to have economic and social mobility. In our rapidly changing, skill-based economy, this is crucial.”
“Our partnership with HACC is crucial to the students in Central Pennsylvania and beyond because it provides them with a path and the resources to tap into their passions and embark on a skills-based career,” said James Franchi, SkillPointe CEO.
“Employers are facing skills-gap shortages because they cannot find enough people with the specific skills to fill jobs in their industries. These employers offer good, stable job opportunities that pay well and have big needs to fill. SkillPointe celebrates these industries and connects individuals to opportunities that can transform their lives, and we couldn’t do that without HACC,” Franchi said.
SkillPointe provides skills-based and trade job listings from more than 350,000 jobs with an “Opportunity Meter” to quickly and clearly rank the best skills-based jobs by their earning potential, current demand and future job security.
For more information, please visit
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