The agreement is a supplement to an existing dual admission agreement the two colleges signed in 2000. The new agreement adds to the initial partnership by targeting the accelerated adult degree completion. Adult students following an accelerated degree program through Elizabethtown College's Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning can complete a course in five weeks. Many of the courses are available online.
While the current dual admissions agreement is open to students as early as their senior year in high school up to the completion of 30 college-level credits, the agreement signed yesterday targets adult learners who enroll under the accelerated program.
"This addition to our dual admissions agreement with Elizabethtown College gives another boost in services to our adult students who will be transferring, as well as HACC graduates," says HACC president, Dr. Edna Baehre. "A great feature is the ability to complete courses online in a condensed block of time. Something many adult learners need."
"It is apparent that this arrangement with Harrisburg Area Community College works for students financially, and with life's situations," says Dr. Theodore Long, president of Elizabethtown College. "We are very pleased with our partnership with HACC and the service we are able to provide for our adult learners."
The agreement is another in a series of agreements HACC has negotiated with colleges and universities to provide central Pennsylvania residents more choices and opportunities in reaching higher education.
Representatives from HACC were guests at Elizabethtown College to sign an agreement between the two institutions. An extension to the current dual admissions agreement, this arrangement streamlines the ability for adult learners at HACC to transfer to Elizabethtown College into their accelerated degree program. The signers of the agreement are: John Ford, Vice President of Instruction and Educational Services; Dr. Edna Baehre, HACC President; Dr. Theodore Long, Elizabethtown College President, and Dr. John Kokolus, Dean of Continuing Education and Distance Learning for Elizabethtown College.