Sept. 4, 2008
HARRISBURG – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) as an Educational Improvement Organization under the Educational Improvement Credit (EITC) program.
The program will help support HACC’s College in the High School (CHS) which is administered in more than 40 school districts in Central Pennsylvania. HACC’s CHS enables qualified high school students to enroll in college-level courses at their high school or technical school during the regular school day.
EITC awards tax credits to approved businesses that make contributions to Scholarship Organizations or Educational Improvement Organizations determined by the DCED. A business that has been approved by DCED may receive a tax credit equal to 75 percent of its contribution of up to a maximum of $200,000 per taxable year to a Scholarship Organization or Educational Improvement Organization on DCED’s current list. The tax credit may be increased to 90 percent of the contribution if the business agrees to provide the same amount of contribution to an organization for two consecutive years.
“This is an important designation for HACC as the college continues its mission to provide an affordable, quality education to all of the residents of Central Pennsylvania,” said HACC President Edna V. Baehre, Ph.D.
“Businesses that choose to donate to HACC through the EITC program will be making an investment in Central Pennsylvania’s future workforce,” Baehre continued. “HACC is the premier resource in the region for providing well educated and prepared graduates with the skills to compete in the workforce,” she added.
Course offerings through HACC’s College in the High School program are selected from the college’s required courses or core curriculum to best match curriculum offerings at the high school or technical school. These courses include everything from basic entry-level college math to culinary skills and the trades. The courses are taught by a high school teacher who qualifies as a HACC adjunct faculty member and are offered to students at a reduced tuition rate of $50. College in the High School students earn concurrent high school and college credit.
For more information on donating to HACC through the EITC program, contact Gretchen L. Ramsey, Campus Development Officer, at 780.2439 or via e-mail at
            HACC and the current list of Scholarship Organizations and Educational Improvement Organizations can be found on the EITC Web site, which is liked to DCED’s Web site at The Web site includes approval guidelines for businesses.
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, was established Feb. 14, 1964, as Harrisburg Area Community College. Since that time, HACC has been dedicated to the community and to the individual. The college’s devotion to the community arises from its mission to foster educational, cultural, workforce development and economic growth of HACC’s regional service area by giving each individual student the tools and environment to succeed. HACC offers nearly 200 associate and transfer degrees and certificate and diploma programs at campuses in Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. In addition, HACC offers a wide variety of courses, including degree and certificate programs, through its Virtual Campus.
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