PITTSBURGH—Representatives of five community colleges and five universities across western Pennsylvania gathered at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) June 16 to sign an agreement facilitating the easy transfer of early childhood education associate’s degrees from the community colleges to corresponding bachelor’s degree programs at the universities.
“The signing of this agreement broadens the opportunities for students who choose to begin their education at CCAC or other community colleges,” said Alex Johnson, PhD, CCAC president. “This agreement will enable students to make a seamless transition from their work at CCAC to earning a bachelor’s degree at one of our partner universities.”
The completion of this program-to-program articulation is the work of the Western Pennsylvania Articulation for Early Childhood Education (WPA A ECE) task force. The group consists of representatives from Butler County Community College, California University of Pennsylvania, Carlow University, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, CCAC, Community College of Beaver County, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Penn Highlands Community College, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County Community College.
The task force convened in 2009, supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The resulting agreement provides a mechanism for graduates of the community colleges with associate’s degrees to transfer to any of the five universities without losing credits or repeating coursework.
The agreement adds to CCAC’s existing articulation agreements in 64 programs with 22 colleges and universities. About 44 percent of CCAC’s 31,000 credit students annually are enrolled in transfer programs, and CCAC students have transferred credits to nearly 500 colleges and universities.
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.