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HACC, York College look to ease the way for transfers

Jessica Schladebeck
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Agreements signed by the administrations from both HACC and York College have cleared an easier path for those looking to seamlessly transfer from one to the other.

York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith and HACC President John J. "Ski" Sygielski signed agreements on Friday for the biology, criminal justice, human services, mathematics, music industry, psychology, RN/BS nursing, secondary education and sociology programs — which means HACC students who earn an associate's degree in one of those fields with at least a 2.0 grade point average, while also following the York College requirements for their program, can be guaranteed admission to York College as juniors, according to a news release.

HACC President John J. "Ski" Sygielski and York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith on Friday signed agreements intended to help students looking to transfer from HACC to York College

The colleges signed a similar agreement for hospitality and tourism management students in 2015.

“These agreements signal the growth of our collaboration and partnership with York College," said Kathleen Doherty, HACC associate provost and professor of psychology. "Students in these programs will now be able to transfer seamlessly to York College, providing another local liberal arts option for our students. We look forward to watching our students continue to excel and complete their four-year goals."

HACC students also benefit from a dual admission program — regardless of major or program — which helps to ease the transfer process for those students seeking a bachelor's degree. York College is one of nearly 20 major colleges and universities with which HACC students can enter into a dual admission agreement.

Students who enter the dual admission program receive assistance in planning their transfer as well as help maintaining requirements needed by the college or university they plan on attending.

“With every agreement we sign, we are further showcasing our commitment to making York College transfer-friendly and a welcoming environment for HACC students,” said York College associate registrar for transfer articulation Katie Schwienteck. “Our faculty have been very excited about developing the articulation agreements, and that shows their commitment to having HACC students in their classrooms, in our programs and part of our community.”

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.