EU signs agreement with technical schools

Category:  News
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 5:20 PM

Edinboro University has taken another step toward providing more opportunities to students.

EU officials signed articulation agreements with five career and technical schools in Erie and Crawford counties.

Students who successfully complete one of 34 secondary-level technical programs offered by the schools and earn the relevant industry credential will be eligible for up to nine credit hours toward an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in applied technology from Edinboro. The AAS is a 60-credit program.

“The agreement represents another step forward for Edinboro, through its Porreco College, to help meet the educational needs for regional industries and for high school students who have an interest in vocational study,” said Dr. Michael Hannan, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

EU has been offering an AAS degree for quite some time through the physics and technology department, allowing students to complete post-high school technical training at a partner institution and receive college credit toward the AAS degree.

The new agreement will continue to allow that opportunity to students who take vocational training in high school and can receive up to 9 college credits toward the AAS.

“This creates an incentive for those students to further their education where they can develop writing, reasoning, quantitative, communication, business, and further technical skills that will make them more employable and assist in their career success,” Hannan added.

EU President Julie E. Wollman and Hannan signed the agreement with Mathew Pundt, of Central Career and Technical School, Bill Nicols, of the Corry Area School District and Corry Area Career and Technical School, Jennifer Galdon, of Crawford Central School District, Neil Donovan, of the Crawford County Career and Technical Center, and Aldo Jackson, of the Erie County Technical School.

“As we develop our workforce with the people who have the skills and knowledge that are needed, we can reinfuse energy into our manufacturing industry,” said Dr. Wollman to erietvnews.com.

The signing took place on the campus of Porreco College in Erie.

“We are excited to have these agreements in place and are looking at related opportunities to expand this agreement model into other areas,” Hannan said.

Karlee Dies is the news editor for the Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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