Lycoming College’s agreement with community college expands opportunities for students

From left: Philip Sprunger, provost and dean of Lycoming College, Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., president of Lycoming College, Anna Weitz, D.Ed., president of Reading Area Community College and Susan Looney, Ed.D., senior vice president of academic affairs and provost of Reading Area Community College.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lycoming College is pleased to welcome high-performing graduates from the Reading Area Community College who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The colleges have recently signed an agreement that will enable students who graduate from the community college with an associate’s degree to easily transfer their credits to Lycoming College toward a bachelor’s.

“We have a long tradition of creating opportunities for qualified students to afford a high-quality liberal arts education,” said Kent C. Trachte, president of Lycoming College. “Partnering with community colleges with strong programs that complement ours is one of several ways we are expanding the pathways to a four-year degree.”

Reading’s Associate of Arts in Social Science with a concentration in anthropology will transfer seamlessly into Lycoming’s sociology and anthropology program, and the school’s Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts will likewise transfer into Lycoming’s English program. Lycoming College will waive the application fee and qualified students will be eligible for up to $24,000 in scholarships from Lycoming based on their GPA.

The agreement also highlights two other benefits for students who demonstrate a strong aptitude for scholarship. Students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are eligible to receive $1,000 over-and-above a Lycoming College awarded merit scholarship. The honor society recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

Moreover, Reading students who have elected to take honors courses and who hold a 3.5 GPA or higher are guaranteed admittance to Lycoming’s Scholars Program, which offers them enhanced academic experiences.

“We have very talented students in our Honors Program,” said Pamela Blakely, Ph.D., a Reading anthropology professor who coordinates the college’s honors program. “Our goal is to help these students sharpen their intellectual skills in a stimulating and nurturing environment, so they are prepared to excel at their transfer colleges and universities like Lycoming.”

“We were impressed with the rigor of Reading’s programs and are confident their students will be a great fit for our school,” said Trachte. “We are pleased to partner with schools that develop the intellectual skills students need to succeed at our school and in future career endeavors.”




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