September 15, 2014, Reading, PA— Reading Area Community College (RACC) and Kutztown University (KU) today announced a reverse transfer agreement that will permit eligible students, who transfer from RACC to KU before earning an associate degree from RACC, the opportunity to transfer KU credits back to RACC to apply towards completion of the RACC associate degree concurrent with their enrollment at KU.
June 10, 2014 - READING, PA — Three students from Reading Area Community College earned first place awards in their respective categories at the annual Beacon Conference held at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, New York on June 6.
RACC Receives Grant for Hispanic Graduates Scholarship
Reading Area Community College recently received a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank for its Reading High School Hispanic Graduates Scholarship. This program will offer educational assistance through scholarships to Latino students in the City of Reading who otherwise might not be able to afford the costs of higher education.
These funds will be used to provide 10 scholarships to 10 Hispanic graduates of Reading High School who enroll as a full-time student at RACC for fall 2014. The scholarship award will help to defray the cost of tuition, books and fees.
Scholarship recipients will be selected based on grade-point average and financial need.
Latino/Hispanic students comprise 65% of Reading High School's population, and 90% are economically disadvantaged or low income. Recent statistics also show that only 15% of the graduates advance to post-secondary education.
RACC Signs Agreement With Bloomsburg
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and Reading Area Community College Dual Admission Partnership Leads to Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership.
The agreement establishes program-to-program guaranteed admissions for students who complete the requirements for an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Reading Area Community College to enter into the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program in Technical Leadership. Planning is currently underway to ensure that students will complete the entire degree requirements on RACC's campus or online.
The Technical Leadership program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to assume leadership roles in workgroups and project teams &mash; skills necessary for career advancement in a rapidly changing, globalized workplace. The leadership focus of the program covers areas sought by employers, including:
- Effective communication and collaboration
- Team leadership and project management
- Staff training and development
- Workplace and cultural diversity
- Financial and supervisory knowledge
- Conflict management and resolution
The agreement also extends to students of Berks Career and Technology Center and Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center, and who are enrolled in the RACC-CTC Technical Academy partnership. This pathway creates a 2+2+2 articulation model that allows students to progress seamlessly from the secondary CTC, complete their community college degree and finally complete a bachelor's degree at a four-year institution.
The intent of the partnership is:
- To demonstrate the establishment of a seamless Program-to-Program guaranteed admissions agreement that involves the participating community college and a four-year Bachelor Degree granting institution.
- To enable qualified graduates of Reading Area Community College to build upon their education and training by earning a baccalaureate degree.
- To enable Bloomsburg University to attract a more diverse population of students to the Technical Leadership program.
- To enable community college graduates to obtain a quality education at a low cost, and, in doing so, provide the Commonwealth with qualified technical leaders.
- To ensure recognition of the continuity of academic progress and transferability of credits between two-year and four-year programs.
This is the first such partnership for Reading Area Community College that allows the opportunity for its career and technology students to earn a bachelor’s degree on its campus. The partnership extends the effort of the College to prepare a skilled and educated workforce to fill the pipeline of workers needed by area employers.
"Our campuses may be geographically separated by about 75 miles, but our missions to serve Pennsylvania students could not be more closely connected," says Bloomsburg University President David L. Soltz, Ph.D. "I am delighted to enter into this agreement on behalf of Bloomsburg University, bringing our Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership to Reading Area Community College students who will become Bloomsburg graduates."
"Pennsylvania's community colleges and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities are uniquely positioned to fulfill the training and educational requirements of employers," says RACC President Anna D. Weitz, D.Ed. "This partnership with Bloomsburg University is one more example of our commitment to working together to further the economic and workforce development of our State."
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RACC Leadership Program Marks 10th Anniversary with Celebration, Return of Alumni
Reading, PA (March 18, 2014 — Current students and alumni of Reading Area Community College's Leadership and Professional Development Program gathered on Tuesday, March 11 to celebrate the program's 10th anniversary. The event was held in the recently remodeled Raven’s Lounge in the Student Union Building.
New Academic Scholarship Program
Monday, February 24, 2014; Reading, PA — Reading Area Community College announces a new Academic Scholarship Program, an initiative aimed at leveraging scholarships available through the Foundation for RACC to make it possible for selected RACC students to earn an associate degree at RACC without the need to take a student loan to cover tuition, books and fees.
RACC Introduces UGotClass for Online Continuing Education
READING, PA (January, 14, 2014) — Reading Area Community College is partnering with UGotClass to offer non-credit, online training opportunities for continuing education. UGotClass offers online certificates and courses through the Learning Resources Network, which is the largest continuing education association in the world.
RACC Announces Tuition-Free Advanced Manufacturing Training Opportunities
READING, PA (January 7, 2014) — Reading Area Community College announced two tuition-free training programs are available for unemployed and underemployed Berks County residents or incumbent workers thanks to a training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Program options include training to become a Production Technician or a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machine Operator.
In Memory of Mary Ann Chelius Smith
Reading Area Community College lost a true friend, benefactor and founder with the passing of Mary Ann Chelius Smith on July 20, 2013. Mary Ann played a prominent role in the founding of RACC.
RACC Presents $16,000 Check to Olivet Boys and Girls Club
READING, PA (May 9) – Students, faculty and staff from Reading Area Community College worked together to raise more than $16,000 for the Olivet Boys and Girls Club during this year's RACCy Olympics.
RACC Students Receive All-PA Academic Team Honors, Earn Scholarships
READING, PA – March 18, 2013 - Reading Area Community College is pleased to announce that Elise Chesson and Christopher King have been named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, which is part of the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today.
RACC Students Earn Awards for Scholarly Works
READING, PA (Oct. 22, 2012) – Three students from Reading Area Community College recently received individual awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for their work on Voices of Legacy, the 2012 edition of RACC's scholarly journal, Legacy.
Community Colleges Launch Rapid Retraining Program for Pennsylvania's Displaced Workers
New program will train underemployed, unemployed Pennsylvanians, help place them into high-demand jobs.