PA Workforce Investment Board Endorses College Credit Transfer System

Jan 27, 2010, 14:26 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board, or PA WIB, today passed a resolution endorsing a statewide initiative to make it easier for college students to transfer credits between participating schools.

"By adopting this resolution, the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board affirms its commitment to improving educational opportunities for students," Secretary of Labor & Industry Sandi Vito said after the board's quarterly meeting. "Students will also benefit financially by being able to transfer credits instead of repeating foundation courses."

Under the statewide college transfer and articulation initiative, students attending Pennsylvania's community colleges or universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education can transfer up to 30 credits of foundation courses seamlessly from one participating institution to another and have them count toward a college degree.  

"This initiative will encourage Pennsylvanians, who move or are unable to remain at their initial school of choice, to continue their education without fear of losing credits already completed at another institution," Vito said.

The resolution honors the accomplishments of the Department of Education, State System of Higher Education, the PA Commission for Community Colleges and the colleges and universities participating in the statewide college transfer and articulation initiative, including the commonwealth's community colleges and state-owned universities, for their pioneering work in creating a seamless credit transfer system.

"The PA WIB encourages all of the commonwealth's institutions of higher education to become fully participating members of the statewide transfer and articulation initiative and work together to maximize the higher education experience of students," PA WIB Chair David Malone said.

For more information, or to read the resolution, visit www.paworkforce.state.pa.us, click "Workforce Investment Board."

Media contact: Troy Thompson, 717-787-7530.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry



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