Penn State Mont Alto, Franklin County tech center end partnership

April 02, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

MONT ALTO, Pa. — Penn State Mont Alto’s continuing-education program and the Franklin County (Pa.) Career and Technology Center are ending the partnership that allowed for adult vocational course offerings.

The “mutually agreed-upon decision” to end their partnership at the career center goes into effect for the 2012-13 school year, according to a news release issued Friday.

Penn State Continuing Education was occupying office and classroom space while administering post-secondary vocational classes for adults.

Penn State Mont Alto offered adult classes in the evenings. In April 2007, officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a 2,300-square-foot space at the career center for Penn State Mont Alto classes, including welding, electrical skills and recertification for Realtors and automobile inspectors.

“In light of a recent decline in state appropriation, Penn State has conducted careful examination of all of its offerings to seek opportunities to increase efficiency and to ensure we can continue to deliver on our core mission,” Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor David C. Gnage said in the news release. “Additional cuts facing the university, as proposed by our governor, have made it ever important to continue to evaluate how we can best serve the needs of the community.”

The university’s continuing-education department will focus more closely on degree-completion programs offered on-site for local employers, credit certificates, and professional development and credentialing in areas such as health care, business, and information science and technology, the news release said.

The career center will continue to offer adult programs “that are good for the community and for the work force,” said Keith Yohn, director of the career center.

“A continued emphasis on educating and training individuals, along with an expansion of offerings to include customized training for business and industry, will contribute to alleviating the skills gap that currently exists in our area,” he said in the news release.

In a phone interview Monday, Yohn said Penn State Mont Alto will assist with the change. He described 2012-13 as a year of transition.

“We’re going to do more branding here for them to be Franklin County Career and Technology classes,” Yohn said.

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