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CCBC inks articulation agreement with Penn College
Automotive Technology graduates can earn a Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology
Management at an affiliate of The Penn State University

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (July 11, 2014) – Under an agreement signed last month by the Community College of Baltimore County and Pennsylvania College of Technology, CCBC automotive students are now eligible to enroll in B.S. degrees in their field at Penn College, an affiliate of Penn State University.

“CCBC is delighted to offer this opportunity to students graduating from our Automotive Technology programs. It not only fulfills our completion agenda but it also encourages our students to seek management positions within the industry,” remarks CCBC President Sandra L. Kurtinitis.

The CCBC-Penn College articulation agreement stipulates that:
• CCBC applicants must have a final cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
• CCBC graduates with an earned A.A.S. (Associate in Applied Science) Automotive Technology degree can transfer more than 70 credits. This allows students to enter the B.S. program at the appropriate starting point.
• Transferring students must complete a minimum of 36 credits at Penn College for coursework prescribed in the final four semesters of the students’ profile.

The agreement also offers a Distance Learning (online) option for CCBC graduates who possess certifications in Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), or Automotive Service Management Training and two years of full-time, transportation-related maintenance or service management work.

According to Colin Williamson, dean, Penn College of Technology, School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies, “We are pleased to establish a formal pathway for CCBC automotive students to continue their studies in the field of Transportation Technology at Penn College. The agreement will clearly lay out courses that we will accept and make the transition between institutions much easier to navigate.”

Harvey Heiserman, an alumnus of both CCBC and Penn College as well as an instructor in Automotive Technology at CCBC, will coordinate the program. “This is a great opportunity for our students as only a few colleges offer an automotive technology major,” notes Heiserman. “For those graduates looking to advance their careers into areas such as Field Technical Specialists, Field Products Engineers, Franchise Management, etc., the bachelor’s degree is a basic requirement.”

Initially Penn College application fees will be waived if a paper application is submitted and this agreement noted, or if the application is submitted electronically during an Open House visit or be attending an official campus visit.

For additional information about this agreement, call 443-840-5982 or email

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