Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Penn College - Statewide presentations champion technical dual enrollment

Image: Pennsylvania College of Technology 
Monica A. McCarty, Penn College dual-enrollment specialist
Williamsport, PA — A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s College Transitions staff recently co-presented sessions on dual enrollment at the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Conference on Integrated Learning and at the Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Administrators 27th Annual Education and Workforce Development Symposium.

At the gatherings, Monica A. McCarty, Penn College dual-enrollment specialist, joined Randy Zangara, career and technology education director for Williamsport Area High School, in presenting sessions titled “Dual Enrollment Partnerships: Technical coursework and a pathways approach.”

Through dual enrollment partnerships, high school students can take college courses, earning credit on both their high school and college transcripts.

McCarty and Zangara discussed how pathways for dual enrollment in technical areas are created and expanded. While the benefits of dual enrollment for students are becoming well-known, they asserted, the majority of partnerships focus on general-education coursework, disregarding a large population of students who can also benefit from dual enrollment in technical fields. Meanwhile, partnerships that provide dual enrollment in such fields can help to reinforce the importance of hands-on, technical skills.