Penn State Joins MCCC University Center Initiative

Penn State University Abington Joins MCCC University CenterMontgomery County Community College (MCCC) is partnering with Penn State Abington on an innovative initiative that allows MCCC students and Montgomery County residents the opportunity to continue their education at Penn State Abington with the convenience of taking those courses at MCCC.

Penn State Abington joins Albright College, Cabrini University, Chestnut Hill College and Immaculata University in the Montgomery County Community College University Center initiative, which brings bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs from some of the region’s best colleges and universities to MCCC.

As a partner in the University Center, Penn State Abington will offer its registered nurse to bachelor of science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at MCCC beginning in fall 2017. Faculty from Penn State Abington will teach courses in the RN to BSN program on MCCC’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, Pa.

The program is open to any diploma or associate degree graduates with an RN license and a minimum 2.0 grade point average from their nursing education.

“Penn State is known worldwide for its outstanding faculty and the quality of its academic programs, and we are very excited to welcome them as a partner in our University Center,” said Dr. Kevin Pollock, President of MCCC. “Partnerships such as this are an important part of the future of higher education and we look forward to working with Penn State to continue to provide residents of Montgomery County and surrounding areas with quality, innovative opportunities to pursue their educational goals.”

“As institutions of higher learning, Montgomery County Community College and Penn State Abington share a commitment to offering affordable, accessible, and high-impact education,” said Dr. Damian J. Fernandez, Chancellor of Penn State Abington. “This partnership is vital to advancing educational and employment opportunities to residents of the region.”

Penn State Abington students taking courses at MCCC will have access to services typically provided to MCCC students including the library, parking, technology access, career advising and food services among others.

Since 2007, MCCC has collaborated with select, regional institutions to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at its West Campus in Pottstown and Central Campus in Blue Bell through the University Center initiative.