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1ST SUMMIT BANK Donates Over $2,000 Through EITC Program

Posted November 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Dr. Steve Nunez, College President, Kay-Leigh Malzi, Director of School Partnerships, and Kathy Morrell, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and College Foundation, recently accepted a donation from 1ST SUMMIT BANK. The donation was presented by Sean McCool, Public Relations and Communications Manager at 1ST SUMMIT BANK. The $2,500 Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program donation was given to the College Foundation to help support the College’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program.

In 2014, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) granted Pennsylvania Highlands Community College national accreditation for its Accelerated College Education (ACE) concurrent enrollment program. Penn Highlands is one of only two colleges in the state that has earned this accreditation, which ensures that the courses offered in high schools are equivalent to courses offered on the sponsoring college’s campus or facilities.

Because of donations through the EITC Program, ACE students are charged a reduced tuition rate. During the 2020-21 academic year, the cost per credit for this program was $63, allowing over 1,300 students to enroll in ACE courses at 47 different school districts across 11 Pennsylvania counties.

(From left to right) Kathy Morrell, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Penn Highlands Community College; Dr. Steve Nunez, President at Penn Highlands Community College; Sean McCool, Public Relations and Communications Manager at 1ST SUMMIT BANK; and Kay-Leigh Malzi, Associate Dean of School Partnerships at Penn Highlands Community College. Check was delivered to the College’s Foundation for the EITC program and was presented at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Richland Campus.