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College Partners With Thomas Automotive On Stackable Credential Pathway

Posted August 25, 2022 at 1:49 pm

A collaboration just announced between Thomas Automotive and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College provides a pathway for Thomas Automotive employees to strengthen their skills, knowledge, and career growth.

This pathway provides stackable credentials through credit classes offered at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Thomas Automotive employees must successfully complete six classes totaling 18 credits to earn the Thomas Business Certificate, which is provided by Thomas Automotive. These six classes include:

  • Principles of Management
  • Organizational Communication
  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Business Math
  • Interpersonal Communication

Thomas Automotive employees can start taking classes eligible for the Thomas Business Certificate beginning on October 17th, as part of Pennsylvania Highlands’ Fall 2 class schedule.

These six classes can be applied toward earning a certificate or degree at Pennsylvania Highlands. To earn a Business Management Certificate through Pennsylvania Highlands, Thomas Automotive employees would only have to complete two additional classes in the fields of business and English (an additional six credits).

Thomas Automotive employees who choose to continue towards an associate degree in Business Management would only need to complete an additional 40 credits of coursework.

“As a community college, Penn Highlands is always looking for creative and cost-effective ways for our workforce members to receive a top-tier education” stated Trish Corle, Vice President of Student Services. “Thomas Automotive is investing in their current and future employees by engaging with the College to develop a framework for career growth that will have a lasting impact on their business and our communities.”

As a part of this partnership, Thomas Automotive has signed on to the Employer Tuition Discount Program that Pennsylvania Highlands Community College offers local business and industry. This program allows eligible business employees to receive a 5% discount on tuition for credit classes.

This collaboration with Thomas Automotive is just the beginning. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is ready to help all businesses in our area grow their workforce. Business and industry professionals interested in forming similar partnerships to build educational pathways for their organization may contact Trish Corle, Vice President of Student Services, at 814.262.3841 or tcorle@pennhighlands.edu.