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Five Students Named To Transfer And Workforce Pathway Teams; Honored For Academic Excellence

Posted April 16, 2020 at 8:20 am

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) recently announced the 26th Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. The honor recognizes an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

The 2020 awardees include 47 outstanding community college transfer scholars and eight exceptional workforce pathway scholars from across the Commonwealth. Transfer students must have completed at least 36 credits at a community college and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to be considered for these awards. Workforce students must have a minimum of 12 college-level credit hours at a community college and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The following students from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College were honored and are now members of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Transfer and Workforce Pathway Teams:

  • Adriane Hautz, of Windber, will graduate in May 2020 with a degree in Psychology.
  • Emily Krisko, of Portage, graduated in December 2019 with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Courtney Loughran, of Carrolltown, will graduate in May 2020 with a degree in Business Management. Courtney is the Workforce Pathway Scholar for Penn Highlands Community College.
  • Danika Polka, of Mineral Point, graduated in December 2019 with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Evan Orr, of Homer City, will graduate in May 2020 with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“The Commission applauds these outstanding student scholars on their terrific academic achievements,” said Elizabeth Bolden, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. “By enrolling in high-quality educational or workforce programs at a community college, these students are building a foundation for a successful career while furthering their post-secondary study.”

Pennsylvania’s community colleges partner with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities to provide scholarships to eligible All-PA Transfer Team members at PASSHE institutions, providing two years of tuition at any PASSHE school. The transfer and workforce pathway scholars are typically honored at an annual banquet in Harrisburg, which was canceled this year due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College congratulates these students on their academic achievements and looks forward to what each of their futures will hold.