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LCCC, Wilkes Approve New Transfer Deal

December 19, 2018
LCCC, Wilkes Approve New Transfer Deal

NANTICOKE — Wilkes University’s Patrick F. Leahy attended Tuesday’s meeting with the Luzerne County Community College Board of Trustees to finalize an agreement that helps community college students to transfer to Wilkes to get a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education. The board approved the agreement, and community college President Thomas P. Leary also signed the deal. It’s for students who earn an associate degree in early childhood education from the community college. Under the agreement, students transferring to Wilkes will get junior status and must graduate from the community college with a grade point average of at least 3.0. “This new agreement further strengthens our cooperative educational partnership with Wilkes, which consistently ranks among the most popular choices for our transfer students,” Leary said. Wilkes and the community college both “measure our self worth by the students we include, not by the students we exclude,” Leahy said. Wilkes Vice President Anne Skleder said the agreement “provides a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education for LCCC students while helping to address the nationwide shortage in highly qualified early childhood educators.” Students going to Wilkes under the agreement also must complete the Praxis Core or Preservice Academic Performance Assessment with passing scores. Contact the writer: mbuffer@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2073, @cvmikebuffer

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