Penn State Mont Alto and FCCTC to part ways through mutual agreement
Penn State Mont Alto Continuing Education and the Franklin County Career and Technology Center (FFCTC) have come to a mutually agreed-upon decision to end their partnership at the FCCTC facility at the end of the 2012-13 school year. The arrangement has allowed Penn State Continuing Education to occupy office and classroom space at the FCCTC in return for administering its post-secondary adult vocational course offerings. The institutions worked together to implement a transition plan that ensures both can continue to serve the community with seamless impact.
“These changes were prompted by an on-going evaluation of our mission and goals in response to an ever-changing world,” says Penn State Mont Alto Chancellor Dr. David C. Gnage. “In light of a recent decline in state appropriation, Penn State has conducted careful examination of all of its offerings to seek opportunities to increase efficiency and to ensure we can continue to deliver on our core mission. Additional cuts facing the University as proposed by our governor have made it ever important to continue to evaluate how we can best serve the needs of the community.” As a result of that examination, Continuing Education is more closely aligning with the mission of the campus, in particular, with credit programming. The department will focus more closely on degree completion programs offered onsite for local employers, credit certificates and professional development and credentialing in areas such as healthcare, business, and information science and technology, which lend exposure and support to campus degree programming.
The FCCTC also continually evaluates its mission and goals as it seeks to serve the community. This transition allows the institution to broaden its adult programming through more clear, targeted branding, and to take the necessary time to evaluate its adult programming and further define its mission for serving the community’s adult learners. “The FCCTC also regularly evaluates its mission and goals to ensure we are able to continue to provide offerings that are good for the community and for the workforce,” said Keith Yohn, FCCTC director. “This inevitable transition allows for the FCCTC to continue to offer our regular adult programming with no adverse effect on the student and workforce. A continued emphasis on educating and training individuals along with an expansion of offerings to include customized training for business and industry will contribute to alleviating the skills gap that currently exists in our area.”
Both Dr. Gnage and Mr. Yohn express their determination to keep the doors open to future opportunities to partner together for the good of the community.