NCC and Penn State sign hospitality transfer agreement – Times News Online

Posted on Aug 28, 2021 7:02 AM

Northampton Community College students looking for a four-year bachelor’s degree in hospitality management can now add Penn State Berks or the School of Hospitality Management at the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University Park to their list of schools possibilities in which they can continue their university studies in hotel management.

Executives from Penn State and NCC signed a transfer and articulation agreement this spring. The agreement establishes an agreement for the articulation of registrations from program to program in the management of reception.

NCC students who successfully complete the requirements for an associate program within four years of first enrolling in NCC are eligible to enter one of Penn State’s programs (at Penn State Berks or the School of Hospitality Management of Penn State University Park) with junior status in the undergraduate program of either program.

“This articulation agreement is a wonderful new addition to our existing partnership with Penn State, creating yet another opportunity for our students,” said Mark Erickson, president of NCC.

“What makes me happiest is that this agreement further broadens access to higher education, which is at the heart of our mission. We are very proud to create this seamless path from NCC-Penn State to a bachelor’s degree in a field that is coming back stronger than ever.

Hospitality management represents a sector of the economy that is poised to experience significant growth, providing enormous opportunities for students no matter where they choose to complete their studies. In a March 2021 Forbes magazine article, hospitality industry professionals were surveyed and more than half of respondents predicted 2022 to be the year of full travel recovery. The summer reservation volume in the United States in 2021 is 110% higher than the summer in the States at the same time last year. The resilient hospitality industry is poised for the demand for travel that is expected to come with more vaccines available as the lockdown and other restrictions are eased.

For more information on the Hospitality Management program at NCC, contact David Schweiger, Director, at 610-332-8660 or [email protected], or visit www.northampton.edu/hospitality; at Penn State Berks, contact Jennifer Wakemen at [email protected]; at Penn State University Park, contact David Rachau, academic advisor in the School of Hospitality Management, or Chris Arbutina of the College of Health and Human Development Center for Student Advising and Engagement.


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