Articulation Agreement with Fayette County Schools
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus signed official articulation agreements today with Fayette County Schools for its two year Associate Degree of Science Degree in Mining Technology. According to Joe Podolinski, Assistant Coordinator for Contracts and Grant Management at Penn State Fayette, “The exciting thing about this is helping students identify and explore a career pathway in Mining Technology, and knowing that these opportunities really do exist. These high paying opportunities are right in our backyard.”
Those attending the signing on Tuesday, February 20 were: Carl Bezjak, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Albert Gallatin High School, Larry Golembiewski, Superintendent of Brownsville High School, James Duncan, Superintendent of Connellsville High School, Dr. Dennis Spinella, Superintendent of Fraizer High School, Dr. Ron Sheba, Superintendent of Laurel Highlands High School, and Dr. Charles Machesky, Superintendent of Uniontown High School.
“This is the first step in allowing Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus to work directly with the high school guidance counselors in delivering presentations and identifying students for this career pathway. All of the high schools in Greene County including the Greene County Career and Technology Center along with the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center and the Fayette Area Vo. Tech have also signed such agreements,” said Podolinski.
The articulation agreements allow for the school districts to work together and provide “a means by which graduates…can be better prepared to enter the program offered by Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.” The agreement ensures that secondary students have successfully completed their secondary component and acquired the skills necessary for them to gain direct admission into Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’s Associate Degree of Science in Mining Technology, thereby eliminating the need to pursue remedial and /or duplicative courses once enrolled at Penn State.”
The campus’s mining technology program is set to graduate its first students this spring, and the mining industry is ready and waiting to snap them up, says Director of Continuing Education Joe Segilia. “These are management positions, which require superior training. We are proud to provide this education to our students, in turn preparing them for jobs that are waiting.”
The Mining Technology program at Penn State Fayette is made possible by a grant through the Benedum Foundation.