Reading, PA. – Reading Area Community College (RACC) and Bloomsburg University will celebrate their first graduates of the community college on-campus Bachelor’s in Applied Science in Technology Leadership program (BAS-TL). Before all the celebrations become official, the students had one more milestone: to present their capstone business plan on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
RACC alumni Esteffani Alcantara, Nicole Morrissey and Christopher Moyer along with team member Dan Ombati, Lehigh Carbon Community College, presented their capstone business plan and were judged by business and industry leaders as well as staff and faculty from Bloomsburg University and Reading Area Community College as the top presentation of three student teams presenting capstone business plans. Georgette Brown, Bloomsburg’s Coordinator of the Bachelor of Applied Science program for HACC and RACC, said, “I am glad for the opportunity to help RACC students transition into the bachelor’s degree program at RACC. I am so proud to see them reach their goal of graduation.”
The capstone project culminates students’ two years of taking classes toward a Bloomsburg University bachelor’s degree at one of the partnering community colleges, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Northampton Community College, and Reading Area Community College.
In May 2014, Reading Area Community College entered into a partnership with Bloomsburg University to deliver the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at RACC’s campus and online. Three primary groups of students are served by this bachelor’s pathway: RACC’s Technical Academy, an early college honors program for Career and Technology students, associate degree alumni who mainly completed one of RACC’s career programs, and Berks County employees needing a bachelor’s degree to advance in their careers. The partnership provides an affordable and convenient pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Bloomsburg University accepts up to 75 credits from RACC, with the student’s entire associate degree applied to the Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Technology Leadership degree.