|Seated left to right: Dr. William Hallock, chair of the Department of Applied Technology and Matthew Mongillo, applied technology student. Standing: Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean, Clarion University-Venango Campus.
The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved a new online bachelor degree completion program that will be offered by the Department of Applied Technology at Clarion University-Venango Campus beginning in fall 2012.
The new Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Leadership is an online degree completion program that is appropriate for graduates of Clarion's Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology and similar programs at other institutions, as well as a wide array of industrial technology professionals.
"The new program provides students an opportunity to realize career advancement by attaining a bachelor's degree in a profession that is in demand while also meeting family and work responsibilities through an online delivery method," said Dr. William Hallock, chair of the Clarion University Department of Applied Technology. "With a 96 percent job placement rate, our associate degree graduates are working and earning a salary, allowing them to pursue additional education, and the online program makes it possible."
"The opportunity to be able to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Leadership was not one that I had imagined. Most technical training is at the certificate and associate degree level. To be able to obtain this additional education that will lead to leadership and management possibilities within my field, is awesome," said applied technology student, Matthew Mongillo.
Clarion University-Venango Campus' Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology (AAS-IT) degree was created in 2004 in response to a critical need for certified technical workers in the region. Currently, there are approximately 100 students enrolled in the program.
"Many of our students will require a bachelor's degree to move forward in their careers and continue their education, and Clarion wants to be well-positioned to provide a degree for these students," said Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean of Venango Campus. "This is a great example of what we term a 'stackable' degree on a degree ladder. Students can realize significant career advancement and resulting salary increases by progressing from an associate degree to bachelor's and graduate degrees through online programs. The online format will also facilitate the enrollment of community college graduates throughout the commonwealth and nationally."
The emergence of natural gas exploration in the commonwealth, potentially the single largest creator of jobs in the history of Pennsylvania, poses yet another need for this online bachelor degree completion program. The AAS-IT at the Venango Campus offers a natural gas technology concentration, and students earning that degree can continue on in the new BAS in Technology Leadership program to achieve leadership positions in Marcellus shale-related occupations.
"As the natural gas drilling phase moves to the production phase, and our technically educated workers seek long-term employment in the industry, there will be a need for employees with the knowledge and skills provided through the Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Leadership," Hallock said.
The curriculum was developed through the collaborative efforts of Clarion's Department of Applied Technology, College of Business Administration, and Office of Graduate and Extended Programs. The curricular combination of coursework and field experiences in leadership development, business skills, and advanced technology will serve to enhance analytical and critical thinking skills of graduates necessary to advance in their professions.
Clarion University-Venango Campus is the associate degree-granting unit of Clarion University, and currently offers 11 associate degree programs in addition to six bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. With the focus on workforce development in the geographic region it serves, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Leadership provides a seamless transition for those who have earned an applied associate degree.
For more information, call the Venango Campus Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 814-676-6591, ext. 1211.
Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90-plus bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences. Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.