Additions are necessary to uphold program-to-program transfers to four-year state schools.

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NANTICOKE — Luzerne County Community College will add two new degree programs, an Associate of Science in English and an Associate in Science in theater, beginning with the fall 2013 semester, the college’s board of trustees decided Tuesday night.

These additions are necessary to uphold the program-to-program transfer of students from community colleges to four-year state universities in Pennsylvania. Colleges and universities that participate in the Statewide College Credit Transfer System have developed agreements that allow students to transfer their full Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees into a bachelor degree program of a parallel major at the participating schools.

The students will be able to enter the four-year institutions with a junior standing, at the same rank as if they had been students at the four-year schools from their first year. This action is a result of a law passed three years ago as a “seamless pathway” for students to transfer from a community college to a four-year university, saidDana Charles Clark, vice president of academic affairs.

In other business:

• LCCC Administrative Director Francis Curry was sworn in as a member of the board of trustees by Judge Michael Vough.

• Nominations have been approved for the following board seats: chairman Barry Williams, vice chairman John Serafin and secretary Carmen Magistro.

• Michael Hilpp has been hired as the director of the Public Safety Institute.

• LCCC President Thomas Leary announced the college has been named one of the top 100 community colleges for its Journalism and Communications program by Community College Week Magazine.

• The trustees also approved the naming of the Health Sciences Building, on East Main Street, Nanticoke, as the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center. The nursing and health sciences programs will be named the Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. School of Nursing and Health Science.

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