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More Than 300 Attend Lancaster Grand Opening

1/19/2007 —

More than 300 people attended Penn State, The Lancaster Center’s grand opening celebration on Jan. 18 at its new location at 1383 Arcadia Road in the recently expanded Farm and Home Center. Visitors toured classrooms, learned about Penn State programs offered in Lancaster, met the Nittany Lion, and enjoyed Penn State's Berkey Creamery ice cream served by the Lancaster Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Photos of the event can be viewed at http://live.psu.edu/still_life/2007_01_22_york/

At its new location, Penn State, The Lancaster Center has six classrooms and more than 5,500 square feet of space. In 1987, Penn State York opened a continuing education office in Lancaster. The Lancaster Center's primary role at the time was to offer undergraduate credit and noncredit programs to working adults. Public courses and programs were offered primarily in the evenings. On-site services were tailored to local business educational and training needs. Many specifically tailored programs, both credit and noncredit, have been offered on-site at local businesses along with customized workshops and ongoing study programs conducted through Penn State's Management Development and Services.

Penn State, The Lancaster Center continues to offer the original courses and programs including: credit certificates, an associate degree in business administration, courses in the associate degree in letters, arts and sciences and numerous noncredit professional development certificates.

In an effort to meet the evolving educational needs of the Lancaster County community, a partnership was established at The Lancaster Center between Penn State York, Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State Great Valley. Students can earn a bachelor of science in business degree at Penn State York, with the beginning classes offered in Lancaster. Upper-division classes continue to be added for credit students interested in this four-year degree.

Through a partnership with Penn State Great Valley's Graduate Center, students can take graduate courses in the principal certification in Educational Leadership. By partnering with Penn State Harrisburg, The Lancaster Center offers the MBA degree and the training and development credit certificate program. Most courses at The Lancaster Center are being offered in the evenings. Recently the center began offering courses for high school students interested in taking college courses while in high school. Through dual enrollment, eligible high school juniors and seniors can get an early start on college.

For information, call (717) 299-7667 or (800) 828-6233. Visit http://www.lancastercenter.psu.edu/ online.

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