New Partnership, New Bridge

By Ashlee Scott
RACC has developed a partnership with Bucknell University’s College of Engineering to help students have a smooth transition into the university’s engineering program.

In September, RACC’s Board of Trustees held a meeting in which the board members discussed an academic partnership with Bucknell University, and added the university to RACC’s list of current partnerships.

The Board of Trustees stated that Bucknell University’s partnership will be available specifically to RACC students who earn an Associates of Science (AS) Degree in Engineering and wish to continue their education at the College of Engineering at Bucknell University.

“RACC’s affordable in-county tuition combined with RACC’s $99 a credit for dual enrollment courses taught at partnership high schools may make going to Bucknell’s College of Engineering a reality for students who do not have the means to go directly to a top engineering school,” said Jodi Corbett, Director of Academic Partnerships.

Furthermore, the Board of Trustees came to an agreement that students who maintained a minimum of a 3.5 GPA would be eligible to transfer to Bucknell’s Engineering Bachelor Program—Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering—with 54 credits that will be outlined in the partnership agreement.

Bucknell University’s College of Engineering will join Albright College, Alvernia University, Bloomsburg University, Kutztown University, Millersville University, St. Joseph’s University, and Temple University in the list of partnerships.

The board members expressed a hope that the partnership will be a great move in the right direction for the student body who wish to transfer to a four-year university.