For immediate release: March 13, 2008
BLOOMSBURG — Pursuing a bachelor’s degree was a distant goal for Jessica Rega of Lansford. But, for the junior elementary education major, a full-tuition scholarship through the 2008 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team for Community Colleges is making a Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania degree possible.
A 1999 graduate of William Allen High School in Allentown, Rega continued her education at Lehigh Carbon Community College where she could earn an associate’s degree at an affordable cost. She graduated in 2006 with a fine/studio arts degree and started working toward a BU teaching certificate that fall at Lehigh Carbon’s campus.
Bloomsburg University and Lehigh Carbon Community College had just signed an agreement to offer the elementary education completion program at the community college’s Morgan Center in Tamaqua. The agreement allows students who receive an associate’s degree in education at the community college to earn a BU bachelor’s degree at the Morgan Center campus, taught by BU faculty. Rega was a prime candidate for the program and, thanks to her performance at Leigh Carbon Community College, she was also eligible for a full-tuition scholarship.
Each year, community colleges from across Pennsylvania nominate students for the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team Awards Program. Each student nominee receives a “special academic passport” from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) which allows the student to attend any of the 14 PASSHE universities with a full-tuition waiver. Rega chose to attend BU.
Rega’s goal is to become a teacher at a Christian school. “I want to show the power education has to offer and that there is hope beyond difficult life circumstances,” she said. “God really wants me to be a teacher.”
Eventually, she would like to establish an orphanage in South Africa for children whose parents died from HIV and abandoned children who were born with HIV.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.