For Immediate Release: Jan. 19, 2012
HARRISBURG — The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approved a new major for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania – the Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership – during the quarterly meeting Jan. 18 and 19. The program is the first of its kind in the 14 PASSHE institutions and only the second in the commonwealth.
Approved last fall by BU’s Council of Trustees, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership addresses the growing demand for technical skills combined with professional skills, according to Tim Phillips, chair of instructional technology at BU. A student who has earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from a community college will build upon that degree with courses in information technology, communications studies, accounting, business education, information and technology management and general education. The program also will be open to those already in the workforce.
The new BU program is a partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI), both located in Schnecksville. All bachelor’s degree requirements may be completed at LCCC and students enrolled at LCTI can enter the program at the high school level. The first class will enroll in fall 2012.
“We are delighted to provide this learning opportunity for students in the Lehigh Valley,” said BU President David Soltz. “This partnership guarantees that students with a strong technical background can gain the skills they need to bridge the divide between information technology professionals and business leaders for employment in Pennsylvania.”
Kathleen Howley, PASSHE’s senior associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, said offering the BU program at LCCC brings added convenience for students as they gain the skills they need for advancement in their careers.
“The education of technical professionals is recognized as being of vital importance to the commonwealth and the nation,” she said. “This innovative program’s collocation model does more than bring Bloomsburg’s program to LCCC’s campus. It is designed to translate into partnerships with other Pennsylvania community colleges so other students will have an opportunity to advance in their careers.”
Details on BU’s new Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership:
Bloomsburg University’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership addresses a recognized need in the commonwealth by providing technical professionals with the skills necessary to improve career prospects and effectively assume technical supervisory or management roles.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership program requires a total of 120 course credits. BU faculty will offer the final 60 credits of bachelor’s degree program at the Schnecksville campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), building on an Associate of Applied Science from LCCC. Students at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) can enter the program at the high school level. The program also is open to those currently in the workforce who want to advance in their careers.
Courses will be offered in information technology, communications studies, accounting, business education, information and technology management and general education. Students will pay LCCC tuition for the first 60 credits and BU tuition for the last 60 credits.
The Bachelor of Science in Technical Leadership project began with an Advanced Technological Education grant, “Innovative 2+2+2 Model for the B.A.T. Degree with Service Management Certification,” awarded to LCCC by the National Science Foundation. LCCC approached BU to provide the final two years of the bachelor’s degree program.
BU’s Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Technical Leadership is the first program of its type within PASSHE and second in Pennsylvania. Similar programs exist in more than 30 states.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.