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PSNK to offer degree program in organizational leadership

| Friday, Nov. 26, 2004

UPPER BURRELL -- Penn State New Kensington will begin offering a degree program in January created expressly for adult students.

The bachelor's degree in organizational leadership is geared for working adults looking to climb the ladder into leadership and management positions, or for those looking to re-enter the work force, according Jan Orris, the Upper Burrell campus' director of continuing education.

"It's very flexible, so students can focus on their own professional goals," he said.

Aside from a core of communication, writing and leadership classes, students can take classes in one of three focus areas: employer and employee relations, law and policy, or workplace dynamics.

In addition to business professionals, Orris said the degree is appropriate for law enforcement and government workers.

"You can tailor it to your own needs," Orris said.

He said the program is unique in that it is not open to more traditional students coming to PSNK just out of high school.

Eligible students must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • be 24 years old or older.
  • be a military veteran.
  • be returning to school after four or more years of employment or caring for a home.
  • assume multiple "adult" roles such as parent, spouse, employee and student.

    Many of the courses will be offered in the afternoons and evenings to meet a working schedule, and Orris said some classes may be offered on Saturdays starting next fall.

    He said the degree can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis, which would determine how long a student takes to earn the 123-credit degree.

    Credits obtained by previous associate degrees or partially completed degrees may be applicable toward the bachelor's degree.

    Orris said Penn State's College of Liberal Arts first offered the degree this fall, and PSNK is accepting applicants for the spring semester.

    The campus is starting to publicize the program and does not yet have any applicants, Orris said. However, he said information about the program soon should be mailed to Penn State alumni and brochures will be available soon.

    The degree in organizational leadership will be PSNK's seventh bachelor's degree program. The Upper Burrell campus also offers eight associate's degree programs and a master's degree program in education. Additional Information:


    For more information

    Contact Penn State New Kensington's Office of Continuing Education at 724-334-6010, or log on to the Web site .

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