Growth is the Word at Venango College

| May 6, 2014

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Venango College not only has added new programs to enhance students’ educational experience, but the college is dedicated to laying the footprint for continued growth and progress in serving the region.

This school year, the college saw expansion of degree and program options, improvements in student life, and continued growth in serving the community. Faculty, staff and students are excited about the upcoming year and the great things currently happening at the campus.

“From the beginning to present Venango College has always and will always be a part of the community. The campus was a result of the local community advocating for higher education,” said Executive Dean of Venango College, Christopher Reber, P.D. “The community continues to support the campus and a lot has been made possible because of community impact. The college is excited about the new programs that will be offered and the expansion of service outreach. We are always thinking about what can be done to advance the immediate needs of the community.”

New Programs at Venango College

  • The college recently added a post-baccalaureate certificate in forensic nursing. Forensic nursing is an area of nursing that bridges the gap between health care and law enforcement. The post-baccalaureate certificate in forensic nursing is a collaborative effort between Venango College’s Nursing and Criminal Justice faculty.
  • A new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program was approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in May. This is the first doctoral degree for Clarion University. The doctorate is a joint program with Edinboro University and is offered online.
  • A four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was also approved by PASSHE. The traditional four-year degree program will be offered on the Clarion campus and will provide students the opportunity to live in a collaborative intellectual environment with other students who have similar academic and career goals.

Plans for New Programs

  • The college is also completing a proposal for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice online degree. This program is for individuals who have earned an associate degree and want to pursue additional education to move into management positions in the criminal justice field.
  • The college is planning to offer a Paralegal Studies associate degree program at the West Penn site in Pittsburgh next year. The program prepares graduates to assist lawyers and thier clients in law offices, courthouses, and governmental institutions.

New Happenings at Venango College

  • Venango College established a new Writing Center for students this year. The college was able to open the center through a grant from Clarion University’s Provost’s office. The center provides peer mentors, tutoring, and resources to assist students in the college writing process.
  • The college has implemented opportunities and programs that support regional goals and the quality of life in Oil City. The campus has a partnership with Oil City’s Main Street prgoram to assist with beautification of the street-scapes.
  • The college has become the new south side polling location for Oil City Precinct 7, creating a great service to the community and an incentive for students to exercise their civic duty.
  • The college partnered with Edinboro University to target dislocated worked with a $350,000 Career Pathways Grant from PASSHE. The two universities collaborate in an effort to bring workforce training and curricula  to dislocated and underemployed workers.

Building for Expansion

A campaign continues to raise $2.2 million to construct the final two buildings of the seven-building student apartment complex. Venango College has raised approximately $500,000 to date.

“We are expecting enrollment growth with new credentials and courses,” Reber said. “We currently have five residential building that are full, providing residence to 89 students. We plan on building a two-story residential building and a three-story residential building. These two building would add room for another 40 students.”

Reber said the addition of residential buildings is an engine to the campus’ growth, providing the opportunity of more students from outside the area to come to the college.

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