Milton Hershey School, Penn College formalize partnership

PHOTO PROVIDED Representatives from Pennsylvania College of Technology and Milton Hershey School gather for the signing of an agreement formalizing a partnership supporting MHS graduates’ success at the college. Seated, from left, are Tanya Baynham, vice president of graduate programs for success at Milton Hershey School; and Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management and associate provost at Penn College. Standing, from left, are Dave Curry, director, career and technical education; Sheila Ciotti, manager, college and career preparation; and Keri Ambrocik higher education support specialist, all from MHS; and Melissa M. Stocum, academic skills specialist academic mentoring program; Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions; and Kathleen V. McNaul, manager of academic services and international programs, all from Penn College.

Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Milton Hershey School are partnering to provide support to help students from MHS succeed at Penn College.

Representatives from both institutions recently signed a memorandum of understanding that formalizes and expands the collaboration, specifying steps to be taken to attract more MHS students to Penn College while improving their retention and graduation rates.

As part of the agreement, Milton Hershey School will support recruitment of its students to Penn College, collaborate with college transitions and academic support staff at Penn College regarding support programs, assist with data collection and analysis, invite representatives of the college to the school’s annual college fair events and include Penn College information in MHS student and sponsor guidebooks and catalogs.

Penn College will extend the in-state tuition rate to all Milton Hershey School graduates, invite MHS students to spring and fall open house events and to program-specific academic campus tours, schedule admissions counselors to visit MHS career fairs and classes, and invite MHS students to visit Penn College representatives annually at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

In addition, the college will make available a variety of services to MHS students through its Financial Aid Office, College Transitions, the Academic Success Center and Student Activities. MHS graduates will be assisted in applying for work study and campus employment when appropriate.

The college also will offer MHS the opportunity to participate in the Penn College NOW dual enrollment program, which allows students in high school or career and technology centers to earn college credit during the school day at no cost to themselves or their families.