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Franklin University Enters into Partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

For Immediate Release: June 2, 2011

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Mapleton Depot, PA —

  Often, adults who have already attained some college credits find that the pressures of work and family responsibilities make it difficult to continue their education to the bachelor’s degree level.  Now, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Franklin University have a way to help make a college education more accessible.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has entered into an agreement with Columbus, Ohio-based Franklin University to offer students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees by combining on-campus courses at Pennsylvania Highlands with online courses through Franklin.   A student earns an associate’s degree and completes “bridge” courses - courses reviewed and approved by Franklin but taught by Pennsylvania Highlands faculty - all while simultaneously taking online classes through Franklin University to complete a bachelor’s degree.  Bridge courses provide both a convenience and cost benefit to students by allowing them to complete their third year on the community college campus at the community college tuition rate.

Majors are offered in 29 high-demand fields: Accounting; Allied Healthcare Management; Applied Management; Applied Psychology; Business Administration; Business Economics; Business Forensics; Computer Science; Criminal Justice, eMarketing; Financial Management; Financial Planning; Forensic Accounting; Healthcare Information Systems Management; Healthcare Management; Human Resources Management; Information Security, Information Technology; Interactive Media Design; Interdisciplinary Studies; Management; Management Information Sciences; Marketing; Operations & Supply Chain Management; Organizational Communication; Public Relations; Public Safety Management; Safety, Security & Emergency Management; and Web Development. An MBA, an M.S. in Accounting, an M.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Instructional Design & Performance Technology, and an M.S. in Marketing & Communication are also available online and on campus.

Students have responded enthusiastically to the convenient online format and the ability to fit classes into their daily schedules.  They have the benefit of belonging to two schools at one time through access to Franklin’s resources in addition to those at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Franklin’s resources include academic advising, a technology help desk, and a library system. Each student also is assigned an Academic Advisor who provides support and guidance by answering questions about transcripts, financial aid, or even how to purchase textbooks.

Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations and in Beavercreek, as well as at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in addition to online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new Certificate in Criminal Justice and Logistics Management major) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University’s MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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