Allegany Career Center Students to Earn Credit Hours Toward Potomac State CJ, Hospitality Degrees

Articulation Agreement

Signing articulation agreements are Douglas Wilmes, dean for curriculum and instruction at Potomac State College (PSC) of WVU and Deborah Bittinger, principal/supervisor of the Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education (CCTE). The agreements allow CCTE students who meet the criteria to earn college credits in the Criminal Justice Associate of Arts (A.A) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Hospitality and Tourism A.A.S. degree programs at PSC. Standing from left are: PSC’s Chef Thomas Vieli, assistant professor of Hospitality and Tourism; Andrea Bucklew, associate professor of Criminal Justice; and CCTE’s Shawn Grove, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice instructor; and Phil Carter, Culinary instructor.

Articulation agreements were recently signed between Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University and the Allegany County Center for Career and Technical Education (CCTE).

The first agreement will allow students who complete the Law Enforcement/Public Safety program at the CCTE with a grade of “C” or better and who enroll in either PSC’s Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs in Criminal Justice will receive credit for CJ 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits) at PSC.

The second agreement will allow students who complete the Culinary Arts program at CCTE with a grade of “C” or better and who enroll in PSC’s Hospitality and Tourism A.A.S. program will receive credit for HTOR 120, Sanitation (2 credits) at PSC.

According to Douglas Wilmes, dean for curriculum and instruction at PSC, this is an excellent example of how secondary and higher education systems can work together for the betterment of the student.

Deborah Bittinger, principal/supervisor of the CCTE, stressed the importance of creating a seamless curriculum for students that extends beyond the traditional PreK-12 school experience. “The students of our school system are the true beneficiaries of this partnership. We hope it continues to develop with the addition of other courses and services,” said Principal Bittinger.

The articulation agreement will be effective beginning fall 2012.

For further information about Potomac State College’s educational opportunities in Criminal Justice and Hospitality and Tourism, call Enrollment Services at 800-262-7332 or 304-788-6820, or visit the web at www.potomacstatecollege.edu.