Achievable & Affordable Post-Secondary Education: What Makes NPRC An Accessible College in PA
August 25, 2021 5:10 pm
August 25, 2021 5:10 pm
The Northern Pennsylvania Regional College provides affordable associate degrees and workforce development training for high school students, adult learners, and employees. By offering institutional aid and accepting local scholarships, we are committed to making degrees affordable to anyone with the motivation to apply and complete the coursework. NPRC also offers a variety of payment options for all students, regardless of their financial circumstances.
NPRC also excels in offering accessible courses through distance learning capabilities in classrooms throughout the nine counties we serve. Not unlike community colleges, NPRC is an open-enrollment college requiring no tests or entrance exams; all you need to register for classes is a high school diploma. We present a unique offering of post-secondary education that combines the benefits of an in-person learning environment with the accessibility offered by distance learning via technology, making it more achievable for students and adult learners when compared to other options.
The main element separating NPRC from online colleges in Pennsylvania is its synchronous learning model, which means it allows for a class of students to attend their course at a particular time and learn simultaneously from one or multiple locations. To achieve this, NPRC does utilize some aspects of distance learning, particularly video conferencing in the classroom. This element was successfully put to the test during the COVID-19 pandemic, when in-person, site-based learning was either difficult or impossible. Our historical use of distance learning technology made us more prepared than other institutions to continue education during a difficult time. Distance learning in a community classroom allows students to attend classes without having to relocate, keeps interaction with other students and instructors personal, and expands their network with students from other counties and communities near them.
NPRC has classroom locations throughout nine counties: Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango, and Warren. Classes typically take place after 2:00 p.m. in more than 25 community locations throughout the region; these locations are commonly found within 30 minutes of our students. NPRC is strategically returning to site-based instruction this fall at 12 instructional locations.
We partner with high schools, businesses, and existing community education entities to bring in video technology to power classroom learning right in our own communities. With an additional focus on achievability, NPRC offers smaller class sizes and a student-to-faculty ratio of 4:1 with direct support from Student Engagement Specialists. NPRC also facilitates institutional aid for students who may normally qualify for traditional financial aid.
NPRC is an educational institution that prioritizes affordability, accessibility, and achievability above all else. In order to offer this in a college experience for our students, community locations are utilized to deliver class instruction at multiple sites across the region using live interactive technology. We continue to partner with local facilities such as community education councils, career and technical centers, schools, and businesses to be able to devote more resources to the education of our communities. For dual enrollment, associate degrees, workforce development courses, and more, we encourage you to explore everything NPRC has to offer.