Jamestown Community College and Pennsylvania College of Technology have established a seamless pathway for students interested in pursuing an innovative and interdisciplinary degree that incorporates art, design and engineering.
By completing prescribed coursework at Jamestown Community College, students may transfer to Penn College and complete a bachelor's degree in industrial and human factors design.
The degree prepares students to design marketable products in the fields of industrial design and product and packaging design, as well as the emerging and growing field of human factor and sustainable design.
Clifford P. Coppersmith, dean of sciences, humanities and visual communications at Pennsylvania College of Technology - and a Jamestown Community College alumnus - welcomed the new partnership.
"JCC is a great community college and has a reputation for high-quality general education programming and a strong applied-technology tradition," he said.
"Industrial design is an emerging career field with a strong demand for highly qualified practitioners."
Thanks to the collaborative effort, students at Jamestown Community College can preplan their college careers and complete up to 76 credits - and earn an associate degree - prior to transferring to Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Once enrolled at Penn College, the students will complete technical course work in industrial design, engineering and sustainability, and lean manufacturing and quality control.
Students may also elect to complete a concentration area from mobile-device development or plastic-part design, or complete one of nine approved minors applicable to the degree.
"I am confident this articulation agreement will further the missions of both JCC and Penn College," said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial and human factors design at Penn College.
"Both institutions will guide students in developing a combination of creative and technical abilities suitable for the emerging world of design."