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Instructor Mike Holtzinger programs an exercise into the mobile heavy equipment simulator for student Jason Ticknor in January. Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is waiting on approval from agencies before its associate degree program rolls out.
Instructor Mike Holtzinger programs an exercise into the mobile heavy equipment simulator for student Jason Ticknor in January. Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology is waiting on approval from agencies before its associate degree program rolls out. nmark@centredaily.com

Though the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology hasn’t yet rolled out its associate degree program, that doesn’t mean students can’t work toward a two-year degree already.

Vice President of Postsecondary Education Todd Taylor said the school is enrolling students in diploma programs and “will look to articulate hours into credits for interested degree students.”

CPI is waiting on approvals from the regional accrediting agency and the U.S. Department of Education before an associate degree program starts, Taylor said.

Approvals are needed for federal financial aid.

CPI already has three associate degree programs approved — health care management, advanced manufacturing and heavy diesel construction with an emphasis in Case construction.

The heavy diesel construction program is a partnership with the Case Corp. and its local dealer, Groff Tractor & Equipment, of Bellefonte.

CPI is one of four Case schools in North America, Taylor said.

Taylor said the school is also working on a technical degree program in partnership with Caterpillar, Cleveland Brothers and Ariel Corp., and it is seeking a local partner for the planned Health Sciences Building.

CPI’s Health Sciences Building will house medical diploma and two-year degree programs, including medical technician, surgical technician and occupational therapy assistant, according to documents from a site review.

Taylor said it’s planned to be built in the back of the main campus facility adjacent to Interstate 99, with an estimated construction start time in the spring and completion by spring 2018.

The cost is estimated at about $14 million, Taylor said.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

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