Carlow University Hosts Celebration of High School to College Program on August 3

Carlow University will celebrate with 62 Pittsburgh Public School students who completed the high school to college program this summer and earned college credit.

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62 Pittsburgh Public School Students Complete College Courses This Summer

Celebration Takes Place Thursday, August 3, from 6 to 8 PM on Carlow’s Campus

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University, the Neighborhood Learning Alliance, the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, and 62 students and their families from the Pittsburgh Public Schools will gather in the atrium of Carlow’s AJ. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm, to celebrate completing the college courses the students took this summer.

“Last year, Carlow offered a business management course for 22 students,” said Howard Stern, PhD, coordinator of the program who taught the business management course last year, and who is also the director of the MBA program at Carlow.  “This year, there were three classes offered to 62 students.”

The classes, which were all taught by Carlow faculty, were:

• Adolescent Psychology, taught by Stephanie Wilsey, PhD, associate professor and co-chair of undergraduate psychology at Carlow.

• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving with Technology, taught by Rachel Afolabi, PhD, the dean of online and digital learning at Carlow.

• Wellness Across the Adult Lifespan, taught by Lisa Spagnolo, MSN, BSN, RN, a member of the nursing faculty in the College of Health and Wellness at Carlow.

The 62 students, who range in age from 16 to 18, all attend Pittsburgh Public High Schools.

“These students were challenged and evaluated, as in any rigorous college-level class,” said Stern.  “Because of last year’s success, Carlow and its partners, the Neighborhood Learning Alliance and the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation agreed to triple the program.”

Last year, 22 students enrolled in the business management class, and all 22 passed the course with a grade of “C” or better, which earned them three college credits and a $2,000 renewable scholarship to Carlow, if they chose to enroll.  The same promise of college credit and a $2,000 renewable scholarship to Carlow awaits this year’s students, however, the finals for this year’s classes will be taken earlier in the day on Thursday, August 3, so the final results will not be known at the celebration.


Editor’s Note:  The news media is welcome to cover the celebrationand speak with the students, parents, faculty, and community partners who will be in attendance.  Please contact Drew Wilson on his cell phone at (412) 260-6807 to arrange free, convenient parking.

About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s eleven athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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