Carlow University-Partner4Work Agreement Helps Students Earn Credits

Carlow University and Partner4Work have entered into an articulation agreement to provide a pathway to college for young adults who are participants in the Professional Certificate in IT.

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Articulation Agreement Develops Pathway for Students to Receive 6 College Credits

Pittsburgh, Pa. –Carlow University and Partner4Work have entered into an articulation agreement that will enable young adults, ages 16-24, to earn college credits that they can apply to an undergraduate major at Carlow.

“The purpose of this partnership is to develop a pathway for completers of P4W’s Professional Certificate in Information Technology (IT) Support to receive six general elective credits to begin an undergraduate program at Carlow,” said Rachael Afolabi Royes, EdD, executive director of Carlow’s Hub for Workforce Development and Digital Learning Innovation.  “This partnership benefits the students by offering credit based on previously learned knowledge and skills, and benefits Carlow with a potential stream of undergraduate students.”

On the evening of December 5, 25 graduates of Partner4Work’s program came to Carlow University for a reception in their honor and to learn more about the university and the opportunities it can provide to build on their current skill set and connect them to future careers that will benefit them and, ultimately, the western Pennsylvania region.

“The College of Leadership and Social Change at Carlow University is delighted to collaborate with Partner4Work on this opportunity for students,” said Stephanie Wilsey, PhD, interim dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change.  “We’ve identified academic majors that – when paired with strong IT training – make students very marketable to employers.”

Students who elect to attend Carlow can apply the six credits in any of the following academic programs:

• Accounting

• Business Management

• Communication and Media

• Corporate Communication

• Human Resource Management

• Political Science

• Psychology.

Partner4Work is the workforce development organization that connects funding, expertise, and opportunities for employers, job seekers, agencies, and policy makers to develop a thriving workforce in the Pittsburgh area.  The digital skills program is part of Partner4Work’s ongoing efforts to expand the talent pool for tech jobs in the Pittsburgh area.

As a nonprofit grantee, Partner4Work is providing access to 100 scholarships to train young adults with the skills needed to begin an IT career.  Partner4Work is partnering with Auberle and PHASE 4 Learning Center to deliver the program – in which participants receive a stipend, support, and a computer – along with the training.  Google will confer an IT Support Professional Certificate to those who successfully complete the program.

Those seeking more information about this program, can call Auberle at (412) 673-5856, ext. 1317, PHASE 4 Learning Center at (412) 361-6012, or Carlow University Admissions at (412) 578-6059 or via email at


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 four colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, Learning and Innovation, and Professional Studies. 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 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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