Cresson, Pa. – First National Bank of Pennsylvania, (FNB) has made a contribution to Mount Aloysius College in support of the college’s extensive Dual Enrollment Program. The gift of over $5000 was made under Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program.
Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley expressed the gratitude of entire college in accepting the gift from officials of FNB. “Offering high school students the opportunity to advance their degree status in an affordable and timely manner is the central goal of our dual enrollment efforts here,” he said. “We are certainly gratified by the recognition of First National Bank of Pennsylvania in support of our dual enrollment program. FNB are excellent community partners and this generous gift reflects their long-term commitment to education and to this region’s future.“
Mount Aloysius College has almost 900 students enrolled in school districts throughout the central and southwest portion of the Commonwealth. About 40 percent of those students reside in Cambria County. The Mount Aloysius Dual Enrollment program is expanding in Blair, Bedford, Somerset, Westmoreland, Indiana and Clearfield—all contiguous or proximate to Cambria. The College reports that their dual enrollment program is also gaining in popularity in several school districts in both Franklin and Mifflin counties.
Pennsylvania provides tax credits for Educational Improvement Organizations—nonprofit institutions that support innovative programs in public schools. Because of Mount Aloysius College’s efforts at dual enrollment, Mount Aloysius has been designated an Educational Improvement Organization able to receive EITC contributions. Dual enrollment allows high school students to receive college credit for applicable rigorous high school coursework. Credits are earned at reduced cost thus making advancement to college faster and more affordable.
Caption: Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley, second from right, accepts a check from Joyce Knopp, manager of the Cresson, Pa. office of FNB and assistant vice president. From left are: Zachary Craig, vice president and financial advisor for FNB; Mount Aloysius President Foley; Joyce Knopp and Senior Vice President of FNB Gregory J. Winger. The check for over $5,000.00 is a gift to the College made in support of the school’s multi-county dual enrollment program.