Discovery Day: October 19, 2016


Interested in learning more about the Knight Life? Join us for Discovery Day, October 19, 2016!

Discovery Day is an opportunity for prospective high school students to get a glimpse into what it is like to live the Knight Life! During the event prospective students will spend their morning as a member of our campus. Attendees will be partnered with current students and accompany them to their morning classes. Our students host will then provide attendees with a personal tour of campus. Parents are welcome to attend and sessions will be available that outline the Central Penn College admissions and financial aid processes. The event will conclude as Parents and students are reunited to join the admissions team for lunch in the Knight & Day Café.

Discovery Day will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at our Summerdale Campus from 8:45 am-1:00 p.m.

If you are interested in registering for Discovery Day, click here to register or Call 1-800-759-2727

45th Annual Education Foundation Golf Outing For Scholarships


By Curtis Voelker

On Aug. 29, faculty, staff, students and alumni of Central Penn College as well as donors and supporters of the Education Foundation came together for the 45th Annual Central Penn College Education Foundation Golf Outing held at Rich Valley Golf Course in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

More than $30,000 was raised at the golf outing to support Central Penn student scholarships.

Three scholarships also were awarded to current students: Tyree Tucker, Tyler Willis and Ashlyn Bartlebaugh.

Thank you to everyone who attended or supported the 45th annual golf outing and special thanks to Education Foundation Assistant Director Sandy Box and her golf outing committee for putting together another “hole in one” event!

#CPCAccepted Exclusive


One of the many opportunities our future Knights have to learn more about our campus is our Fall Campus Preview event. On Friday, Aug. 12, 40 of our fall 2016 accepted students and their families joined our campus community for a fun and informative day.

Students and families joined our faculty and staff for breakfast, while learning about the value of a Central Penn College degree and experience with our Chief Diversity Officer, Romeo Azondekon. During the event, students were given the opportunity to complete their placement exams, meet potential classmates and interact with current students during our campus club meet and greet and scavenger hunt. Parents were given the opportunity to meet with financial aid as well as hear from campus support services and learn about the various scholarship opportunities available to our students.

Congratulations to all of our #CPCAccepted 2016!

Upcoming 2016 Base Camp Summit


By Tiffanie Falkenstein

Central Penn College will be hosting local high schools at our 2016 Basecamp Summit on Monday, November 7. Basecamp Summit is a bridge program designed to assist juniors and seniors as they transition to life after high school. Central Penn College staff and facilities will provide valuable lessons on relevant topics to help students prepare for their future.

Topics include:

  • Top 10 Things to Avoid in Your Job Search
  • Financial Literacy 101
  • How to Deal with Conflicts in College
  • Don’t Just Survive…THRIVE!
  • Intelligence…No Longer an Option
  • Making a Difference on Your Campus and BEYOND!
  • Intro to Criminal Justice- The Forensic Process


Free lunch, campus tours and transportation reimbursement for local high schools provided!

Contact Naydia Bonner at 717-728-2425 or to register.

Central Penn College Homecoming Court 2016


Central Penn College’s Homecoming Weekend is Oct. 21-22. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at the Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The court will be announced on Sept. 8 at the Late Night Breakfast. The three males and three females on the court will campaign on campus.

Homecoming Court VOTING will be open Oct. 3-14. Central Penn students, faculty and staff will be able to vote for a king and queen. Each winner will receive $50 to go to the charity of their choice.

A Message From President Scolforo

dr. scolforo redWelcome to Central Penn College! As the ninth President, I am honored to serve a dedicated team of faculty and staff members and a talented and diverse group of students who appreciate the value of strong connections between higher education and the workforce. Through partnerships with our local business and community leaders, we forge the relationships needed to critically assess our programs for industry relevance, engage our students in valuable internships and positively influence the employability of our graduates.

Upon arrival at Central Penn a little more than three years ago, I installed comment boxes in all of our academic buildings and online. This enabled our students to communicate directly with me at their leisure and, as a result, weigh in on campus priorities as they relate to student success. For example, it was through valuable student feedback that we were able to understand the need for The Underground, the student union which houses our Capital BlueCross Theatre, the Writing and Learning Center, the fitness center and professional dance studio, and the student game room and lounge. It was as a result of student feedback that we developed four new baccalaureate degrees in the medical field, and designed our state-of-the-industry Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Health Sciences Building. Student suggestions led to the renovation of our townhouses to the newly designed super suites, where students enjoy private rooms and engaging living and learning environments. Students drove the renovation of the cafeteria, to the Knight and Day Café. All this, and we are just getting started! You, too, have the power to contribute to the future of Central Penn College. You, too, can engage in leadership opportunities, form new clubs, participate in service activities, and leave your own personal legacy at an institution that dates back to 1881.

Don’t be surprised to see me sporting my megaphone at group meetings or speaking engagements. I believe in relating face to face, and you can count on me to be your biggest cheerleader as you pursue your education at Central Penn College. Best wishes for great success! Hope to see you on campus soon.

Let’s get Social!
Twitter: @KarenMScolforo
Facebook: /PresidentScolforo

New Health Programs Added at Central Penn

Check out what’s new at Central Penn College! Students applying to Central Penn can now consider three new additional Bachelor of Science degree offerings: Health Science, Healthcare Management, and Radiology Sciences. The new programs are now enrolling for Fall 2015.

NewHealthProgramsWith the aging of the baby boomer generation and the changes implemented by the Affordable Care Act, the need for skilled medical professionals in all areas is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. “Pennsylvania is already experiencing healthcare workforce shortages and could face even more shortages as older healthcare employees retire and younger workforce members relocate or change jobs creating a greater demand for health care,”  says Dr. Krista Wolfe, Dean for the School of Health Sciences.  “Central Penn College believes there is a substantial current and future need for physical therapists, occupational therapists and physician assistants to handle anticipated increases in the number of Pennsylvanians seeking medical attention.  The predicted mass retirement of the Baby Boomers along with the current shortage of healthcare practitioners, and the resulting inadequacy in meeting the health care needs of the current population drove the college to expand their offerings in the health sciences in order to meet these demands.”


Bachelor of Science in Health Science

The Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree program is a transitional program which will qualify students for a graduate level healthcare education required for employment in multiple high-level healthcare fields including: physical therapist, occupational therapist and physician’s assistant. The program will help students develop and enhance leadership skills, learn how to communicate effectively with patients and fellow healthcare professionals, gain understanding into the psychological effects of disability and how to teach patients and caregivers to cope with those disabilities.


Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management degree program will prepare students to meet the demands of an ever-changing healthcare system. Students will develop and enhance leadership skills, learn to understand and apply business concepts to the healthcare industry and apply critical thinking skills in order to make informed business decisions. The program will prepare students for careers in management, administrative or educational positions within the industry. They will also be prepared to pursue higher academic goals through acceptance into a master’s degree program.


Bachelor of Science in Radiology Sciences

The Bachelor of Science in Radiology Sciences is targeted at medical imaging professionals credentialed and working in the field. It is a transitional program intended to give professionals the opportunity to earn business and management education and skills. The focus of this program will be to expand the student’s leadership skills to further their careers into supervisory positions. Students also will be able to pursue higher level imaging careers such as the registered radiologic assistant. In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Radiology Sciences degree will allow professionals to pursue positions in medical imaging education.


To learn more about these new programs, visit Central Penn’s website, or contact admissions at or 1-800-759-2727.


For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

Central Penn Students Get Hands-On Experience

Hands-on education is important at Central Penn College. It’s so important that it’s one of our Big Eight Philosophies! Hands-on education components look different in various courses across different programs, but it’s an important element of every student’s education. Just last week, on Thursday, May 7, 2015 students in the Legal StudiesMedical Assisting, and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs experienced some great hands-on learning opportunities.

HandsOn1Professor Randi Teplitz‘s Principles of Legal Research class and members of the Legal Studies Society attended a field trip to McNees, Wallace, & Nurick, one of Harrisburg’s largest law firms, on May 7. During the trip, students participated in a round table discussion with paralegals working in its litigation, family law, estate planning, and intellectual property departments. In addition, presentations were given by its Human Resources Department, Technology Department, and an attorney who is a partner at the firm. It was a great day for the students to talk with people working in the highest echelon of the profession. McNees, Wallace & Nurick is one of the most respected law firms in central Pennsylvania and this was an invaluable learning experience for the students involved.

HandsOn2Also on May 7, a group of Medical Assisting and Occupational Therapy Assisting students participated as guides and in stations at the Pinnacle Children’s Health Fair with Professor Nikki Marhefka. Central Penn students have been helping with this event for many years, and the students continue to have an enjoyable and educational day working with the PinnacleHealth Auxiliary and employees to help the third graders from the area learn about good health.

Want to learn more about hands-on education at Central Penn? Contact admissions by email or by phone at 1-800-759-2727 to schedule a visit to campus!


For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here to visit our ‘Disclosures’ page.

Closer Look Weekend 2015

On Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, more than 80 students and many of their family members visited Central Penn College for Closer Look Weekend 2015! All of the visiting students had already been accepted to the college and were there to get their closer look at college life and life at Central Penn. Some came just for the day, but many stayed overnight on campus paired up with a current student!

CentralPennBowling9It was a very busy weekend; below is a list of just some of what this awesome group participated in!

Everyone had a great time – future students, current students, families, the admissions team, and all of the faculty and staff who were part of the weekend.

For accepted students who weren’t able to make it to Closer Look Weekend, stay tuned – we’ll have Fall Campus Preview, an orientation day just for fall students, on Friday, August 7!

For all of the juniors out there, get excited – this will be YOU getting your closer look at Central Penn College next year!


Financial Aid Deadline

Have you submitted your FAFSA? The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and if you’re planning on starting at Central Penn College anytime in the next year, you will need to complete the FAFSA if you haven’t done so already. Central Penn’s recommended deadline was this week, so make sure top get started right away!

[box type=”info”] If you’re a Pennsylvania resident, it’s especially important to submit your FAFSA by May 1 at the absolute latest so that you can be considered for the PA state grant.[/box]

If you haven’t submitted your FAFSA yet, here are some helpful tips for you to finish it up as soon as possible!

  1. If you haven’t already gotten a PIN, go to to request yours as soon as possible.
  2. When you have your pin, start your FAFSA at
  3. To save lots of time and paperwork, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for both students and parents.
  4. Make sure to add Central Penn’s school code to your FAFSA! Our school code is 004890.
  5. Answer every question on the FAFSA, even if it seems unnecessary!

campusMost students will be asked to complete additional financial aid paperwork, so be on the lookout for calls and emails from Kelly Fox, your Financial Planning Coordinator. If you want to be proactive and get in touch with her, you can reach Kelly at or 717-728-2246. To see more details on the additional financial aid steps that may be required of you, visit Central Penn’s financial aid website.

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