Registration open

Westmoreland County Community College is currently holding registration for 12-week credit classes, which are scheduled to begin Sept. 5. Enrollment is open to new and returning students, as well as high school juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements. Classes will be conducted online and at the college’s seven locations, including the Westmoreland-Advanced Technology Center near Mount Pleasant and Westmoreland-Fayette County in Uniontown. Registration services available to students include academic advising, career counseling and financial aid assistance. New students must complete an admission application prior to registering for classes. Information: or 724-925-4077.

Nursing partnership

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, and Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) announced an agreement that will offer graduates of WCCC’s registered nursing program a 25% tuition adjustment and merit- and need-based scholarships of up to $3,000 for eligible applicants to attend Penn State Fayette’s RN to BSN program, which can be completed in one year. Enrollment has begun for eligible students for the fall 2019 semester. Admissions counselors are available to assist in the application process and waive the application fee. Information: Penn State Fayette Admissions Office, 724-430-4130 or

ESL degree offered

California University of Pennsylvania and Intermediate Unit 1 signed a five-year agreement for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers who are seeking a master’s degree to enroll in Cal U’s online Master of Education in ESL. Under the agreement, teachers who have taken ESL courses offered by IU1 can apply to Cal U and, if accepted, enroll as tuition-paying students to complete the 30-credit degree. Cal U will accept up to nine credits earned through the IU’s ESL program in select courses. All Cal U coursework can be completed online. Information:

New programs

California University of Pennsylvania is offering two new concentrations within the criminal justice degree beginning this fall.

n A forensic investigation concentration allows students to apply their knowledge of forensic science to the complex task of investigating crime scenes. Building on their knowledge of criminal justice principles, forensic science and the law, students learn to utilize physical evidence to assist in solving crimes.

n A cyber forensics concentration builds knowledge and skills for students with an interest in computer forensics and solving cyber crimes. Students learn to contribute to criminal investigations by un-deleting files, restoring social media data, identifying encryption techniques and analyzing cellphone records.

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