Guthrie Memorial Library, Penn State York partner to offer classes

Guthrie Penn State classes

Gary Shelly teachers an algebra class Nov. 7 at Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover as part of its dual enrollment program with Penn State York. (SUBMITTED)

DEB SULLIVAN
On the Shelves

The library is often called “The People’s University,” a place where everyone can go to learn. I personally have used it that way myself, delving into subject after subject over the years. After all, libraries excel in connecting people to reliable information and experts.

Building on that concept, I recently discovered a new program at one of our York County Libraries that takes it to the next level. The initiative provides a real university learning opportunity within the walls of a library. I love that! Libraries are all about lifelong learning, and who is better equipped to teach than a university?

Penn State York is now offering college classes at Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover. They are in the midst of the first semester of courses and are preparing to offer three classes next term, which runs from January through April.

The courses are taught by Penn State faculty at the library, for high school students eager to get a head start on college and for adult learners who are taking advantage of getting their course credits at this convenient location.

“It just makes so much sense to have a partnership like this with the library,” said Jeff Warner, Penn State York interim registrar. “We thought, what would be a more suitable location to hold courses than a library?”

Both organizations are repositories of knowledge, and students can do course work and research right there. This is the first time Penn State York has partnered with Guthrie Memorial Library.

“The instructors love it, the facility is great and the staff is very accommodating,” Warner said.

Through its regular delivery of educational programs, the library provides an ideal learning environment.

Recently, when WGAL TV and The Hanover Evening Sun presented a “Town Hall” to spur community conversation, students from Professor August Schulz’s effective speech class attended.

“It was a real gold situation,” said Schulz, who said the event offered a good way for them to talk about how the media representatives and community members communicated.

Lisa Kane, Guthrie Memorial Library’s director of development, is the impetus behind this new program. A teacher by trade, Kane brought administrators from five area high schools and Penn State University together to determine how to make a dual enrollment program available to junior and senior high school students. The result was an offering of evening classes.

“Penn State York offers small class sizes and the professors are excellent,” Kane said.

She especially likes that students can stay close to home while earning credits at a reduced rate from a reputable school.

Penn State is extending a 50 percent reduction in tuition to qualifying junior and senior high school students taking classes at Guthrie. Another bonus is that students who consistently maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA in their course work can apply for a $1,000 Penn State York scholarship.

Deborah Sullivan is community relations director for the York County Library System.

Spring 2013 classes
Registration for spring 2013 classes is underway. Penn State York will be offering effective speech, statistics and psychology courses at Guthrie Memorial Library. High school juniors and seniors who have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, or a combined SAT I score of 1,000 or higher are eligible for this dual enrollment program. For details, contact Penn State York Admissions Counselor LeighAnn Myers at 717-771-4040. Adult learners interested in taking classes at Guthrie Memorial Library can contact Penn State York Interim Registrar Jeff Warner at 717-771-4056 for registration details.

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