Adult learners earn certificates at Penn State York

October 10, 2012

Penn State York recently awarded Business Essentials for Professionals certificates to adult learners who have completed the program. Tracy Bateson, York, Pa.;  Joyce Rohrbaugh, Stewartstown, Pa.; Rick Tyson, York, Pa.; and Thomas Wagaman, York., received certificates from John J. Romano, interim chancellor at Penn State York.

The four adult learners earned their certificates through the Video Learning Network (VLN). Most courses in the VLN are offered in an accelerated seven-week format and taught in a convenient format combining face-to-face sessions with video conferences and online instruction by Penn State instructors. The VLN was created by the Penn state World Campus as a way to give adult learners easy access to a Penn State degree.

VLN classrooms are equipped with high-definition viewing screens, document cameras and other technologies for live interaction among faculty and students at the course origination site and up to three other sites.

“The VLN technology provides the ability to network learners in geographically separated locations and connects the students in a rich learning experience through natural real-time interaction,” said Jeff Warner, coordinator of the VLN program at York. “The certificates are milestones, and you can build a degree with them. Certificates can be applied toward an associate or bachelor’s degree in business or stand alone as an additional credential for a resume.”

The Business Essentials for Professionals credit certificate is designed specifically for adult learners who need an accelerated and convenient way to earn a credit certificate and want knowledge and skills in the management of information systems, effective communication, selling techniques and management principles. The 12-credit certificate can be earned in less than one year and is a way for students to build their resume and advance their career. Courses in the certificate also apply toward degree programs.

In addition to the Business Essentials for Professional certificate, other certificates are offered through the VLN. For more information, visit, email or contact Warner at 717-771-4015.


  • John J. Romano, chancellor of Penn State York, left, congratulated adult learners Tracy Bateson, Joyce Rohrbaugh and Thomas Wagaman.

    IMAGE: Jeff Warner

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Last Updated October 11, 2012