Agreement gives high school students head start on computer science degree

Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational School students can get a head start on a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at Harrisburg University thanks to a newly signed articulation agreement between the schools.

Starting in 10th grade, CPAVTS students may start completing a dual-enrollment curriculum designed to promote student success in college.

Those who matriculate as regularly enrolled students at the University will have this coursework recognized for credit. Participating students can earn up to 19 credits at the University via the agreement.

The pact is one of many articulation agreements the University has forged with high schools across the state. In addition to giving students a chance to earn college credits ahead of graduating from high school, the experience provides them with realistic expectations regarding college-level work.

“The University is pleased to help motivate students for college while still in high school,” Harrisburg University President Dr. Eric Darr said of the newly cemented agreement. “The program promotes student success in college and enables students to measure their academic abilities via enrollment in college courses.”

Students enrolled in the program will take one course per semester. The courses include:

  • MATH 104 Special Topics –Principles of Discrete Mathematics.
  • CISC 120 Fundamentals of Computing
  • CISC 160 Data Structures
  • CISC 211 Computer Organization & Architecture.
  • CISC 233 Essential Algorithms

Students in the Computer Science Program may enroll in additional college courses beyond the Computer Science Program. However, a student may not take more than 11 credits per semester. Most students will take 3-6 credits each semester. To complete a course, a student must earn a minimum 2.00 (“C”) on a 4.00 scale.

“The intent of the program is to promote student achievement,” said John Friend, HU Associate Vice President of Secondary School Programs and Agreements. “And these courses are ideal for improving student readiness for University enrollment and success.”

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Harrisburg University is a private non-profit university offering bachelor and graduate degree programs in science, technology, and math fields to a diverse student body. For more information on the University’s affordable demand-driven undergraduate and graduate programs, call 717.901.5146 or email,