HACC campuses to remain closed through spring semester

2 min read611 views and 85 shares Posted September 9, 2020

Harrisburg Area Community College has announced that its five campuses will remain mostly closed through the spring semester.

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HACC campuses – Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, and Lebanon – will limit in-person classes to courses which require experiential/hands-on components.

“The safety and well-being of our students and employees continues to be our top priority,” stated said HACC President Dr. John “Ski” Sygielski in a release.

“I know it has not been easy for our students and employees to juggle family, school and work responsibilities while maintaining their and their family’s well-being. However, I continue to be impressed and inspired by our students and employees who have worked so hard to make the successful transition of HACC’s instruction and services to online.”

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The college is currently in the process of divesting the HACC Lebanon campus, although it plans to remain a presence in the Lebanon community and even lease space in the campus building on an ongoing basis.

Read More: [Letter] HACC is not leaving Lebanon

In late December, the Lebanon City Council approved a plan from Sherry Capello that would see city municipal operations move from the Lebanon County-City Building to the HACC building. The resolution specifies that settlement for the property should be made by Jan. 1, 2021, with the price not to exceed $2.2 million dollars.

Read More: Council greenlights HACC purchase; Capello lays out downtown vision

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The Lebanon campus re-opened in 1990 following its destruction in a fire that killed firefighter Tim Stine. Philanthropist and businessperson Francis “Frank” J. Dixon has been widely recognized as the key person in the rebuilding of the Lebanon Campus of HACC, including by HACC President John Sygielski, who said in 2013 that the campus owed its presence to Dixon.

Here is a 2016 video tour of the HACC campus, which notes that it is the only downtown location in the five campus college system.

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