Northwest Savings Bank has made a $25,000 contribution to the Pitt-Bradford to provide tuition support for high school students
in the region who are taking classes through the university’s Bridges andCollege in the High School dual enrollment programs.
The contribution comes through a tax
credit program offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic
This is the second year Northwest
has taken advantage of the program. “Northwest is pleased to be able to
continue providing funds through opportunities made available through tax
credit programs,” said Bill Pantuso, senior vice president, district manager –
Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties.
“Northwest and Pitt-Bradford have
deep roots in the region, and we look forward to future partnerships with them
to help high school students in the region take classes at the university.”
Pitt-Bradford has two kinds of
programs in which students can earn both high school and college credits for
the same course, Bridges and College in the High School. Both programs will
benefit from the Northwest’s contribution.
the Bridges program, high school students attend Pitt-Bradford classes with regular
college students. In College in the High School, which is now offered in 21
high schools throughout the region, qualified teachers teach Pitt-Bradford
courses during regular school time, and students are able to earn college
provided last year through Northwest and other local businesses allowed
Pitt-Bradford to add new districts to the College in the High School program
this fall, including Brookville, Forest, Kane, Port Allegany, Oil City, Johnsonburg
and three more high schools in Warren Area School District.
the Advanced Placement exam, which requires that students make a final score on
an AP test at the end of the semester or year, College in the High School
students follow the same syllabus as the students at Pitt-Bradford, cover the
same material and take the same final exam. Students have the added benefit of
studying a semester’s worth of college material over the course of an entire
20 students are enrolled in 30 on-campus courses through the Bridges program. Last
year, 429 students took 712 courses at 12 high schools through College in the
High School. Courses offered range from first-year math and composition to more
specialized first-year courses such as petroleum technology, cinema, geography,
Spanish, accounting, sociology and more.
who arrive at college with a few credits already under their belts have more
confidence about their ability to do college-level work, said James Baldwin, assistant
dean of academic affairs and registrar at Pitt-Bradford, adding that those
students also find it easier to pursue a double major or other courses.
made its contribution through a special state program that allows it to receive
tax credits for its gift. Companies have to pre-qualify with the state on a
strict schedule, as did Pitt-Bradford.
businesses that must pay certain types of taxes in the state of Pennsylvania
may qualify to redirect up to $750,000 of their PA tax liability to an approved
Educational Improvement Organization such as Pitt-Bradford. The taxes include
Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Franchise Tax, Bank and Trust Company
Shares Tax, Title Insurance Company Shares Tax, Insurance Premiums Tax, Mutual
Thrift Institutions Tax and some Subchapter S-corporations.
more information whether a business may qualify for the Educational Improvement
Tax Credit Program, contact Rick Esch, vice president of business affairs at
Pitt-Bradford, at (814)362-0992 or firstname.lastname@example.org.