Local Student Receives Award from Central Penn College

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Academic Dean Kathy Andersen (right) presents Chireen Townsend with Central Penn College's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Leadership at a Black History Month luncheon February 15.

SUMMERDALE, PA (02/29/2012)(readMedia)-- Chireen Townsend of Philadelphia, a Central Penn College criminal justice administration and accounting student, has received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Leadership. Townsend is a student ambassador and serves on the judiciary committee for the college, holding other students accountable for their actions.

"Chireen embodies a natural leader in her activities at Central Penn," says Academic Dean Kathy Andersen.

Students are nominated by the faculty and staff of Central Penn. Townsend was one of four Central Penn College students awarded for their outstanding performance in the areas of academic excellence, community service, leadership and character during the college's February 15 Black History Month luncheon.

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Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, offering bachelor's and associate degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security and legal studies. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn's most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 83.7 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu