June 2, 2021
Special Edition | Volume 3 | Issue 22
An Investment in Community Colleges
Gets Pennsylvanians Back to Work
Pennsylvania lawmakers considering the fiscal year 2021-22 budget are tasked with a unique challenge as they determine how to best leverage federal funds to grow Pennsylvania’s economy. One priority should be getting Pennsylvanians back to work.

Some experts – like David Deming, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School – believe community colleges could be the answer. In an article in the New York Times, Deming made a strong case for funding these educational cornerstones last year, writing, “…community college job training programs substantially increase participants’ earnings, and because tuition costs are relatively low, they typically provide a good return on public investment.”

Here in Pennsylvania, the affordable career-focused workforce training courses offered by community colleges – which allow displaced workers to retrain or upskill for jobs that are in-demand now – are essential to the Commonwealth’s economic recovery. In 2019-20, community colleges partnered with 1,811 local employers across the Commonwealth to provide $10.1M of customized training for more than 75,000 Pennsylvania workers, and trained another 12,705 through partnerships with WEDNetPA.

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Community colleges play a critical role in educating and training current and future generations of workers,
in addition to providing affordable and responsive higher education to thousands of Pennsylvanians every year.