August 11, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 32
Your Weekly Commission Update
Community colleges play an important 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.
Community College: Affordable Pathway to a Four-Year Degree
Brittany Halbsgut, a Community College of Philadelphia alumna, is on track to graduate from he University of Pennsylvania in December, and she said she is doing it debt-free thanks to community college. The Philadelphia Inquirer article was prompted by a LinkedIn post by Ms. Halbsgut, touting the benefits of her college path.
Partnership Benefits Job Seekers and Businesses during Pandemic
Partners4Work, the Community College of Allegheny County and other organizations are joining with IBM to launch the Service Corps Reignite program in Pittsburgh to support businesses, job seekers and nonprofits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Program offerings will be adapted locally, depending the region's needs.
Meet Starkisha: Single Mother of Seven Achieving Her Dreams
Many community college students work full-time jobs and raise children while taking classes. Starkisha Williams, an early care and education student at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, works over 40 hours a week, while being a single mother to seven. She chose HACC because it provided her the flexibility to earn her degree and helped her show her children to “never put your dreams aside.”
Continuing Coverage
PA Community Colleges Respond to COVID-19 as Situation Evolves
Pennsylvania community colleges continue to evaluate their response to COVID-19. As guidance changes, the most up-to-date information from each community college is available through the Commission's website.
Milestones & Birthdays
Congratulations to Noe Ortega on being named the next Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education!

Congratulations to Robert Farinelli on recently being appointed the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Did you miss our Facebook Chat with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale yesterday? Don't worry! The video is online here.
Happy (belated) Birthday to Congressman Mike Doyle, Jr., Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Sen. Pat Stefano, Rep. Martin Causer, Rep. Jeanne McNeill, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.