April 2, 2019
Volume 1 | Issue 13
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.
Associate Degrees Linked to Better Employment and Earnings
A recent study by the American Council on Education says students who earn an associate degree are more likely to have jobs, earn higher wages and own a home, among other things. The research follows other findings by Belfield and Bailey that found students who earn an associate degree can expect to earn anywhere between $4,640 and $7,160 more per year.
Colleges Partner on Manufacturing Innovation Programs
Westmoreland County Community College has partnered with  Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) in Pittsburgh on an ambitious plan to develop a technician training program in emerging technologies. ARM is one of the 14 manufacturing innovation institutes created as part of a federal program to revitalize American manufacturing.
Community College Hosts "Women in STEM" Lecture
The Luzerne County Community College Science Club held a "Women in STEM" lecture last week. Members of the science faculty at the college and local women employed in STEM presented research and information on careers in the STEM field.
Radiologic Program Receives Top Accreditation Award
The Radiologic Technology Program at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College , was recently reaccredited for eight years , the maximum award of accreditation given by the J oint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology . HACC’s Radiologic Technology associate degree program is offered in cooperation with affiliated hospitals, physician’s offices and medical imaging centers in the region.
Birthdays & Milestones
Hope you Enjoy a Fabulous Year!
Happy (belated) birthday to Sen. Sharif Street , Sen. John DiSanto and Rep. Jason Dawkins !

Did we miss someone? Birthday submissions are welcomed to media@pacommunitycolleges.org .