April 27, 2018
Commission Update

Sharing how PA's community colleges are responsive to the needs of the local communities they serve.

News from Pennsylvania's community colleges

Students at Delaware County Community College can easily transfer to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia to pursue their bachelor's degrees under a guaranteed admission agreement between the two institutions.

The pact will save students money because DCCC's tuition is less than USciences' and transferring students will be starting at the University as a junior rather than a freshman.

"The demand for skilled workers in the career fields of Allied Health and the sciences and the excellent instruction provided at the University of the Sciences make this a very beneficial agreement for our students," said Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black.

An example of how Pennsylvania community colleges continue to offer programs that align with industry needs can be found at Montgomery County Community College.

The MCCC Workforce Development Division is offering an 11-week Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Program starting May 30 at its Sustainability and Innovation Hub, West Campus, in Pottstown.
The need to replace aging pipeline infrastructure and an increase in new construction is generating a high demand for skilled pipeline mechanics in the Philadelphia region and across the country.

The hands-on program will teach students about workplace safety, first aid and technical skills through an established natural gas association curriculum. Additionally, they will review construction projects, learn about the work environment and develop successful employment practices, including resume creation and interview techniques. At the graduation ceremony, students will have the opportunity to meet and network with potential employers.
The program will prepare students for work in entry-level positions that offer high-paying wages in the natural gas distribution and related industries.

"More than 600 skilled workers will be needed to repair and replace distribution pipelines in the region during the next several years," said Dr. David DiMattio, vice president of Workforce Development and Continuing Education at MCCC. "We are committed to working with businesses and industries in the region, to develop a skilled workforce and help area residents get the training they need to be desirable candidates in the competitive job market."

Reports show positive impact from Pennsylvania community colleges on local economy
Pennsylvania community colleges benefit the local economies in which they serve. For example, HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, is a leading employer and educator in the region.
  • HACC employs nearly 2,000 individuals and serves nearly 19,000 degree-seeking students and more than 24,000 workforce development students.
  • For every dollar society invests in an education from HACC, an average of $7.10 in benefits will accrue to Pennsylvania over the course of the students' careers.
  • More than 2,000 HACC students received their certificate, diploma or associate degree in 2016-17 and were prepared to enter the workforce.
Luzerne County Community College is an important employer in Luzerne County. In FY 2016-17, the college employed 730 full-time and part-time faculty and staff of which 82 percent lived in Luzerne County.
In addition, in 2016-17, LCCC:
  • Added $38.6 million in income to the county as a result of its day-to-day operations.
  • Generated $1.7 million in added income to the county economy as a result of student spending while attending college.
  • Generated $362.8 million in added income to the county economy as a result of LCCC alumni working in Luzerne County, the increased output of the businesses that employ the students and the multiplier effects that happened as students and their employers spent money at other businesses.

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