August 17, 2018
Commission Update
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Pennsylvania CC News

Renovations to a former Pittstown bank building were unveiled in time for students to attend a new  Luzerne County Community College  campus this fall. Senator Yudichak and Representative Carroll were among the leaders on hand for the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. The donated downtown building holds a dozen classrooms and is expected to serve approximately 200 students.  The renovation represents the rebuilding of small cities creating learning facilities which mirror the interaction among commerce, the arts, and cultural entities, thus spurring additional economic activity in the future. Recently, a  Luzerne  culinary arts graduate opened a bakery nearby, and will serve the students and faculty among other Main Street visitors.
A collaborative pilot program between the United Way and Reading Area Community College aims to improve early childhood education curriculum and educate Berks County childcare center staff. A $100,000 grant from the PA Dept. of Human Services will help students who qualify for the program earn the Child Development Associate Credential. Upon completion, students can apply earned credits to an associate degree. In addition, the program will provide incentives to help reduce the high employee turnover rate in the early education sector. The 30-40 percent turnover rate causes challenges for families to access affordable, quality childcare.
This fall, students may enroll in tuition-free CNC training programs at  Lehigh Carbon  and  Northampton Community Colleges . Computer Numerical Control machinists operate highly technical equipment by reading blueprints and following specifications for versatile manufacturing systems. Entry level courses teach computer skills, which allows students to interpret numeric data. Upon completion, students qualify to work in a variety of high demand industrial trades. Lehigh Carbon and Northampton are offering the training through a Strategic Innovation Fund grant in partnership with PA CareerLink.

Adult learners in Mercer County will have additional access to GED instruction and other services through a program at  Butler County Community College . The college serves adults needing literacy services, such as basic reading, writing and math skills, at an adult education center and county jail.
  • Generous donors give at-risk youth the opportunity to attend HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. The partnership between HACC and the Harrisburg Housing Authority will improve pathways for students to attend college. The goal of the partnership is to increase enrollment among people of color by 2 percent by the end of 2019.
  • The National Science Foundation has awarded Community College of Beaver County a second grant to improve technology laboratories to increase the number of process technology associate degree earners in the Appalachian Region.
  • Due to a generous donation from The Colony Club, an organization focused on volunteer work in the community, female students at Montgomery County Community College can apply for scholarships to advance their education. 

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