June 8, 2021
Volume 3 | Issue 25
Your Weekly Community College 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.
Agreement Highlights Flexibility of Community College Model
Yesterday, Presidents from Erie County Community College (ECCC) and Edinboro University signed an articulation agreement. The agreement is especially noteworthy because the State Board of Education approved the application to establish ECCC less than a year ago, a testament to the flexibility and responsiveness of the community college model.
Expand Nellie Bly Eligibility to Keep Higher Education Affordable
Pennsylvania policymakers are considering a $204 million need-based scholarship program – with eligibility that limits participation to students enrolled in the state’s university system. While the aim of the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program is noble, it excludes many students who need support in achieving their higher education goals.
An Investment in Community Colleges Gets PA Back to Work
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 Schoolbelieve community colleges could be the answer.
Dual Enrollment Can Save Pennsylvania Students Thousands
With states across the nation struggling to curb higher education costs, many are reexamining the potential of statewide dual enrollment programs to lower student debt and reduce time to a degree. Dual enrollment, or early college, is used by high school students to explore college options and earn college credit prior to high school graduation.
Milestones & Congratulations
Congratulations to the hundreds of students attending the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) tuition-free thanks to the Octavius Catto Scholarship.

Catto Scholars are first-time, full-time college students - and earlier this month, more than 130 of them completed their first semester of classes at CCP. In addition to financial support, these students also receive enhanced academic and career coaching.
Take Action Now to Help Community Colleges
If you agree that policymakers should expand Nellie Bly eligibility, invest in community colleges, or establish a statewide dual enrollment program with community colleges as providers, please contact your elected official, or click the button below to complete our quick, easy online form.

A minute of your time could make all the difference for Pennsylvania's 15 community colleges and more than a quarter of a million students across the Commonwealth.