February 26, 2019
Volume 1 | Issue 8
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.
Commencement Speaker Inspires All with her Story as Single Mom
Last year, Habibah Sulayman Smith spoke at Delaware County Community College's (DCCC) spring commencement. She shared her story - the journey of a 26-year-old, single mother with three kids who was struggling not to become homeless a second time when she came to DCCC. Today Ms. Smith is a project specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Runaway and Homeless Youth Program.
Student Finds Training for Unexpected Career at College
When Rich Hachan enrolled at Luzerne County Community College, he wanted to become a nurse. But by graduation in 2009 Mr. Hachan had discovered a new career path with help from the college - Hotel and Restaurant Management. "Luzerne's instructors drew a lot on experience in their personal and professional lives and careers. This resonated with me," he said.
Pathways Coalition Prepares Students for Successful Careers
Northampton Community College is part of the recently formed Monroe County Pathways Coalition - a countywide, unified effort to prepare children for college or trade school and then successful careers in Monroe County afterward. The coalition seeks to improve graduation rates, among other things.
MCCC Board of Trustees Names 2019 Officers
The Montgomery County Community College Board of Trustees has elected its new officers for the 2019 calendar year . Trustee  Frank X. Custer was unanimously elected as the new board chair. Appointed to the board in 2017, he has served on both the Physical Plant Committee and Personnel Committee. In addition to Custer being named board chair, the board elected Lisa B. Binder as vice chair, Margot Clark as secretary, Marcel L. Groen as treasurer and Theresa Reilly as assistant secretary.
BC3 Remembers Ray D. Steffler, Trustee and Board Chairman
Past and present Butler County Community College (BC3) leadership took time this week to remember Ray D. Steffler . Mr. Steffler became a BC3 trustee in July 1985, and 10 months later, at age 49, earned an associate degree in business management from BC3 on the same night as did his daughter, Michelle . The 82-year-old who helped to form the BC3 Alumni Association, created an annual scholarship with his family for BC3 business students and coined the phrase “Pioneer Proud,” passed away February 16, 2019. 
Birthdays & Milestones
Hope you Enjoy a Fabulous Year!
Happy (belated) birthday to Rep. Stephen McCarter , Rep. Mike Sturla , Rep. Leanne Krueger , Rep. Tom Mehaffie , Rep. Joe Emrick , Rep. Kathy Rapp and Rep. Doyle Heffley !

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