May 19, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 20
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.
Community College President Considers the Future of Higher Ed
"Our students, from high schoolers in an entrepreneurship program to a nearly 37-year-old mother of five about to enter our registered nursing program, completed required presentations. All through video conferencing," wrote Dr. Nick Neupauer, President of Butler County Community College, in a recent letter to the Butler Eagle.
Student Uses Skills and Technology to Make Face Masks
Dave Majetich, a  Community College of Allegheny County Engineering Technology student, is using his skills and 3D printer to make face shields for medical personnel. Since mid-March, Mr. Majetich has been spending his weekends printing headbands for the face shields used by front line workers.
All-PA Gold Scholar Discovers Potential at Community College
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College changed my life,” said Emily Krisko, December 2019 Penn Highlands graduate and one of two Pennsylvania 2020 Coca-Cola Gold Scholars. “I identified my passion and charted an educational pathway to a career; I enriched myself and my community through volunteer work; and I had the opportunity to grow. I really found myself there.”
Retraining for the Unemployed is Available at Community College
Dr. L. Joy Gates Black, President of Delaware County Community College, recently spoke to FOX29 about the college's job training programs. During the interview, she discussed students retraining due to recent layoffs, upskilling as they seek promotions and attending prior to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Continuing Coverage
PA Community Colleges Respond to COVID-19 as Situation Evolves
Pennsylvania community colleges are being proactive in their response to COVID-19. As guidance changes, the most up-to-date information from each community college is available on the Commission's website.
Birthdays & Milestones
Happy (belated) Birthday to Congressman Dwight Evans , Rep. Mike Schlossberg , Rep. Parke Wentling , Rep. Robert Merski and Rep. Jordan Harris !

Congratulations to Delaware County Community College Communication Studies Professor Dr. Susan Ward , who was selected by the Eastern Communication Association to receive a 2020 Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award !