April 6, 2021
Volume 3 | Issue 14
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.
Community College Alumna Honored as Frontline Hero
When Phillies fans tuned in for Opening Day last week, they met 41 extraordinary frontline heroes. Among them was Angela Babcock, the director of nursing at Divine Providence Village, who earned her associate degree in the nursing program at Delaware County Community College. She currently directs a staff of about 25 nurses and 15 other medical-related personnel.
Essay about Major Life Challenges Earns Scholarship for Student
A 31-year-old Butler County Community College student’s essay about overcoming physical abuse, witnessing and blaming herself at 10 for her cousin’s accidental death, becoming partially paralyzed and, ultimately, using drugs “in hopes that I would die” recently won Alyssa Mainhart a scholarship from an organization that supports and empowers women.
Continuing Coverage
PA Community Colleges Respond to COVID-19 as Situation Evolves
Pennsylvania community colleges continue to evaluate their response to COVID-19. As guidance changes, the most up-to-date information from each community college is available through the Commission's website.
April is Community College Month!
Did you know that nearly half of community college students in the Commonwealth are considered very low-income, coming from families earning less than $30,000 annually? Did you know that community colleges are the largest provider of public postsecondary education and workforce training in Pennsylvania?

Community College Month is a great time to learn about this essential sector of higher education. Join the conversation using #CCMonth.
Birthdays & Milestones
We have a lot of Birthdays this week - and that's no April Fool's Joke!

Happy (belated) Birthday to Community College Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Lisa Boscola, Sen. John DiSanto, Sen. Michele Brooks, Sen. Joe Pittman, Rep. Jim Marshall, Rep. Ann Flood, Rep. Brad Roae, Rep. Bridget Kosierowski, Rep. Bob Brooks, and Speaker of the House Rep. Bryan Cutler. Have a happy, healthy year!