Meet Merle Barkley Jr., Single Father and Recent Graduate
Merle Barkley Jr. enrolled in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) program at
Westmoreland County Community College, he had lost his house and was raising four children on his own. Thanks to help from the college's
Barkley completed his associate degree.
Community College Graduate Continues to Pursue Education
Community College of Philadelphia alumna and
School District of Philadelphia bus attendant, was
inspired by the students she drives to return to school. After graduation, she enrolled at
Temple University, where she is studying adult organizational development and English.
Dr. Elizabeth DeChurch Strenkowski, director of admissions at Community College of Allegheny County's Boyce Campus, has been named the Pennsylvania School Counselor Advocate of the Year by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. She was recently honored at the 63rd Annual PSCA Conference. PSCA commended Strenkowski’s role in developing a college- and career-ready approach at CCAC in cooperation with numerous high schools in Allegheny County.
RACC President Dr. Susan D. Looney
to Receive Paragon Award for New Presidents
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) will recognize 25 college presidents with the Paragon Award for New Presidents during the Society’s annual convention. Reading Area Community College President Susan D. Looney, J.D, Ed.D., who began her presidency in July 2018, will be among those receiving this prestigious award. Paragon Awards are given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success.
Birthdays & Milestones
Hope you Enjoy a Fabulous Year!
Happy (belated) birthday to Rep. Kyle Mullins, Rep. James Roebuck, Jr. and Sen. Steve Santarsiero!