November 26, 2019
Volume 1 | Issue 47
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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.
Free Pre-Apprenticeship Program Offered by Community College
The Bucks County Community College Center for Workforce Developed recently announced that its Metalwork and Industrial Maintenance Training Programs have been formally recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry as meeting pre-apprenticeship standards.The newly certified pre-apprentice training is now free for many young adults through the PAsmart Grant.
Free Manufacturing Training Helps Meet Need for In-Demand Careers
Northampton Community College  offers a free manufacturing training program. Students learn marketable skills that local employers in the manufacturing industry are seeking. The program is funded by a grant from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. No high school diploma or GED is required.
Online Winter Classes Help Students Catch Up or Get Ahead
Butler County Community College (BC3) offers a five-week online Winter Session of 16 courses that can help students complete prerequisites for spring classes, lighten semester course loads, or remain on schedule for graduation. Students from BC3 and other higher education institutions can earn up to six credits during the Winter Session.
Program Allows High School Students to Earn College Degree
The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) Early College program  allows high school juniors and seniors to earn an associate degree while still in high school. Allentown is the latest school district to join students from Parkland, Whitehall, Tamaqua, Lehighton and home schooling in LCCC’s Early College Program.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Selects President
The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Steve Nunez has been appointed and will serve as the fifth President of Penn Highlands, effective January 6, 2020. The Board welcomes Dr. Nunez’s leadership as we enter a new chapter at Penn Highlands Community College. Dr. Nunez brings a deep personal and professional background in community college education, along with an engaging personality and enthusiasm for the position.
Birthdays & Milestones
Happy (belated) Birthday to Sen. Tim Kearney , Sen. David Argall , Rep. Carol Hill-Evans , Rep. Rosemary Brown , Rep. R. Lee James , Rep. Pam Snyder , Rep. Jared Solomon and Jonathan Derr !

Congratulations to  Montgomery County Community College  alumna Laina Stevens who, after becoming the first African-American woman to join the  Upper Darby Police  force in 2014, is now the first African-American to reach the rank of sergeant in the department’s history!