July 21, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 29
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.
PBS NewsHour Explores Community College Challenges
While community colleges are more affordable than other higher education options, here in Pennsylvania, chronic defunding of these critical educational institutions is making it more challenging for community colleges and their students to overcome the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, Founding Director of The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice on PBS NewsHour.
Community College Graduate Does the Math on College Affordability
Brittany Halbsgut, a University of Pennsylvania student who recently posted her higher education financial story on LinkedIn, says that, thanks to her education at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) prior to transferring to Penn, "My entire degree will cost only $55,000 - 17% [percent] of the advertised $320,000 price tag."
Working Remotely While Juggling Family Life? Here's Some Tips!
Since mid-March, all but a few employees and all students at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, have been working and learning remotely as a result of the global pandemic. Thousands found themselves coping with unique situations as they adjusted to today’s “new normal.” Some have tips to help.
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.
Birthdays & Milestones
Happy (belated) Birthday to Sen. Maria Collett , Rep. Mike Tobash , Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler , Rep. Matt Gabler and Rep. John Hershey !

Delaware County Community College’s new Center for Equity and Social Justice will hold the first in a series of “Dialogues for Diversity” from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 28. The topic of the first dialogue will be “Policing and Our Communities.”  To register, click here .