April 20, 2021
Volume 3 | Issue 16
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.
Leaders, Students Advocate for Pennsylvania Community Colleges
During Community College Day on Thursday, April 15, students, trustees, presidents, and staff from Pennsylvania’s community colleges collectively advocated for an increased funding level in the 2021-22 fiscal year budget. The proposed budget by Gov. Tom Wolf does not include an operating or capital funding increase for the colleges, though it does provide funding to establish a 15th community college in Erie.
Dual Enrollment Touted as Solution to Skills & Learning Gaps in Report
A recent MassINC report indicates that dual enrollment or early college programs could help curb a number of pressing problems like growing credential gaps across race and class, declining enrollment in public colleges, and a lack of skilled workers. The study noted also that dually enrolled students were twice as likely to complete the FASFA and enroll in college.
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.
Congratulations to Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez!
Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez was inaugurated as Montgomery County Community College’s sixth president during a special drive-in ceremony at MCCC’s Blue Bell Campus on Friday, April 16.

Dr. Bastecki-Perez said she plans to expand upon the College’s vision, mission and strategic plan together with the “passionate, enthusiastic, equity-minded, innovative, resilient and determined members of the Montco Family.” Watch a video of the ceremony here.
April is Community College Month
Did you know that, in 2019‐20, Pennsylvania community colleges partnered with 1,811 local employers across the Commonwealth to provide $10.1 million of customized training for more than 75,000 Pennsylvania workers, including 12,705 individuals through partnerships with WEDNetPA?

Community College Month is a great time to learn about this essential sector of higher education. Join the conversation using #CCMonth.
Birthdays & Milestones
Happy (belated) Birthday to Congressman Guy Reschenthaler, House Majority Whip Rep. Donna Oberlander, and Rep. Mindy Fee. Hope you have a happy, healthy year!

Did we miss someone? Birthday and milestone submissions are welcomed by email to [email protected].
Editor's Note: Last week's issue teased a Facebook video honoring the 2021 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. While the video was not published on Community College Day, the Commission still plans to honor these students with a video tribute. Look for more details in future e-newsletters.