March 5, 2019
Volume 1 | Issue 9
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.
Comm College Welfare-to-Work Program Helps Single Parents
The Keystone Education Yields Success - or KEYS - program allows parents on cash assistance to meet federal work requirements by enrolling in one of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges. Meet some of the students enrolled at Reading Area Community College, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Delaware County Community College, and HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College in this article by the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.
Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa D. Miller meets with RACC Board Chair Guido Pichini , Maria Mitchell and KEYS participants at Reading Area Community College . (Photo credit: DHS Twitter)
PAsmart STEM Grants Awarded
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently received a $498,495 STEM and computer science grant through Governor Tom Wolf's PAsmart initiative. These grants enhance science and technology education in schools and colleges across the Commonwealth. Over the next decade, seven in 10 new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies.
Meet Carlos Alcantara
Carlos Alcantara, who graduated from Luzerne County Community College in 2012, is now a strategic account manager for Royal Caribbean Cruises. After holding jobs in factories and restaurants, he found a successful pathway to a family-sustaining career through the college's Hospitality Management Program.
Meet Rep. Marcia Hahn, Community College Caucus Co-Chair
" Nelson Mandela framed the issue perfectly when he said, 'Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.' It is something that one can take pride in as the result of hard work and perseverance, and claim as the foundation for a fruitful, productive life," said Rep. Marcia Hahn when asked why education in Pennsylvania was important to her .

On behalf of Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges, we thank Rep. Hahn for her serving as co-chair on the Community College Caucus.
More Single Moms are Enrolling in Community College
The Institute for Women's Policy Research recently found that more single mothers are attending college , with most of them going to community college. In addition to coordinating KEYS programs at many colleges, on-site child care is offered at Bucks County Community College , Butler County Community College , HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College , Luzerne County Community College , Montgomery County Community College , Northampton Community College , Community College of Philadelphia and Westmoreland County Community College .
Birthdays & Milestones
Hope you Enjoy a Fabulous Year!
Happy (belated) birthday to Majority Appropriations Chair Rep. Stan Saylor , Sen. Gene Yaw , Rep. Lloyd Smucker and Rep. Tom Murt !

Did we miss someone? Birthday submissions are welcomed to media@pacommunitycolleges.org .