March 2, 2021
Volume 3 | Issue 9
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.
Can You Spare a Minute to Help Community Colleges?
Community colleges are helping unemployed Pennsylvanians get back to work through quality, affordable training, certificate and degree programs. However, they need your help. Please tell your lawmaker that you support community colleges by completing this quick, easy online form. A minute of your time can make a difference!
Community Colleges will Play Critical Role in COVID Recovery
"With the end of the pandemic in sight, there’s one type of institution that has been persistently overlooked for its ability to provide a better life for our region’s citizens -- community colleges," writes Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez, President of Montgomery County Community College, in a recent submission to the Times Herald.
Community Colleges Testify before House Appropriations Committee
Yesterday, presidents from the Community College of Beaver County; HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; Westmoreland County Community College; and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges testified before the House Appropriations Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to offer testimony on behalf of the largest provider of public postsecondary education in the Commonwealth.
Lessons from COVID: Creating New Innovations in Teaching
In an article recently published in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Dr. Quintin Bullock, president of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), reflects on how the pandemic changed learning delivery. He also looks to the future, sharing how CCAC is adapting workforce training across all eight of its campuses and centers.
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.
Announcing the 2021 Community College Caucus Co-Chairs
We are pleased to announce the co-chairs of the Community College Caucus for the new legislative session: (L-R) Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24), Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-18), Rep. Zach Mako (R-183), and Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-175). Senators interested in joining the Caucus should contact Ms. Tera Barone in Sen. Mensch’s office at 717-787-3110. House members interested in joining the Caucus should contact Ms. Gail Pakosky in Rep. Mako’s office at 717-783-8572.
Birthdays & Milestones
Happy (belated) Birthday to Sen. Cris Dush, Sen. Gene Yaw, Sen. Anthony Williams, Rep. Doyle Heffley, Rep. Kathy Rapp, and Second Lady of Pennsylvania Gisele Fetterman. May you enjoy a happy, healthy year!

Did we miss someone? Birthday and milestone submissions are welcomed by email to