September 15, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 37
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.
Meet Bailey: Saving on Higher Education with Community College
Some community college students, like Bailey Hackenberry, enroll in summer or winter classes to earn credits that transfer to another institution. Mr. Hackenberry, who is studying finance and economics, said he chose to attend HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, because it was a convenient and more affordable way to earn extra credits towards his degree.
Interest is Growing in Short-Term, Online Credentials Amid Pandemic
A recent article by Inside Higher Ed says, "A growing body of evidence has found strong consumer interest in skills-based, online credentials that are tied to careers, particularly among adult learners from diverse and lower-income backgrounds, whom four-year colleges often have struggled to attract and graduate."
Mother of Five Fulfills Educational Aspirations through Free Program
Fifteen years ago, teen mom Beth Dinger was convinced she had to abandon her pursuit of a high school diploma, and with it, her childhood dreams. Butler County Community College's free adult literacy program changed all that. It prepares students to take General Education Development (GED) examinations that measure proficiency in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. 
Community College President Touts the Value of Education
"I believe that education is one of the best ways to positively impact a person’s life... New skills and experiences allow you to thrive in your current job, adapt to any changing work conditions, and position you for new employment opportunities," says Dr. Steve Nunez, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, in a recent submission to the Tribune-Democrat.
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
Congratulations to the Montgomery County Community College Nursing Program, which recently received a Nurses for Tomorrow Scholarship grant through the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.

Editor's Note: Our Birthday column will be on hiatus until the September 22 newsletter. Thank you for understanding!