March 16, 2021
Volume 3 | Issue 11
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.
Community Colleges: Teaching Skills for Better Job Opportunities
Dr. Donald "Guy" Generals, president of the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), recently joined AL DÍA for a virtual roundtable discussion with other local leaders on the economic challenges brought by the pandemic. Dr. Generals highlighted CCP's Career Readiness Soft Skills Pre-Apprenticeship Program, which prepares participants for entry into the workforce in many in-demand fields.
Dual Enrollment Program Launches Student’s College Career
He’s only a junior in high school, but Brendan Cartin is already wrapping up his first year in college. The 17-year-old Upper Moreland High School student signed up for an opportunity through Montgomery County Community College that offers high school students the ability to attend college classes for credit, saving time and money on higher education.
Meet Karitza: Student Transferred to HACC for Affordability
Karitza Hernandez transferred from a four-year university to HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in her sophomore year to study nursing. She said that HACC gave her the opportunity to live at home while providing a shorter commute to school. Tuition was more affordable and the scheduling was more flexible. After graduation, she will be prepared to transfer again to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing!
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. Wayne Fontana, Rep. Meghan Schroeder, Rep. Jason Ortitay, Rep. Ben Sanchez, and Rep. Robert Freeman. May you enjoy a happy, healthy year!

Congratulations to Dr. Tuesday Stanley, president of Westmoreland County Community College, who is among nine college presidents nationwide to be honored with Phi Theta Kappa’s most prestigious award, the Shirley B. Gordon Award.