May 4, 2021
Volume 3 | Issue 18
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.
"Reducing Barriers in Higher Education" Webinar Now Available
Panelists Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab of Temple University and The Hope Center, Dr. Charlene Newkirk of the Community College of Allegheny County, and Delaware County Community College student Victoria Wilson recently participated in a half-hour webinar on the barriers to higher education, and how community colleges are reducing them. Watch here for free!
Program Gives Students a Head Start on College, Saves Money
A partnership between the Community College of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia, which allows students to take high school courses while also enrolled as full-time college students, is celebrating its first graduating class. Every 2021 graduate of the program has been accepted into a four-year university, most with two years of college credits in-hand.
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 John J. "Ski" Sygielski, Ed.D., President of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College and Commission Chair, Sen. Carolyn Comitta, Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik, and Rep. Mark Rozzi. May it be the best year yet!

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