January 5, 2021
Volume 3 | Issue 1
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 College Degree Doubles Income for Single Mom
Alyce Toombs, chef and single mother of three, faced homelessness before she returned to school in 2015 and earned a culinary arts degree from the Community College of Allegheny County. She says the degree changed her life for the better. Bill Schackner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes in a recent article, "It all made a difference, said Ms. Toombs, whose $40,000 yearly income is more than double that from five years ago."
More than 10 Online Programs Aim to Aid Manufacturers with Training
Butler County Community College has designed 11 online training programs that will enable manufacturers to develop or enhance technical skills, and workers displaced as a result of COVID-19 to explore learning in an industry that employs more than 40,000 people across eight western Pennsylvania counties.
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.
Best Wishes for a Happy 2021!
Happy New Year to all our friends and partners, in Pennsylvania and beyond!

Happy (belated) Birthday to Sen. Doug Mastriano, Sen. Ryan Aument, Rep. Zach Mako, Rep. Stephen Kinsey, Rep. John Galloway, Rep. Pat Harkins, Rep. Jake Wheatley, Rep. Brandon Markosek, Rep. Frank Farry, Rep. Tim Briggs, Rep. David Hickernell, Rep. Barry Jozwiak, and Rep. Eric Nelson. May it be the best year yet!