December 31, 2019
Volume 1 | Issue 52
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.
Community College Students Give Back Through Food Bank Service
Community College of Allegheny County students rolled up their sleeves to volunteer at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank earlier this year. Although participation was limited to 15 students, many more expressed interest in the service opportunity. Together, they spent two hours repackaging more than 60 boxes of food donations to be transferred to local pantries for distribution to individuals and families in need.  
Business Majors Help Fellow Students During Tax Season 
Last year, 17 Montgomery County Community College business and accounting students offered to help their fellow students with preparing, reviewing and filing forms for the 2019 tax season. Support from Mary Ellen Glick brought the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program to campus with help from the Campaign for Working Families. The program will expand to the greater community in 2020.
Community College Students Support Veterans and Each Other
Ryan Evans recently spoke about the support Luzerne County Community College has given him since he left the Navy and returned to school. "I was worried that I wouldn't find [family-like] bonds [at college], but it's been nothing short of amazing to see how far these people are willing to, go not only for vets, but for students as a whole," said Navy veteran Mr. Evans.
Birthdays & Milestones
We Wish You A Very Happy New Year!
Our Birthday column will return in January. Until then, we wish all you late December/early January babies a happy Birthday.

Did we miss someone? Birthday submissions are welcomed to media@pacommunitycolleges.org .