March 12, 2019
Volume 1 | Issue 10
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.
With Help from KEYS, Single Mom Finds Success at College
Valerie Bible, a single mother of two, was inspired by her oldest son to enroll in college and earn a degree. Thanks to the KEYS Program at Community College of Beaver County, Ms. Bible has help with transportation, cash assistance and an advocate who can help her education journey. She plans to transfer to a four-year institution following graduation.
12-Week Metalwork Program Boasts 90 Percent Placement Rate
The Bucks County Community College Metalwork Training Program has a job placement rate of more than 90 percent. Additionally, some Bucks County and Bristol students may qualify for free training thanks to funding by the County of Bucks and PA CareerLink. Information sessions for prospective students are scheduled for early April.
Meet Sean Hosterman
Sean Hosterman, a mechatronics student at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, credits the college with helping him to land a full-time job in his field and providing him with hands-on, real-world experiences. After graduating, Mr. Hosterman plans to find an electrical maintenance job and possibly continue his education to obtain his bachelor’s degree.
Community Colleges Earn Military Friendly School ® Designation
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) both recently received Military Friendly School® designations by VIQTORY Media , a premier resource for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The designation is designed to set a standard for higher-education institutions to provide opportunities for military personnel, veterans and their families. CCBC currently has more than 300 active military and veteran students.
College Acknowledges the Role of Service Dogs on Campus
Michael Brown and his seeing eye dog, Riley , were a staple of Northampton Community College (NCC) prior to Mr. Brown's graduation in January. The college recently created a touching video tribute to Mr. Brown and his companion.

This year NCC is celebrating its Annual Humanities Theme with a series of events and programs related to man's (or woman's) best friend. Another video features NCC professor and veteran Joseph Balum and his service dog , Moose , who helps him cope with PTSD.
Birthdays & Milestones
Hope you Enjoy a Fabulous Year!
Happy (belated) birthday to Rep. Robert Freeman and Republican Caucus Secretary Rep. Mike Reese !

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