February 16, 2021
Volume 3 | Issue 7
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.
Four Community Colleges Sign Agreement with PA University
Last week, leaders from Robert Morris University, the Community College of Allegheny County, Community College of Beaver County, Butler County Community College and Westmoreland County Community College signed an agreement that aims to improve college accessibility and affordability.
Opinion: Short-Term Credentialing Key to Economic Mobility in Philly
The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) is one of several institutions celebrated in a recent Generocity article for offering training opportunities for unemployed Pennsylvanians. CCP students can earn short-term credentials and certificates in multiple sectors, including healthcare, advanced manufacturing, general business and technology-based programs.
Community College Fights Food Insecurity with Sustained Program
After nearly 40 percent of Butler County Community College (BC3) students who responded to a 2018 survey reported some level of food insecurity, a program that eventually became the Pioneer Pantry was launched in February of 2019. In the last two years, the program has expanded from a snack rack to a drive-up food bank.
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 Congressman Dan Meuser, Sen. Steven Santarsiero, Rep. Kyle Mullins, Rep. Leanne Krueger, Rep. Kurt Masser, Rep. Dan Miller, Rep. David Millard, and Rep. Jack Rader.

Congratulations to the Community College of Philadelphia, who recently announced that its nursing program was presented with the “Innovations in Social Mobility: Workforce Development” award powered by the Social Innovations Journal for the rapid mobilization of an innovative program to care for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents during COVID-19.