March 19, 2019
Volume 1 | Issue 11
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 Need Distance Education Grant Funds
In 2015, Chelsey Sirmons IV decided to change his life. Taking advantage of the Pennsylvania State Grant distance education pilot program through PHEAA, he was able to enroll at the Community College of Allegheny County in 2017. Mr. Sirmons and online students like him are requesting full integration of distance education into the State Grant Program.
Manufacturing Course Leads to Job Offers for Students
Thanks to a grant from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Manufacturing PA Program, students at Lehigh Carbon Community College were able to participate in an entry-level, tuition-free manufacturing course. As a result, several student participants received job offers before the program even ended!
Free Introduction to OSHA Workshop Offered by College
Northampton Community College, in partnership with the Allentown Public Library, is bringing workplace safety to local businesses. Recognizing that many local businesses may be struggling with safety and compliance concerns, the organizations are sponsoring a free Introduction to OSHA workshop to help dispel myths and present the benefits of compliance.
New Chester County Sheriff Deputies Include Community College Graduates
Congratulations and best wishes to these 10 new Chester County Sheriff’s Office deputies, many of whom are graduates of Delaware County Community College's Police Academy! Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh said, “We are fortunate to have so many new deputies who all have much to offer and contribute to the Sheriff’s Office.”
Community Colleges Respond to Needs of Local Industries
To meet the increasing demand for nurses, Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) launched an accelerated program to allow individuals to earn a nursing degree in 14 months. In 2018, more than 95 percent of CCP nursing graduates who took the National Council Licensure Examination for nurses passed.
Meet Rep. Roebuck, Minority Chair, House Education Committee
"As a leader in education, I recognize that the future of our economy and workforce are dependent upon a highly trained and qualified employee. I support funding for Community Colleges and the expansion of existing, and development of new, career pathways for students," said Rep. James R. Roebuck Jr. when asked why education in Pennsylvania was important to him. 

On behalf of Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges, we thank Rep. Roebuck for serving as Minority Chair of the House Education Committee.
Dr. Roger Davis Appointed President of CCBC
Dr. Roger Davis was recently appointed president of the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC). Dr. Davis previously served as interim president. The vote to confirm him last month was unanimous.

He is the first black president at CCBC, an appointment he called “very humbling.” In his nine months as interim president — he served as executive vice president and provost at the college since 2016 — Davis has worked to change the communication culture at the school and increase engagement with students and staff.
Birthdays & Milestones
Hope you Enjoy a Fabulous Year!
Happy (belated) birthday to Sen. Wayne Fontana and Rep. Jason Ortitay!

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