September 29, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 39
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 Colleges Are Engines of Economic Recovery
In a recently published article, a New York Times contributor illustrates how, with proper funding, two-year public colleges can retrain or upskill millions of people, writing, "Community colleges could bridge the gap, partnering with employers and innovators in the private sector to train workers for careers that meet local needs and pay middle-class wages."
National Adult Education Week: Free Equivalency Exam Classes
This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. That is one reason why Bucks County Community College is offering free classes to help adults prepare to take the high school equivalency exam starting October 6. The no-cost classes are open to Pennsylvania residents aged 18 and older.
Displaced Worker? Community Colleges Offer Opportunities
Northampton Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community College. among other Pennsylvania community colleges, offer retraining programs for displaced workers, in partnership with the local Careerlink and Workforce Board Lehigh Valley. Tuition assistance is also available, based on eligibility.
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.
Milestones & Congratulations
Happy (belated) Birthday to Sen. Jim Brewster, Sen. Christine Tartaglione, Rep. Jim Struzzi, Rep. Margo Davidson, Rep. Bob Matzie, Rep. Todd Stephens, Rep. Stephen Samuelson, and Rep. Tommy Sankey. May it be the best year yet!

Congratulations to Dr. Celeste Schwartz, Montgomery County Community College Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Digital Officer, on being appointed to the board of directors for EDUCAUSE, a leading association for information technology in higher education.
Editor's Note: Last week's e-newsletter celebrated one Pennsylvania community college's associate degree in nursing, which had been ranked among the nation's best nursing schools for 2020. However, three Pennsylvania community colleges – Community College of Allegheny County, Northampton Community College, and Montgomery County Community College – ranked within the top 15 nursing schools in the Northeast Region by Congratulations to these outstanding colleges on their commitment to excellence!