October 13, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 41
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.
Happening This Week
Join Us for the First in a Series of Webinars on Community College
The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges invites you to join us for our inaugural webinar, On Course with Community Colleges: Supporting Substance Abuse Recovery with Education and Intervention Services, on Thursday, October 15 from noon to 12:30 p.m.
High School Junior Earns Degree Through Early College Program
As David An prepares to graduate from high school this spring, he feels uniquely prepared to take on the challenges of college, in part because he has already earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Science from Westmoreland County Community College. Through his participation in Westmoreland’s Early College program, he attended evening and online classes to achieve his postsecondary goals.
Meet Holly: Using her Community College Education to Help People
Holly Bickle is a nursing student at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, with a background in massage therapy and holistic health. She says the best feeling is having a patient come to her in pain and, an hour later, they feel better. After she graduates from HACC, Ms. Brickle would like to continue her postsecondary education in nursing at Penn State Harrisburg.
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. John Sabatina, Sen. Andy Dinniman, Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, Rep. Dan Moul, Rep. Christopher Quinn, Rep. Scott Conklin, and Rep. Dawn Keefer!

Congratulations to Delaware County Community College President Dr. L. Joy Gates Black, who recently received the ATHENA Leadership Award® from the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce for her professional excellence, community service and helping residents in their attainment of professional excellence.