September 8, 2020
Volume 2 | Issue 36
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.
Western PA Consortium Creates Pipeline of Qualified Workers
In western Pennsylvania, a group of community colleges, industry, and workforce partners formed the Tri-State Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium to respond to the need for a properly trained workforce in high-demand careers. Businesses in this region could employ at least 380,000 new workers over the next ten years.
Short-Term Training Programs are Getting People Back to Work
With high unemployment, community colleges are offering short-term training, certificates and degrees to give people the skills they need to get back to work. Luzerne County Community College, for example, has developed a "high priority occupation list" that indicates where people are needed to fill open jobs immediately.
Community College Earns Place on "Top Renewable Energy" List
Dr. Mark Erickson, president of Northampton Community College, said in a recent PennLive article, “As one of the largest community college consumers of green power in the nation... Northampton Community College strives to demonstrate what it means to be sustainable to our community as well as teaching our students to be great stewards of our planet."
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
Congratulations to Community College of Allegheny County alumna Aleta Heard, vice president at BNY Mellon, on her recent profile in the Pittsburgh Business Times. Ms. Heard said she hopes to inspire young girls who look like her to turn their hardships into successes.

Editor's Note: Our Birthday column will be on hiatus until the September 22 newsletter. Thank you for understanding!