“We are concerned and disappointed that the 2020-21 fiscal year budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf does not provide an operating or capital funding increase for community colleges, failing to support our nearly 300,000 students and the communities we economically enhance,” said Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges President & CEO Elizabeth Bolden on behalf of leaders from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges. “The Commonwealth has a goal of increasing the number of Pennsylvanians with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by 2025 and Gov. Wolf has put a particular emphasis on boosting workforce development programs in the coming year.
“Community colleges are ready and willing to assist the Commonwealth in meeting these goals,” she continued. “We hope the General Assembly recognizes the invaluable educational and training programs our institutions provide and includes a much-needed increase for community colleges in the 2020-21 fiscal year budget.”