Author Archives: Carolyn Simpson

Westmoreland Vice President Champions Low-Income Single Mothers

Sydney Beeler, Ed.D., vice president of Enrollment Management at Westmoreland County Community College, has become a powerful advocate for low-income single mothers trying to better themselves and their families through education. She has presented the findings of her recent research on the subject at several recent conferences. One stepping stone she’s found for these parents […]

PA Community Colleges to Offer 70 New Programs for the 19-20 Academic Year

Pennsylvania Community Colleges to Offer 70 New Programs for the 2019-20 Academic Year Responsive New Programs Complement Approximately 1,300 Existing In-Person and Entirely Online Certificates, Degrees and Courses Offered by Pennsylvania’s 14 Community Colleges Expanding the already robust certificates, diplomas and degrees offered by Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges, the colleges will offer 70 new programs […]

Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges Announces Prestigious Two-Year Executive Committee Appointments

Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges Announces Prestigious Two-Year Executive Committee Appointments Newly Elected Executive Committee Members Include College Presidents, Local Business Leaders The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) today announced the recently elected officers to the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors. The Executive Committee leads the PACCC Board of Directors in determining […]

Veteran Finds Job Training at Community College

Sean Kerpovich of Luzerne County decided to serve his country after the devastating terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. He enlisted in the National Guard and, in the following decade, was deployed on three combat tours in Iraq. During that time, many changes occurred – both nationally and locally – including […]

Penn Highlands Graduate Plans to Continue her Educational Journey

During her senior year of high school in 2017, Jenna Stevens hadn’t planned to continue her education after graduation – until the sudden realization struck her that she might need a postsecondary degree to succeed. As an average student, Jenna wasn’t even sure she could get into a college or university; but when she discovered […]

Pennsylvania Community College Students Recognized for Academic Achievements at Harrisburg Awards Banquet

Pennsylvania Community College Students Recognized for Academic Achievements at Harrisburg Awards Banquet PA Commission for Community Colleges Celebrates 25 Years of Honoring Pennsylvania Students The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) honored the 25th Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team at an awards banquet in Harrisburg today. The awards recognize an exceptional group of community college students […]

Community College Leaders and Students Advocate for Increased Funding at Capitol

Pennsylvania Community College Leaders and Students Advocate for Increased Funding at Capitol Pennsylvania ranks 48th in affordability for higher education in the United States HARRISBURG — At the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges’ Annual Lobby Day at the Capitol today, students, trustees, presidents and staff from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges joined together to advocate for […]

Distance Education Grant Makes Online Degrees & Certificates More Affordable

In 2015, Chelsey Sirmons IV decided to change his life. Taking advantage of the Pennsylvania State Grant distance education pilot program, he was able to enroll at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in 2017 and begin reshaping his future. In long-term recovery himself, Mr. Sirmons started at CCAC by pursuing a certificate in […]

Q&A with Rep. James R. Roebuck Jr., Minority Chair of the House Education Committee

Responses provided by Rep. James R. Roebuck Jr.’s Office Q: Why is education in Pennsylvania important to you? A: 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 […]

With Help from the KEYS Program, Single Mother Finds Success at Community College

Two years ago, Valerie Bible was a single mother of three who was working full-time in a metal coating factory. Her oldest son, who was nine at the time, knew his Mom dreamed of going to college. One day he made her a promise. “When I go to college, I’ll pay for you, Mom.” Around […]