Author Archives: Carolyn Simpson

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 […]

Q&A with Rep. Marcia Hahn, Community College Caucus Co-Chair

Responses provided by Rep. Marcia Hahn’s Office Q: Why is education in Pennsylvania important to you? A: Nelson Mandela framed the issue perfectly when he said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” It is something that one can take pride in as the result of hard work and […]

Single Mother of Three Received Help at Delaware County Community College

Adopted from a press release by Anthony Tywman, Assistant to the President for Communications at Delaware County Community College More than 1,500 students received associate degrees and certificates from Delaware County Community College in May 2018. The event’s commencement speaker was also the Alumni Professional Achievement Award winner, Habibah Sulayman Smith, who graduated from Delaware […]

Statement on the passing of Ray Steffler, former trustee and board chairman of Butler County Community College

Statement on the passing of Ray Steffler, former trustee and board chairman of Butler County Community College “Ray Steffler, an alumnus of Butler County Community College, was the longest-serving trustee and board chairman in the BC3’s history,” said Elizabeth Bolden, president & CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. “College trustees commit to upholding […]

Pennsylvania Community College Leaders Express Disappointment over Proposed Funding Following 2019 Budget Address

Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges president & CEO Elizabeth Bolden and leaders from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges today expressed disappointment that the 2019-20 fiscal year budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf does not provide an operating or capital funding increase for the colleges. “No increase was proposed for community colleges, despite being the largest provider […]

Website Request for Proposal

Website Revision Request for Proposal January 28, 2019 The Commission’s current website (https://pacommunitycolleges.org/) was developed by a Pennsylvania-based firm using the WordPress content management system. The Commission is exploring a reskin the website homepage, updated site functionality and the creation of a call to action. Objectives, project specifications, scope of work, deliverables and more are […]