HARRISBURG – A resolution co-sponsored by Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) and Senator Lisa Boscola (D-18) was introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate. Senate Resolution 97 designates the month of April 2021 as “Pennsylvania Community College Month” in the Commonwealth.
“Pennsylvania’s community colleges play an indispensable role in the Commonwealth’s system of higher education by providing accessible and affordable post-secondary education, workforce training, and dual enrollment opportunities for students from all stages and walks of life,” said Mensch. “I am pleased to support all of our community colleges and recognize their invaluable contribution to our students and job market.”
“Community colleges across our Commonwealth have always offered an affordable and quality education,” Boscola said. “Our community colleges have been leaders in providing quality educational instruction and vocational resources for those young and old who wish to further their education and professions. By partnering and collaborating with our business community, they have tailored education and training opportunities for available cutting-edge jobs and careers. I’m a proud supporter of Pennsylvania community colleges.”
This resolution recognizes that Pennsylvania community colleges serve more than a quarter of a million students across all the Commonwealth’s counties, and 97% of credit students are residents. They also offer the most affordable pathway to the baccalaureate through transfer and articulation agreements to ensure that students seamlessly transition from community college to a four-year degree, with more than 35,000 students transferring each year. In addition, community colleges continue to graduate students in many of the high-demand and high-growth industries vital to this Commonwealth’s economy, particularly in health care, public safety, manufacturing, and energy.
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