Mensch and Boscola Host Community College Caucus Advocacy Day

Harrisburg – Co-Chairs Senator Bob Mensch (R-Berks, Bucks, Montgomery) and Senator Lisa Boscola (D- Lehigh, Northampton) held a series of bipartisan and bicameral events including a legislative breakfast meeting in union with this year’s Community College Advocacy Day in Harrisburg to focus on community college initiatives and more.

The Community College Caucus helps to ensure that the good work of community colleges is being shared with the legislature and assistance is provided when needed and when possible

“Community colleges are a vital component of the commonwealth’s workforce development continuum,” said Mensch. “They are a unique link between a student and the workplace in how responsive and flexible they can be in addressing the educational needs of a local community.  We need to ensure their vitality within communities and their ability to grow local workforces.”

“As co-chair of the Community Colleges Caucus, I have long recognized that these institutions are an invaluable asset to our communities, and their key role for building our workforce.  Across Pennsylvania, our 14 community colleges are not only an affordable launching pad for students to begin their education, but also springboard for special skills training when individuals need or want to change careers.  Community colleges provide life-long learning opportunities to students of all ages.”

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges was represented by Ms. Elizabeth Bolden, their President and CEO.  Ms. Bolden focused on the following topics during the advocacy day’s events:

– Major initiatives at the community colleges, including collaborations with secondary education and other postsecondary education partners

– The status of the Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA

– Advised members on what they could expect to hear from community college representatives that may be visiting their offices.

Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges serve students from every county of the state. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a volunteer membership association for Pennsylvania’s community colleges. Its members include the college presidents, members of colleges’ boards of trustees, and key college administrators. The Commission represents the interests and advocates the collective needs of the community colleges to federal and state policymakers. For more information please visit www.pacommunitycolleges.org.

Contact Information:

Senator Mensch: Tera Barone, (717) 787-3110, tbarone@pasen.gov

Senator Boscola: Julie Carraghan (717) 787-4236, JCARRAGHAN@pasenate.com