Senator Mensch Kicks Off Community College Completion Week At Press Conference


Harrisburg –  Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) joined the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in a press conference today recognizing Pennsylvania’s first annual PA Community College Completion Challenge (PAC4). “This week is intended to encourage community college students to complete their studies at the colleges,” said Mensch. “I am proud to stand with my community college, Montgomery County Community College, and all the others across the Commonwealth in order to educate everyone on the importance of completing their studies.” The press conference follows the adoption of Senator Mensch’s resolution which establishes the week of October 18 through the 24 as Pennsylvania Community College Completion Week. “Pennsylvanians who obtain education through community colleges address needed skill sets that allow them to remain marketable and relevant in the workplace,” said Mensch.  “One of the many benefits to earning a community college degree or certificate is that they tend to excel professionally. Students with a degree or certificate earn $500k more over a lifetime than someone with only a high school degree.  In less than five years, 65 percent of all new jobs will require a postsecondary credential.” Community colleges across the state will be holding events to promote a culture of completion at the schools by creating an understanding of the student support services available, how to transfer from a community college, resume workshops, job fairs and panels that show the success of community college alumni. More information is available on Senator Mensch’s website, www.SenatorMensch.com, on Facebook, and Twitter. CONTACT: Sarah Rasmussen srasmussen@pasen.gov   (215) 541-2388