Originally published on June 8, 2010.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has joined with community colleges across the Commonwealth to AdvancePA and launch a new statewide campaign that calls on policymakers and candidates to make expanding opportunities at community colleges an economic priority in Pennsylvania. Community college leaders, students, and others are voicing their concerns about the role these accessible and affordable education options can, and should play in strengthening the economy and quality of life throughout Pennsylvania.
A new statewide survey by Zogby Poll demonstrates the extraordinary depth of support and great demand that community colleges enjoy in Pennsylvania. The Zogby survey also indicated the solid reputation that PA’s community colleges have developed among adults, with about nine in ten expressing a favorable opinion of them.
The Zogby Poll singles out the importance of the services provided, as nearly all agree that the type of job training and education programs provided by community colleges is important to the economy, with two-thirds in strong agreement. Training for students who want to go into a career that requires special training but does not require a four-year degree should be of high priority for Pennsylvania’s community colleges, according to nine in ten Pennsylvania residents, with about the same number putting a high priority on providing state and local businesses with a trained workforce.
During recent statewide and local activities, lawmakers, candidates and all state residents were reminded that:
- 1 out of 5 Pennsylvania undergraduates attends a community college.
- Students can choose from almost 1,400 programs of study during the 2009-2010 academic year
- 4 out of 5 students are enrolled in workforce development courses to increase their workforce skills.
AdvancePA will be educating current policymakers, the media, and the public about how community colleges support Pennsylvania’s citizens by providing education and skills for
a brighter future. For more information about the AdvancePA campaign, visit www.advancepa.net.