Community colleges can deliver a vibrant future for Pennsylvania | Opinion


As Pennsylvania continues to grapple with disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the projected workforce shortage is alarming, especially in areas of critical need like education and health care. Pennsylvania lost 500,000 jobs in 2020. The state’s unemployment rate has been slow to recover. But, the leaders of Pennsylvania’s community colleges imagine a vibrant future for our state.


Why? We know firsthand that pipelines exist to train and educate Pennsylvanians who could aid in the economic recovery – because that’s one area where community colleges excel. We also shine in preparing motivated postsecondary students for transfer opportunities to complete their bachelor’s degrees at a rate higher than the national average.


Community colleges are committed to ensuring that Pennsylvanians have access to affordable, high-quality postsecondary education and workforce training. Our institutions collectively serve nearly a quarter of a million students annually from all 67 counties. 


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John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Pennlive  | March 30, 2022