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PRINTER'S NO. 593
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
77
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY BOSCOLA, MENSCH, HUGHES, FONTANA, FARNESE, BLAKE,
BROWNE, ARGALL, BREWSTER, DINNIMAN, SANTARSIERO, BARTOLOTTA,
FOLMER, LANGERHOLC, PHILLIPS-HILL, REGAN, VOGEL, J. WARD AND
K. WARD, APRIL 9, 2019
INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, APRIL 9, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Designating the month of April 2019 as "Pennsylvania Community
College Month" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, For 56 years, this Commonwealth's community colleges
have provided accessible and affordable higher education,
workforce training and transfer opportunities for millions of
Pennsylvania residents; and
WHEREAS, Pennsylvania community colleges serve more than
312,000 students across all of this Commonwealth's counties, and
94% of credit students are residents; and
WHEREAS, One out of every four undergraduates of this
Commonwealth attends a community college; and
WHEREAS, Community colleges serve nontraditional students,
part-time students, dislocated workers and veterans in this
Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, Community colleges offer increased access through
online education courses and programs, allowing students to
build their academic credentials and certifications while
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maintaining their work schedules and family responsibilities;
and
WHEREAS, Community colleges offer the most affordable pathway
to the baccalaureate through more than 5,396 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; and
WHEREAS, 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; and
WHEREAS, Seventy-one percent of credit programs support high-
priority occupations; and
WHEREAS, Community colleges offer individualized credit and
noncredit courses and programs that enhance the workforce
pipeline and stimulate this Commonwealth's economy; and
WHEREAS, Community colleges have developed 71 new or
redesigned programs in response to regional needs of employers
and workforce trends; and
WHEREAS, More than 1,600 employers throughout this
Commonwealth have contracted with community colleges to provide
training for more employees, and 95,000 employees have been
trained by community colleges throughout Pennsylvania; therefore
be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate designate the month of April 2019
as "Pennsylvania Community College Month" in Pennsylvania; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That the Senate encourage all residents to
recognize, appreciate and support the contributions these
institutions make to their communities and our Commonwealth.
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