Community Colleges en State Senate OKs Rural Community College Plan <p>A rural community college based in western Pennsylvania is one step closer to becoming a reality. The proposal to start setting up a 15th community college passed with just four votes cast against it in the state Senate Wednesday.<br /><br />The bill, proposed by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson), aims to provide educational and job-training opportunities in a region that has been historically underserved, according to a <a href="">2011 study by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee</a>.<br /> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:45:35 +0000 Mary Wilson 26169 at Proposals For New Community College in NW PA Prompt Concerns About Funding, Fairness <p>Community college presidents are questioning proposals to create a new community college in northwestern Pennsylvania.<br /><br />They say it comes down to money – and fairness.<br /><br />Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges are funded in part by a local sponsor – either school districts or county governments.<br /><br />Plans to create a new northwestern community college would not require local sponsorship, allowing the school to be funded with state aid and tuition alone.<br /> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:41:25 +0000 Mary Wilson 24766 at Study Shows Education Grows Economies <p>Not only is state investment in education beneficial to students, but also it can help regions grow their economies, according to a new <a href="">study </a>by the Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN), a coalition of national and state think tanks.</p><p>The study followed state wage increases and productivity growth from 1979 to 2012. It found that high-wage states have a more educated workforce, and states can build those workforces through expanded access to low-cost two- and four-year colleges.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:29:55 +0000 Tim Camerato 15468 at Can Community Colleges Save the Economy? <p>Though they are sometimes <a href="">mocked </a>and often overlooked in the conversation about post-secondary education, community colleges are playing an important role in the reinvention of the American workforce.</p><p>With the costs of public and private universities skyrocketing and a changing economy that demands of a bevy of new skills, community colleges have become the primary option for many students seeking to gain crucial skills at a lower cost. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:42:34 +0000 John Lavanga 14005 at Can Community Colleges Save the Economy? Weary of Level Funding, Community Colleges Ask for More <p>Community colleges across the state are asking lawmakers for a budget bump.<br><br>Students, teachers and trustees packed the state Capitol rotunda Tuesday to ask for a break from the state’s years-long streak of mostly flat-funding its 14 community colleges.<br><br>“The dwindling support over the past years from both local sponsors and the state is having a toll on our institutions and risking the student experience,” said Alex Johnson, president of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:23:06 +0000 Mary Wilson 7597 at