Community College Leaders Buoyed By President's Proposal on Worker Training
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Community college leaders are excited at the prospects for training more workers for high demand occupations. The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges believes that community colleges across the Commonwealth will be supportive of President Bush's new initiative to expand workforce training at community colleges nationwide. Reacting to the President's proposal in his State of the Union Address on Monday evening, which was elaborated upon yesterday at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Stephen Curtis, President of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges noted, "We in Pennsylvania's community colleges are glad to see that the President has recognized the ability of community colleges to serve employers and we are anxious to hear the details of this proposal. The community colleges are committed to serving companies across the Commonwealth and helping them become more competitive by updating and improving the skills of their employees to meet specific company needs through such activities as customized training programs for employers and by partnering with WednetPA." In fiscal year 2001/2002, the 14 community colleges in Pennsylvania served over 75,000 employees in customized training programs contracted by Pennsylvania companies. If enacted, the proposal will provide $250 million to help programs which match workers with employers. That could mean an additional $250,000 or more to each of Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges, although the exact distribution of the funds is not yet known. Depending upon the means by which the money is distributed, the funds could be used to supplement programs geared to high-demand careers, such as nursing and other health-related professions, homeland security, computer security and other computer and information services. Other community college presidents have also voiced their support. Vice President of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges Dr. Karen Stout stated, "The Pennsylvania community colleges enjoy a strong record of support for local and regional job training and re-training needs in partnership with employers. We are excited about the President's proposal and his recognition of the valuable role that community colleges play in sustaining the quality of life of the communities we serve. We look forward to creating more innovative ways, in partnership with business leaders, to ensure that we are offering relevant, flexible and state-of-the-industry job training programs that will meet local workforce needs and prepare those involved in training for continuous learning that will ensure their adaptability as job skills continue to change." The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to represent the interests of the 14 community colleges of Pennsylvania. For more information on the Commission and its programs, please visit its website at www.pacommunitycolleges.org or call 717.232.7584 For local community college comments, contact: Jack Chielli, Director of Marketing & Media Relations Community College of Allegheny County 412.237.3100 firstname.lastname@example.org Anne Wallace, Director, Marketing & Public Relations Community College of Beaver County 724.775.8561, x217 email@example.com Marta Kaufmann, Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations Bucks County Community College 215.968.8242 firstname.lastname@example.org Susan J. Changnon, Director of Public Relations Butler County Community College 724.287.8711, x 222 email@example.com Patty Kiniry, Director of Marketing/Public Relations Cambria County Area Community College 814.532.5319 firstname.lastname@example.org Anders R. Back, Director, Marketing & Public Relations Delaware County Community College 610.359.5135 email@example.com Patrick M. Early, Executive Director of Public Relations Harrisburg Area Community College 717.780.3228 firstname.lastname@example.org Maria Esposito Roberts, Assoc. Dean for Institutional Advancement Lehigh Carbon Community College 610.799.1584 email@example.com Lisa Nelson, Director of College Relations Luzerne County Community College 570.740.0732 firstname.lastname@example.org Susan Adams, Director of Marketing & Communications Montgomery County Community College 215.619.7488 email@example.com Heidi B. Butler, Director of Public Information & Community Relations Northampton Community College 610.861.5453 firstname.lastname@example.org Lynette M. Brown-Sow, Vice President, Marketing & Government Relations Community College of Philadelphia 215.751.8858 email@example.com Melissa Kushner, Public Relations & Marketing Specialist Reading Area Community College 610.372.4721, x5047 MKushner@racc.edu Anna Marie Palatella-Stahl, Director of Public Relations/Publications Westmoreland County Community College 724.925.4091 firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
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