Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Community College Caucus along with Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), introduced a resolution Wednesday recognizing the first annual Pennsylvania Community College Completion Challenge (PAC4) Week for the week of October 19-23.
The measure was adopted by the Senate unanimously.
“One of the many benefits to earning a community college degree or certificate is that they tend to excel professionally,” said Sen. Mensch. “Students with a degree or certificate earn $500k more over a lifetime than someone with only a high school degree.”
More than 70 percent of community college students who transfer to a senior college with an associate degree successfully complete a baccalaureate degree. Those who transfer without earning their associate's degree have a greater risk of failing at the senior college level.
“PAC4 is intended to encourage community college students to complete their studies at the colleges,” said Sen. Mensch. “Each chapter is embarking on programs during this week to promote the event on campus.”The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and the Pennsylvania Community College Caucus are planning to do a large statewide event in the Main Rotunda of that Capitol Building October 19 at 11:30 a.m.