‘We’re not going anywhere’: HACC union, supporters rally in Harrisburg

BY: - October 11, 2023

Teachers at Harrisburg Area Community College joined lawmakers and supporters at the Capitol on Wednesday to rally in support of unionized workers across the community college’s five locations who are calling for an end to what they describe as union-busting tactics by the college administration. Harrisburg Area Community College Educators Association (HACCEA), the 250-member faculty […]

A student at the Community College of Baltimore County stands near the bus stop at her school in 2022. Many states are looking to give grants to residents to make community college practically free for some students. Elaine S. Povich/Stateline

More states are giving students more money to pay for community college

BY: - May 22, 2023

By Elaine S. Povich As the idea of free community college gains traction across the country, some lawmakers have gotten bolder in their concepts — expanding existing programs or pitching legislation that would offer free college to anyone. The latest example is Massachusetts, where Democratic Gov. Maura Healey’s 2024 budget includes $20 million to expand the state’s […]

Democrats’ vision for free community college would boost undocumented students

BY: - October 4, 2021

A lifeline for many people now denied access to higher education could also reignite controversies in Republican-leaning states over immigration and federal overreach.

Community colleges hardest hit by pandemic enrollment declines | The Numbers Racket

BY: - September 13, 2021

Overall, postsecondary enrollment dropped by 3.5 percent or 603,000 students in the Spring of 2021, according to a June report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. 

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

BY: - September 12, 2021

Republicans objected to many of the amendments offered during the markup, citing high costs and arguing that the reconciliation process should not be used to make policy changes.


With budget season approaching, Wolf, lawmakers must fully fund Pa.’s community colleges | Opinion

BY: - January 26, 2021

For community colleges, who we educate is almost as important as what we teach. We are essential to our communities.

Kenney to offer plan to make Community College of Philly tuition-free for qualifying students

BY: - March 5, 2020

The program targets the role played by poverty in preventing city residents from pursuing a college education.

Waiting Game: With state Board of Ed meeting looming, Erie County’s community college debate may soon be over

BY: - March 3, 2020

The Pa. State Board of Education meets March 18 in Erie -- and win or lose, Erie County officials may finally have a long-awaited answer.


This is what happens when community college is made free | Opinion

BY: - January 9, 2020

Free community college increases the number of people graduating with associate degrees, but it would also likely decrease the number of people completing bachelor’s degrees.

Higher education shouldn’t be a ‘luxury’: Pa. community college advocates rally for more state funding

BY: - April 9, 2019

When Andrew Helmer looks at Pennsylvania’s 14 public community colleges, he sees more than just campuses. He sees “reservoirs of knowledge.” “I know what community colleges do to train our employees of the future,” Helmer, the vice-president of human resources at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, said Tuesday. He joined dozens of students, business leaders, and […]