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Thank YOU, Mark Lawrence and Sunbury Broadcasting, for the opportunity to share on WKOK Sunrise!

Listen to the update on the New Community College for Susquehanna Valley hat this link:



CARES Act Funding for Community Colleges

A Report By Dr. Lenaire Ahlum, Executive Director, Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project

April 3, 2020

Summary Introduction

Information for this report was gathered from a live webinar with the American Association of Community Colleges held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. It includes links to the webinar recording, slides, and the estimated disbursements to Pennsylvania and the nations community colleges and some discussion highlights.

The webinar was hosted by Dr. Martha Parham, Senior Vice President of Public Relations

Presenters were: Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges

David Baime – Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Policy Analysis

James Hermes – Associate Vice President, Government Relations

Webinar Links

Webinar Recording – AACC – CARES Act and Community Colleges  

This link contains the full presentation and discussion including Q & A at the end.

Webinar Slides – AACC and CARES Act and Community Colleges

These are the slides for the webinar that show the different buckets of funding.

Public Community Colleges – Estimates_for_CARES_Act_Funding.pdf

A pdf of the nations community colleges and the estimated funding for each. The estimates are based on 75% of Pell Grant FTE’s tuition and 25% non-Pell Grant FTE tuition. There is no funding for non-credit course enrollments.

Discussion Highlights

$3.3 Billion is going directly to the community college sector but there is not a time frame for the distributions

Governors received $2.95 Billion to distribute to K-12 and higher education.

$345 Million for Dislocated Workers Assistance by US Dept. of Labor

S.3273 Access to Careers Act of 2020 Kaine and Young

Senators Tim Kaine and Todd Young preparing this funding for anticipated surge in fall community college enrollments.

Growing interest in funding infrastructure programs in manufacturing for economic development leading to national self- reliance to be included in FY 2021 Budget Appropriations.

Community Colleges Combat COVID -19

New Jersey – Bergen County Community College

Coronavirus Testing Site Opens at Bergen Community College in Paramus


Nebraska -Metropolitan Community College

Community college builds face shields for Omaha hospital

Community college builds face shields for Omaha hospital

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha hospital system concerned about protecting medical staff

who treat those infected with a highly contagious new coronavirus has turned to a local community college for help.



Texas – Austin Community College

Prepares personal protective equipment kits for health care workers

ACC’s Pharmacy Technology Program alone gathered approximately 2,000 pairs of gloves, 500 gowns and hundreds of masks.

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Community College (ACC) is doing its part to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to local health care workers and first responders in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.



Greater Susquehanna Valley Community College Summit NEWS

The Daily Item

Saturday, October 20, 2018









































Timely Guidance for Community College Leaders

Practical Leadership in Community Colleges: Navigating Today’s Challenges, the much anticipated book George R. Boggs co-authored with Christine J. McPhail, is set to release this July. We were fortunate to be able to sit down with Boggs and McPhail to learn more about this project. During our conversation, he explored many challenges community college leaders face today and provided insight into how to overcome those obstacles.

George R. Boggs is the Superintendent and President Emeritus at Palomar College and President and CEO Emeritus of the American Association of Community Colleges. He has an impressive track record of steering community colleges through uncertain times. Christine J. McPhail is Emerita Professor of higher education and Founder of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University.

*The following has been edited for length and clarity.

Why did you decide to write this book? What did you see happening in the community college landscape, and what did you see missing in the current literature on community college leadership?

Leadership of the nation’s community colleges has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades—and it is more challenging than ever. The issues that leaders deal with today include increasing demands to improve college completion rates, increased accountability, enrollment and funding instability, new funding formulas based on student success measures, student unrest, safety and security, cyber security threats, racial tensions, weapons on campus, and many others. Our book is intended to assist leaders at all levels in the institution to anticipate, manage, and deal effectively with today’s complex issues. The book provides case studies and suggestions for leaders to use to facilitate discussions and planning at their institutions. Leaders need to prepare their teams to focus on practical solutions to emerging issues before they become disruptive, costly, or even dangerous.

You dedicate one chapter to the access mission of community colleges and another to issues of accountability. How do you see these two issues intersecting? How would you advise community college leaders to measure success?

Colleges are being held accountable for providing access to higher education and training for students. Although access has been a point of pride for those of us involved with community colleges, we are still not as successful as we need to be. Low-income populations and racial minorities do not attend college at rates that we would like to see. As states have disinvested in higher education and tuition costs have increased, the cost of college has become a barrier for some potential students.

However, the focus on accountability has recently shifted away from just access to student success. Measuring success is still unfinished business in the community college sector. Simply looking at graduation rates does not provide the complete picture. Selective institutions may be able to improve success rates by limiting access to those most likely to succeed; open admissions institutions have a societal obligation to protect access. For community colleges that have expanded their missions to include baccalaureate programs, the open-access mission needs to remain a priority.

In the book, you discuss the importance of increasing completion rates for an increasingly diverse set of students without lowering the bar. What are some of the most promising practices you’ve seen for improving community college student persistence and completion?

Student engagement is one of the most important determinants of student success. The Center for the Study of Community College Engagement has been assisting institutions to measure and improve student engagement for several years. The Achieving the Dream Initiative has verified that early enrollment in a college success skills or freshman experience class is effective. Of course, InsideTrack has documented the significant positive effect of coaching. The American Association of Community Colleges has begun a guided pathways initiative that is focused on helping students to enroll in course sequences that will assist them to be successful.

Several community colleges have begun to collaborate with K-12 institutions in order to improve college readiness. Some additional promising practices to improve student success include: the transparent pathways that are being implemented in Completion by Design Institutions; K-12 partnerships such as those at Long Beach City College in California and Harper College in Illinois; and focus on effective pedagogy such as Culturally Responsive Teaching as practiced at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland.

What are the primary obstacles that prevent institutions from implementing these practices more broadly? What barriers to organizational change and agility most often get in the way? And conversely, what prevents the discontinuation of ineffective practices?

Our book addresses institutional change, barriers to change, and how to implement change successfully. Colleges are among the most change resistant and tradition-bound institutions.

Institutional change is a people-intensive process, and people are creatures of habit, hardwired to resist adopting new mind-sets, practices, and behaviors. In our book, we discuss change management processes comprehensively. We recommend strategies that leaders can use to capture the hearts and minds of people who need to operate differently to deliver the desired results.

Are there any institutions or institutional leaders you would like to highlight as modeling the best practices described in the book?

Completion by Design (CBD) Colleges

Over the past four years, CBD colleges have aligned policies, programs and practices to create Guided Pathways that support students to be more successful. This is a bold, innovative, and aggressive approach to student success because it requires total institutional alignment of people, structures, and culture. The CBD colleges are making significant progress on the very complex completion problem. http://completionbydesign.org

Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges

Leader colleges have shown three years of sustained improvement of student success on at least one of the following measures of performance: course completion, advancement from remedial to credit-bearing courses, completion of college-level math and English courses, term-to-term and year-to-year retention, and completion of certificates or degrees. Additionally, each college has successfully implemented at least one student success intervention or initiative that is advancing student outcomes that are of sufficient scale to benefit a substantial proportion of students. http://achievingthedream.org/press_release/14942/achieving-the-dream-announces-2015-leader-colleges

Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

Colleges are recognized for performance and improvements in learning, graduation, workforce outcomes, and equitable outcomes for all students, focusing on those in traditionally underserved racial/ethnic groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American) and those from low-income backgrounds. http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/college-excellence/2015aspenprize

Is there anything else that you’d like to share with our audience?

Practical Leadership in Community Colleges: Navigating Today’s Challenges is a different kind of book than others dealing with leadership. It is focused on practical solutions to the issues that can keep leaders up at night.

The book provides practical tools and models based upon research and years of professional observations. The issues to consider and case scenarios that are included in each chapter provide leaders with points of discussion for cabinet or committee meetings. Readers can use the information immediately.

The book provides practical examples of how to master the complexity of organizational culture and how to navigate and lead within them effectively.
Today’s issues and challenges require a new way of conducting college business. We provide readers with tools and strategies that will enable them to develop the leadership skills and perspectives needed to effectively navigate the increasingly complex issues facing community colleges.

Practical Leadership in Community Colleges: Navigating Today’s Challenges, available in July, offers a path forward through the challenges community colleges face every day.


Public invited to fundraising launch


Public invited to fundraising launch

NORTHUMBERLAND — The Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project will launch its fundraising efforts on Thursday, January 28, at a 5:30 p.m. reception at Zartman Construction, 3000 Point Township Drive.

The public is invited to attend this inaugural event kicking off efforts to raise $80,000 to cover expenses as the board and volunteers move forward on bringing a community college to the Susquehanna Valley.

Richard Shoch, Community Education Project board chairman and a Northumberland County commissioner, will emcee the event and provide an update on the progress of establishing the community college. Bob Garrett, president and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, will talk about the positive economic impact when educational opportunities are enhanced.

Shoch encouraged people to learn more about the community college efforts by attending this event.

“This project receives no public funding currently because it’s just getting off the ground. However, there are expenses associated with getting the college going. Our board of directors has already raised over $10,000 by each making a contribution which was matched by an anonymous donor.” Shoch said. “We believe in this college and what it can do for our region. We hope that others will see the value too.”

The Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project Board is will begin offering mini courses in March, including Navigating the Route to College, Job Hunting & Getting Hired and Statistics for Dummies.

For more information on the community college initiative, the January fundraising launch, or the upcoming courses, call 570.898.4334 or go to www.newcommunitycollege. org.

Average Annual Tuition And Fees (2014-2015)
Community Colleges – $3,347 (public, in-district)
4 Year Colleges – $9,139 (public, in-state)