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LETTER OF REQUEST FOR SPONSORSHIP


November 21, 2019

Dear :

I am sending this request to you because the Susquehanna Valley counties need to sponsor a new dedicated community college that is affordable and close to home for our residents. I want a new public community college with tuition that is affordable, so residents in our multi-county region can attend classes where we can have focused training that will prepare us for job openings in our area.

A new community college that awards accredited diplomas, certificates and associate degrees, means our credits will build up and transfer to a four-year university or another college. The new community college will give us access to training for new and growing industries in our central Pennsylvania region thereby building a highly qualified workforce in the Susquehanna Valley that will appeal to new businesses and employers.

*Tuition is about $5,500 per year for full time student – covered by Pell Grant

*78% of respondents from the Susquehanna Valley responded that they would support a new community college

*94% of all community college students remain in PA after graduation/completion

*11,000 jobs open in Central PA Region - only a dedicated regional community college can manage this demand

*60% of all nurses obtain their degree from a community college

*85% of part-time students that attend community college are working in their community and raising their families

*LOCAL SPONSORSHIP GENERATES A MINIMUM 400% RETURN

*REGIONAL WEALTH BUILDING ECONOMIC IMPACT ANNUALLY EXCEEDS $50 MILLION

I am asking you, as county commissioner, to sponsor a new independent Susquehanna Valley community college as described in the PA Code Title 24 Article XIX so we can bring this asset to our region, strengthen our workforce, retain talent and youth and will have a profound community and economic impact.

Please sign a formal Resolution of Sponsorship and submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for a new Susquehanna Valley Community College.

Respectfully yours,



SVCEP, Inc.

15 S. 5th Street, Sunbury, PA 17801
www.newcommunitycollege.org
570-898-4334
svcep0[email protected]