Harrisburg – State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-28) yesterday toured the York Campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) with Campus Vice President Jean Treuthart to gain further insight into the resources available for district residents looking for an alternative to a four-year college.
“It seems that more and more high school students are being pushed towards the traditional college route,” said Wagner. “But in reality, not everyone needs a four-year degree to be successful in life, and often graduates are finding themselves with excessive debt and no job to pay for it.”
Not only is Wagner interested in alternative education options for residents of his district, he is concerned with the current situation being faced by employers who are struggling to find skilled laborers.
“Thousands of jobs are going unfulfilled in south central Pennsylvania because we do not have the labor force necessary to fill them,” said Wagner. “Yet in May of this year, we graduated 12,000 teachers for 3,000 positions across Pennsylvania.”
Treuthart shared insight into HACC’s multiple programs, including the practical nursing and mechanical technology classes offered to high school students. In addition, Wagner learned of plans to launch a much-needed welding program at the school.
“Welders are in high demand, so I was pleased to learn of HACC’s desire to get their program up and running,” said Wagner. “Funding is an issue for them at this point, but I am confident they will be successful in securing the needed resources.”
Celebrating 50 years this year, HACC is Pennsylvania’s largest and oldest community college, with more than 20,000 students and offering more than 160 degrees. The York site on Pennsylvania Avenue is one of five HACC campuses in the region, in addition to several off-campus sites, and is home to 3,000 students.
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