HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is a leading employer and educator in the region. Central Pennsylvania would be unrecognizable without the many benefits HACC provides.
Here are some ways that HACC is making a positive impact on the community it serves.
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Strengthening Our Regional Economy
As our students increase their education, they increase their earning potential throughout their careers. On average, HACC associate degree graduates earn 31% more than Pennsylvanians with a high school diploma.
Investments in HACC’s students and employees multiply over the course of their careers. Approximately 80% of HACC alumni stay within a 25-mile radius of their home campus, continuing their positive impact on the regional economy.
In 2017-18, operations, construction and student spending of HACC, together with the enhanced productivity of its alumni, generated $1 billion in added income for the HACC Service Region economy.
Higher education is associated with higher earnings, increased tax revenues and reduced social spending. For every dollar society invests in HACC, people in Pennsylvania will receive a cumulative value of $9 in benefits.
Strengthening Our Workforce
More than 2,000 HACC students received their certificate, diploma or associate degree last fiscal year and were prepared to enter the workforce.
HACC has developed partnerships with companies to build their employees’ skills and offer apprenticeship programs so that students can receive on-the-job training while attending classes. For example, HACC is proud to be the first community college in Pennsylvania to provide an apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing.
Strengthening Our Community
- Has a significant number of students who are active military personnel and military veterans.
- Trains many police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, dental hygienists and other service providers who work in our region.
- Offers classes in high schools and community organizations to increase access to high-quality education.