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16 August 2018

ADVISORY: 2018 Harrisburg Promise Kick-Off Picnic

Creating College Pathways for Harrisburg Area Youth


  • Seventh- and eighth-grade participants of the Harrisburg Promise from the Harrisburg and Steelton-Highspire school districts and their families
  • Emily Leader, chairwoman, Board of Commissioners, Harrisburg Housing Authority
  • Dave Madsen, member, Harrisburg City Council
  • Senghor Manns, president and CEO, Harrisburg Housing Authority
  • John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D., president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
  • Travis Waters, superintendent of the Steelton-Highspire School District
WHAT: Picnic to kick off the third year of the Harrisburg Promise
WHEN: Aug. 18, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Rose Lehrman Arts Center Garden, HACC’s Harrisburg Campus, One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
COVERAGE: The media is invited to attend the event that includes:
  • 10-10:50 a.m. – Campus tours for the students and their families
  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Welcome from Dr. Ski and presentation of the Volunteer of the Year Award
  • 11:30-noon – Lunch 
Students and their families will be available for interviews.
The Harrisburg Promise is a partnership between HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; the City of Harrisburg; and the Harrisburg Housing Authority. The Harrisburg Promise creates a pathway to postsecondary education for youth in Harrisburg, specifically in these areas: Hall Manor, Hillside Village, Hoverter Homes, MW Smith Homes, William Howard Day Homes and neighborhoods within the Steelton-Highspire School District.
In the Harrisburg Promise, participating students will be supported from seventh grade through the end of high school with mentoring and college-preparedness activities. Because we believe finances should never be a barrier to receiving an education, students who have been successful under the Harrisburg Promise will then become eligible to receive the Harrisburg Promise Scholarship from the HACC Foundation to attend HACC. Approximately 40 students are currently participating in the program. For more information, please visit

Photos from the event are available on Flickr.   
About HACC
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges. HACC offers over 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 19,000 students. Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), like us on Facebook ( and use #HACCNews.
About the HACC Foundation
The HACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 to raise private and corporate revenues in support of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. The HACC Foundation provides funding for student scholarships, innovative academic programs, state-of-the art training equipment and modernized facilities. To learn more about the HACC Foundation, please visit

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