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06 December 2021

HACC, PNC Foundation Announce New Initiative to Diversify Local Police and Emergency Medical Technicians

$112,500 grant will help provide scholarships for Black students enrolled in HACC’s Police Academy or EMT Program

HARRISBURG, Pa. – HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, and the PNC Foundation unveiled a new effort that will seek to build a more diverse police and emergency medical technician talent pipeline for the region.

As announced today, the PNC Foundation will fund this effort through a $112,500 grant over three years. HACC will use the funding to focus on recruitment and training of 36 low- to moderate-income Black students in the College’s Municipal Police Academy and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program at the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus.

“Thanks to this collaboration with HACC, we will be one step closer to ensuring that our heroic first responders reflect the communities they serve,” said Jim Hoehn, PNC regional president in Central Pa. “This initiative brings PNC’s focus on diversity and inclusion together with our belief that education is a force for economic and social mobility.”

This grant is part of PNC’s Community Benefits Plan announced last April, which is inclusive of a previously announced commitment of more than $1 billion to support economic empowerment opportunities for Black Americans and low- and moderate- income communities. The Community Benefits Plan will provide at least $88 billion in loans, investments and other financial support to benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and communities, people and communities of color, and other historically marginalized individuals and communities, over a four-year period.

John J. “Ski” Sygielski, MBA, Ed.D., HACC’s president and CEO, said, “HACC is grateful for the support from the PNC Foundation that will enable us to provide new career opportunities for members of our Black community. Using these funds provided by the PNC Foundation, the HACC Foundation will award scholarships to fully cover all tuition and educational costs associated with these programs. Since one of HACC’s core values is ‘inclusivity,’ this initiative exemplifies our authentic and action-oriented commitment to this value.”

Those interested in applying for the full-ride scholarships should contact the HACC Foundation for more information via email at

For additional details, please view the news conference recording.
About the PNC Foundation
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
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 To contribute to the HACC Foundation, please visit
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HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, is the first and largest of Pennsylvania’s 15 community colleges. HACC offers approximately 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 15,350 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), follow us on Instagram (@HACC_edu), like us on Facebook ( and use #HACCNews.


For further information, please contact or Olivia Lammel with PNC media relations at

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