Harrisburg residents joined the HACC community Sept. 10 for the launch of Harrisburg Promise, an initiative to give middle schoolers a boost toward college completion.
The initiative is the result of a partnership created by HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; the City of Harrisburg; and the Harrisburg Housing Authority.
Harrisburg Promise benefits youth in Harrisburg, specifically in these areas: Hall Manor, Hillside Village, Hoverter Homes, MW Smith Homes and William Howard Day Homes.
Approximately 30 students from these areas and their parents learned about goals and academic expectations of Harrisburg Promise at an orientation and tour of the Harrisburg Campus of HACC. A picnic in the Rose Garden of the Rose Lehrman Art Center was held after a news conference.
Harrisburg Promise will support students from seventh grade through graduation from HACC, with early intervention that will reduce barriers to postsecondary education and inspire college aspirations. In addition, students will make monthly visits to HACC’s Harrisburg Campus for a series of planned events, ranging from financial literacy to exploring career options during visits to area companies to see the real world first hand.
Students in the program must maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout high school, live in designated school districts and participate in all other program requirements. Students who successfully complete this program and enter HACC as a first-year student will be eligible for the Harrisburg Promise Scholarship.
The HACC Foundation has a goal of raising $150,000 to establish the Harrisburg Promise Scholarship. This scholarship will assist first-year, financially disadvantaged students who have participated in the Harrisburg Promise program