Pashinski to hold Policy Committee hearing on community college affordability Thursday in Nanticoke

WILKES-BARRE, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on his legislation (H.B. 2287) to provide a pathway for community college students at any of Pennsylvania’s 14 state community colleges to complete their degree or certificate program and land a steady job before having to begin repaying their tuition interest-free for up to 10 years – the Delayed Payment Plan.

The hearing will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 at Luzerne County Community College, Campus Center-Building 14, 3rd Floor, Multi-Purpose Room, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke, PA 18634.

Pashinski requested the hearing to discuss the issues of community college affordability, student debt, and addressing the skills gap in Pennsylvania. He will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state.

The current agenda is:

    9 a.m.                    Welcome and opening remarks                

    9:10 a.m.               Endy Santos, student, Luzerne County Community College
    9:30 a.m.               Panel from community colleges:

  • Thomas Leary, president, Luzerne County Community College
  • Elizabeth Bolden, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges

    10:10 a.m.           Panel from Pennsylvania CareerLink Luzerne County 

  • Christine Jensen, Administrator, PA CareerLink® Luzerne County
  • Trina Moss, Director of Operations and Programs, Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board

    10:30 a.m.           Closing remarks                       

This hearing is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at and hearing materials are at