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Exceptional RACC Students Honored by PA Commission for Community Colleges

HARRISBURG, PA – Reading Area Community College students David Meyer and Heather Murray were honored at The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges 23rd Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team at an awards banquet on Monday, April 4th in Harrisburg. The awards recognize an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

The 2016 All-PA Team consists of outstanding community college scholars from across the Commonwealth. The All-PA Team is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honors society.

Meyer, of West Reading, is an honors social work major who will attend West Chester University in fall 2017 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work; and will continue his studies to earn a Master’s degree in social work. David is currently the program manager for Synergy Houses transitional housing in Pottstown and West Chester. As a yoga instructor, David volunteers his time as a facilitator for trauma sensitive, recovery-based yoga instruction.

Murray, of Sinking Spring is an honors Computer Science/Information Technology major. She has been working for a local tax preparation service, in addition to substitute teaching as a special needs paraprofessional at a local school district. In addition to All-PA honors, Heather has also been selected from 1,800 applicants as a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar, and will receive a scholarship of $1,250. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

“The entire RACC community is very proud of Heather and David’s accomplishments and recognition. They have both worked very hard to build an outstanding academic record. In addition, they also exemplify good campus citizenship that is also valued at our College, “says Dr. Anna Weitz, RACC President.

Danelle Bower, MSW, Assistant Professor at RACC adds, “The selection is very competitive and students must have completed at least 36 credits at a community college and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to be considered for this award.”

Pennsylvania’s community colleges partner with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities to provide scholarships to All-PA Team members at PASSHE institutions.