Pennsylvania is a remarkable place to live and work. After all, where else can you experience all four seasons in the same week? Weather aside, what I find most wonderful about Pennsylvania is how very proud we are of our past, and—at the same time—we are always looking forward to the future. This place, which gave birth to our American democracy, is now on a short-list to host the future headquarters of internet giant Amazon. That’s impressive. That’s PA.
The State System’s 14 universities graduate more students than any other higher education sector, and it’s our responsibility to prepare our students for a successful future. Successful futures include exciting careers that make a real difference. Our talented faculty and staff prepare students by providing real-world experiences that prepare them for life after graduation. Our universities offer innovative programs designed to fill the state’s greatest needs. It’s one thing to have a degree; it’s another to have a degree that prepares you for a successful life and a successful career. And, that’s what we want for each and every one of our 100,000 students.
I hope you will support the campaign by telling your story on social media (use our #Prepared4PA hashtag) or by following the State System on Facebook and Twitter. Your stories best describe our collective value to the Commonwealth—you are the real face of PA. When we invest in our state universities, we invest in our state’s future. It’s really that simple.