Panelists Share Financial Aid Strategies This Summer At MCCC

Blue Bell/Pottstown, Pa.— Is your head filled with financial aid questions? Montgomery County Community College’s Financial Aid Office will host two workshops in July to help high school juniors and seniors and their parents understand the financial aid process. The workshops are free of charge and are open to the public.

Workshops will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 in Advanced Technology Center room 101 at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and on Wednesday, July 16 in the South Hall Community Room at the West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.

Both workshops will feature an expert panel discussion by representatives from a variety of local colleges and universities. Attendees will learn about the different types of financial aid available, how parents and students can meet the cost of attending college, how to interpret award letters, and much more. Workshops will include ample time for Q & A.

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MCCC West Campus Culinary Student Pays It Forward In Pottstown With Meals Program

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is some excellent Pottstown news! 

A culinary student at Montgomery County Community College‘s West Campus in Pottstown is doing something to help the struggling residents of Pottstown by offering a free meal to those in need!

It’s so gratifying to see young people get involved with the community!   They bring such enthusiasm and energy to the table! Many times they think of great solutions to problems because they have the ability to think outside the traditional “box”.

This young woman needs your help and here is her story –

A Pottstown local, Julia Zion, MCCC culinary student, recently reached out to the folks of Occupy Pottstown and offspring groups, to request a little help with a very cool community project she has just started.  It’s called Wednesday Night Community Meals.  This is a pretty simple, yet powerful idea, and it goes like this:

Every Wednesday through August Julia provides a meal at the little park at Washington and Chestnut Streets in Pottstown at 7 PM.  Food and drinks are brought in and served and tables and chairs need to get to and from the playground at Zion Church.  The meal is open to the community, but is intended for those who may not have a lot of food to put on their tables now, etc.  She has had about 18 people attend the meals, but plans for up to 30.  One of Julia’s desires is to give some Pottstown folks a hand-up via a good meal.  Period.  Simple, right?

Julia is looking for some local groups to take this project on with her through the summer.  Julia could really use some volunteers and food to be donated for this Wednesday, June 27th.  But on any Wednesday during the summer, Julia can use all the help she can get!

This would be a great project for churches, scout groups, service organizations, local corporations etc…

If you would like to donate food, money or your time, please contact this amazing young woman at  She would LOVE to hear from you!

TriCounty Community Membership Meeting

TriCounty Community Network Membership Meeting

Tuesday, March 15, 8am-10am

Montgomery County Community College, West Campus

South Hall, 1st Floor, Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown


Do you deliver groceries or prescriptions to a homebound parent?

Do you provide transportation for doctors’ appointments?

Do you make phone calls to coordinate services for a loved one? 

Do you provide care for a parent, child, elderly or chronically ill family member?

Then you are one of 44 million informal caregivers.  This meeting is for you!

This expert panel will provide valuable information and answer your questions.

Caregivers Support Panel

Robert M. Slutsky, Esq., Elder Law & Estate Planning – Elder Care Law

Angela Boyer, MSW, Hospice Manager, TriCounty Home Health & Hospice – Hospice Care

Celeste Faux, Supervisor, Montgomery County Aging & Adult Services – Government Support Programs

Shirlee Barlow, Managing Director, Columbia Cottage Assisted Living – Options of Care

Susan Cleaver, Creative Living Coach – Self Care for the Caregiver

Presented by the TCN CARE Program

Please RSVP by Friday, March 11.  Call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2.

Special thanks to our breakfast sponsor

High Street Music Company

Partnering to improve health, social and environmental conditions.

TriCounty Community Network

260 High Street, Pottstown, PA  19464

TCN Information & Questions – 610-705-3301, Extension 2
First Call Information & Referral Service – 610-705-3301, Extension 3

Attention Pottstown Residents – Important Meeting Alert

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

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Citizen Participation Meeting

The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Development invites local citizens to attend a Citizen Participation Meeting to be held Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., at the Montgomery County Community College, West Campus, 101 College Drive, (Conference Room 221), South Hall, Pottstown, PA. The meeting will allow citizens a time to present and discuss projects for which your municipality may apply for in the FY 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) Program, Emergency Shelter Grants, (ESG) Program, and/or Home Investment Partnerships Program, (HOME). Local non-profit organizations are also invited to attend and participate in this meeting.

Hat tip to a concerned Pottstown resident 🙂

Pottstown’s Montgomery County Community College West Campus

There was a nice and informative supplement in the Mercury today all about MCCC’s West Campus, right here in Pottstown.

I will summarize some things if you did not get the paper or read the supplement.  I confess do not always read them or I skim through them if they do not interest me.

Being a Pottstown promoter, I feel this information is great because it is all positive, which is what I prefer to write about.

MCCC West Campus facts:

1. West Campus has been an integral part of Pottstown now for 14 years!

2.  Enrollment continues to grow, impressively I might add, and has reached 2,500 students! 

3.  The number of students at the West Campus has increased 16% in the last 12 months.  Non-credit enrollment has increased 46% in the last year.

4.  A new parking lot was created to meet the demand from an increased student population.  The college spent $1.2 million (mostly grants) to add parking for an addition 202 vehicles.  This included removing contaminated soil, installing underground drainage, adding clean fill and blacktop.  The parking lot features LED lighting which reduces electricity consumption 70%.

5.  The college is creating a Riverfront Academic & Heritage Center as part of its Environmental Science program.   The building is across from South Hall and was a Brownfield site that is being completed renovated into something useful again as well as being visually appealing!  It was an old PECO building.

6.  MCCC has been nationally recognized for Community Engagement (Community Service) by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  MCCC students make a significant contribution the volunteer sector.

7.  The West Campus now has 5 institutions of higher learning partnering with them to offer additional undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities RIGHT HERE IN POTTSTOWN!  Those schools are: Villanova University, Temple University, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College and Albright College.  Professors from these schools come to the West Campus and teach classes so you do not have leave town.

8.  West Campus offers non-credit green education programs

9.  MCCC has been nationally ranked as the number one most technically-advanced community college in the nation.

10.  MCCC’s radio station was ranked in the top five internet-only radio stations nationally.  Go to to listen.  There is a link in the lower right corner of the page.

11.  This is perhaps my most favorite piece of news!  A pilot program called Distinctively Pottstown is being offered for students to learn about Pottstown as they are getting their education here.  The class explores the past, present and future of our fair city.  Students do things like interview Pottstonians who make or have made a difference and write about them.  Visit important places in Pottstown like Pottsgove Manor, Memorial Park, Pottstown Library, Pottstown Municipal Airport, Pottstown Historical Society, The Mercury and taking the historic walking tour.  Information is power.  I wonder how many residents know the history of Pottstown.

Good things are happening all around us.