Giving Opportunities: Harrisburg

The Arts at HACC
The Live at Rose Lehrman Artist Series presents live professional performing events to educate, entertain and improve the quality of life for Central Pennsylvania audiences. We believe that community members and students who experience high-quality, professional events are enriched and informed so that they may become more successful and engaged citizens.

Our programming, which occurs in the Rose Lehrman Arts Center, is both an extension of the traditional classroom and a community outreach tool. We have several needs to continue to support our Arts programming. One need is for upgraded equipment and facilities. Specific needs this year include renovating the dressing rooms for student performers in the HACC Theatre Works productions and also for performers for the Live at Rose series.

  • Renovate the Men's and Women's Dressing Rooms and Affiliated Restrooms - our goal is $45,000 for each room.
  • Update the Green Room - open space, kitchen and private dressing room - our goal is $60,000.
  • Underwrite 50% of the overhead costs for the Live At Rose Lehrman Series. Our goal is $100,000 annually.

Cooper Student Center Renovations
For the first time in 45 years, we are completely renovating the Cooper Student Center. It was built in1968 with an anticipated capacity for 7,500 credit students. We have exceeded those enrollment numbers with 9820 credit students on campus in Fall 2012, and over 30,000 non-credit students, primarily on the Harrisburg campus. Although Cooper has withstood the Agnes flood of 1972 and has gone through several modifications, it is time for a complete renovation to attract and retain students into the 21st century.

Our goal is to create a "one-stop" Welcome Center, where students have easy access to a range of student services from admissions and registration to financial aid and advising. Key findings from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement completed in 2007 verify the connection between student engagement and student success. In particular, support for learners (advising and counseling services) was consistently "correlated with measures of persistence." By providing improved support for students in the new Cooper Center, we will advance student persistence and success at the college.

Plans are to move the Welcome Center from the second floor to the first floor, near the entrance, as a natural starting point for new and prospective students. Entrances from both the parking lot and the quad would clearly lead into the new Welcome Center, with Registration, Financial Aid, Counseling and Advising services, along with a bank of self-service kiosks, would be easily accessible. The new student space would include a completely revamped cafeteria, with space for four vendors, comfortable seating throughout, a campus store for books, electronics and more. The second floor would house social space for student clubs and activities, including a student lounge and game area. The redesigned space will have lots of natural light and warm colors to create a warm welcoming environment for students to engage in activities or just hang out.
Fundraising Goal: $15,000,000

Scholarships for students who are not eligible for Pell Grants
These scholarships provide education assistance for students whose families fall just outside Pell grant criteria but who are struggling to pay for college. These scholarships fill their funding gaps.
Fundraising Goal: $50,000