Harrisburg Promise

Harrisburg Promise

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College; the City of Harrisburg; and the Harrisburg Housing Authority have developed a partnership – the Harrisburg Promise.

The Harrisburg Promise creates a pathway to postsecondary education for youth in Harrisburg, specifically in these areas: Hall Manor, Hillside Village, Hoverter Homes, MW Smith Homes, William Howard Day Homes and neighborhoods within the Steelton-Highspire School District. The program supports students from seventh grade through graduation from HACC, with early intervention that will reduce barriers to postsecondary education and inspire college aspirations.


The Harrisburg Promise is supported by the top executives at HACC, the City of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Housing Authority. The Harrisburg School and Steelton-Highspire School Districts partner to recruit students for the program.

Additional partners are being recruited to assist with the Harrisburg Promise and provide additional services. Students are supported with mentoring and college preparation assistance.

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Planned Activities

The Harrisburg Promise works with our internal and external partners to offer to the students career awareness, career exploration and college-readiness skills. These activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • An end-of-summer picnic at HACC to set goals and expectations for the academic year
  • Monthly visits to HACC’s Harrisburg Campus for a series of planned events, ranging from career exploration to financial literacy
  • An annual visit to a company to see the real world first hand and increase the students’ career options

For more information, please visit www.hacc.edu/harrisburgpromise/events.


The Participants

The Harrisburg Promise program will recruit seventh grade students from Hall Manor, Hillside Village, Hoverter Homes, MW Smith Homes, William Howard Day Homes and neighborhoods in the Steelton-Highspire School District and follow them through high school and post-secondary education at HACC.

Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher while in the program and provide proof with report cards. In addition:

  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco use will not be tolerated.
  • The students (male or female) cannot be parents.
  • Students of all races and socioeconomic levels will be welcome to participate as long as they meet program requirements.

Parents and guardians who are interested in their children participating in the Harrisburg Promise should contact:

Melinda Fraker de Fonte
Assistant Director - Corporate and Business Services
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College
One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Email: mmfraker@hacc.edu  
Telephone: 717-780-2577


Harrisburg Promise web logo

Harrisburg Promise Logo

The logo symbolizes the mission of the Harrisburg Promise – to support students from seventh grade through post-secondary education and graduation from HACC. The logo features a graduation cap with two splattered lines below it with the words “The Harrisburg PROMISE.”

The graduation cap signifies the end goal of graduation for each program participant. The use of the HACC “h” symbol visually represents that the students will graduate from HACC. The symbol is made up of four h’s, representing the first letter of “HACC.” The color is one of HACC’s brand colors. It is used to reinforce the message of graduating from HACC. When promises are made, we keep them hence, the prominent and bold “PROMISE.”


Harrisburg Promise Scholarship

The HACC Foundation has a goal of raising $150,000 by 2020 to establish the Harrisburg Promise Scholarship. This scholarship will assist first-year, financially disadvantaged students who have participated in the Harrisburg Promise program. Students in the program must maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout high school, live in designated school districts and participate in all other program requirements. Students who successfully complete this program and enter HACC as a first-year student will be eligible for the Harrisburg Promise Scholarship. Finances should never be a barrier to education.

Donors interested in contributing to the Harrisburg Promise Scholarship should:

  • Make their checks payable to “HACC Foundation”
  • Write “Harrisburg Promise” on the memo line
  • Mail the checks to: HACC Foundation, One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Donors may also contribute online and via text-to-give: www.hacc.edu/waystogive.

All contributions are tax-deductible.


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About HACC

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, offers more than 100 career and transfer associate degree, certificate and diploma programs to approximately 19,000 students.  Also, the College serves students at its Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses; through virtual learning; and via workforce development and continuing education training. For more information on how HACC is uniquely YOURS, visit hacc.edu. Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HACC64) and use #HACCNews.



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About the HACC Foundation

The HACC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 to raise funds for HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. In fiscal year 2014-15 alone, the HACC Foundation contributed close to $2.3 million to the College in support of financial assistance for 2,479 students, innovative academic programs, state-of-the-art training equipment and modernized facilities. Donors to the HACC Foundation include individuals, community organizations and corporations. In fiscal year 2014-15, more than 935 donors contributed almost $2 million to the HACC Foundation. The HACC Foundation is gratefully YOURS. For more information, please visit haccfoundation.org. Also, follow us on Twitter (@HACC_info), like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HACC64) and use #HACCNews.


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About the City of Harrisburg

Harrisburg (http://harrisburgpa.gov/) is a town with a rich history that spans more than 200 years. As the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the city attracts thousands of people to live, work and play. The city is poised for a great economic recovery, and there is optimism on our streets as it looks forward to meeting the needs of more than 49,000 residents. With a population of 49,673, Harrisburg is the 10th largest city in Pennsylvania. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 105 miles west-northwest of Philadelphia and 204 miles east of Pittsburgh.


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About the Harrisburg Housing Authority

The Harrisburg Housing Authority (HHA) is one of the largest residential property owners and rental subsidy providers in the City of Harrisburg, providing over 1,700 units of affordable housing and over 1,000 housing choice vouchers. The organization uses affordable housing to stabilize neighborhoods and connect residents with life-enhancing resources through community partnerships. With its internal management team and external alliances working together, HHA offers the most comprehensive mix of affordable housing services to create brighter, more sustainable communities.