KEYS Program

KEYSKeystone Education Yields Success

The Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) Program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services( DHS) and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. The KEYS Program is designed to help recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) attending Westmoreland County Community College with the successful completion of their course of study.

If you are in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you can also be served by the KEYS Program.

The purpose of the KEYS Program is to provide additional support while enrolled at the community college.

Benefits of the KEYS Program:

  • Based upon eligibility determined by the County Assistance Office (CAO), assistance is available to request supportive services such as transportation costs and childcare
  • Referrals for academic support
  • Assistance from a Student Facilitator to help you achieve your educational goals
  • Connections to other community service agencies
  • Advocacy to your CAO
  • Incentives, availability based upon grant funds

Requirements of a KEYS Participant:

  • Attend regularly scheduled KEYS appointments
  • Sign-in/sign-out each day when on campus
  • Submit weekly attendance sheets
  • TANF recipients and Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) recipients must meet the required hours each week as determined by the CAO
  • SNAP students must also meet a minimum amount of hours each month
  • Attend scheduled classes and complete assignments
  • Report changes to KEYS staff

Enrollment in KEYS

  • The KEYS Program must receive a referral from your CAO.
  • The CAO makes the determination if you may participate in KEYS.

If you are interested in the KEYS Program, contact the KEYS Office at 724.925.4106. You may also speak with your caseworker at the county assistance office.

KEYS Brochure

TANF Attendance Sheet

SNAP Attendance Sheet