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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Rural Regional College to offer community college courses in Erie in 2017

Offerings will include educational and vocational training.

By Valerie Myers

A new look into creating an Erie County community college won't stop the Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania from setting up shop in Erie County as early as fall 2017.

The Rural Regional College will offer courses via live interactive technology. Professors will interact with students in the room with them and on screen from other sites throughout the region, including six sites proposed in Erie County.

The college is in the process of hiring a president, accepting proposals for locations for its administrative base, and beginning the search for a marketing firm to get word on the school out to potential students.

Organizers expect to begin enrolling students here in January.

"We are going to stay the course in Erie County," said Duane Vicini, project executive for the Rural Regional College. "From our position, we will stay the course of the mandate from the Legislature."

The Rural Regional College was approved by the state Legislature in 2014 to serve Crawford, Warren, Venango, Cameron, Elk, Forest, McKean and Potter counties. Erie County was added to the list at the request of local leaders, including state Sen. Sean Wiley, who co-sponsored the authorizing legislation.

The Rural Regional College is designed to serve a region where there is no other community college, Vicini said.  Read more...


Anonymous said...

Erie County = rural Pennsylvania. Seems legit to me.

Anonymous said...

How many colleges and technical schools already exist in Erie County that could just add the classes?
If Erie County is considered rural wonder
what the other eight county's should be classified?

Anonymous said...

What a great program for Elk and Cameron County residents NOT!!!! Its closer to drive to State College than Erie UGH