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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

State Funds Eliminated For Potter County Education Council

Education Council Funding Cut In Budget

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edcouncilFunding for nine Community Education Councils in Pennsylvania has been eliminated in Gov. Ed Rendell’s 2009-10 budget proposal. This includes the Potter County Education Council and eight others that deliver adult education and other services. Representatives and supporters of the Potter County Education Council plan to work with members of the Senate and House of Representatives in an effort to restore funding during the budget process over the next few months.

Community Education Councils provide access to post-secondary and higher education opportunities in educationally underserved communities. Offerings may include programs or classes leading to certification, licensure or college degrees; GED preparation; skill enhancement/workforce development, and customized job training.

Councils are headquartered in Corry, St. Marys, Coudersport, Kittanning, New Castle, North Warren, Sharon, Pottsville and Oil City.


Anonymous said...

Let's cut out the pork!!!!

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Anonymous said...

a classic "don't know what you got until its gone scenario".

we are lucky to have the opportunities that the ed council provides and it would be a shame to see that disappear.

if you like to comment on local news stories, take a moment to make a comment that really counts; send an email to the Gov's office and ask him to reconsider funding for the ed council.

in an area where opportunities are already in scarce supply, we can ill afford to lose this resource.

Anonymous said...

This is a potter county office and shouldn't be funded at the state lvel in the first place.

Anonymous said...

"This is a potter county office and shouldn't be funded at the state lvel in the first place."

Then accourding to this logic our schools which are local offices shouldn't receive any state or federal funding either?!?!?!


Anonymous said...

I would not be an employable entity without the education I received through the Potter County Education Council.

This is a very valuable commodity to our area and every effort should be made by all of us to assure that it remains.

There are opportunities provided by the staff that nearly everyone can avail themselves of, if they so desire.

If there is something you wish to pursue and it is not offered, the staff will do their utmost to find a way for you to avail yourself of the education.

Anonymous said...

I would not have had the employment opportunities that I have had without the education I received through the Potter County Education Council.

The Ed Council is an extremely valuable commodity in our area.

We should make a concentrated effort to keep them as a viable unit.

Without education we flounder. There is no progress, and in the economic times that surround us today, any improvement in our skills is a plus.

If the Ed Council does not offer what you are looking for, the staff will do their utmost to help you find a way to avail yourself of what you need.

Anonymous said...

The cost of the multiple buildings and staff members is not viable and cuts have to be made.....