Empower Erie News & Updates

Our view: Don’t let rural senator dictate Erie’s fortunes

Posted on March 13th, 2018 at 12:36 PM

A community college has long been recommended in Erie County to fill a gap in the region’s education continuum and serve as a resource to local employers, especially manufacturers in the rapidly changing, high-tech global economy. There’s no question that isolated communities in Pennsylvania’s northern tier should have access to these resources. But we agree with Empower Erie Chairman Ron DiNicola, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, and state Sen. Dan Laughlin, of Millcreek Township, R-49th Dist., that the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College model, as it has evolved so far, might not scale to Erie’s deep and varied needs.


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Our view: Budget item kindles community college hopes

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 at 12:45 PM

As Erie Times-News reporter Matthew Rink detailed, the state last fall authorized $10 million in the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for Erie County’s proposed community college. And this week the county took the next step and submitted a request for $3.5 million of that funding.


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Community college is vital investment in Erie County’s future: Tom Hagen

Posted on November 5th, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Tom Hagen's op-ed in support of the community college.


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Pennsylvania State Board of Education Public Hearing

Posted on September 20th, 2017 at 2:24 PM
Pennsylvania State Board of Education Public Hearing

The Special Committee of the State Board of Education (Board) established to facilitate the Board's consideration of the plan submitted by Erie County seeking to establish the Erie County Community College will conduct a public hearing on October 10, 2017, at 6:00 pm. The hearing wil be held in the auditorium of the Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library, 160 East Front Street, Erie PA, 16507.


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Erie County community college application sent to state

Posted on June 30th, 2017 at 4:16 PM

The state’s application review process could take up to a year, officials have said.


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Erie County Council approves community college sponsorship

Posted on June 28th, 2017 at 6:15 AM

A community college plan developed by nonprofit Empower Erie over the past several months now becomes the formal application for the new school that could be submitted to the state by the end of the week.


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Why we’re voting for community college: Breneman, Fatica, Horton, Leone

Posted on June 27th, 2017 at 2:00 AM

This past year, our county embarked on a familiar journey toward the establishment of a community college. With the backing of Erie’s philanthropic community and County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie County Council passed a resolution to study the need for a community college, and we opened our chambers to comment and question.


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County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper to Host Event Series

Posted on June 14th, 2017 at 3:46 PM
County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper to Host Event Series

County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper will host a series of events featuring County Council members and members of the Empower Erie team at local high schools. The meetings will provide Erie County residents with more information about the establishment of the Erie County Community College.


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Website, social media help nonprofit explain proposed Erie community college

Posted on April 13th, 2017 at 5:28 PM
Website, social media help nonprofit explain proposed Erie community college

Empower Erie has created www.empowererie.org, and information on the community college effort can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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Washington state’s lauded community-college system is 50 years old today

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 at 12:21 PM
Washington state’s lauded community-college system is 50 years old today

Fifty years ago on April 3, the state created a system of community colleges that ushered in dramatic growth in the network of schools that now enroll 300,000 students.


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Our view: Don’t let rural se...

Posted on March 13th, 2018 at 12:36 PM

A community college has long been recommended in Erie County to fill a gap in the region’s education continuum and serve as a resource to local employers, especially manuf...

Our view: Budget item kindles ...

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 at 12:45 PM

As Erie Times-News reporter Matthew Rink detailed, the state last fall authorized $10 million in the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for Erie County’s proposed co...

Community college is vital inv...

Posted on November 5th, 2017 at 10:31 AM

Tom Hagen's op-ed in support of the community college.

...

Pennsylvania State Board of Ed...

Posted on September 20th, 2017 at 2:24 PM

The Special Committee of the State Board of Education (Board) established to facilitate the Board's consideration of the plan submitted by Erie County seeking to establish the E...

Erie County community college ...

Posted on June 30th, 2017 at 4:16 PM

The state’s application review process could take up to a year, officials have said.

...

Erie County Council approves c...

Posted on June 28th, 2017 at 6:15 AM

A community college plan developed by nonprofit Empower Erie over the past several months now becomes the formal application for the new school that coul...

Why we’re voting for communi...

Posted on June 27th, 2017 at 2:00 AM

This past year, our county embarked on a familiar journey toward the establishment of a community college. With the backing of Erie’s philanthropic community and County Ex...

County Executive Kathy Dahlkem...

Posted on June 14th, 2017 at 3:46 PM

County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper will host a series of events featuring County Council members and members of the Empower Erie team at local high schools. The meetings will pro...

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