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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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WVU Study: Pierpont Community and Technical College, ATC making big economic impact

Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 8:58 AM
WVU Study: Pierpont Community and Technical College, ATC making big economic impact

Community colleges are beginning to receive more attention as students realize they are able to receive certification and degrees in a shorter period of time for less money.


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Survey finds support for Erie-area community college

Posted on March 26th, 2017 at 9:03 AM
Survey finds support for Erie-area community college

The survey of 500 randomly-selected Erie County residents was conducted in late February and early March as part a state-required feasibility study.


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Community college could help make Erie great again: Letters to the editor

Posted on February 10th, 2017 at 2:59 PM
Community college could help make Erie great again: Letters to the editor

Recently I read that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to cover tuition costs at state colleges for hundreds of thousands of middle- and low-income New Yorkers.


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Nonprofit hosts information session on community college plan

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 at 2:54 PM
Nonprofit hosts information session on community college plan

Thursday evening event gives business, community leaders an opportunity to learn more about the community college proposal.


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Most colleges enroll many students who aren’t prepared for higher education

Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 3:03 PM
Most colleges enroll many students who aren’t prepared for higher education

At more than 200 campuses, more than half of incoming students must take remedial courses.


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Year in Review: Where does Erie go next?

Posted on December 30th, 2016 at 5:03 PM
Year in Review: Where does Erie go next?

As our community prepares for a pivotal 2017, including the election of a new mayor, here's a look back at 2016 through the lens of Erie Next.


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Former Community College President to Join Curriculum Development Team for Erie Community College Study

Posted on December 15th, 2016 at 3:07 PM
Former Community College President to Join Curriculum Development Team for Erie Community College Study

Dr. Roy A. Church, former President of Lorain County Community College, will join the working group charged with developing the curriculum for a proposed Erie Community College.


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Pat Cuneo: Facts, not wishful thinking, support community college

Posted on December 13th, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Pat Cuneo: Facts, not wishful thinking, support community college

As the work continues to develop a solid plan for a local community college, some of the old critics of progress have begun to try to blunt the momentum.


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Erie Chamber and Growth Par...

Posted on June 4th, 2020 at 10:07 PM
Erie Chamber and Growth Partnership Report #1 Recommendation - Brick & Mortar Public Community College

Our view: Community college...

Posted on April 23rd, 2020 at 3:40 PM
Our view: Community college vote long overdue In a letter to the Board of Education chairwoman, Karen Farmer White, the CommunityCollege Committee rightly noted that the econom...

Erie County Community Colle...

Posted on April 16th, 2020 at 10:45 AM
Community College: Now more than ever A message from Ron DiNicola of Empower Erie A few short weeks ago – although it feels like a lifetime – we were prepari...

Community Colleges Come thr...

Posted on April 15th, 2020 at 10:56 AM
Community Colleges Come through in Time of Crisis With “stay-at-home” orders across the country, community colleges have responded rapidly to deliver on their core ...

Pat Howard: On college, raw...

Posted on February 9th, 2020 at 1:53 PM
Community college opponents seek to overturn the democratic process in Erie County.

Our view: Don’t let rural...

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 kindl...

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 ...

Posted on November 5th, 2017 at 10:31 AM
Tom Hagen's op-ed in support of the community college.

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