Empower Erie News & Updates

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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Wolf: community colleges can provide improved access to education, training

Posted on December 12th, 2016 at 5:16 PM
Wolf: community colleges can provide improved access to education, training

Gov. Wolf says that in general, community colleges are good idea, but he does not know enough about Erie plan to comment on it specifically.


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Guest viewpoint: Community college can be an engine of growth

Posted on December 11th, 2016 at 5:36 PM
Guest viewpoint: Community college can be an engine of growth

This week the Erie Times-News reported on a study of college affordability in Pennsylvania by Research for Action recommending that Pennsylvania expand the number of its community colleges. 


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New community college study eyed

Posted on December 6th, 2016 at 5:26 PM
New community college study eyed

It was one of the most contentious local political issues in recent memory.


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Our view: Erie County community college could meet critical need

Posted on October 16th, 2016 at 5:12 PM
Our view: Erie County community college could meet critical need

Efforts to establish a community college in Erie County traveled a tortured path before finally collapsing in 2010.


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$10M Investment aims to transform Erie County

Posted on October 14th, 2016 at 3:51 PM
$10M Investment aims to transform Erie County

As Erie County, wracked by persistent poverty, economic decline and low educational attainment, continues to take a renewed look at itself and its future, a $10 million joint investment announced Wednesday plans to transform the region by targeting critical areas of need.


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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.

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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.

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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...

Website, social media help non...

Posted on April 13th, 2017 at 5:28 PM

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 co...

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 at 12:21 PM

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 ...

Posted on March 29th, 2017 at 8:58 AM

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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