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PA Board Of Education Approves Community College For Erie

Jun 11, 2020
Ed Mahon / PA Post

The state board of education on Thursday voted 9-6 to approve Erie County’s community college plan.

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When Westmoreland County Community College transitioned to remote learning due to the coronavirus, the school asked students what they needed to stay in school.

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Supporters of efforts to add a community college in Erie had hoped the state Board of Education would give them a final answer in March.

Thanks to the coronavirus, they’re still waiting.

Erie's Campaign For Community College Hits Another Delay

Nov 18, 2019
Ed Mahon / PA Post

Erie’s campaign to build a community college met disappointment last week,  after the state Board of Education voted against taking final action on Erie’s proposal.

By a vote of 8 to 6, board members delayed final action and instead approved a motion to hold an evidentiary meeting in Erie within the next six months.

“It’s a travesty, what just occurred,” said Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie County’s executive. “You know, this community has come together. We have proven all the points … to the levels we were supposed to reach in terms of the state law.”

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is supporting efforts to establish a standalone community college in Erie County. But the top-ranking Republican in the GOP-controlled state Senate opposes the move. 

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Starting this fall, people will be able to take courses in cybersecurity at the University of Pittsburgh without attending the school full-time. Instructors say the opportunity is to address a growing gap between available cybersecurity jobs and those qualified to fill them.

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Colleges and universities have to better align the skills they teach to what employers say are needed, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation.

The findings are built on a previous study that surveyed more than 80 colleges and 60 employers in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. The new report released this month surveyed five colleges in those states that have collaborated in a public-private partnership with regional employers in the oil and gas industry.