Posted by Jocelyn
8/8/2014 10:53 PM |
Affordable Associate degrees and dual enrollment classes are being offered locally through an innovative partnership between the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny and Gannon University. These transferable credits can be earned at the Kane Middle School in the evening through Interactive TV. I-TV offers an authentic college classroom experience and classes won’t be canceled for low enrollment. Begin this Fall and earn your Associate degree in 2 years.
Classes are $180/credit for any community student that has earned a GED or high school diploma. Eligible high school juniors or seniors can take the classes for the bargain price of $99/class.
Fall classes begin August 25th
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Posted by Jocelyn
8/8/2014 10:21 PM |
Gannon University credits can be earned at a new site in Brookville, PA. A partnership with the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny has opened the doors for this affordable opportunity using Interactive – TV to connect with instructors and students around the region for a true college classroom experience.
Community students can earn transferable Gannon University credits for $180/credit, and eligible Juniors and Seniors can earn the credits for only $33/credit. Classes are offered in the evening.
Earn your Associate degree or take classes one at a time in this open enrollment program!
Fall semester begins August 25th
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Posted by Jocelyn
8/7/2014 6:40 PM |
Otto-Eldred School District in Duke Center, PA has opened its doors to host Gannon University's Business Technology class.
Business Technology I is a hands-on introduction to the application of personal computers in a modern, networked business environment. Introduction to the Windows operating system, use of the Internet, the World Wide Web, and the components of Microsoft Office, with particular emphasis on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
This class is offered by the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny through an innovative partnership with Gannon University. Community members are welcome to participate in the 16 week class, on Mondays and Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:50. The cost is $594, and the student will earn 3 transferable Gannon University credits. Financial aid is available. Eligible Juniors and Seniors can take the class for $99.
Contact Jocelyn at the ECUA for more information or to apply. Classes begin August 25th.
Posted by Jocelyn
3/26/2014 1:32 AM |
Join us for the ITV Open House at a location near you!
April 16, 2014 4-6pm
Potter County Education Council
5 Water Street, Coudersport, PA
814 274 4877
Cameron County High School
601 Woodland Ave, Emporium, PA
Kane Middle School
400 Hemlock Ave, Kane, PA
Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties
4 Marienstadt Center, St. Marys, PA
814 781 3437
Tidioute Community Charter School
241 Main Street, Tidioute, PA
Warren Forest Higher Education Council
589 Hospital Drive, Suite F, Warren, PA
814 723 3222
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Posted by ECUA
2/27/2014 12:46 AM |
Committee(s): House Education Committee
Audio: Will be Available shortly
Meeting Type: Public Hearing
Bills Discussed: HB 1701
Keyword(s): Community Colleges, Northern Tier, Job Training
Testimony: Bob Esch, VP of External Affairs, American Refining Group
Dr. Randy Smith, President, Rural Community College Alliance, Rural Community College Alliance
Elizabeth Bolden, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
Dr. Peter Garland, Executive Vice Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Karen Whitney, President, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Francis Hendricks, President, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Duane Vicini, President, Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny
Kate Brock, Executive Director, Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties
Pam Streich, Director of Planning, North Central Workforce Investment Board
Department of Education
Members Present: Chairman Paul Clymer (R-Bucks), Minority Chairman James Roebuck (D-Philadelphia), and Representatives Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), Patrick Harkins (D-Erie), Mark Longietti (D-Mercer), Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne), Kathy Rapp (R-Warren), Bernie O'Neill (R-Bucks), Martin Causer (R-McKean), and Mark Gillen (R-Berks).
The committee held a public hearing on HB 1701.
HB 1701 Causer, Martin - (PN 2377) Amends the Public School Code providing an Article detailing the formation of a Rural Regional Community College Pilot Program for Underserved Counties. The legislation directs the secretary of the Department of Education to work with the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny and the secretary's appointed board of trustees to establish a plan within one year. The legislation provides for the powers and duties of the secretary and board of trustees as well as details the requirements of the plan. The details of the formation of any school and student body are provided for. The legislation shall expire June 30, 2023. Effective in 60 days.
Chairman Clymer opened by saying rural areas in Pennsylvania have no true community colleges. He said the state is fortunate to have 14 wonderful communities colleges but rural areas do not have the same good fortune.
Chairman Roebuck said he looks forward to hearing discussion on the issue and stated community colleges play a vital role in Philadelphia. He explained he wants that type of education to be easily accessible to all students throughout the Commonwealth.
Rep. Causer, prime sponsor of the legislation, said the bill would create a rural community college pilot program to provide a regional community college for an underserved area in Northeast Pennsylvania. He said the region is struggling with population loss and a huge out-migration of young people as well as problems with workforce development. Rep. Causer said the median income for the region is 20 percent lower than the rest of the Commonwealth. He explained students in his district have to drive to New York to attend a community college within a reasonable distance from their homes. Rep. Causer stated the overall goal of community colleges is to provide open access and lower cost opportunities for students and that is what is needed in the underserved region in question.
Rep. Rapp presented comments on testimony presented to the Senate by Bob Esch. She explained she fully supports the bill and strongly believes in equal opportunity especially in the case of using Pennsylvania's tax dollars. She stated colleges are vital to Pennsylvania's students and students in the eleven counties without access to a community college are accessing higher education elsewhere. She highlighted and summarized several comments from the testimony discussing breakthroughs experienced in education in the past two decades. Rep. Rapp said a partnership between business and education should be the next breakthrough for education in the Commonwealth in order to provide young people the skills they need to take over the workforce.
Dr. Randy Smith, President, Rural Community College Alliance, began by noting the number of small, medium, and large rural colleges and stated rural community colleges are growing faster than any other type of higher education. He pointed out that sustainable rural communities have a rural community college that helps maintain a local workforce, which is important due to the current migration of citizens out of rural America. He detailed the many ways in which community colleges benefit an area, especially in providing needed technical education as well as training emergency services personnel and health care workers. Smith detailed the 42 percent increase in enrollment in rural community colleges since 2001 and touted the affordability and access these institutions provide, which he said is critical due to the lower earning averages in rural communities. He argued rural community colleges are critical for economic development, saying, "The single most important factor in economic and workforce development is the community college. It's that simple." Smith pointed to the high return on investment from rural community colleges, which he said primarily serve working adults. He argued that it is time Northwest Pennsylvania be served by rural community colleges and stated studies and data highly support the need for a rural community college in that area.
Chairman Clymer asked what the start-up cost would be to create a new brick and mortar community college. Smith said good community colleges utilize both physical facilities and online classes; he said he is not ready to provide a specific number yet for the total cost of the program. Chairman Clymer asked what kind of market research will be done to determine how many students will attend the new school. Smith said enrollment management must be taken into consideration when working through the program. He expects an initial enrollment of 2,000-3,000 that will increase in the future. Chairman Clymer said he is concerned about the cost of adding another community college to Pennsylvania. Smith said the community college is needed and the General Assembly should not take a piecemeal approach to adding the school due to budget constraints.
Chairman Roebuck asked if the intent of the legislation is to create a single community college site within the eleven-county region. Smith answered yes, the legislation would create a community college regional district and future campuses could be built in the future. Chairman Roebuck said the region is about 250 miles wide from Scranton to Erie; he asked how students could access the campus in a reasonable way. Smith said they currently have zero community colleges to access so the proposal is to centrally locate a campus to serve students. Chairman Roebuck said students going across the border to community colleges in New York won't drive further away to a community college centrally located in the northern-tier. Smith said those students are paying out-of-state tuition costs at those schools and eventually there will be satellite campuses throughout all eleven counties.
Rep. Rapp described the average community college student and asked how much more room and board adds to the cost of education. Smith said room and board doubles or triples the cost that a student would pay if they attended a community college. Rep. Rapp then discussed Esch's testimony on the link between the business community and community colleges. Smith praised the sentiment and said successful community colleges are tied to local communities as well as local businesses and industry.
Rep. Carroll said he is a true believer in community colleges but asked what effect opening a new community college would have on other schools in the Commonwealth. Smith answered other schools' enrollment will not be affected because community colleges draw from a different population of students. Rep. Carroll said he did not see how that is possible because students go from community colleges to four-year degree programs all the time. He also said he feels it is grossly unfair to use a different funding formula for one school. Smith said local communities should help fund community colleges but in this instance a startup in a rural location will be hard to fund. Rep. Carroll asked if the General Assembly should get a commitment in advance that local communities participate in the funding of the new community college. Smith said that is up to his constituents.
Rep. Longietti said it is important that the General Assembly look into accessibility and affordability of community colleges across the board; he believes that should be step one in this process. Smith said the legislature should look into serving other areas but his personal opinion is the eleven counties affected by the proposal should not be "held up" without job training while they are looking at other underserved parts of the state. Rep. Longietti then said he has a problem with calling the bill a pilot program because it does not allow for any competition. Smith said the pilot program is to see what works and the next program should allow for competition. Rep. Longietti said the proposal he has seen locates the campus in rural Elk County; he commented the location will not be easy to drive to for many students. Smith said the formal site has not yet been designated and there is still time to see where the best location for the campus should be. Rep. Longietti asked the chairman for a full cost analysis before the bill moves through the committee.
Rep. Causer said the bill creates a pilot program that is different than the model currently used by community colleges in the Commonwealth. He said there are not enough community colleges in the state because rural Pennsylvania cannot afford to pay its share. He then stated representatives should not be concerned about the impact the bill will have on four-year institutions because students need opportunities.
Elizabeth Bolden, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, expressed support for expanding community college services throughout Pennsylvania. "We understand the value of community college programs to the students and employers we serve as well as to the Commonwealth's economic growth and global competitiveness," she stated. "The colleges are continually seeking new opportunities and partnerships to provide services to underserved areas of the state and support efforts to expand access to these services. However, the Commission believes that expansion of community college services should be consistent with existing law. In addition, discussion of the expansion of community college programming should include consideration of ability of existing colleges to more efficiently and cost-effectively expand throughout the Commonwealth."
Bolden noted the Public School Code already provides a process to establish a community college. "All fourteen of the existing community colleges must abide by the provisions of this statute, although the statutorily required partners - the state and local sponsors - often do not support the colleges at the level envisioned in the statute", she stated. "The Commission is concerned about the impact of a separate statutory framework on the existing community college system as a whole, including the impact on local sponsorship agreements, tuition, and existing appropriations. We encourage the committee to carefully consider these impacts during deliberations of HB 1701."
Chairman Roebuck discussed advancing distance learning for students in rural areas without increasing costs at an exponential rate. Bolden said students have to pay tuition wherever they go and community colleges try to make it fair for everyone.
Chairman Clymer said the expansions discussed by Bolden are around the cities where the college has already been located. Bolden said yes, community colleges will continue to expand throughout the state.
Rep. Carroll asked what shutting down community colleges would do to four year universities. Bolden said it would interrupt the system as a whole and impact post-secondary students across the board. Rep. Carroll said he thinks the impact would be huge then asked what the community college feels about the proposed funding plan for the new community college. Bolden said there will be some pushback in the system at the local level because local sponsors will not want to continue to fund community colleges if they believe they do not have to. She explained the Commonwealth would have to backfill those funds or the colleges would have to raise tuition. "We would be naïve to think there will be no complaints from school boards because of this unfair treatment," concluded Rep. Carroll.
Rep. Causer said Bolden seems to be advocating for the status quo but the current model does not work in rural areas. He said she is advocating for compliance with the existing law but none of the current community colleges have the mandated local funding. Bolden explained community colleges are in complete compliance with the school code and it is the local sponsors and Commonwealth that have not upheld compliance. She said the time is now to have a comprehensive conversation about what postsecondary education should look like in Pennsylvania. Rep. Causer said he is concerned Bolden is advocating for an existing law that does not work because rural areas cannot match local shares of funding for community colleges.
Dr. Peter Garland, Executive Vice Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), discussed PASSHE's efforts to provide greater access to higher education in the northern tier. "In response to the introduction of HB 1701, we propose the creation of a consortium that would comprise a group of K-12 partners including career and vocational-technical schools, Pennsylvania's community colleges, private partners, and, at a minimum four of our PASSHE universities who already are serving the region - Clarion, Edinboro, Lock Haven, and Mansfield - to provide an extensive array of academic pathways in high need and high demand areas for students still in high school, recent high school graduations, and underemployed or unemployed adults," he stated. "The consortium should include a governing board that would comprise representatives from local business and industry, workforce investment boards, community education councils, and economic development agencies to ensure that the education and training programs of the collaborative would meet current and future needs of the Northern Tier. The consortium must be agile enterprise that includes education, government, industry, and communities working together."
Dr. Garland noted that a special appropriation will be needed to support the following initiatives:
· The identification of high-priority regional needs for education and training, aligned with a comprehensive review of the series currently being provided by existing entities and the identification of site-specific programs to offer in the underserved areas;
· The identification of individual learners and the development and design of services to motivate and support learners to enroll and complete course and credentials;
· The leveraging of technology to ensure that course, programs, and credentials offered onsite in each county are linked and that online courses or learning modules are easily accessible throughout the region;
· During the program start-up period, the provision of funds to communicate and market this effort; engage the community; and to support student recruitment, career counseling, financial planning, and outreach of business and industry;
· The hiring of faculty and staff and the provision of operating costs for a defined period of time until sustainability.
Karen Whitney, President of Clarion University, said the solution to this problem is instituting a multi-institutional consortium approach. Whitney said it is not logical for one physical campus site to work for eleven counties and any plan should have campuses in each county.
Francis Hendricks, President of Mansfield University, said the legislature should ask universities to partner with existing institutions and technical centers to provide regional job training.
Chairman Clymer asked Garland to discuss the difference between students who attend community colleges and those who attend four-year universities. Garland said every student is different and communities without community colleges have allowed institutions to reach out to serve the needs of students. Chairman Clymer then asked if Clarion University charges students a tuition that is too high for community college students. Whitney said Clarion offers the same price for Associate and Bachelor's degrees. She said it speaks to the quality of the institution and commitment of the students that they are paying university pricing for one year certifications or two year degrees. She said programs to help students in the northern-tier would be assisting students who may have attended several different postsecondary institutions and have run out of options. Chairman Clymer asked if there has been a stable increase in student enrollment at Mansfield University.
Hendricks said the shrinking demographics of the northern-tier has shrunk enrollment by a few percent every year. He said programs in the shale industry have been growing and the collaborative approach taken by the university has helped immensely. Rep. Rapp discussed the counties she considers to be truly in the northern-tier. She said a lot of the work on this plan has been done by the consortium but she believes the bill will provide accessible, affordable education for Pennsylvania's northern-tier students. Garland said the need to bring different levels of education to the northern-tier has been on the plates of educators for many years. He said utilizing programs that are already accredited and have access to financial aid collaboration will help. Rep. Rapp drew a comparison of schools finally accepting cyber charter schools as their competition to colleges and universities accepting community colleges as competitors.
Chairman Roebuck asked if the current career and technical centers in the eleven counties in consideration are capable of working with the consortium. Garland said the first step of the process is to identify what a program needs and match that up with existing facilities. Chairman Roebuck asked if a second line item would be needed to determine which programs are funded. Garland said yes, the ability to jumpstart the programs will need additional state funding.
Rep. Causer said he thinks it is interesting the PASSHE schools want to talk about partnership and collaboration when the access and mission of a community college is so different. He said the cost of an Associate's Degree at Clarion University is much higher than a community college. Garland said the schools created a partnership to see how they can construct degrees at a lower cost to student. However, "The cost to deliver a quality program is the cost to deliver a quality program," stated Garland. Rep. Causer said he appreciates the PASSHE schools wanting to come to the table for the discussion but said their tuition rates are cost prohibitive.
Duane Vicini, President, Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny, spoke in support of the legislation. "It is about fairness and equity within this state," he stated. "For over 60 years, the state has contributed millions of dollars collected from all the residents in this state to support the existing community colleges, and you are to be commended for doing so. But it's time to address the issue of fairness; it's our turn. The students of northwestern Pennsylvania need, deserve, and should rightfully be served by a community college. The need cannot be more evident for affordable and accessible community college opportunities with remedial help for students, open admissions, and transferability of the credits earned. Please given them this opportunity - it's about fairness, it's about equity, the time is now, it's the right thing to do."
Kate Brock, Executive Director, Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties, began by detailing the large number of community education councils (CECs) serving rural Pennsylvania which she said were "established to fill in these gaps and serve their rural communities across the Commonwealth by doing two innovative things: assessing the education and training needs of their community, and partnering with providers to offer those educational programs which can answer that need." She noted the CECs do that through "courses or classes which result in professional, vocational or occupational certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, GED preparation, skill development for the local workforce and job training for local employers." She opined CECs would provide natural integration for a rural community college in the area and noted the number of areas where CECs fall short of providing a community college-like education. She advocated for a rural community college in the area by stating, "Our rural area is facing a serious brain drain and serious population losses. Students must leave the area to participate in higher education. Parents, teachers, and other adults advise students to never come back. And they aren't coming back."
Pam Streich, Director of Planning, North Central Workforce Investment Board, stated the legislation under discussion will help her organization carry out its mission of ensuring "business and industry have an educated and skilled workforce in order to remain competitive in the 21st century." She indicated one problem in the area is a lack of technical job skills, where she said the number of jobs for these skills is increasing, particularly in the health care and manufacturing industries. She said there are shortages in these areas due to an aging workforce and a lack of skilled workers to replace those aging out of the industries. She said her organization greatly supports the effort to bring a community college to northwestern Pennsylvania and argued it will break down barriers to education in the area of affordability and access.
Chairman Clymer said the job market in education is not growing as fast as it was fifteen or twenty years ago; he asked where jobs are being created now. Streich explained her organization works with the Department of Labor and Industry to identify high priority occupations. She said out of 116 high priority occupations in 2013 only 29 required a Bachelor's Degree or higher. Streich stated employers tell her they would provide additional training to people who receive certification from community colleges. Brock said 50 percent of employment in Cameron County and 40 percent of employment in Elk County is in manufacturing.
Rep. Rapp thanked the panel for attending and said she appreciates the work they have done to promote the legislation. She said her constituents have been shortchanged because they do not have access to an education from a nearby community college.
Rep. Causer thanked the panelists for their testimony. He said it seems many of the testifiers are focused on the monetary aspect of the legislation or are trying to "protect the turf" of the PASSHE schools instead of providing opportunities to students in Northwestern and North Central Pennsylvania. "The people there need a lifeline and I would appreciate your support for this legislation."
Written testimony was submitted by:
· Department of Education
Posted by ECUA
2/27/2014 12:41 AM |
HARRISBURG - A House Education Committee public hearing Tuesday on proposed legislation to bring community college programs to rural Pennsylvania identified both support for and concerns with the concept, said Reps. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Kathy Rapp (R-Warren).
House Bill 1701<http://www.govnetpa.com/GOV/billinfo?b=hb1701&s=20130> seeks to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and northcentral Pennsylvania.
"Two things became very clear during today's hearing," Causer said. "One, every single person who testified recognized the need for additional education and training opportunities in our region. And two, some in the education establishment see my proposal as one that infringes on their turf and their funding.
"That's unfortunate, because the discussion really should be about our students in rural Pennsylvania and ensuring accessibility to affordable education and training programs," he added.
"This is about providing the students of rural Pennsylvania with the same educational opportunities as students in other parts of the state," Rapp said. "Our high school graduates need options. Our workers need resources to grow their skill set. Our employers need facilities that can quickly adapt to meet their workforce training needs. This is what a community college can do for our region."
Testifying in support of the legislation were Duane A. Vicini, president of the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny, which has been a leader on this issue for several years; Kate Brock, executive director of the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties; Pam Streich, director of planning for the North Central Workforce Investment Board; and Dr. Randy Smith, president of the Rural Community College Alliance.
Vicini, Brock and Streich testified together as a panel, highlighting the challenges of meeting both student and employer needs in the region without the benefit of a community college. Streich noted that of the 116 high-priority occupations in the North Central Workforce Investment Area, only 29 require a bachelor's degree or higher, while the remaining 87 require anything from prior work experience to certificate programs and associate degrees commonly offered by community colleges.
Vicini pointed to the high percentage of students in rural areas who graduate from high school and head off to a four-year college, only to leave within the first three semesters. This may be for financial reasons or because it is simply not the right environment for them; either way, a community college may have been a better option for these students had it been available to them.
Smith noted rural community colleges are growing faster than any other type of higher education. A 2005 study found technical programs offered by these colleges produce a 400 percent return on investment, and they help put people to work in jobs that pay a living wage.
Conversely, the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges and Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) expressed concerns about the legislation and its impact on existing institutions.
Elizabeth Bolden, president and CEO of the Commission for Community Colleges, testified that her organization is concerned with the fact that the bill does not require the pilot school to have the same local match that is currently required of other community colleges. Under state law, community colleges are supposed to receive 33 percent of their funding from local government, 33 percent from the state and the rest from student tuition.
According to Causer and Rapp, the local match requirement is not realistic for the state's rural areas. That's why the state has only 14 community colleges, rather than the 28 originally envisioned when the law was written in the 1960s.
Bolden also testified that expanding existing colleges to new locations, rather than creating a new community college, is a better option. However, students attending those branch campuses would still be paying twice as much in tuition as students living in the sponsoring school district.
The panel of testifiers from PASSHE included Dr. Peter Garland, executive vice chancellor; Dr. Karen M. Whitney, president of Clarion University of Pennsylvania; and Francis L. Hendricks, president of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. In his testimony, Garland offered a proposal to create a consortium that would comprise a group of K-12 partners including career and vocational-technical schools, community colleges, private partners and several PASSHE universities already serving the region.
Rapp questioned why, after decades of discussion about the need for better educational opportunities in rural areas, PASSHE was suddenly ready to step in and address it.
"The Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny has been doing the leg work on this for years, and now you suddenly want to step in and do something," Rapp said. "This is not a new problem."
Despite concerns raised during the hearing, the lawmakers say they are as committed as ever to moving forward with the goal of bringing affordable community college programs and services to the area.
"In a region that is struggling like ours - with declining population, especially among our youth; lower-than-average income; and shrinking job opportunities - a community college program could be a catalyst in the effort to rebuild our economy in rural Pennsylvania," Causer said.
House Bill 1701, along with its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000<http://www.govnetpa.com/GOV/billinfo?s=20130&b=SB1000> sponsored by Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), were introduced in response to a 2011 study by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, which verified the lack of community college services in 25 of the state's 26 rural counties. The study noted that nearly every other state in the nation provides statewide coverage by community colleges and acknowledged the vital role community colleges play in helping to meet the demand for increasing and ever-changing workforce skills. It also pointed out that rural youth who choose to enroll in one of the state's 14 community colleges today pay at least twice as much in tuition as those who live within a school district with a public community college. Those higher tuition rates, plus greater travel distances, often make community college unaffordable to these students.
The 11-county area that would be served under the proposal includes Cameron, Crawford, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties.
The Senate Education Committee voted this week to unanimously pass legislation which will create a Rural Regional Community College Initiative, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
Senator Scarnati, who introduced Senate Bill 1000 in June, explained that the legislation is a bi-partisan measure which is based largely on recommendations by a Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) study completed in December 2011.
“Senate Bill 1000 will help set the foundation for establishing rural public community college opportunities in Pennsylvania and help meet the educational needs of students in rural areas,” Scarnati stated.
Scarnati noted that a public hearing on Senate Bill 1000 was held by the Senate Education Committee in Harrisburg in October. Testifiers at the hearing included the North Central Workforce Investment Board, American Refining Group Inc., Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Rural Community College Alliance.
“Senate Bill 1000 received an in depth review by the Senate Education Committee at the October hearing,” Scarnati said. “Thanks to input by education, business and community leaders we were able to ensure that this legislation will provide a solid foundation for rural regional community colleges.”
Scarnati mentioned that in the House of Representatives, Representative Martin Causer has introduced a companion bill to SB 1000, which would seek to establish a rural community college program. A hearing on House Bill 1701 was held this week by the House Education Committee.
The LBFC study which helped provide a framework for SB 1000, concluded that there is a significant need for public community college programs in rural Pennsylvania. According to the report, by 2018 most jobs will require post-secondary education training, however 25 of the 26 rural counties in Pennsylvania have no community college programs.
“Providing rural communities with access to affordable higher education is critical to providing new career opportunities for students and improving the economy,” Scarnati said. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives to launch this important educational initiative.”
Senate Bill 1000 now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
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