Erie, PA - Edinboro University announces plans to make workforce-ready degree and certificate programs available at community college prices.
The initiative and a major gift that will help launch it were unveiled by President Julie E. Wollman at an event held Wednesday Morning at the University's Erie location, which has been renamed Porreco College.
Beginning in Fall 2014, the cost of full-time attendance for students enrolled in a Porreco College associate degree or certificate program will be just $2,341 per semester – true community college rates, President Wollman said.
The low cost is made possible the creation of a $3,000 per year scholarship called the Porreco Promise.
The Porreco Promise will be funded through private donations, the first of which is a $1 million gift from Erie businessman and civic leader Louis Porreco and his wife, Debbie. The couple's gift will support the initial semesters of the Porreco Promise and provide the start of an endowment that eventually will sustain the program.
In announcing the $1 million gift, the Porreco Promise and plans for further development of Porreco College, President Wollman also introduced the college's new identity as The Community's College.
"Porreco College, the Community's College, will provide the expanded, job-focused associate degree and certificate programs at a low cost that will enable the broader community to affordably address the critical issues of educational attainment, workforce readiness and breaking the poverty cycle," she said.
She said calling Porreco College The Community's College is appropriate because of the access and affordability it offers students, its responsiveness to employer needs in the development of new programs, and the connection it will forge with the community.
An information session for neighbors of the 2951 W. 38th Street campus is planned there Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m.
Applications for fall semester enrollment are now being accepted, and a Porreco College Open House for perspective students will be held Saturday, May 3, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Additional information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on the Porreco College web pages at http://porreco.edinboro.edu. Call the college at (814) 836-1955 to learn more.