Building on the success of its urban education initiative at the Booker T. Washington Campus, Mercyhurst University is adding four new programs programs, all geared toward making a college education accessible and affordable.
The university announced plans for three certificate programs: early childhood education, retail management and medical assistant, which can be completed in as little as nine months. They will also add a low-cost college prep program developed in conjunction with GECAC, the Greater Erie Community Action Committee.
Mercyhurst started an educational program at the Booker T. Washington Center campus in 2010. Since then enrollment has grown from 13 students to more than 60. Ten students from its inaugural class graduated in May. The offerings include associate degree programs in liberal arts and in business management. Students enrolled at BTWC attend at a reduced rate and are eligible for federal, state and institutional grants, as well as federal loans.
“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished by taking a Mercyhurst education into this center-city eastside neighborhood,” said Mercyhurst University President Tom Gamble, Ph.D. “By keeping programs affordable and creating job-focused certificates, we hope to optimize opportunities for our citizens to further their education and to achieve gainful employment, all of which serves to strengthen neighborhoods and build community.”