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Edinboro unveils new “community college” in Erie

Submitted Thu, 03/27/2014 - 9:59am by Andy Alm

EDINBORO – In a move officials are hoping will help to break the cycle of poverty and provide affordable education opportunities to low-income residents, Edinboro University has announced plans to turn its Erie Branch – the Porreco Center – into what will essentially become the region’s only community college.

The move comes with plans for a multimillion dollar expansion, as well as a name change.  The Millcreek-based location is dropping its Edinboro University moniker and is now being known simply as “The Porreco College.”

Featured offerings include low-cost associate and job training programs, college readiness programs, and GED preparation.

And the savings is significant.  According to an Erie Times article, an Erie County student enrolled full-time at the new Porreco Center will spend only 2-thousand 341 dollars for 12 to 18 credits – a rate similar to other community colleges in the area.

Plans are on the table for an 11-million dollar expansion.  Already university officials have secured some 2.8 million of that.

Applications now being taken for fall enrollment.  An open house for prospective students is planned for Saturday, May third.

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