Community College Initiative Topic of Hearing

The need for a community college in an 11-county rural region – including McKean, Warren, Elk, Cameron and Potter counties – was the topic of a Senate Education Committee hearing this afternoon in Harrisburg.

American Refining Group’s Bob Esch told the panel what a community college would mean to the area.

"This regional community college will provide our business and industries a sustainable workforce with the necessary skills to support profitable business growth and contribute to the economic well-being of our communities," Esch said.

The legislation that would help to create a community college initiative in the region was introduced by Senator Joe Scarnati. State Rep. Marty Causer has introduced a similar bill in the house.

The 11-county region also includes Crawford, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, counties.

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