Northwest Donates to Education Consortium

(News Release) WARREN -- The Northwest Charitable Foundation donated $10,000 to the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA) to help the Consortium meet its mission of providing affordable, accessible associate degree programming to northwestern Pennsylvanians.

Duane Vicini, president of ECUA, and Amanda Hetrick, ECUA board member and Superintendent of the Forest Area School District, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.

In presenting the donation, Stephanie Freitag, manager of Northwest Savings Bank’s Warren Commons Office said, “I am extremely happy to make this award, which will help support the delivery of quality secondary education programming throughout northwestern Pennsylvania. Without the Education Consortium, our region would not have local access to the opportunities that are now available through the Consortium’s collaboration with Gannon University, school districts and other partners.”

ECUA partnered with Gannon University to offer associate degree programming in interdisciplinary studies and business management. Courses are taught live from one location and telecast to Corry, Coudersport, Emporium, Kane, St. Marys, Tidioute and Warren using interactive television. The ECUA also works with state legislators to further address the need for quality technical and associate degree programs north of Interstate 80.

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