Meadville Tribune

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April 4, 2013

Edinboro University dedicates local education center

MEADVILLE — “We want to keep education affordable so everyone can fulfill their dreams,” Joseph Buba said as Edinboro University of Pennsylvania formally dedicated its new education center in Meadville on Wednesday.

The center’s new location is in the heart of downtown Meadville at 890 Market St., offering the latest in technology and educational offerings designed to meet the needs of Crawford County students and the region.

It’s named in honor of Joseph T. Buba, a retired senior vice president of Generac Power Systems and a 1969 graduate of Edinboro University. Buba and his wife, Eleonora, are benefactors of the project along with several Meadville area businesses.

The center, which began activity Jan. 28 at the start Edinboro University’s spring semester, offers an associate degree of applied science in applied technology.

The course work for that associate’s degree is geared toward technical training for industry with essential math, business, communication and technical skills as students are given an introduction to quality control in industry, according to Edinboro officials. The associate’s degree may be earned in two semesters and students may transfer up to 27 credits toward a bachelor’s degree.

Having the center in Meadville makes it easier to earn a technical degree without having to commute about a half-hour each way to Edinboro, offering a convenience to employees, according to area employers.

“It helps me from a management standpoint,” Dan Higham, president of U.S. Bronze & Foundry of Meadville, said. “I can teach people to run a machine, but this teaches them how to become leaders.”

Dennis Frampton, president of C&J Industries of Meadville, said technical jobs are becoming more sophisticated with each passing year.

“Even our material handling these days involves robots,” said Frampton, who runs a manufacturing firm. “Everything is computer controlled. The only way for a person to keep up is through education. This will give them a solid technical background.”

Edinboro University President Julie E. Wollman said the center is part of the university’s commitment to serving the Meadville area and its employers. The course work for the associate of applied science in applied technology was developed with input from local industry and its needs, she said.

Industrial and engineering technology positions are 17 percent of all jobs in Pennsylvania, according to Edinboro officials.

- More information: Contact Beth A. Zewe, coordinator of non-credit programs, at (814) 732-1420 or Or, visit with the keyword: Continuing Education and Meadville.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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