Does this region need a community college?

A major piece in developing an answer to that question will be presented April 3 at 9 a.m. at Blasco Library as The Clements Group presents its final report, “Evaluation of Workforce and Post-Secondary Education Needs of Erie, Crawford, and Warren Counties.” The event is free and open to the public.

Rich Gross, executive vice president, will present findings on the current and future workforce training and education needs of the region, and how those needs can be met. Erie County Executive Mark DiVecchio will introduce the presentation of the results, which will help determine if a community college is warranted to serve northwestern Pennsylvania. If so, the next step would be consideration of an application to the state Board of Education.

The public presentation will mark the end of more than five months of research, including 98 one-on-one interviews with business leaders, eight industry and community forums, a 10-day online survey with more than 2,000 responses, and the collection and review of secondary data.

The full report will be available April 3 online at www.rethinkerie.com. Copies will also be provided to Erie, Crawford and Warren county library systems.

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