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Edinboro University’s Erie campus to showcase programs for displaced workers, others at Open House


Edinboro University’s Erie campus will hold an Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Prospective students, including displaced workers seeking to enhance their skills, are invited to tour the facility and learn about the programs offered at the Porreco Center, which is located at 2951 W. 38th St., Erie.

Offerings at the Porreco Center include the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and the College Start Program. In addition, a short-term, non-credit Work Readiness Program  will be offered in the spring semester.

The four-week Work Readiness Program will provide displaced workers with upgraded skills to increase their likelihood of success in employment in entry-level technical/machine trades or health care. Areas of focus will include career decision making; mathematics, reading and writing; job search and introduction to allied health and advanced manufacturing fields.

The Associate of Applied Science, which complements certificate-level technical training with essential college-level math, communication and business instruction, can be completed in its entirety at the Porreco Center. The degree is designed for individuals who have completed a diploma or certificate program at an approved technical school. However, students also can choose to complete the college courses before beginning their technical training.

College Start provides a supportive springboard to a college education for students whose study skills are rusty or need further developing, said Janet L. Bowker, Porreco Center Director and Outreach Coordinator.

Students in this alternative admissions program can attend full- or part-time, receive academic mentoring and instruction in study skills, and take general education credit classes to help launch their transition to one of Edinboro’s bachelor’s or associate degree programs. A reduction in fees makes this program especially attractive for students who need the additional support.

All programs offer small class sizes in an attractive setting.

In addition to these offerings and other educational opportunities, the Open House will showcase the beautiful former estate and farm campus, located on EMTA routes 21/28 and within easy reach of downtown Erie and nearby communities.

Information about Edinboro University’s Porreco Center is available by calling (814) 836-1955 or (814) 732-2544 or visiting