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Porreco College invites neighbors to information session on April 24


Millcreek Township neighbors of Porreco College and others in the community who want to learn more about plans for the college are invited to an information session there on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

Officials of the new college will be on hand to answer questions and speak about plans for more fully utilizing the campus’ tremendous potential while retaining the property’s beauty and open spaces.

Porreco College is located at 2951 W. 38th St., Erie. The information session, which is open to all, will be held on the upper level of the main barn.

In March, Edinboro University announced the creation of the Porreco College as The Community’s College. Filling a major void in educational opportunities in the Erie region, the college makes workforce-ready degree and certificate programs available at community college prices beginning in Fall 2014.

The cost of full-time attendance for Erie County students enrolled in an associate degree or certificate program is just $2,341 per semester. The low cost is made possible by a $3,000 per year scholarship called the Porreco Promise.

Programs being offered at Porreco College this fall will prepare students in two years or less for in-demand careers in business, social work, customer service management, advanced manufacturing and other fields.

Additional programs, as well as laboratories and other facilities needed to provide instruction to an expanding student body, are being planned. All additions to the campus will be created within the footprint of existing buildings, and the rural character of the former estate and working farm will be preserved.

Plans also call for the creation of a walking trail, the removal of fences around the property that impede access by neighbors and the possible creation of community garden plots.

More information about Porreco College is available at or by calling the college at 836-1955.