Following the proposed transfer of work announced by GE potentially impacting several hundred employees in the Erie region, Edinboro University today announced the formation of a response team at the University to identify and coordinate resources and support for the workers.
Dr. Philomena Gill, Edinboro University’s Director of Transfer and Adult Student Services, is leading the team, which includes representatives from the University’s Admissions, Financial Aid, Center for Career Development, Advancement, Bursar’s and Communications offices and the College of Science and Health Professions; the School of Education; the School of Business; and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
“When any member of our regional community experiences challenges, we proudly step forward to assist in any way possible,” Gill said. “GE has long been an important part of our region. As a public regional comprehensive university, our commitment is centered on providing quality education options, and support and assistance for the workers who make up the community we call home.”
With support from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, Edinboro University offers the largest number of worker retraining programs in the six-county Northwest Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Area. Displaced workers who qualify for the federally-funded program receive full payment for tuition, fees and books. Areas of study and training include business administration, nursing, mathematics, computer science and education, an area in which Edinboro University is a regional leader.
Currently, there are 40 people participating in the TAA program at Edinboro University, nearly 90 percent of whom are former GE employees.
Employees with questions about funding and program options are encouraged and welcome to call the Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services at (814) 732-2701. Additional information can be found at www.edinboro.edu/taa.
Edinboro University is aware of the work underway to assist with this situation by the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, area elected officials and many additional entities and looks forward to working closely with all organizations toward the best possible outcome for the employees and our region.