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Porreco College
2951 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16506
Phone: (814) 836-1955 or
(814) 732-2544
(814) 833-2085

Denise Manjarrez
Manager of Campus Life
& Student Services
Phone: (814) 732-1735

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Porreco College: A small community with a big heart

Filling a major void in educational opportunities in the Erie area, Edinboro University’s Porreco College was established in 2014 to increase educational attainment in the region and meet local demands for career and technical education.

Porreco, The Community’s College, remains committed to providing students with career-ready degrees, while also working to ensure that students gain necessary and valuable life-skills.

“It is our objective as faculty and staff to work with students to be well-rounded both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Mary Beth Mercatoris, Porreco College Coordinator of Student Development Services. “Our goal is to offer knowledge about topics that are relevant to success in daily life and to provide appropriate referrals so that students’ life circumstances do not prohibit their continued educations.”

With the focus on holistic student development, Porreco College has identified six areas to assist students in their professional and personal growth and development in order to aid in retention leading to degree completion: civic responsibility, financial education, career exploration, academic development, health and wellness, and community building.

As part of this initiative, the student-driven Porreco College Campus Activities Board (CAB) organizes student events and community outreach projects that focus on topics relevant to daily life.

During the fall 2015 semester, the members of CAB organized and participated in several events.

  • The Community Blood Bank visited the Porreco College campus for a blood drive. Through these efforts, 19 units of lifesaving blood were collected.
  • CAB collected 503 pounds of nonperishable food items and delivered them to the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA.
  • The academic departments held a penny fundraising drive. Each department was given a jar to collect monetary donations. Pennies in the jar added points to the department, while nickels, dimes, quarters and paper money subtracted points from the department. Nearly $400 was donated to the Erie City Mission.
  • The faculty, staff and students at Porreco College assembled a "Giving Tree" to benefit the children of students. Porreco College students who faced challenges in purchasing gifts for their child were able to submit a request for a modestly priced child's gift, which was then added to the tree on an ornament. Members of the Porreco College community selected an ornament and purchased the child's desired holiday gift.
  • Representatives from the Multicultural Community Resource Center visited campus to answer questions and help students navigate the healthcare enrollment process.

In addition, the Campus Activities Board has a number of professional development, cultural awareness and community service events planned for the spring semester.

For more information about Porreco College or the Campus Activities Board, call (814) 836-1955.