Continuing Education For Employers


PennWest Edinboro offers a variety of continuing education programs for employers and partnerships between local organizations and the university.

Corporate Partnerships

North Coast Flight School Partnership

The AAS in Aeronautical Science Program was developed in close consultation with FAA certified North Coast Flight School, located at the Erie International Airport, which provides the ground and flight school training for the program. Ground and flight training have additional associated costs. Alternatively, this training may be satisfied by holding a current license or certification at the appropriate level.

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Contract Training

Corporations, government agencies, health care organizations and nonprofit groups benefit from contracted training solutions offered by PennWest Edinboro’s Department of Continuing Education. This customized training leverages University-wide talent and expertise to meet the specific workforce needs of Erie County and the wider region. It provides a flexible, tailored way to enhance workers’ skills and support their success.

Individual educational programs include leadership development, business skills, communication, conflict resolution, stress management and a variety of other options. Each program encompasses a commitment to academic rigor, flexible formats and a focus on learning within the context of the organization.

Edinboro works with employers and organizations in the community to provide high-quality, affordable training that is custom-designed to fit their needs, schedules and choice of location. Classes can be offered in the workplace, online, or at additional locations in the community.

Businesses interested in discussing their job-training needs and exploring options for custom-designed educational programs should contact Angelic Hardy, Director Workforce Development, at 570-484-3131.

Workforce and Economic Development Network (WEDnet) Funding

WEDnetPA is improving the skill level and productivity of Pennsylvania's workforce to strengthen the business environment of the Commonwealth.

Successful companies are the key component to a healthy Pennsylvania economy. They employ residents, provide family-sustaining wages, pay taxes, encourage other businesses to grow and attract new companies to come to the Commonwealth. It's important that our businesses have any and all advantages over their competition, nationally and across the globe.

In 1999, the Commonwealth committed itself to giving Pennsylvania businesses a significant competitive edge. Created by the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) and made available through the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA), this program provides qualified employers training for new and existing employees. The training allows companies to stay competitive while keeping employee skills current and relevant.

Eligible in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to Pennsylvania apply to WEDnetPA to access training funds. The funding, in turn, can be used for a wide range of training, categorized as either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training.

The keystone of the program is its ability to be responsive to the needs of Pennsylvania's business community through a flexible and easy-to-use system. An important element of this system is that businesses determine their own training needs and can select among a wide range of training providers (the WEDnetPA partners, third-party providers or in-house staff) as well as how and where the businesses will receive the training (onsite, offsite or online).

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Leadership University

Leadership University provides a series of six, eight-hour classes on supervisory leadership skills for managers for a total of 48 hours of training. The schedule and format is determined based on the needs of the individual company or organization. Participants who successfully complete all six classes will receive a supervisory leadership certificate from PennWest Edinboro.

The coursework in the program is designed to provide business professionals with the necessary skills for effective supervisory leadership. Courses are taught by university faculty or professional instructors with strong academic or professional backgrounds in communication and management, as well as professional and consulting experience. The courses offer practical content for professionals using a variety of active learning approaches including case study analysis, role-playing and simulations among other techniques. All courses offer a high degree of interactivity to engage adult professional learners.

All courses can be located at PennWest Edinboro Main Campus in Edinboro or on-site at your location. To schedule this program or for inquiries, contact Angelic Hardy, Director Workforce Development, at 570-484-3131.

Online Short Courses (Ed2Go)



Online Professional Courses With Certifications (Ed2GoPRO)


Contact Us

Continuing Education & Workforce Development
Commonwealth University
Ulmer 323A
410 North Fairview Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Angelic Hardy
Director of Workforce Development
Phone: 570-484-3131