Our Approach

NPRC does not operate on a single traditional campus-based model; nor is it an online college. The NPRC utilizes multiple locations across the region to deliver its programming.

Courses are offered in a variety of ways, including in the classroom, via live interactive video technology, and through hands-on learning with equipment and lab facilities.


Our Story

Established by the Pennsylvania Legislature and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in May of 2017, the Regional College is a two year institution offering associate degrees leading to work or transfer, and career focused certificate programs similar to a community college. Also similar to community colleges, the programs offered by the Regional College will reflect the needs of local business, industry, and service providers. Unlike community colleges, the Regional College has no county sponsor or sponsors, and does not require a county contribution to its operating budget.

The roots of the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College lie in a collaboration between the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA) and Erie’s Gannon University. ECUA and Gannon have been delivering college courses through the Regional College model for over 3 years.


Meet the Team

Dr. Joseph Nairn

Founding President

Dr. Joseph T. Nairn became the founding President of the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College in July 2017, just two months after the formal establishment of the college by the Pennsylvania Department of Education on May 25, 2017.

Dr. Nairn has nearly 40 years of higher education experience in private and public institutions. He began his career at Thiel College as a college admissions counselor before earning a master’s degree in student personnel services in higher education at the University of Vermont. He then spent 25 years at Rochester Institute of Technology, a career oriented private institution in Rochester, New York. In 2008 he moved to Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua NY where he served as Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Advancement Officer. In 2014, he completed a Doctor of Management degree in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

Dr. Nairn is a first generation college student. The oldest of four children, his father was a steelworker and his mother a homemaker in Aliquippa, PA. He attended Thiel College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. While at Thiel he developed a transfer admissions application and process and worked with several two year institutions across western Pennsylvania.

At RIT, he worked in student affairs, academic affairs, continuing education, and enrollment management. In 1999 he developed a tuition plan for dislocated workers that received national attention from the University Continuing Education Association and the Innovations in Continuing Education Award. The PREP (Professional Re-employment Education Program) continues to serve qualified dislocated workers 20 years later. From 2001-2008,  he travelled extensively in India, Sri Lanka, and the Dominican Republic recruiting graduate students and establishing partnerships with colleges and universities overseas.

At FLCC, Dr. Nairn served as accreditation liaison officer and director of institutional research, including establishing FLCC’s Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. He has served as a team member on several Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation teams, and as a consultant for International recruiting and preparation for state licensure in New York.

Personally, he enjoys live music, reading, Scottish heritage activities, and museums. He and his wife Terri, have three adult children and one granddaughter.

Dr. Debra Teachman

Vice President for Academics and

Student Affairs

Bio Coming Soon!

Aldo R. Jackson, Ph.D.

Dean of Erie

Dr. Jackson was the director of the Erie County Technical School from 1997 to 2018. During his tenure with ECTS, the school established a quality management system accredited to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. In 2010, ECTS was selected as one of the first five Pennsylvania CTE Best Practices Initiative sites. His prior professional experiences include instructor with the Workforce Education and Development department at the Pennsylvania State University, and a marketing education teacher and an adult education director with the Great Oaks Career Development Campuses in Cincinnati, Ohio.


While at Penn State, he acquired his Ph.D. in Vocational Education. He also holds a M.Ed. in Business Education and a B.S. in Marketing and Distributive Education from Bowling Green State University.


His professional and community involvement includes Board of Directors for the NWPA Workforce Development Board, the Erie County Career Pathways Alliance, Career Street Advisory Board, and a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Administrators.

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