When we consider the importance of affordable education, whether for manufacturing and technical positions or for early childhood education and social sciences, what many people are seeking is much the same. Students, whether just out of high school, returning to the workforce, laid off from previous jobs, or seeking to improve their current position, are looking for affordable, accessible, and achievable education. They can find such education at NPRC.
NPRC’s model delivers flexible, career-focused curricula and high-quality class instruction at multiple sites throughout nine counties — Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango, and Warren — using live, interactive technology and creating meaningful face-to-face classroom experiences. This model connects students at multiple sites into a single class section taught by one of NPRC’s faculty members. The global Coronavirus pandemic caused NPRC to pivot from this model and offer completely remote coursework. Due to the existing infrastructure of course delivery, adapting to this new method of offering classes was performed with limited disruption in operations. After nearly 18 months, in-person courses will pick back up in Fall 2021, with classes being available for Erie residents at the Corry Higher Education Council and NPRC’s new Education and Training Center in Erie on West Ridge Road. Industrial Maintenance Technology lab courses and CDA prep courses are already being offered at this location.
Although NPRC focuses on keeping courses affordable, many students still find it difficult to participate in post-secondary education. Funds raised through our participation in Erie Gives may be used in multiple ways to support our mission of affordability and accessibility for our students. We seek to provide students with opportunity through full or partial scholarships to enroll in our college, technology purchases for accessibility like laptops and hotspot rentals, and expansion of our locations and lab spaces.
Erie Gives 2021 will be held on August 10, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and NPRC will be participating for its second year. On this day, the Erie Community Foundation and its sponsors host a county-wide event that promotes the non-profit sector in Erie County. Whether online or by mail, anyone can support their favorite cause through directed donation. Please consider supporting Northern Pennsylvania Regional College during this event!