2017-08-12 / Front Page

Regional College lifts off

A new community college serving Potter, Cameron and seven other counties opened for business over the summer. Now, administrators are accepting students for the school’s inaugural fall semester.

“Branch campuses” have been established in each county, where live instruction will be provided during evening hours via interactive video/audio technology. Enrollment closes on Friday, Aug 18. Classes start the following Monday.

Among Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania (RRC) campus locations are the Potter County Education Center on Water Street in Coudersport, Cameron County High School, and the Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center in Port Allegany.

RRC students can earn an associate (two-year) degree in two majors:

• Business Management, for individuals seeking to start their own business or build proficiency in managing or helping to manage a business.

• Interdisciplinary Studies, which results in a liberal arts degree that can be used to transfer to a four-year school as a junior, or allows a student to transition directly into the workforce.

Courses are also available “a la carte” for personal or professional development, or for transfer toward a degree program at another college or university.

Specific classes being offered in partnership with Gannon University are first-year seminar; algebra; business technology; public speaking; business and professional communication; philosophy of knowledge; psychological statistics; college composition; and principles of accounting.

Additional classes will be added as the school develops. Administrators are working with employers to offer educational options that prepare students for local jobs.

State funding keeps tuition costs low. For students with a high school diploma or GED, cost is $180 per credit. For high school students, it’s $60/credit. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.

For more information or to register, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or janine@pottercoun- tyedcouncil.org. Details can also be found online at regionalcollegepa.com.

It has taken three years to make the RRC a reality. A final puzzle piece fell into place with certification by the Pa. Dept. of Education.

RRC is unique in that it has open admissions, enrollment and entrance policies (i.e., no criteria beyond a high school diploma or GED). Administrative offices are in Warren.

Top administrative posts were recently filled. Joseph Nairn has been hired as president. Dr. Debra Teachman is vice president for academic and student affairs.

Commissioner Doug Morley and Cole Hospital CEO Ed Pitchford represent Potter County on the board of trustees. Representing Cameron County is Kate Brock, executive director of the Community Education Center of Cameron and Elk Counties.

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