The drum continues to beat for the community college regardless that no one wants to listen to the noise. Our county executive wants to hook up with the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College (NPRC) and build a community college where the county buys a facility to house it and then lease it to the NPRC. The reason is to train for “in demand” jobs of local manufacturers.
Um, okay, which “in demand” jobs are we talking about? The ones that the Erie regime shoos away with their blatant stupidity, the ones that are here that they are trying to chase out of town, or the hotel and customer service jobs that are seasonal?
We are told that there will be no county share going to the community college, that the funding will be from tuition fees, gaming revenue, state funding and private and non-profit funding. Hold on — I thought they said the county was going to buy the facility…and state funding is state tax money…So instead of our county tax dollars being funneled into the community college, our state tax dollars are being funneled into the community college.
They even got a 122-page report decrying the lack of a community college in Erie County that a community college is where the most of the training for jobs is done. Right, not Fortis or LECOM, or EIT, or any of the other multiple business or trade school that dot the landscape of Erie County. Those places must just be adult recess centers where they finger paint and take naps after a snack and storytime.
We keep hearing about how a community college hasn’t been built in 25 years, but no one has asked why there hasn’t been a community college built in 25 years. If a community college is supposed to be the cure-all of society, wouldn’t there be a community college in every county, city, town, village, suburb and cul-de-sac? Why is the county executive so insistent on a community college that any avenue, side street, back alley, subway and drainage ditch is being scoured to try and finagle a way to force this community college on the county when there is at best a tepid response to it?
— Michael Haag