In announcing this new approach in a letter to community and business leaders, Edinboro University President Julie E. Wollman said it enables the University to build on its partnerships with local businesses, educational institutions and other organizations. “It is a flexible, tailored way to affordably enhance workers’ skills and support their success as well as the success of area employers,” she stated.
Crawford County will be the first to benefit from this new approach to educational programming. Essentially a university without walls, it will provide high-quality, affordable training that is custom-designed to fit employers’ needs, schedule and choice of location. Classes can be offered in the workplace, online, or at additional locations in the community.
Throughout its history, Edinboro University has adapted its programming and delivery to meet the evolving needs of the region.
“The latest stage of our evolution together enhances education and training by freeing it from the restraints of designated classroom space in a single location,” President Wollman said in her letter. “Making the community our classroom enables us to achieve the flexibility required to best meet the workforce needs of the community.”
As a result of the new approach, the University will no longer need designated classroom space in the Kepler Commons, which has been underutilized. Area students can fulfill general education and some major program requirements through EU’s wide array of online course offerings, and free bus transportation between Meadville and Edinboro will continue to be offered for individuals who prefer learning in traditional classrooms.
Dr. Nathan Ritchey, Dean of Edinboro’s College of Science and Health Professions, and Beth Zewe, Coordinator of Non-Credit Programs, will continue to work directly with the University’s partners in the greater Meadville area to create innovative, tailored ways to support the success of both students and regional businesses. They have been instrumental in establishing the University’s strong relationships with the Precision Manufacturing Institute, National Tooling & Machining Association, Crawford County Career & Technical Center, and numerous individual businesses.
“We at Edinboro University look forward to maintaining a strong and expanding role in the growth of the economy of Crawford County in close collaboration with our partners,” President Wollman said.
Businesses interested in discussing their job-training needs and exploring options for custom-designed educational programs should contact Beth Zewe at (814) 732-1420. Individuals interested in enrolling at Edinboro University should call 888-8GO-BORO or visit the University website at http://www.edinboro.edu.
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