Community college report welcome

Community college report welcome

There are 33 comments on the GoErie.com story from Apr 2, 2009, titled Community college report welcome. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Area residents will learn more Friday morning about why northwestern Pennsylvania needs a community college.

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cthefuture

Erie, PA

#1 Apr 2, 2009
Thank you.
lakerman1

Erie, PA

#2 Apr 2, 2009
So a consulting firm that specializes in recommending the establishment of community colleges makes a recommendation that erie needs a community college? And when the initial report was not strong enough, the report was magically changed to make the recommendation stronger? I'm shocked!
the erie times news has been recommending a new community college since day one of the pizza boy's quest to build something for his friends. they have essentially ignored butler county community college offers to do it for free.
nice pimping, erie times news.
now we can have a third failure of erie county trying to sustain a community college. and the pizza boy will be able to park his friends and perhaps himself into tenured positions at a new college, leone will earn some dollars from his architectural firm, some politically connected contractors will build the buildings on inappropriate land (the pizza boy has proposed building the campus on leased land - how stupid is that?)
lakerman1

Erie, PA

#3 Apr 2, 2009
One more thing - The university of kentucky runs the kentucky community college system. there are no independent community colleges there, to the best of my knowledge. so when you read about kentucky's position on community colleges, know that they are not talking about the scatterbrained thing that the pizza boy wants to build.
Had Enough

Erie, PA

#5 Apr 2, 2009
put it on the ballot to see who wants it
Chandu

Hudson, OH

#6 Apr 2, 2009
Who wants it? The same MAE folks who invite Dubya out of one side of their mouth and ask us, out of their other orifice, to socialize their employee training costs.
Had Enough wrote:
put it on the ballot to see who wants it
cthefuture

Erie, PA

#7 Apr 2, 2009
Who wants it? The middle class who are left holding the tuition bag without aid. Minorities and first-generation college students who can't afford $500 a credit and know they don't "fit" at the traditional schools. Working people who are getting raked over the coals by the for-profit "career" schools. Young adults who washed out of college as 18-year-olds and now need an inexpensive way back into the opportunity education provides. Employers who need an institution dedicated to serving local needs, not catering to students from hundreds of miles away who will never return here. A community college is the absolutely, hands-down best investment northwest Pennsylvania could make in itself.
CRANK

Erie, PA

#8 Apr 2, 2009
cthefuture wrote:
A community college is the absolutely, hands-down best investment northwest Pennsylvania could make in itself.
I'll be damned. I was sure the hands-down best investment northwestern Pennsylvania could make in itself was the equally questionable runway extension. Who knew?
lakerman1

Erie, PA

#9 Apr 2, 2009
cthefuture, then why were the two community colleges such failures? Together they cost local and state government some 20 million dollars. Erie county has not demonstrated the ability to run a community college. you can keep your pimping out of the pizza boy's plans for a cc, by you are wrong. do you work for one of those agencies involved in setting up this disaster?
hkp

Edinboro, PA

#10 Apr 2, 2009
lakerman1 wrote:
cthefuture, then why were the two community colleges such failures? Together they cost local and state government some 20 million dollars. Erie county has not demonstrated the ability to run a community college. you can keep your pimping out of the pizza boy's plans for a cc, by you are wrong. do you work for one of those agencies involved in setting up this disaster?


Pizza aside, why build and try to maintain a multi-million $ boondoggle that will serve nothing more than a haven for the coming "Civil Servants" that the One is pushing through Congress. Check out UN Agenda 21. Got to www.thomas.gov and check out the rest, if you dare.
bingo

United States

#11 Apr 2, 2009
Why not build it next to the tire burning plant or at the end of the new airport runway?better yet,put it next to the new county communications center,teach new radio operaters.
lakerman1

Erie, PA

#12 Apr 2, 2009
bingo, maybe they could build it at Koehler Square, or next to Herb Fiss's juice plant.
Same old losers

United States

#13 Apr 2, 2009
Same old losers above keep crying the blues about something that may allow the less than privileged to get ahead in life. All of them probably fall into 2 categories: the woefully uneducated who are jealous that someone may exceed their meager existence, or Gannon/Mercyhurst employees. Let someone else have a chance at a better life.
Tom

Canton, OH

#14 Apr 2, 2009
Same old losers wrote:
Same old losers above keep crying the blues about something that may allow the less than privileged to get ahead in life. All of them probably fall into 2 categories: the woefully uneducated who are jealous that someone may exceed their meager existence, or Gannon/Mercyhurst employees. Let someone else have a chance at a better life.
Same old welfare mentality. Trying to steal my hard earned money and accusing ME of being mean for saying "NO".
I paid for every year of my kids' education, from pre-k through college. I never took a dime of your money and you have NO RIGHT to demand mine.
You're just greedy and selfish.
bingo

United States

#15 Apr 2, 2009
Tom wrote:
<quoted text>
Same old welfare mentality. Trying to steal my hard earned money and accusing ME of being mean for saying "NO".
I paid for every year of my kids' education, from pre-k through college. I never took a dime of your money and you have NO RIGHT to demand mine.
You're just greedy and selfish.
Thank you,i totally agree with you.
Bob

Erie, PA

#16 Apr 2, 2009
cthefuture wrote:
A community college is the absolutely, hands-down best investment northwest Pennsylvania could make in itself.
Thank you Mr. Rouch. It's a good thing you're paid 100K a year to make statements like that.
thissitesucks

Ashburn, VA

#17 Apr 3, 2009
With ignorant, uneducated attitudes like this, no wonder why the sh*tty city of Erie continues to go down the toilet.

More educated people = more taxpayers and less "welfare recipients" so people like "Tom" can stop whining and b*tching about their "tax dollars".

Everybody in this country benefits to one degree or another from the "taxpayer dollar". How do you think the police, fire fighters, social security etc get paid?

Will the last one leaving the bathroom, please flush the toilet!!!!!
Tom wrote:
<quoted text>
Same old welfare mentality. Trying to steal my hard earned money and accusing ME of being mean for saying "NO".
I paid for every year of my kids' education, from pre-k through college. I never took a dime of your money and you have NO RIGHT to demand mine.
You're just greedy and selfish.
Billy Bob

Erie, PA

#18 Apr 3, 2009
erie co population is projected to drop from 280,000 to 268,000 by 2030 according to pa state data center = less taxpayers for a CC
Hello

Erie, PA

#19 Apr 3, 2009
Why do we need a community college? Let me list the reasons we don't.

Penn State Behrend
Mercyhurst
Mercyhurst North East
Mercyhurst West (Girard)
Gannon
Edinboro
Tri State Buisness Institute
Erie Buisness Center
Triangle Tech
Toni & Guy
Union Apprenticeship Programs

I'm sure I'm missing a couple. What degrees is a community college going to offer that one of these institutions doesn't or can't? If we had to, we'd be better off for the county to find out what other study paths they'd like to add and partially fund one of the existing colleges to develop the programs. But I don't want the county to have anything to do with post secondary education. They've screwed up enough in the last couple of years.
college pizzza boy

Erie, PA

#20 Apr 3, 2009
we need a comunity college like we need devecco. wast of tax dollars.
Land of Oz

Erie, PA

#21 Apr 3, 2009
Here is a concept that was mentioned to me recently. Instead of building this money sucking institution, why not offer INTEREST FREE loans to those families that qualifiy to attend anyone of the institutions mentioned above. The loan would not be due until 6 months after graduation. Now here is the interesting part....make each student sign a contract agreeing to REMAIN in Erie County for employment for atleast 2 years. This would help with new ideas, new technologies and the TAX BASE. Any employer in the county agreeing to hire one of these students would receive a tax break. Florida, California and Nevada have similiar plans. If the county wanted to help everyone with the taxdollars and gaming revenue, they would be looking at all ideas, not just their money sucking pit.

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