Effective immediately: Now that the board of trustees has been seated, the Erie County Community College is no longer an initiative of the County Executive. It is officially an independent entity.
The board will have an official website for all information moving forward, by the end of 2020. Until that website is established, Erie County will host this information.
Erie County was acting as the local sponsor for a community college application, which the Pennsylvania State Board of Education officially voted 10-5 for on July 8, 2020. The board, in evaluating the county’s application for a community college, has consulted closely with the Governor’s Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Below is a timeline of action taken on the proposal, as well as copies of all supporting documents that were submitted to the state with the application.
As of Aug. 31, 2020, Erie County Council has seated the full board of trustees, which was formally put forth by County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper:
- Ronald DiNicola, Esquire – District 1, Kimberly Clear
- Annette Wagner, MD – District 2, André R. Horton
- Cheryl Rush Dix – District 3, Mary Rennie
- Rev. Dr. Charles Mock – District 4, Carl Anderson III
- Justin M. Gallagher – District 5, Brian Shank
- David E. Mitchell – District 6, Scott Rastetter
- Tom Benson – District 7, Ellen Schauerman
- Kathryn J. Sintal – County Executive Dahlkemper
- Christina M. Vogel – County Executive Dahlkemper
Timeline of application
- July 8, 2020: The Pennsylvania State Board of Education officially voted 10-5 for the establishment of the Erie County Community College.
- June 11, 2020: The Pennsylvania State Board of Education voted 9-6 for the establishment of the Erie County Community College.
- June 10 & 11, 2020: The State Board of Education to vote on the Erie County Community College Plan. View the Hearing Schedule.
- March 12, 2020: Pennsylvania State Board of Education postpones Erie County community college plan hearing.
- November 14, 2019: The State Board of Education voted to hold an evidentiary hearing in Erie County within six months, following the recommendation of the Special Committee on the Erie County Community College Plan and delaying a vote on Erie County’s application itself.
- November 13, 2019: Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper submitted a letter to members of the State Board of Education, urging them to take action on the Erie County application in their meeting November 14.
- November 13, 2019: The Special Committee on the Erie County Community College Plan presented its recommendation to the State Board of Education. It recommended that an evidentiary hearing, with witnesses, be held. Two of the special committee’s three members support the Erie County application, finding that the application meets the three criteria the committee is legally bound to consider.
- October 29, 2019: Members of the Erie County Community College Committee, including County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, County Councilmen Carl Anderson III and André Horton and community members, made remarks to the Special Committee on the Erie County Community College Plan in Harrisburg.
- October 9, 2019: The Erie County Community College Committee released an action plan to garner community and political support for the county’s application for a community college.
- September 5, 2019: Erie County Council voted to create the Erie County Community College Committee, tasked with advancing progress of the application before the state. The committee consists of two members of Erie County Council (Councilmen Carl Anderson III and André Horton); three members of the County Executive’s administration (County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Director of Administration Gary Lee and Finance Director Jim Sparber); a representative of Empower Erie (Ron DiNicola); and the financial consultant on the college plan, Joseph Maloney. The County Executive signed the resolution on September 9.
- December 21, 2018: Erie County submitted updates to the Erie County Community College Plan, at the request of the Pennsylvania Department of Education
- February 16, 2018: Erie County submitted its responses to the supplemental questions posed by the State Board of Education’s Special Committee on the Erie County Community College Plan.
- October 10, 2017: A public hearing on the plan was held in Erie, at Blasco Library’s Hirt Auditorium. Members of the public were invited to sign up to offer comment on the proposed community college before members of the State Board of Education’s Special Committee.
- September 13, 2017: The State Board of Education’s Special Committee on the Erie County Community College Plan held its first public meeting and requested information from the Governor’s Office about community colleges, as required by Section 1902-A of the Public School Code.
- July 12, 2017: The Pennsylvania Board of Education approved a resolution establishing a special committee to gather information on Erie County’s community college proposal.
- July 3, 2017: The Erie County community college plan and accompanying documents were delivered to the Pennsylvania Board of Education in Harrisburg, to be placed on the Board’s agenda for the July 12, 2017, meeting.
- June 30, 2017: The Office of the County Executive gathered necessary documentation for the Erie County community college application and sent the application to the Pennsylvania Board of Education, the first step in a lengthy process required for state approval.
- June 27, 2017: Erie County Council voted 4-2, with one abstention, for Erie County to act as a local sponsor to the proposed community college in Erie County. County Council’s resolution was forwarded to the County Executive for her signature.