Education opportunities key for region
House Bill 1701 may be the answer to a lot of problems throughout the area.The legislation aims to create a rural community college pilot program serving an 11-county region of northwest and north central Pennsylvania.Its sister legislation, Senate Bill 1000, passed with flying colors, 42-4."We're not going to go out and build a lot of infrastructure, it's not about bricks and mortar," said Bob Esch, a McKean County industry representative for the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission's executive board of directors. "There needs to be one central location where the community college could be run administratively and we don't know where that is right now, but we do know of a number of places which are currently providing curriculum and core studies that we will use and will continue to use. We want to use the structures that are there."