RRC sets August 21 deadline for fall registration

The Rural Regional College of Northwestern PA started as an idea.

Then it became legislation and a pilot program.

Now, for the first time, it’s enrolling students for the fall semester.

A release from the RRC said that registration deadline is August 21, 2017, the first day of the fall semester.

“RRC is an innovative, new approach to education and training being developed to fill a critical gap for our region’s people, businesses and communities,” said Duane Vicini, RRC project executive. “For students, RRC will provide affordable, nearby education and training linked to jobs in the region. And for local employers, RRC can be a much-needed source of the kinds of skilled workers required to thrive in today’s economy.”

For this year, the RRC will offer classes in partnership with Gannon University, while working to independently offer coursework starting in the fall of 2018.

Established by act of the state legislature in 2014, the RRC has been tasked with forming a community college to serve Cameron, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, McKean, Potter, Venango and Warren counties.

Earlier this year, Warren was selected as the headquarters site for the RRC.

While courses will be offered throughout the region, the headquarters is going to be here.

The Warren group had proposed the South Street School as the headquarters but renovations will be needed before the RRC will be able to move in.

Until then, Northwest Bank has agreed to a short-term rental agreement to allow the administrative site to be housed at the Jefferson House in downtown Warren.

More information is available at regionalcollegepa.com.