A recent hearing before the state House Education Committee centered around a lawmaker’s proposal to create a pilot program for a community college to serve an 11-county area in north-central Pennsylvania.
Community colleges are normally funded locally and on the county level. Under the proposal from state Representative Marty Causer, the new college would draw state aid.
Representative Kathy Rapp, from Warren County, asserted that it is unfair that the taxpayers near the Pennsylvania-New York state line should have to turn to another state for a community college when so many other areas of Pennsylvania have their own. Representative Mike Carroll, from Luzerne County, said a problem derives from a double-standard when it comes to funding.
Radio PA News reports that a 2011 legislative study found the region to be under-served in both educational and job-training opportunities.