Effort to build new community college seeks council support

Several groups have already contributed $300,000 to the current effort

School, Money, Budget

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Local officials in a Pennsylvania city will decide whether they’ll throw their weight behind an effort to build a community college in town.

At least one member of the Erie City Council has said she supports the effort to establish a community college in Erie County. Councilwoman Sonya Arrington told the Erie Times News it would give students a more affordable option.

A previous attempt to build a college in Erie failed because it lacked a major sponsor.

A nonprofit called Empower Erie is leading an economic study for the proposed school.

Several groups have already contributed $300,000 to the current effort and have promised $3.7 million more if the council ultimately votes to create the college.

The council will formally consider a resolution to back the project Wednesday.

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