Gannon college classes to begin soon in Kane

Gannon University of Erie is ready to offer college classes in Kane in late August.The classes, which will lead to a two-year Associate Degree in either Liberal Arts or Business Administration, will be held at the Kane Middle School.Gannon is offering the "community college" program in Kane in partnership with the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA).Nearly 20 prospective students attended Gannon's "open house" program Monday at the Kane Middle School. Gannon will hold a similar "open house" from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Community Education Council building in St. Marys. Other "open house" programs are set Wednesday in Coudersport and next Monday in Meadville.Under the Gannon-ECUA partnership, colleges classes will be offered in St. Marys, Coudersport and Meadville in addition to Kane. Dr. Maryann Anderson, superintendent of the Kane Area School District, said this is believed to be the first time college classes have been offered in Kane."This is a great opportunity for our local residents to receive college credits without leaving Kane," Anderson said. "As educators, we're very excited that Gannon has chosen to come to Kane to offer college classes. Those who enroll in the program will be able to receive an Associate Degree that will help them with their current job or obtain a new job."She said credits earned in the program in Kane also are "transferable" to a four-year college.Gannon will offer four classes in Kane beginning the week of Aug. 27. Classes will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.Classes either will be "face-to-face" with a Gannon instructor or through "interactive television."The tuition for the program is $175 per credit. This means students can receive an Associate Degree for about $12,000, far less than many other "community college" programs.Students in the program are eligible for state and federal aid, officials have pointed out. Some scholarships are available through the ECUA.The "open enrollment" program means applicants simply need a high school diploma or GED to register."This is a much-needed program," Linda Fleming said Monday at the "open house" in Kane. She is the dean of the Gannon College of Humanities, Education and Social Services.Fleming said Gannon has a "long history" of offering off-campus graduate programs. She said this is Gannon's first venture to offer an off-campus two-year Associate Degree.See full article by purchasing the July 31 edition of The Kane Republican.