Rural community college gains traction

RIDGWAY – Educational needs of an underserved populace in rural Pennsylvania may finally be addressed by legislators this year.House Bill 1701, now in the House Education committee, 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."It’s been an issue and a concern for our region in the context of higher education, workforce, and job development training for a long time," said Eric Bridges, executive director at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission.