Commissioners given update on LHU Clearfield|
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield County Commissioners received an update on the Clearfield campus of Lock Haven University at its workshop meeting yesterday.
Maureen Gathagan and Tom Stojek of the Clearfield Educational Foundation and Valerie Dixon, interim director of the Clearfield Campus gave an update to the commissioners on the current state of the campus.
According to Stojek, 25 years ago the Clearfield Education Foundation and the local business community invested in the concept that would become the Clearfield Campus of LHU.
Stojek said economic development and education are closely tied and said the foundation is an organization that looks to promote educational opportunities in the area.
He said the foundation has an all-volunteer board with no paid staff, which often partners with the campus to improve educational opportunities to local residents.
According to Gathagan, the foundation has participated in a number of programs such as the new LED sign outside of the campus, the new Interstate 80 signs and a scholarship program for local residents.
She said they are currently looking to have representatives of local school districts to serve on its scholarship committee to improve community involvement even more.
Dixon said the campus always tries to maintain close ties with the community and is pleased with the amount of support the campus receives from the commissioners, the foundation and the community.
She said the campus is always looking for ways to better serve the educational needs of the community and said the campus is in the process of expanding its certificate programs to allow people to get to get into the workforce quickly while opening the door to them for additional educational programs in the future.
Dixon said they often refer to these certificate programs as "bridge" programs because they can provide a bridge to degree programs.
She said the campus is also starting a speaker series, which residents can attend, and said the campus has facilities available for the organizations to use as meeting space as well.
In other business, the commissioners approved:
• the agreement with the American Red Cross to provide training services to county employees.
• copier lease agreements with Richoh and Xerox.