Jun 23

Rotary Scholarships Awarded

On June 9th, 2017 the Warren Rotary Club awarded two $2,000 scholarships for “Service Above Self”. This year, the two winners were picked from 17 very fine applications received by the club. The scholarship committee consisting of Rotarians Amanda Ongley, Randy Gustafson and Deborah “Ruby” Stone, reviewed all 17 of the applications and picked Evan Honsberger and Zachary Nugent as the recipients. Both students attend Eisenhower High School.

Eligibility for the award includes being in good academic standing and attending Warren, Youngsville, Tidioute, Eisenhower or Warren Christian high school’s, being in their senior year of high school, and their adherence to the Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self”.

Evan Honsberger, a resident of Sugar Grove, attended Eisenhower High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, he is an Eagle Scout, and he participates in the Eisenhower Food Pantry, the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church Food Pantry, he tutors Eisenhower Middle School students in math, essay writing and homework, he participates in the Boy Scouts cleanup program and their food program. Evan will be attending Jamestown Community College, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Zachary Nugent, a resident of Russell, attended Eisenhower High School and the Warren Career Center. Zach is a member of the Russell Volunteer Fire Department and was elected their radio custodian. He is a member of the City of Warren Police Explorers and the Eisenhower Trap Team. As a member of the RVFD he has volunteered many 100’s of hours and helped many people. He is certified as a National Registry Emergency Medical Responder, Wildland Firefighter, Exterior Firefighter and in High Angle Rescue. As an Explorer, he has done hundreds of hours of community service doing things like helping to direct traffic during various races as well as helping with security and local events. Zach will be attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology, majoring in Electro-mechanical Maintenance Technology.

These two gentlemen clearly demonstrate that they adhere to our Rotary motto of Service Above Self. We congratulate them and hope that they will continue to serve their communities.

Left to Right – Zachary Nugent, Rotarian Amanda Ongley, Evan Hunter

Left to Right – Zachary Nugent, Rotarian Amanda Ongley, Evan Hunter

Jun 13

Rural Regional College of Northern PA (RRC)

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Our speakers last Wednesday were Duane Vicinni and Dr. Deborah Teachman talking about the Rural Regional College of Northern PA(RRC).
The Rural Community College Association did a study and determined that a Rural Regional College was needed in northern PA.  A non-profit (ECUA) was named to establish the college.  The Legislature named 9 counties and Erie to be participants, leaving out Jefferson, Clarion and Clearfield which had been in the original group.
The RRC has a Board of Trustees of between 11 and 15 members.  Two members are from Warren County and the RRC is to be headquartered in Warren County.  The plan was submitted to Harrisburg on April 9, 2017 and it was approved on May 25, 2017.
South Street School has been selected as the headquarters with RRC, Warren Higher Ed Council and the Warren Practical Nursing Programs at that location.
The program is currently offering college credit courses through Gannon University at a reduced cost of $180 per credit hour for regular students and $60 per credit hour for dual enrollment high school students.
RRC is built on a community college model but is not a community college.  It has open enrollment with the only requirements being a high school or GED diploma.
RRC currently has 81 students in 14 locations enrolled.  It will eventually go through the Middle States Accreditation program and expect to have full accreditation in 2020 or earlier.
RRC is not a Community College of the Commonwealth, therefore they can charge a lower credit hour rate than community colleges, they are not receiving any local tax share, does not compete with 4 year schools and general invites three types of students;
1. Those who did not do well in high school
2. Those who have not been able to complete a 4 year college.
3. Older individuals that wish to find better or higher paying jobs.

62% of students who enroll in 4 year colleges do not make it through 3 semesters.

Jun 01

Kelli Knapp the Director and District Administrator of the Warren Library Association

KelliKnappKelli Knapp has been the Director and District Administrator of the Warren Library Association since January.  The Warren Library Association was established by Thomas Struthers in 1873.  He built the theater to house the library and provide financial support for the library.  The current library building was initially constructed in 1916.  The library currently has 28 full and part time employees and about 70 volunteers.  That is down from more than 65 employees in the 60’s.

There are 29 library districts in Pennsylvania.  Warren is the District Library for the 17 libraries in the district.  It is also designated as the County Library and library cards issued at any of the Warren County libraries are good in any of the other libraries in Warren County.

They have many programs throughout the year including their very popular children’s programs as well as Monday Night Movies, Trivia Competition,  Book Discussion Group, Warren Writers Group, Adult Coloring Group, Adult Teen Make-It-Take-It Craft Activity, Teen Movie and Summer Reading Activities for Children, Tweens and Teens.  They also run a Children’s Summer Reading Program.

The Warren Library is a Federal Depository Library, as well as having extensive genealogy resources and databases.

Funding, about $1.1million comes from 52% State & County, 32% Trusts and Endowments, 14% Donations and Grants and 2% fines and rentals.

They also have over 6,000 Audio and Ebooks available on line.