The Moshannon Valley will see new education opportunities in the new year.
According to DuBois Business College President Jackie Syktich, the post-secondary school will start holding classes in Philipsburg in January.
The new facility will be at the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership’s enterprise center on Shady Lane in Rush Township.
“Things are happening quickly,” said Syktich. “The remodeling will soon be complete, and we’re planning a grand opening and ribbon-cutting to show the building to the public. In the meantime, we’ve begun meeting with prospective students, explaining our degree and diploma programs and accepting enrollments.”
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She said classes begin Jan. 3.
Until recently, the economic partnership had a different tenant offering classes — South Hills School of Business and Technology closed its Philipsburg location earlier this year.
“It was disappointing for the partnership to lose the South Hills School of Business & Technology. South Hills did an excellent job of training many residents of this region during the 161/2 years that they were located here in the Moshannon Valley,” said partnership Executive Director Stan LaFuria.
“Having a trained workforce is key to economic development,” he said. “The other two keys include the economic development tools of land and building space, and financing programs.”
Bringing in DBC had been the original plan. The school was approached 17 years ago about branching out to the east. Expanding to the Oil City area already was underway, so the time wasn’t right until now.
“We have now come full circle with the recruitment of the DuBois Business College to the Moshannon Valley. ... We are looking forward to a long relationship,” said LaFuria.
The school offers associate degrees as well as 18-month diploma programs. Philipsburg programs of study are set to include accounting and business management, IT and computers, clinical medical and medical assistant, legal assistant and graphic arts. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
“Our grads get jobs. Our placement record is excellent,” Syktich said.