NORTHUMBERLAND—The Susquehanna Valley Community Education Project held a reception at Zartman Construction Thursday evening. The gathering was the first fundraising event for the Sunbury community college that expects to offer transferable college courses by 2017.
Associate Professor of Education at Bucknell University, Dr. Joe Murray, a member of the SVCEP board, was among the crowd of about thirty. “I think one of the things that a community college can do is, in addition to creating opportunities for students to get a two year degree, it creates opportunities for them to go on to a four year institution.”
Other attendees of the event included State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108th) and two Northumberland County commissioners, Kym Best and Rick Shoch. WKOK caught up with Commissioner Shoch after the presentation. “We are very pleased to see that there are people who are interested in this, and we hope to see that grow over time. [Fundraising] an important part of the overall effort. We’re already looking to do some amount of courses that were offering to the community, but obviously money is a factor in any endeavor.”
Non-credit Community Education Classes are set to begin in March. To register for classes or make a donation, check out SVCEP’s website at http://www.newcommunitycollege.org/ (Kory Kramer)