The Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC) has been facilitating credit, non-credit and enrichment programming for local community members since 1991. Due to the lack of available and accessible postsecondary educational entities in the northern rural areas of Pennsylvania, then Congressman Peterson provided a small grant to the community to create a Community Education Council. Several individuals worked tirelessly and passionately to build the foundation for the CEC.
Today, more than two decades later, the residents look to the CEC to provide quality educational opportunities. Each year, more than 1,200 enrollments in credit, non-credit and enrichment courses are made possible through the CEC’s offerings. Almost 600 certification exams are delivered annually, and hundreds of meetings are hosted and/or facilitated at the CEC. We continue to provide college and career advisement services and respond to inquiries regarding higher education in general. We maintain a healthy schedule of credit programming for Associate degrees and certificates; and in the last three years, the CEC has successfully expanded programming and partnerships to encompass GED® to a Master’s degree, while maintaining everything in between. In the spring of 2014, the CEC opened its first location in Emporium. The Emporium Center is co-located with the PA CareerLink® and includes Cameron County’s newest computer lab.
The CEC relies on strong partnerships with entities such as the local Intermediate Unit, school districts, the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny, Gannon University, the North Central Workforce Investment Board, PA CareerLink®, Pearson VUE, the GED Testing Service®, and many area employers. The CEC is the proud developer of two of the region’s premier educational programs: Leadership Elk County, which serves professionals, and the DISCOVER Partnership which makes connections between school districts and businesses.
The CEC Governing Board Members
The Governing Board meets on the third Thursday of each even-numbered month
Doug Gaffey, Chairperson
Liberty Pressed Metals
Rebecca Pasquinelli, Vice Chairperson
Assistant VP/Manager, Northwest Savings Bank Emporium
Laurie McDonald, Treasurer
CFO, Penn Highlands Elk
Kathy Strycula, Secretary
Retired Educator, Cameron County
Human Resources, Metal Powder Products
Human Resources, LedVance
District Office Manager, State Representative Matt Gabler
Business Manager, Cameron County School District
Dr. Brian Toth
Superintendent, St. Marys Area School District
Retired Executive Director, Dickinson Center
Annual Reports and Plans
CEC Strategic Plan
Annual PDE Report and Budget
DISCOVER Partnership Report
Leadership Elk County Report
Independent Auditor's Report and Financial Statements
The Community Education Center, together with business, education, and community partners, offers professional, academic, and personal opportunities for lifelong learning in Elk and Cameron Counties and the surrounding areas.
Our vision is to promote a vibrant and diversified region, where:
Kate Brock, Executive Director
Jackie Herbstritt, Operations & Facilities Manager
Amy Goode, Program Manager
Beth Malburg, Daytime Administrative Assistant
Jenna Zitzler, Evening Administrative Assistant