MANSFIELD – While in Tioga County this week, Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) visited Commonwealth University’s Mansfield Campus to explore education, workforce and academic programs.
During the visit, the senator toured campus buildings and dormitories, and reviewed Mansfield’s Early Start Program, Emergency Response Training Certification and overall vision for higher education with faculty and staff.
A briefing was also provided on the importance of Mansfield University’s Public Safety Training Institute (MUPSTI) and the Emergency Response Training and Certification Association, which includes a workforce development approach that is centered on a private/public relationship model.
“I appreciated hearing how Mansfield is positioning itself for growth and to meet economic and workforce development needs in our region, across Pennsylvania and beyond,” Yaw said. “Rural colleges grapple with nonacademic barriers every day and Mansfield is addressing these issues in unique ways. It’s vital not to lose focus.”
In September, Mansfield earned several rankings in the 38th annual U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) Best College rankings.
Grouped among institutions in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Mansfield is ninth in Top Public Schools in the North, ranked 15th out of 54 Regional Colleges in the North, and number 27 on Social Mobility.
Yaw was joined by Dr. Bashar Hanna, President of the Commonwealth University; Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Provost and Senior Vice President; John Ulrich, Special Assistant to the President; Tim Shuey, Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Mansfield New Campus Administrator; Stacy Wagner, Associate Vice President for Facilities; and Dan Knorr, Director of External and Government Relations for Commonwealth University. Joining for a portion of the day was Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge, who has been an integral supporter of the MUPSTI program.
Established July 1, 2022, Commonwealth University integrated Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield universities into a single institution with multiple unique locations and campus experiences following unanimous approval from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. Students of Commonwealth University have access to an expanded array of academic programs and degrees throughout five colleges.
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