LACKAWANNA—Representatives of Erie Community College joined members of Maryvale Schools and the Lackawanna City Court for a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony to open an on-site classroom for ECC’s Education to Recovery and Pathways Court Initiative on Monday, October 7 inside Lackawanna’s second floor courtroom.
“ECC is proud to team with the Lackawanna City Court on this educational initiative,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “Partnerships like this strengthen our community, and we at the college are always looking for these types of opportunities.”
For over 11 years, ECC and local judicial districts have teamed up to provide individuals disabled by substance abuse and/or mental health problems with educational case management while they are participating in treatment. However, having realized that approximately 45% of these participants did not have a high school diploma, ECC has joined with Lackawanna City Court—just like it has with Buffalo and Niagara Falls city courts in the past year—for an educational partnership that brings GED classes right to the court site. In line with ECC’s tag line of, “Start here, go anywhere,” this partnership pathway encourages just that, and is the first of its kind in New York State.
The event recognized the courts, judges, staff, and students who are fulfilling their aspirations for an education, as well as former Buffalo Drug Court coordinator, Hank Pirowski. A plaque was dedicated and mounted inside the Lackawanna City Court in the presence of Pirowski’s family to honor the memory of the coordinator’s tireless court-related efforts.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.