ECC has three campuses, but will they all survive? That's the focus of a report in this week's Business First. It says the future of three campuses for Erie Community College depends on the public institution's ability to recruit, enroll and retain more students. ECC officials say enrollment has slipped at the two-year college for the first time since 1998. A prolonged decline would affect nearly every division at ECC.
The report says, in 2007, enrollment topped 13,000. In 2010, it topped 15,000. Last year, it dipped to just over 14,000. Officials blame the decline on changes in federal financial aid regulations, along with the economy and a population drop.
A report in this week's Business First shows how area companies are looking at ways to shift to natural gas. It is made by compressing the gas to less than one percent of its volume. Right now, there are only three filling stations in WNY that offer compressed natural gas, but area companies are interested in adding more. The report says Cobey specializes in gas compression for industrial use, but is getting into more consumer applications.