offers retraining for adult unemployed
By Matthew J. ClarkMerciad EditorIn March,
in an effort to
the unemployed and economi-cally disadvantaged of
Erie area,Mercy hurst created
Mercy hurstCollege Career Institute, offeringretraining to people who could ei-ther no longer
work or had
the quickly advancingtechnological age.
a Mercy hurst programdesigned
year of college classes.
alsohelping to encourage participants toextend their education beyond
single year, according to LupeBillingsley, assistant director andprogram coordinator of MCCI
6 * If they get
thecertificate and go outinto the workforce andlike it, we find themcoming back for associ-ate degrees.
offers adult students a
such careers assales,medicaloffice, computer technology, in-ventory control technology, travel/tourism, food/hospitality, basicaccounting, business office andmunicipal police training.
the community, saidLupe Billingsley, MCCl's assistantdirector and program coordinator.
When people come to
ask 'What's the
catch'," shesaid. "After they've dealt with usfor awhile, theyknow*
"We have a good track record.
are well respected
problems that are dealt with, ac-cording to
R.A's.at McAuley Hall, said, "I think
of the disruptive freshmen,
t listen should be
the resident hall. It would
aprecedent, which would
Angelo Chirillo, one of theR.A's. at Egan Hall, said, "One
male visitors.We need another person to help»ut.
Adolphson said, "It's hard todiscipline
that's their wholeattitude."
com-plaints, the benefits outweigh
of the R.A's. at
Apartments, said he became
ofmy $1300'*^ for his apartment
realized the benefitsI was getting, such as sharpeningmy listening skills and
feeling I get from helping otherswork out their problems.''Adolphson
a resume because it
According to Billingsley,MCCI students are just like regularstudents
campus, sharing manyof the
courses and instructors.
who theMCCI students are," she said."They're not high breds. Theyintermingle with regular classes.We go through the faculty to findfaculty."
programrecognizes that a four-year degreedoesn't always appeal to adultsbecause of personal and financiallimitations.Mercy hurst College.Many MCCI students return to
hurst to further their educa-tion after
MCCI signifiesMercyhurst's commit-ment to the comm-unity.
More students would like
200students enrolled, a total that hasdoubled
three years ago."
cred-its of core classes for each major,
wh ich is
in tended to
of skills and knowledge
suchareas as composition, reading,computers,
career planningand business math.Most enroll in the secretarialscience. They are required
threecredits. This gives them hands-onexperience.
the internship?Only if they've demonstratedthat they've had a lot of experienceprior," Billingsley said. "Perhapssomeone who was out-teched, andcomes to us to be
admis-sions placement coordinator saidthat 85-100 percent of the MCCIgraduates
placed. Their jobsincluded work as computer opera-
bookkeepers and secretaries,restaurant and hotel personnel,travel and airline ticket agents, sale-speople, and inventory expediters.Local employers who have hiredMCCI
include SaintVincent Hospital,
of Erie, FirstNational Bank, Lord Corp.
they get the certificate and
for associatedegrees," Billingsley said.
"The need for the
hurstCollege Career Institute's financialaid meeting in March is a strongindication
that more MCCI
to further their educa-tion at
Billingsleysaid. "Many high school studentsare now enrolling in the MCCIprogram
orfour years of college. They try it
one year to see if
like it"Thirty year-old Rita Mangini, aresident of
and single parent ofa 14-year-old
an MCCI stu-dent Enrolled in her third semesterin the
curriculum, amajor which also includes an on-the-job internship, Mangini attendsthree classes this semester. She is
intern Mondays and Fridaysat the Veteran's AdministrationHospital as an executive assistantsecretary.
the internshipthrough a referral
Tom Ridge's office.
a likelihood I
full time after
my skills and become more confi-dent'
regrets nottaking shorthand, which she saysshould be required.
• *«; «
also showswith DeoDle.
hurst Apartmentresident said the condition of theapartments on campus convincedher
an apart-ment for half the price without thenoise and in better shape,*' the resi-dent
"We figure we'll save about$400 per month," her roommateadded. "The money
spend heredoes give
convenience ofliving on campus, but now that weall have
that doesn't matter."
According to the residents, re-pairs take too long. "Some guysthat lived in this apartment in
came one Sunday to see their oldroom. When they sat in the chairwe've been trying to get fixed all
resi-dent said.But that didn't surprise them.
faucets have been dripping
keepour heat up because both doors toour building have been broken formonths," the resident said.But according to MaintenanceDirector Harold George, his depart-
ment does all
on major problems bythe weekend,'' George said.Many repairs
washers,dryers and windows have to becontracted out "As soon as some-one calls us, we call the vendor,"George said.Maintenance has added ex-penses because things don't last aslong as they should on a collegecampus. "We always buy goodgrade materials, but
things that should last
phones. People get impatient,and sometimes they're justified. Itry to see it doesn't happen toooften.
"We've got quite a few build-ings, and we keep growing everyyear. Maintenance is expensive."retrained.
"great" "I went to Edinboro forawhile
glad I got
the oppor-tunity to go to Mercyhurst It's abetter quality school."Bules said she
the standardof grading and feels that the profes-sors are qualified. "The programhas a higher standard of require-ments,' she said.Since enrolling in MCCI, Buleshas landed a job as agency directorfor John Robert Powers modelingagency in Erie. Bules said she gotthe job as "the result of what I'dlearned in my courses" at MCCI.
Brocius, a single parent
her unior year at Mercyhurst and
associate degree inhotel restaurant
institutionalmanagement A resident of Girard,Pa., she is the former executive di-rector of the West County Divisionof
the Red Cross mergedwith the Erie Chapter, I wanted tochange and do something else,"Brocius says. "I believe all of
classes here at Mercyhurst areworthwhile. To the other studentshere at Mercyhurst I recommendmaking
plan before scheduling
says that job-placementservices at Mercyhurst show that
want you to be successful."She worked as a cook at the Mer-cyhurst Laker Inn's kitchen in
MCCI food hospitality
tO improve my
she hopes to do that in the future.Linda Bules learned about
MCCI through GECAC. "It's notvery well advertised," she said.
"Most people don't know about
f 1 J
Despite the apparent lack ofadvertisement, the number of stu-dents taking advantage of
pro-gram has increased steadily.Bules said she came to MCCIbecause it offered a
also making a
careers and needed
Mercyhurstand become more
said she got the ob
however, and not through theMCCI placement office. Accordingto Bules, she basically was told tohunt down an internship on herown, which she did.
pepartmefitformsforeign language program
A new department
Mercyhurst called theDepartment of Foreign Languagesand Literatures.
fFormerly included in the De-partment of English and ModernLanguages, the
new ^unitjwill bemade
up of Dr. Marilynn
inGerman, Barbara Moskwa in
ish, and a new faculty member inSpanish who will be chosen fromamong the applicants for the posi-tion.
and Italian and
The Department has been
cre-ated with the purpose of giving
assume theirrightful place in the Mercyhurst ofthe
Vivetta Petronio, Eng-lish Department Director said. "It
be working toward a strength-ening of the present minor program,development of offerings in addi-tional languages, and eventual
velopment of a major." .The department will serve stu-dents in several ways. First, it willcontinue
French, German, Ital-
studied the language or for students
an extremely poor preparation.Basic II and III courses, however,are for those students with a goodpreparation. These courses fulfillthe requirement in the Contempo-rary World Core.
Second, the Department
willcontinue to offer Diction I and II(English, French, German and Ital-ian) for Voice Majors, courses re-quired by the Music School.Third, courses will be offeredfor students wishing to minor inFrench, Spanish or German.
department will also offer coursesdesigned to help students pass thedepartment's proficiency test Stu-dents who pass the test, will have theachievement noted on their tran-scripts.
Fourth, the department will of-fer courses in" two areas of theContemporary World Core: WorldCultures and World Literatures.
These courses will be given
English and will feature the culturesand literatures of France, Italy,Middle-European countries ^(in-cluding Germany, Austria, etc.),Poland and Spain.
the languages currently offered atMercyhurst might consider fulfill^
of their core requirements inthe area of
language they stud-ied.
take an advancedlanguage course (Basic
or anyof the Minor
satisfy theHuman Studies
andthen take a culture or literature
of thelanguage they know to satisfy theContemporary World
These are the plans of the de-partment "They point to new di-rections in language-learning andensure that Foreign Languages
Cultures will contribute to qualityeducation at