The CollegeTowne initiative is a strategy and model for championing economic redevelopment in the communities Alvernia serves through its community-based campuses. Through partnerships and collaborations with the city officials, local businesses, nonprofits organizations, Alvernia serves as a strategic enabler for strengthening the local economy in Reading, Philadelphia and Pottsville.

 

How is CollegeTowne part of Alvernia’s Franciscan mission?

As a Franciscan institution, Alvernia’s mission compels it to be a source of transformation for students and the communities it serves, as St. Francis of Assisi was during his day. Just as St. Francis played a critical role in rebuilding the Church, Alvernia, collaborating with other partners, will play a key role in the revitalization of the communities it serves in Reading, Pottsville and Philadelphia.

How is the O'Pake Institute connected to CollegeTowne?

The newly re-engineered O’Pake Institute will serve as a catalyst for educational and business expansion, including the student-centered business incubator, in the communities it serves.

What is a business incubator?

A business incubator provides training and support to help develop new and startup companies. As a space for student-centered ideas and exploring program opportunities for strategic growth, it serves as a catalyst for local or regional economic development. To support its academic programs, Alvernia is partnering with local economic growth organizations Greater to establish student-centered business incubators in the communities it serves.

 

John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne
John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne
The John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne is Alvernia’s new downtown Reading facility. The dynamic extension of main campus showcases Alvernia’s student-centric approach to learning.

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