The Community Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties (CEC) has been facilitating credit, non-credit and enrichment programming for local community members since 1991. Due to the lack of available and accessible postsecondary educational entities in the northern rural areas of Pennsylvania, then Congressman Peterson provided a small grant to the community to create a Community Education Council. Several individuals worked tirelessly and passionately to build the foundation for the CEC.

Today, more than three decades later, the residents look to the CEC to provide quality educational opportunities. Each year, over 1,200 enrollments in credit, non-credit and enrichment courses are made possible through the CEC’s offerings. More than 350 certification exams are delivered annually, and hundreds of meetings are hosted and/or facilitated at the CEC. We continue to provide college and career advisement services and respond to inquiries regarding higher education in general. We maintain a healthy schedule of credit programming for Associate degrees and certificates.

The CEC relies on strong partnerships with entities such as the local Intermediate Unit, school districts, the Northern PA Regional College, Pitt Bradford, Penn State DuBois, the North Central Workforce Development Board, PA CareerLink®, Pearson VUE, the GED Testing Service®, and many area employers. The CEC is the proud developer of two of the region’s premier educational programs: Leadership Elk & Cameron, which serves professionals, and the DISCOVER Partnership which makes connections between school districts and businesses.


The CEC is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (PANO) Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. The Standards for Excellence offers tools and resources to empower nonprofits to meet the highest standards of governance, management and operations.

Mission Statement

The Community Education Center, together with business, education, and community partners, offers professional, academic, and personal opportunities for lifelong learning in Elk and Cameron Counties and the surrounding areas.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to promote a vibrant and educationally diversified region, where:

  • Local businesses are competitive globally
  • Employees are skilled and educated
  • And all community members are empowered to pursue lifelong learning and achieve personal goals.

Your Center. Your Future. Your Community.

CEC Enrollments for the 2019-2020 Year

Fiscal Year 2019-2020SummerFallSpringTotal
Internal / External Proctoring36421896
GED Testing21191050
Pearson VUE Other966138195

Non-Credit Courses Provided (by Industry)

  • Health/ Human Services: 17%
  • Education: 9%
  • Business: 41%
  • Human Resources: 6%
  • Computer Applications: 14%
  • Manufacturing/ Industrial: 13%

CEC Revenue 2018-2019 Fiscal Year

  • Government Grant: 63%
  • Other Grants & Contributions: 23%
  • Program Service Revenue: 16%
  • Investment Income: 3%
  • Other Revenue: 1%

CEC Expenses 2018-2019 Fiscal Year

  • Program Service Expenses: 79%
  • Management & General Expenses: 18%
  • Fundraising Expenses: 3%