Enrollment Growth Prompts PA Cyber Charter School to Expand Harrisburg, Philadelphia Regional Offices

03 Sep, 2009, 16:08 ET from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to enrollment growth, the state's largest cyber charter school is moving into larger regional offices in both Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

The expansions will house added staff and provide space for more on-site services for students and families.

Based in Western Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (www.pacyber.org) expects a statewide enrollment of 9,000, an increase of a thousand students over last year, according to founder and CEO Dr. Nick Trombetta.

PA Cyber's Philadelphia regional staff plans a public open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at its new Eastern Support Center in the Ridley Professional Building, 1553 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne, Pa.

The Philadelphia office's space includes a large area for tutoring, orientations, curricular and enrichment activities, said Eric Woelfel, newly appointed director of the Eastern Support Center. Woelfel succeeds Dr. Ron Hall, who now heads the Graystone Academy Charter School in Coatesville, Pa.

"In the past two years our office has added 10 professional staff members and 700 students. We now have more than 30 instructional and administrative staff and this year will serve 1,500 PA Cyber students in the Philadelphia region," said Woelfel.

In Harrisburg, the online school will keep its existing office half a block from the state capitol, but will move most Harrisburg Support Center staff in late October to space in the Tecport Business Campus, 479 Port View Drive, Building C, Harrisburg. This location is in close proximity to Route 283 and the PA Turnpike, allowing easy access for PA Cyber families.

A Harrisburg open house will be announced later, according to Jill Karwoski, who opened that regional office two years ago. She said 19 staff members there provide educational services to 800 students.

Woelfel and Karwoski are academy leaders, a position similar to that of principal in a traditional school.

Woelfel said the open house Sept. 8 at the Eastern Support Center is an opportunity for the public to tour, meet staff and learn how an online school works. New, current and prospective students and their families are invited to learn about activities and programs planned for the new school year.

Headquartered in Midland, Pa., PA Cyber celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

    CONTACT:  Fred Miller of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School
    +1-724-643-1180 ext 1377

SOURCE Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School