About Partnership Erie

Our Mission

To engage organizations in Erie and surrounding communities with students and faculty in the Black School of Business. The objectives of this engagement are to provide the students opportunities to apply their knowledge in the area of web design, database development, app development, and social media strategy.

Our History

Founded in 2001, Partnership Erie was established to provide nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania an opportunity to launch an online presence without the significant expense of hiring and IT staff and technical consultation. Partnership Erie, an outreach program of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College was established to provide complimentary web planning, development, hosting, and maintenance services to the nonprofit community.

The partnerships we establish with the community allow Penn State Erie the opportunity to exchange information with external audiences and reach out to the community by identifying organizational web needs, and the opportunity to plan and develop an approach to electronically presenting and marketing the non-profit organization while providing Penn State Erie students with practical web development experience.

Our Services

The Execution of design and development projects involves not only students but faculty, and interns along with representatives from the organization. Students can work with members of the community to complete a professional final product. Through this we strive to: 

  1. Develop partnerships to assist in developing internship and project opportunities. 

  2. Collaborate to strengthen the overall project and provide a professional product. 

  3. Provide professional and impactful project results to community partners. 

  4. Encourage service learning and community awareness with student driven projects. 

  5. Provide training and ongoing guidance to client organizations and students. 

  6. Conduct community presentations and informational sessions. 

Our Team

Kathleen J. Noce, D.Ed.

Dr. Noce founded Partnership Erie in 2001. She serves as the Discipline Lead and is a Teaching Professor at Penn State Behrend for the Management Information Systems degree.

Samuel Andrew
GA In Training

Samuel is a future graduate of Penn State Erie the Behrend College with a major in Digital Media, Arts, and Technology and a minor in Management of Information Systems. He continued a project from the MIS 387 class for Partnership Erie in Fall 2021.

Kaylyn Wheeler
Prior Graduate Assistant

Kaylyn is the previous Graduate Assistant for Partnership Erie for the 2021-2022 academic school year. She graduates summer 2022 with an MBA. She previously served as an intern with Partnership Erie from Fall 2021 – Fall 2022.

Ryan Scott

Ryan is an Erie-native studying Management Information Systems under the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State Behrend currently focusing on the data analytics track. He has served as an intern at Partnership Erie since Fall 2020.

Bradley Schommer

Bradley is an upcoming senior at Penn State Behrend studying Management Information Systems. For the summer of 2022 he is interning at Partnership Erie. 

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