It was one of the most contentious local political issues in recent memory.

The push to establish a traditional community college in the region came to a head in 2010, when Erie County Council, the Erie School Board and the Corry School Board all rejected sponsorship of the school.

All three entities cited cost concerns at a time when much of the public opposed the plan.

While community college supporters argued that such a school would help Erie build a skilled workforce and provide a more affordable educational option for many local residents than the region’s four-year colleges and for-profit trade schools, opponents saw the school as unnecessary when local colleges and trade schools provide similar curricula.

Six years later, though, an infusion of cash – and a political climate shift within Erie County government – has resuscitated the community college discussion.