Chester County Briefly: August 3


West Chester University

Money magazine has listed WCU among 711 of the nation’s best-performing colleges, acknowledging the value the institution offers.

The magazine consulted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and College Measures to determine education quality, financing, and value. The result is “a new, uniquely practical analysis” that used 27 factors in three equally weighted categories to evaluate the institutions:

  • Quality of education. Graduation rates and faculty-student ratio were several factors considered. For the first time, the researchers examined institutions’ financial troubles, reasoning that “financial difficulties can affect the quality of education.”
  • Affordability. The net price of a degree is “the estimated amount a typical freshman starting in 2017 will pay to earn a degree.”
  • Outcomes. For the first time, the researchers took into account socio-economic mobility index.

West Chester Food Cupboard

State Senator Andy Dinniman recently visited the new home of the West Chester Food Cupboard on Bolmar Street, and he brought along a housewarming gift – $5,000 in state grant funding.

The West Chester Food Cupboard recently moved from its former home in the Gay Street Plaza Shopping Center to a new, larger warehouse facility located at 431 South Bolmar Street. Food cupboard officials said the new location will allow them to expand operations, accept more donations, especially fresh food and produce, and provide an improved environment for clients.

The West Chester Food Cupboard provides fresh food and produce, as well as personal care and household items, to approximately 2,000 individuals every month. The cupboard is completely supported by volunteers, donations, and grant funding, and has no paid staff whatsoever.

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Greensleeves Music

Greensleeves Music, a private music lesson company based out of West Chester, is set to add the Main Line and Philadelphia to its areas of service beginning this fall. Greensleeves currently covers much of Chester County with its heaviest concentration of students in the Brandywine Valley.

With several of his employees residing in Philadelphia, Greensleeves owner Ben Green thought it a natural next step for the company to accept clients closer to the city. The move follows a series of music recitals hosted by Greensleeves in the spring, and is intended to correspond with the surge in extracurricular signups following the summer break.

“We get great satisfaction out of hosting our annual recitals and seeing the incredible progress our students make,” said Green. “We’ve heard lots of positive feedback too. It makes me feel like we’re doing good things in Chester County. The thought of expanding and doing the same elsewhere is really exciting.”

Greensleeves clients range from young beginners to adults looking to learn a new skill. The most popular instruments are piano and guitar, though the company has seen a recent surge in requests for violin and cello lessons. Green personally matches clients to teachers based on instrument, skill level, interest, location, and their preferred schedule. The Greensleeves teachers then drive to the student’s home, and lessons begin.

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