HARRISBURG, Pa.–  Two local state lawmakers and Westminster College announced on Friday that $3 million in state funding has been secured for a major expansion of the college’s Science and Technology programs.

State Senator Elder Vogel (R-47th District) and State Representative Parke Wentling  (R-17th District) both represent voters in Lawrence County.  They joined with Westminster President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson to reveal the news.

The entire project— estimated to be a $15 to $25 million undertaking—is part of Westminster’s commitment to refocusing its academic program on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

State Sen. Elder Vogel (R-47th District). Image source: senatoreldervogel.com

Sen. Elder Vogel

“STEM careers are essential to the economic future of Western Pennsylvania,” Senator Vogel said. “This funding will help ensure that Westminster College remains a national leader in higher education.”

The funding, provided through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), will significantly support the college’s expansion of science facilities.

Rep. Parke Wentling (R-17th District). Image source: repwentling.com

Rep. Parke Wentling

“With STEM-related jobs on the rise, students are seeking out colleges that can deliver degrees that will earn them good-paying jobs,” Wentling said.

“This grant will aid Westminster’s mission of creating tomorrow’s workers, who will be leading contributors to Pennsylvania’s economy.”

RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

“We are grateful to Senator Vogel and Representative Wentling for this grant assisting in our efforts to expand our science facilities,” said President Richardson.

“We appreciate them and many others who championed the cause on behalf of Westminster College and the students and region we serve. Westminster College has a very strong national reputation, particularly as it relates to our STEM programs that are grounded in the liberal arts.  This grant will help us continue the progress that is enabling our facilities to reach the caliber of our exceptional faculty and students.”

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