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HARRISBURG, Pa.– State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) and Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) recently announced the awarding of $1.5 million in state funding for an expansion to Westminster College’s Hoyt Science Center. The funding is provided through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

“We are grateful for the support of Sen. Elder Vogel, Rep. Parke Wentling and others in the legislature who supported our application for this grant,” Westminster College President Kathy Richardson wrote in an all-campus e-mail. ”  I hope that you will plan to join us on Friday, September 20,  when we break ground on the new addition.”

“Westminster College’s Hoyt Center is a local leader in STEM education, and this grant will help the school build out that program and give it room to grow,” Senator Vogel said.

“I was happy to personally fight for this funding for the College and look forward to touring the project once completed,” said Wentling. “As a former technology education teacher in the Wilmington Area School District, I understand the importance of STEM education and training for future workers.”

RACP began in 1986 with an initial investment of $400 million to fund eligible projects via Act 63 of 1987. Since the enactment of the Capital Facilities Debt Enabling Act (Act 1 of 1999), the executive branch determines how many projects can be financed within a legislatively authorized maximum debt limit.

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