Pleasant Gap, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator Jake Corman to announce $4 million in funding to support the construction of a new Health Sciences Building on the campus of Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI). The new building will enable the school to provide health care training for 150 additional adult students to help meet the need for more workers in Central Pennsylvania.
“As Governor, I have worked to ensure the state government is investing in local communities and directing our resources to projects that prepare people for meaningful careers,” said Governor Wolf. “With this support, CPI will build a state-of-the-art educational facility to prepare students for good jobs providing the health care this community needs. I want to thank Senator Jake Corman and the many others, who helped make this project a reality.”
The Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program (RACP) funds will help CPI support the $16.1 million cost to build a 46,000 square foot Health Science Building. When complete, the three-story building will include space for classrooms and labs, as well as a private partnership with a local health care provider on the ground floor to further expand local health care access.
“It has been exciting to watch this school grow and be supportive of its efforts provide its students with practical training that translates directly to family-sustaining careers upon graduation,” said Senator Corman. “The expanded facility will allow CPI to meet the demand for highly-qualified healthcare professionals in our local community. Students will be prepared for success with hands-on learning in an engaging environment. It’s an investment in our community and meets the local demand for high-quality education close to home.”
Construction will begin later this year and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2020. The new building, which will create 30 full-time jobs, will be adjacent to existing buildings and will serve the school’s expanding Health Science program to provide training in healthcare management, occupational therapy, physical therapy, surgical technologist, licensed practical nursing and registered nursing.
“We are excited and appreciative that Governor Wolf has authorized the release of a $4 million in Redevelopment Capital Program (RACP) funding for the CPI Health Sciences Building (HSB) project,” said Dr. Richard Makin, president of CPI. “The HSB will house specialized degree programs (AST) and will provide dedicated space for a healthcare partner to deliver on-site medical services, enabling us to address the regional healthcare workforce shortage while meeting the needs of that clinical partner.”
CPI, located on 52 acres in Pleasant Gap, was founded in 1969 as the Centre County Vocational-Technical School. The name was changed in 1998 to reflect its competencies in scientific and technical education for high school students and the adult community.
Serving the school districts of Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte Area, Penns Valley Area and State College, CPI has added several adult programs. CPI offers more than 18 secondary programs, over 60 in-house adult and continuing education programs, and more than 350 online courses. The school is a major source for technical training in business and industry in the region with well-equipped laboratories and classrooms, highly skilled instructors, and a curriculum based on industry standards and certifications prepare students to pursue post-secondary education or enter the workforce.