– Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) and Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) today announced the awarding of $1.5 million in state funding for an expansion to Westminster College’s Hoyt Science Resource Center. The funding, is provided through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).
Nearly all of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses at Westminster are taught in the Hoyt Science Resource Center, which includes six lecture rooms, three “smart” classrooms, several laboratories, an auditorium, a planetarium and four conference rooms. The funding will help support an expansion of the center to include construction of a three-story addition, renovation of the third floor, exterior façade upgrades and improvements to the courtyard.
“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,” 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.”
The RACP program is dedicated to the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized by the Legislature in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act. Projects must have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.
Representative Parke Wentling
17th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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