“So this $4 million is an important investment in the future of Pennsylvania, not just this area, not just this institution,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
That $4 million investment will help build a new Healthcare Training Center at Central Pennsylvania institute of Science and Technology (CPI). Wolf said this facility will help with the future demand for healthcare workers.
“We’re an aging state. and people are going to need more and more people with healthcare expertise. Training in specifically healthcare is really important,” Wolf said.
The building will be 46,000 square feet with three floors. School officials hope to partner with a healthcare provider, where it can be housed in the building and help with the program.
“And most importantly serve as a clinical site for our students…they can go from the second floor, the first floor down to the ground floor and have that experience of working with actual patients,” CPI President Richard Makin said.
The school already offers four associate degree programs. With this expansion, it hopes to offer more programs within the practical nursing program.
“We don’t have a community college in Centre County, but they do have accredited courses here now. And I just think this continues to grow to allow for another type of education which is extremely important in today’s workforce,” Pennsylvania Senator Jake Corman said.
CPI will also match the $4 million grant.
Construction on the new building is expected to begin later this year and be completed by 2020.