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September 15, 2016

$2M grant designated for UPJ program

Pitt-Johnstown has been awarded a $2 million redevelopment assistance capital program grant from the state for its chemical engineering program.

UPJ’s expanded engineering program is expected to produce an additional 125 graduates a year, including 40 chemical engineers who will be qualified to work in the petrochemical industry in the region.

UPJ President Jem Spectar said: “The state’s investment in Pitt-Johnstown’s engineering degree program will help to meet emerging workforce needs of the community and advance the campus mission of preparing students for success in the real world.

“The potential impact on our local, regional and state economy is immeasurable, as we provide graduates with skills to compete and transform our communities.”

The Pitt-Johnstown engineering program was announced last October. In addition to transitioning its current engineering technology programs (civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical) to engineering programs, UPJ also launched a chemical engineering major.

The state grant will be used to renovate academic building spaces for the new chemical engineering program. The funds will be used to construct and equip a chemical engineering laboratory and support a total of 20,000 square feet of academic spaces including classrooms, computer labs and technology infrastructure for a digital learning commons in Owen Library.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 49 Issue 2

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