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Colleges win safety grants

Funds to be used to keep students, faculty safe amid COVID-19

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced about $28 million to postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers in Pennsylvania to assist them in implementing public health and safety plans to resume operations in the fall.

The funding will be used to help keep students, faculty and staff safe and assist institutions in meeting the unique challenges of providing instruction during COVID-19. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds, which can be used toward the safe reopening of schools in light of COVID-19.

Among those receiving grants are:

* Penn State University, University Park — $1,905,384.

* Pennsylvania Highlands Community College — $276,522.

* Saint Francis University, Loretto — $75,282.

* Mount Aloysius College, Cresson — $79,514.

* Juniata College, Huntingdon — $74,526.

* YTI Career Institute, Altoona — $12,939.

* South Hills School of Business & Technology, State College — $17,058.

* Commonwealth Technical Institute, Johnstown — $17,603.

The Commonwealth Technical Institute is housed at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown. The center provides services featuring the integration of pre-employment transition services, education on campus, counseling, evaluation and physical restoration in a barrier-free environment.

A continuum of support services ranging from vocational evaluation and career exploration to independent living skills is combined to offer students the skills they need to live, work and contribute in the community.

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