State Awards Thiel College $1M for Classroom Renovations

GREENVILLE, Pa. – Thiel College was awarded $1 million for improvements to laboratories, classrooms and common areas through a state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

“The academic facility improvements will enhance the educational and training options at Thiel College, increasing the reasons why students who choose a post-secondary education in Pennsylvania are given every opportunity to forge a path toward a successful future,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said.

The grant funds will support improvements throughout the Academic Center as well as the creation of a community clinic with the college’s communication sciences and disorders program.

“The Academic Center is the nerve center for the learning that occurs at Thiel, and these investments will benefit the next generations of graduates in new programs in environmental safety and healthcare,” said Thiel College President Susan Traverso. “The brick-and-mortar improvements will enhance the student experience in the lab and classroom and continue Thiel’s 150-year-plus tradition of its students becoming career-oriented graduates.”

Roberta Leonard, vice president for college advancement; Bob Schmoll, senior vice president for finance and management; and Liz Frombgen vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college framed the grant application.

“Returns from this investment will reach far beyond the campus,” said state Rep. Mark Longietti. “Thiel College is a driving force for the local economy and the entire region. The new center’s enhanced resources — including expanded STEM training that’s so vital to today’s high-skill jobs — will help fortify our manufacturing industry and allow it to keep pace with changes in the global market.”

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