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May 6, 2014

Grants aid expanding UPJ curriculum

JOHNSTOWN — Pitt-Johnstown has received a financial boost through recent grants for economic development, education, and arts and culture from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

Grants from the foundation’s Benjamin Bosler Fund and Robert Waters Charitable Trust will support an expanding entrepreneurship curriculum at Pitt-Johnstown.

Assistant professor Skip Glenn said the grant will help to equip the new “Idea Lab” in Biddle Hall.

“The 3-D printer and wide-format printer are key to visualizing and refining product ideas,” Glenn said. “Technology is an essential partner for budding entrepreneurs.”

Other recent support from the community foundation has made possible a Summer STEM Institute for Teachers pilot program.

The program aims to assist K-12 teachers in providing improved instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Other grants have enabled the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center to purchase an improved sound control board and prepare to install a new ticketing system to provide better patron service.

“Our region enjoys a robust philanthropic culture, and we are very grateful for the support of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and all our friends in the community,” said Pitt-Johnstown president Jem Spectar.

Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.

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