Philadelphia, PA. - Gov. Tom Wolf has authorized the release of an additional $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding for Community College of Philadelphia’s planned Career and Advanced Technology Center, bringing CCP a step closer to breaking ground on the $32.4 million training hub.
With the latest round of funding, CCP now has $4.25 million dollars in RACP funding to put toward the rigorous career-based education and training center that will provide nationally recognized degrees and industry-recognized certificates for students. The facility, which will prepare students for jobs in automotive technology (including green technologies), advanced manufacturing, and health care, will be built at 48th and Market streets. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Spring, 2020, near the West Regional Center.
The College currently has $14 million for construction costs; a bond issue and fundraising efforts will help pay the remainder, with a goal to minimize debt service. The project, located at 48th and Market Streets in West Philadelphia, will include construction of a 75,000 square-foot, technology-rich facility. It will provide students with pathways to high-demand careers while developing pipelines of technical talent for area businesses.
“We are extremely pleased by this award because the RACP funding process is highly competitive,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of CCP. “The College is grateful for the strong bi-partisan support it has received from Pennsylvania’s lawmakers. The strong leadership provided by the Philadelphia delegation has proved especially valuable.”
Dr. Generals thanked Gov. Wolf along with a dedicated group of legislators who have worked to secure the state funding. The state has $12 million set aside to fund the West Regional Center expansion; however, the funds cannot be released without the approval of lawmakers and the Governor
“The College is especially grateful to legislators for delivering these funds and for their continuous dedication to efforts to provide students with career and technical training opportunities that will enable them to contribute fully to our neighborhoods, our city and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Dr. Generals said.
Gov. Tom Wolf and a group of influential legislators spearheaded the process to secure the funds. They include:
- State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery.)
- State Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh)
- State Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York County)
- State Rep. Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery County)
- State Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), Democratic Whip
- State Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia)
- State Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-Philadelphia)
“A recent analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts shows that job gains among city residents employed in Philadelphia have been concentrated in lower-paying sectors of the economy – and in lower-paying jobs within those sectors,” Dr. Generals added. “The Career and Advanced Technology Centers provides an on-ramp to the jobs that offer long-term security for our families and stability for our neighborhoods.”
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