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Community Foundation Proves Able Partner for Pitt-Johnstown Programs

Community Foundation Proves Able Partner for Pitt-Johnstown Programs

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The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown received a boost from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) through recently distributed grants that help the University support economic development, education, and arts and culture.

Pitt-Johnstown Idea LabGrants from the Benjamin Bosler Fund and the Robert Waters Charitable Trust, both of the Community Foundation, support an expanding entrepreneurship curriculum at Pitt-Johnstown. According to Pitt-Johnstown Assistant Professor Skip Glenn, 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," he said. "Technology is an essential partner for budding entrepreneurs." 

Additional recent support from CFA has made possible a Summer STEM Institute for Teachers pilot program which 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.

Pitt-Johnstown president Dr. Jem Spectar thanks the Community Foundation, “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.”

Pictured above: The Idea Lab in use by students and budding entrepreneurs.


Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Posted by Natalie Bombatch on 5/6/2014 1:40:00 PM