March 7, 2003
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SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY RECEIVES FEDERAL
SUPPORT FOR REGIONAL LEARNING ALLIANCE PROJECT IN ALLEGHENY
COUNTY’S MARSHALL TOWNSHIP
ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University received $200,000 in
federal support Friday for its Regional Learning Alliance
"educational mall" project in Marshall Township, Allegheny County.
The shared education/training campus and conference center will
become the only one its kind between Erie and
Rep. Melissa Hart and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter each earmarked
$100,000 for construction, expected to begin this year. Hart joined
university officials at Slippery Rock's off-campus North Hills
Center in Franklin Park to announce the funding allocation. U.S.
Rep. Phil English was also instrumental in securing
Regional Learning Alliance promises to meet the training and
education needs of individuals, businesses and industries within a
two-hour radius. Slippery Rock will serve as facility manager.
Regional universities will lease classroom space to provide an
array of services, including job training and workforce development
in one of the fastest growing markets in Pennsylvania -- the
Cranberry/Route 19 corridor.
Regional Learning Alliance will occupy 20 acres in the Cranberry
Woods Office Park off Route 228. The design calls for high-tech
classrooms, specialty-manufacturing training centers, conference
space, a virtual library, childcare center and food service
new facility in Cranberry Woods will improve access to new job
opportunities for area residents and will improve access to highly
trained employees for the region’s businesses,” Dr.
Robert Smith, president of Slippery Rock University, said.
“This money will enable us to continue our progress in the
design phase of this innovative concept for bringing many
educational providers together in one
center will operate on an extended schedule -- days, evenings and
weekends. Training will fluctuate depending on need. Classroom
space may serve as a laboratory for a tool and die company for six
weeks and an instructional center for software engineers for the
succeeding six months.
sharing classrooms, computer labs and other resources, our local
training institutions can put more money back into classrooms and
job training,” Hart said.