Harrisburg, October 28, 2016 – Today Gov. Tom Wolf awarded $500,000 in Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to renovate Reading Area Community College’s science laboratory, State Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks), Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-126th District) and Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-127th District) announced.

“This money is so important to our county,” Schwank said. “It will allow RACC to better prepare our students for jobs in the real world.”

The grant will allow RACC to completely renovate existing labs in Berks Hall, which will result in state-of-the-art biology and anatomy labs. The chemistry and physics labs will move to the Schmidt Training & Technology Center.

“Once these renovations are complete, RACC will become more attractive to prospective students looking for a quality education,” Caltagirone said.

“As the workforce becomes more competitive, this funding will keep RACC in the race to attract students and prepare them for the future,” Rozzi said.

RACC, which is located in the city of Reading, was founded in 1971 and offers students classes to fulfill Associate degrees as well as certificate and diploma programs.

“There are more and more jobs available in the technology and healthcare fields, and now our students will be able to better compete with students from colleges around the country,” Schwank said.