Wilkes to receive $1 million in RACP funding for pharmacy upgrades

WILKES-BARRE, Dec. 22 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced this morning the approval of a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant totaling $1 million for upgrades to the pharmacy program within Wilkes University’s Stark Learning Center. 

“This funding is a tremendous boon to Wilkes University’s Stark Learning Center and its Nesbit School of Pharmacy as a whole,” Pashinski said. “Their pharmacy program is already a shining example nationally that trains our future pharmacists in the multitude of fields necessary for careers in the pharmacy industry. I would like to especially thank Governor Tom Wolf, as well as the officials from Wilkes University and Wilkes-Barre who recognized the importance of this grant and gave it their support.”

“I would like to thank Governor Tom Wolf, Senator John Yudichak, Representative Eddie Day Pashinski and our entire legislative leadership for their continued support of Wilkes University and our pharmacy program,” said President Patrick F. Leahy. “In the 20-year history of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, over 1,100 individuals have received their Pharm. D. degrees from Wilkes, and the vast majority of these graduates currently work as practicing pharmacists in Pennsylvania. This is an investment in delivering quality health care throughout the Commonwealth.”

The RACP funding will go toward substantial enhancements to the pharmacy facilities at Wilkes.

 “Upgrading what is already a tremendous program will only help draw in more students and benefit Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding region as a whole,” Pashinski said. “About 80 percent of the students who matriculate through the pharmacy program are from Pennsylvania, with a majority from eastern or northeastern Pennsylvania. These students overwhelmingly go on to stay in Pennsylvania and help residents across the commonwealth. I’m incredibly proud of what Wilkes University has to offer and the outstanding achievements its students attain.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.