Wheatley announces more than $1.9 million in COVID funding for colleges, universities

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 3 – Postsecondary institutions and adult basic education providers preparing to head back to classes this fall while mitigating COVID-19, will have more than $1.9 million in funding to create safe and healthy learning environments, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today.

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the funding is part of $28 million in federal money allocated to organizations across Pennsylvania, and can be used toward the safe reopening of schools in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not limited to, the purchasing of protective equipment, hand sanitizer/cleaning products; equipment or technology to take classrooms online; installation of barriers or other protective devices in building structures; or to purchase health apps to assist in contact tracing and monitoring of students.

Administered by the state Department of Education, the federal funding was based on both the shares of total enrollments by each postsecondary sector and the number of socio-economically disadvantaged students served by institutions. Additionally, $500,000 of the total funds were set aside to provide relief to adult basic education providers.

“Our dedicated instructors, staff and students deserve to return to their academics knowing that their health and safety are a top priority,” Wheatley said. “This funding will be extremely helpful and allow our colleges and universities to continue to deliver high-quality education to their students—either in smaller, traditional classrooms, hybrid learning, or in newly created online platforms. The key is to ensure the institutions have the dollars they need to continue keeping pace with this ever-evolving situation so that our communities continue thriving across the commonwealth.”

The following institutions in his district are awardees:

  • Carlow University: $92,815.
  • Community College of Allegheny Co.: $615,330.
  • Duquesne University: $133,321.
  • Pittsburgh Career Institute: $13,805.
  • Point Park University: $143,221.
  • Triangle Tech Inc-Pittsburgh: $11,313.
  • University of Pittsburgh: $1.066 million.
  • Vet Tech Institute: $13,666.