RACC receives $1 million grant to renovate classrooms and lab spaces


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by Reading Area Community College (RACC)

Jul 07, 2022

Reading Area Community College received $1 million to help redesign Weitz Hall to renovate classrooms and labs for its health science programs. The grant was made possible by Berks County Commissioners as part of an $18 million funding round through the US Bailout for Community Improvement Projects.

Renovations to existing classrooms and laboratories not only meet a local and regional need, but also a national need for expanded training for skilled healthcare workers in various disciplines. Currently, the college offers associate degree programs in registered nursing, respiratory therapy, medical laboratory technician, and a new histotechnician program. In addition to diploma programs, the college offers a practical nursing certificate program and several short-term training programs such as home health aide and nurse aide.

“This grant is critical to RACC’s ability to continue to meet the community’s growing need for health care workers. We are grateful to the Berks County Commissioners for recognizing the RACC’s ability to train and educate future healthcare workers in Berks County,” said RACC President Dr. Susan Looney.

Although a final schedule has been established, the planning and design of the renovation project is underway. To learn more about health professions programs at Reading Area Community College, visit racc.edu/hp or call 610.607.6224.

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