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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is one of eight schools that has partnered with  the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation, in cooperation with several employers, to conduct a feasibility study focused on the construction of a health care training facility in Cumberland County.

“A training facility would allow the county to develop a more highly-skilled workforce by providing training with state-of-the-art technology,” Laura Potthoff, director of business and workforce development for CAEDC, told the Carlisle Sentinel. “We believe it will allow employers, educational institutions and our county to better attract, retain and place skilled workers in high-demand jobs.”

The study has been undertaken with support from Highmark Blue Shield, Penn State Health, Select Medical, UPMC and Wellspan, all major health care employers in the county, as well as Harrisburg University, Central Penn College, Cumberland Perry Vocational Technical School, Cumberland Valley School District, Dickinson College, HACC, Messiah University, Penn State Harrisburg and Shippensburg University.

The study is slated for completion in September.

To read the Carlisle Sentinel article, click here.

For information regarding HU’s $100 million Health Science Education Center under construction in downtown Harrisburg, follow this link.


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