Nearly $81,000 in COVID safety funding to Thiel College, Laurel Technical Institute

HERMITAGE, Aug. 3 – Grant funding of $80,828 will help two Mercer County postsecondary schools ensure students can return to safe learning environments this fall, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said that Thiel College will receive $68,858 and Laurel Technical Institute-Sharon will receive $11,970 to ensure both schools can put into place the necessary planning and preparation to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19.

“Learning, like everything else during the pandemic, may take on a slightly different look as safety mandates require distancing and other measures pose challenges to traditional classroom learning,” Longietti said. “But our area students are resilient, energetic, and eager to learn, and our instructors and administrators are creative and dedicated to making this work.

“With funding that may be used for protective and sanitizing equipment, barriers and structural modifications, and online technology, I am confident that our students will be well-protected when they return this fall.”

The funding is part of a package of $28 million in federal funding administered by the state Department of Education and was based on both the shares of total enrollments by each postsecondary sector and the number of socio-economically disadvantaged students served by institutions.