State commits $2 million to Pitt-Titusville Hub project

From staff reports

The University of Pittsburgh on Thursday received a $2 million commitment from the state – to be matched more than dollar for dollar by Pitt – toward the new vision for the Pitt-Titusville campus.

The funds will be used to transform some buildings at Pitt-Titusville into structures suitable for a new Education and Training Campus Hub.

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said “this grant will help us transform Pitt-Titusville into a vibrant educational and training hub. It’s an investment that will secure a stronger economic future for the six-county region. And it’s an investment that will infuse talent and opportunity into the area for generations to come.”

The Hub – to be home to Pitt programs as well as education and job training programs operated by other parties – will operate as a shared campus, necessitating the renovation of some buildings at PittTitusville, according to a press release issued Thursday by Pitt.

“The state support will be used to transform buildings on the campus to use by multiple partners: shared space for us, our community college partner and a training center,” said Lawrence Feick, interim president of Pitt’s campuses in Titusville and Bradford. “All the higher education institutions will be integrated, in part though the space. For example, all health-related courses will be taught in the same building regardless of which partner is offering the course.”

Pitt is continuing to work on a construction time frame and a final design for building renovations. Pitt, as founding partner of The Hub, will continue to seek private funding support for the project.

Under the campus hub model, partners will offer specialized programs with active input from regional employers – a move that will directly address the region’s education and training needs, the press release said.

Pitt-Titusville will continue to offer programs for traditional college-age students in addition to developing programs for nontraditional students that may include online, evening, intensive and executive learning options.

Pitt students in Titusville will have the option to complete programs at the Education and Training Campus Hub or seamlessly transfer to other University of Pittsburgh campuses to advance their education.