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Academy receives $2.5M grant

Sentinel photo by BRANDON MORGAN
Senator Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) presents a grant check for $2.5 million to Mifflin County Commissioners Kevin Kodish and Rob Postal Tuesday at the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology.

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology was awarded a $2.5 million grant from Senator Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte), state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Bellefonte), state Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflintown) and state Rep. Rich Irvin (R-Huntingdon) Tuesday.

The grant was presented to The Academy in order to expand the campus and create new training programs.

Academy students sat in on the grant presentation Tuesday morning while Corman talked about why he is giving back.

“We wanted to find a way to help Mifflin County,” Corman said. “Working with the county commissioners to develop an economic strategy for Mifflin County. This is what we can do to be helpful.”

Irvin talked about how the money is going to a good cause due to the community needing a new work force.

“You look at your plumbers, nurses and they all have gray hair,” Irvin said. “They are getting ready to retire and there is not a work force coming forward to supply that need. I really think what we are doing here with this money is very important.”

The grant is the second part of a three-phase project. The first phase was to demolish blighted buildings and prepare the sites for commercial redevelopment, which will give new companies and jobs an opportunity to come to Mifflin County. The third phase is to relocate selected county departments from leased private space into a renovated annex building.

Hershey said he was on board with the project from the start.

“This was a no brainer to get this done,” Hershey said. “We are excited to make this investment in Mifflin County. I’m very proud to support this project.”

Daniel Potutschnig, administrative director of The Academy, said he was proud to receive the grant and he knows it will give the school the help it needs for new programs.

“Opportunities to impact change in rural Pennsylvania often need the support from key individuals,” Potutschnig said. “Thank you for championing our school and workforce development in our community. I believe the future is bright at The Academy.”

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