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Fisher Receives $410,000 Higher Ed Capital Funding for Science Building

February 9, 2016

St. John Fisher College received $410,000 from the Higher Education Capital Match Program (HECap) to assist in the purchase and installation of equipment for the newly opened Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building. A competitive grant program administered by the New York State Dormitory Authority, HECap requires a three to one financial match by the participating college or university to receive the funds.

ISHS Building

“Enrollment in the sciences has grown exponentially at Fisher in recent years, and this grant enables us to continue to train the next generation of scientists and health care professionals who will serve our region,” said Dr. Gerard Rooney, president of St. John Fisher College. “By expanding the modern laboratory and research equipment available in the science programs, students will be able to develop the strong technical skills necessary for graduate or professional study and scientific careers.”

In a press release detailing the grant, Senator Rich Funke noted Fisher and Nazareth’s contributions to the local economy and quality of life.

“In light of the vital role that these colleges play in our community, it’s important that we make strategic investments in both campuses to continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world,” he said. “These matching funds will help Fisher and Naz leverage their own private investments to continue to put Rochester on the map as a first-rate college town for years to come.”

With HECap funds, the College plans to purchase and install laboratory equipment in the Integrated Science and Health Sciences Building. The campus facility houses academic programming which supports the science and health care workforce for the region. The College generates approximately 283 math, science, and technology graduates, as well as 143 nurses and 73 pharmacists annually, 77 percent of whom reside and work locally and across New York State.

In a separate press release, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also applauded the grants, which will ultimately provide $35.3 million in funding to more than 25 colleges and universities across the state.

“New York’s colleges and universities are among the best in the nation – and with this funding, we are helping them make big investments that will benefit students in both the near and long-term future,” said Cuomo. “I’m proud to be supporting these important projects, because they will ensure a stronger and more competitive higher education environment in New York for years to come.”