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Funding Approved by Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Bill Will Now Be Sent To the Full Senate Appropriations Committee

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Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee has approved $100,000 to the Mount Saint Mary College Mathematics, Science, and Technology Center Project for the purchase of nursing lab equipment. The funding was approved as part of the Senate Appropriation process, and has been included in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill. The bill was passed out of subcommittee and now will need to be approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee, after which it will be sent to the Senate floor, and then to the president for signature. 

"With New York in the midst of a nursing shortage, this project will provide Mount Saint Mary College with the equipment, facilities and training to produce more firstrate nurses," said Schumer. "Access to these resources will produce better quality nurses and will result in better patient care for the entire Hudson Valley region."

Mount Saint Mary College's reputation for the quality of its nursing, teacher education and science programs has resulted in increased enrollments that present a unique opportunity for the college to respond to pressing local, regional and national needs for highly skilled professional nurses and qualified, effective mathematics and science teachers. Increasing enrollments in these fields has created demand for biology, chemistry and nursing courses that exceeds the capacity of the college's current science and nursing laboratories. Existing science laboratories were designed twenty years before the introduction of the personal computer and could not accommodate advances in technology. Ventilation and chemical storage issues also needed to be addressed.

The LHHS appropriation will help finance a project which includes a new Mathematics, Science & Technology (MST) Center and the expansion of nursing labs and renovation of vacated space to create a new Nursing Learning Resource Center.  The new MST Center will include seven teaching laboratories for biology and chemistry, a science instrumentation lab, a science research lab, laboratory prep spaces, a computer network design lab, four multidiscipline computer labs and two general purpose "smart" classrooms.

Now that the bill has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, it will be sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee. Following approval by the Full Committee and the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.

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