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LA ROCHE SLATED TO RECEIVE FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY


1/4/2002

The FY2002 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill recently passed by both the U.S. House and Senate includes $600,000 in federal government funds for “smart classroom” technology in the Zappala College Center expansion. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law.

"This funding represents a significant benefit for current and future La Roche College students," said Monsignor William A. Kerr, La Roche College president. “All of us at the College are extremely grateful to the members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation for their efforts in securing this funding, which helps position La Roche on the cutting edge of instructional technology.”

Construction on the Zappala College Center expansion began in August 2001. The facility will contain 13 “smart” classrooms that will be wired for telecommunications, data transmission, Internet access, and cable television. The expansion project also includes the addition of two seminar rooms, 13 faculty offices and computer laboratories.

“These classrooms will provide our faculty with access to the latest teaching technology, while at the same time helping to prepare our students to function effectively in this age of information,” Kerr said.

The Zappala College Center expansion project is expected to be complete by August 2002.


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