Rescue plan

Governor Carney Announces $107 Million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Support for Universities

January 19, 2022

The support will facilitate a world-class teaching and research laboratory focused on human disease at the University of Delaware, train nurses at Delaware State University, build a child care center at Delaware Tech

WILMINGTON, Del. – Gov. John Carney and Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long on Wednesday announced $107 million for Delaware colleges and universities to support pandemic-related projects funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The funding announced on Tuesday will provide:

  • $41 million for the University of Delaware.
  • $33 million for Delaware State University.
  • $33 million for Delaware Technical Community College.

ARPA was championed in Congress by members of the Delaware congressional delegation – Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester – and signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.

Visit de.gov/rescueplan [governor.delaware.gov] to learn more about American Rescue Plan Act assistance in Delaware.

“Delaware’s institutions of higher learning are helping us rebuild after the pandemic and will use this funding wisely,” said Governor Carney. “This support will help train new nurses, public health professionals and child care workers, facilitate a state-of-the-art laboratory at the University of Delaware, establish a center to study disparities in health at Delaware State University and to strengthen child care and health care programs at Delaware Technical Community College. Thank you to the members of our federal delegation and to President Joe Biden for fighting for these important resources. »

File Photo: Delaware Governor JOHN CARNEY answers questions regarding Delaware’s response to the coronavirus disease during an auditorium press briefing Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the Carvel State Office building in Wilmington , OF. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

“Our institutions of higher learning are great partners in helping us build a stronger, healthier Delaware,” said Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, PhD, RN. “A new world-class infectious disease laboratory will put Delaware at the forefront of cutting-edge research as we develop ways to help protect the health of our families. The COVID-19 pandemic has lifted the curtain on the stark health disparities experienced by our different communities. These investments with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act will go a long way to eliminating these inequities, while creating and developing a workforce of healthcare professionals and child care workers to support this mission.

“I’m thrilled to see critical funds from the American Rescue Plan Act will help Delaware invest in the child care, nurses, and medical research that will get us out of this pandemic,” said US Senator Tom Carper. “I was proud to support this legislation and am thrilled to see it provide these much-needed resources to the first state.”

“Our number one goal as a country and as a state is to use the resources we have to propel us forward and out of this pandemic, which is exactly what this funding will do in the American Rescue Plan Act”, said US Senator Chris Coons. “The more we invest in research, training and infrastructure, the better we will be able to understand and prevent health disparities in the future. I look forward to seeing the impact this will have on our condition and am grateful to the medical professionals in Delaware who are working tirelessly to get us out of this pandemic.

“The $107 million announced today in the U.S. bailout, which I voted on in March of last year, shows how the law continues to bring relief to Delaware,” said US Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester. “This funding will be instrumental in creating and innovating projects at colleges and universities across our state, including the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, and Delaware Technical Community College, that will help our State to continue to recover and rebuild after this pandemic. I commend Governor Carney for prioritizing funding for these pandemic-related projects at our colleges and universities and am excited to see how they are developing over time.

The University of Delaware will use $41 million in ARPA funding to help build a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in understanding, treating and preventing disease in Newark.

It will train Delaware’s next generation of public health professionals, including mental health professionals, and help meet the state’s demand for health care personnel. The facility is expected to be completed in mid-2024, at an expected total cost of approximately $165 million, with the balance of funds expected to come from university sources.

Graduates of the university’s clinical programs currently work at Christiana Care, Nemours, Wilmington VA Medical Center, and the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, among other health care facilities.

“We are deeply grateful to Governor Carney’s administration and our congressional delegation for securing this important capital funding for the University of Delaware, which will greatly benefit our students and scholars and strengthen the economy of the State,” said UD President Dennis Assanis. “This interdisciplinary science building at the heart of the UD campus will catalyze cutting-edge research in the areas of human disease, developmental disorders, neuroscience, and human behavior, and educate more than 1,000 students annually in these critical areas. health care needs. Additionally, by strengthening collaborative partnerships within the state and beyond, this new facility will be an invaluable asset to our entire community for generations to come.

Delaware State University plans to use ARPA support to fund a range of projects, including:

  • $7 million to establish a comprehensive clinical facility to address health disparities, housed at the DSU Center for Health Disparities Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in Dover.
  • $10.6 million for new DSU Early Care and Innovation Center, first announced [news.delaware.gov] in November.
  • $7.4 million for technology upgrades in classrooms.
  • $2.5 million to upgrade existing facilities to meet pandemic operational needs.

“The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for higher education go well beyond testing, vaccination and quarantine,” said Dr. Tony Allen, President of Delaware State University. “We are rethinking almost every element of training and facilities management, and we are extremely grateful to have partners like Governor Carney who understand the critical nature of our mission and are willing to invest to help us meet our challenges. these challenges. Our students, faculty, and staff will be safer with these investments from ARPA, which will allow us to continue changing the life trajectories of those who attend America’s most diverse contemporary HBCU.

Aerial view of the Delaware Tech campus Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at Shipley Street in Wilmington, DE. Photo by Saquan Stimpson | Part 107 certified drone pilot

The Delaware Technical Community College will also fund a series of projects with support from ARPA, including:

  • $15 million for the Allied Health Center of Excellence, which will be located on the George Campus in Wilmington. Allied Health DTCC graduates, including respiratory therapists and emergency medical technicians, work in Delaware hospitals, primary care, and other health care settings. DTCC will expand access to its paramedic training program and surgical technology program at the site to meet growing labor demand.
  • $6.5 million to build a daycare center on the Stanton campus to serve infants to school-aged children. The center will expand child care education in New Castle County and provide workers in the area with additional child care options.
  • $1.5 million for a Culinary Workforce Development Grant.

“Governor Carney has remained focused on strategic investment in capital projects that will benefit our students and Delaware employers across the state,” said Dr. Mark Brainard, President of Delaware Tech. “His support, along with our congressional delegation, has been critically important as we provide our students with the high-quality labs and classrooms they need to effectively perform high-quality jobs – especially during this health care crisis.”

Delaware State University and DTCC will also use ARPA funding to perform HVAC upgrades.

Visit de.gov/rescueplan to learn more about US Rescue Plan (ARPA) assistance in Delaware.