The funds will assist in the procurement of science and simulation equipment for the new Parsons Science Pavilion, which is currently under construction. The grant will also expand the nursing simulation labs.
Enrollment in healthcare and STEM-related majors has steadily increased. In 2021, 47 percent of Immaculata’s undergraduate students, both full-time and part-time, were studying in one of these fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for healthcare professionals will grow 15 percent by 2029 — adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Demand is also increasing for expertise in life, physical, and social science occupations.
“With our commitment to building a new science pavilion, we are whole-heartedly grateful to the George I. Alden Trust for providing state-of-the-art equipment, so our students can engage with the newest techniques and equipment in small class settings with dedicated scientists and health professionals,” said Immaculata President Barbara Lettiere.
The George I. Alden Trust was established in 1912, with a specific interest in financially supporting education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions. The trust is currently focusing on grants to private colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and the six New England states with fulltime undergraduate enrollments of 1,000-3,000 students.