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Rosedale Technical Institute gets $200K to start program

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The growth of the oil and gas industry in Western Pennsylvania, as well as expansion of the electrical field, prompted one local trade school to start an Industrial Maintenance Program.

Rosedale Technical Institute, a nonprofit school in Kennedy, got financial support for the project on Friday when the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County board gave it a $200,000 grant.

The school will use the money to renovate classrooms and welding laboratory space in an 80,000-square-foot building and acquire equipment, according to Debbie Bier, Rosedale's director of admissions.

She said the program will train students to maintain and repair conveyor belts, and similar systems, at local plants. They also will learn welding, electrical and hydraulic work.

The program, which has received verbal approval from the state Department of Education, could initially enroll 15 to 20 students, Bier said.

Separately, the Redevelopment Authority approved grants for sewer projects to control storm water runoffs:

• $200,000 for the Curry Hollow Road Storm Sewer Replacement project in West Mifflin, which should alleviate a flooding problem at the West Mifflin sewage pump station.

• $120,000 for the Twin Rivers Council of Government to help finance the Rebecca Street sanitary sewer repairs in Port Vue.

The board also approved a $100,000 grant to the Photo Antiquities Museum at 531 E. Ohio St., North Side, to renovate 1,200 square feet of the ground floor for handicap accessibility, repair the roof and upgrade the air conditioning where a Lincoln Exhibit Renovation project could be shown in a month or two. Frank Watters, the museum's executive director, said about 150 photos and items about Abraham Lincoln, some dating back to 1846, will be on display.

A $175,000 grant the board approved for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will help restore the Westinghouse Memorial and Pond in Schenley Park, near the Carnegie Mellon University campus. Ice damaged the memorial in spring 2009, causing the pipe that carried Phipps Run stream under the pond to collapse. The fountain will be restored.

A $100,000 grant will go to the East End Theater Marketing Initiative. The Afro-American Music Institute, Attack Theatre. New Horizons Theater and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater will band together to promote East End arts participation to increase the visibility and audience diversity of the four partners and their programs.

They will use the money to hire a marketing consultant and pay artist fees, website and print design costs, and printing and advertising expenses.

Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or sspatter@tribweb.com.

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