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Duquesne to expand in Harrisburg

| Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Duquesne University finalized a deal Tuesday to purchase a three-story building near Harrisburg, allowing the university to expand its academic programs and enrollment this fall.

The property, in the Camp Hill area of the town of Lemoyne in Cumberland County, is a 13,556-square-foot office building on roughly an acre of land and includes a parking area.

The university estimates that its combined cost to purchase and renovate the facility will top $1.2 million. The first floor will be completely renovated with a reception area, four private offices, six classrooms, a computer lab and a break area for students.

With the renovations, expected to be completed by fall, the university expects to enroll about 400 students.

The School of Leadership and Professional Advancement will oversee the site and offer several new programs from other Duquesne schools, including a master's degree in business administration, a master's in corporate communication and a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Other expanded programs will be noncredit leadership and corporate development training programs, ACT 48 courses providing continuing education requirements for teachers, administrators and school personnel, and drug/alcohol counselor training.

Currently, Duquesne University, the only Catholic university in the Harrisburg region, leases space through the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, which is operated by the State System of Higher Education.

The satellite center is overseen by the university's division of continuing education. Duquesne spends $35,000 a year to be part of a consortium of private schools at Dixon.

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