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HACC Breaks Ground on Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center Project - Surpasses Campaign Goal and Secures Over $5 Million Dollars of Support to Date

April 2011 – Harrisburg, PA


Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)'s promise to provide Central Pennsylvania with state-of-the-art educational facilities for the region's first responders moved forward with a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $15 million expansion and renovation of the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center (PSC). Scores of state, county and local officials; first responders; business and community leaders; and HACC staff, faculty, administrators and students gathered to celebrate the partnerships that made the next steps possible in the first phase of the master plan to upgrade the PSC.


A year ago, HACC's resource development team launched the Campaign to Help Tomorrow's First Responders, Today! with a goal of $4.5 million in support of the $15 million construction cost of phase one of the master plan to expand and upgrade the complex. To date, over $5.1 million from over 325 donors has been received from community, corporate, alumni, staff and foundations. Of these, over 200 of the donors are "$1,000 PSC Partners" contributors.


  • The first phase of the project (estimated at 18 months) includes remedies to areas in need of immediate attention, including:
  • Renovation of the six-story fire training tower, smoke structure and burn building
  • Construction of a new law enforcement complex that includes a state-of-the-art, 25-lane indoor firing range that meets the Silver LEED rating
  • Expansion of the parking lot
  • Additional training sites for Hazmat and other emergency situations.


Dauphin County Commissioners, Jeffrey T. Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III, presented a check for $500,000 toward the project funded through the Local Share Municipal Grant Program, derived from funds generated by Penn National Race Course's Hollywood Casino in East Hanover Township. The second, third and fourth phases of the master plan will expand the current capabilities of the center into new realms of technology and training possibilities. Timetables and projected costs are to be determined after the first phase is completed. The center serves more than 30,000 first responders and health care workers a year.

The Clements Group conducted industry forums and provided campaign consultation to assist HACC's PSC efforts. For more information regarding HACC please visit the college website at or contact Nancy Rockey at


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