WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that Concord University will receive $1,050,000 to establish a new physician assistant degree program. This funding was made available through a Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) request made and secured solely by Senator Capito.

In total, Senator Capito secured $250,950,000 in direct spending measures for initiatives and projects across West Virginia through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations omnibus package.

“Concord University continues to be an educational leader in southern West Virginia, and the addition of a physician assistant degree program will serve to increase opportunities available to students, and further the reach of the university. I’m confident that this funding will help strengthen our future health care workforce and systems, as well as the level of care available to West Virginians,” Senator Capito said. “I’m thrilled to deliver this support on behalf of all of the hard-working administrators, staff, and students in Athens, and I look forward to seeing the program make a positive impact on our communities.”

“Concord University is so very thankful for the support Senator Capito has shown by securing funding to start a Physician Assistant program. The Senator’s past support also made it possible for Concord to begin a nursing program. Together, these programs will allow Concord University to offer programs our students want while also providing qualified healthcare providers in the state and region to fill the shortages that currently exist. I am so pleased and thankful for Senator Capito’s diligence,” Dr. Kendra S. Boggess, President of Concord University, said.

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