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Economic Development

Shippensburg University has a long tradition of providing outreach services to the citizens and communities throughout South Central Pennsylvania. This tradition of sharing has been honored across the region and it is viewed as our civic responsibility as a public institution. Economic development activity has been a theme and honored activity for this sharing of public resources. To accomplish this mission, the University created a number of public service centers organized under the Institute for Public Service to provide access to these services and resources.


Business Relations On Advanced Designs for Software Innovation, Development & Engineering (BROADSIDE)

This center was created to form intellectual and educational relationships with local industries whose purpose is to allow students, faculty and industrial collaboration on state-of-the-art computer science projects. By working with industry on such projects, our students get real-world software development experience, and our faculty keeps up-to-date with current business practices.

Center for Education & Human Services

The Center for Education and Human Services is the outreach office for the College of Education and Human Services. Through a consortium of local schools, the Center provides opportunities for stakeholders to identify issues, develop solutions, and discuss emerging information useful for quality education in schools, and teacher education programs. The Center is a resource for the providers of education and human services in the community.

Center for Educational Leadership

Recently established, this center hopes to support the work of executive leadership in public education. It promotes best practices, provides discussion forums and recognizes outstanding leaders. The center also works closely with the Shippensburg University School Study Council in providing training opportunities for area educators. It also is designed to support the work of faculty associated with the educational leadership programs at both the masters and post masters levels.

Center for Juvenile Justice Training & Research (CJJT&R)

The Center for Juvenile Justice is the educational and research division of the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission. The center is regarded as the recognized training, education and research center for juvenile justice in Pennsylvania and is responsible for providing staff development programs designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, and abilities of juvenile justice personnel throughout the Commonwealth.  The center participates in a variety of knowledge development activities for children and youth in cooperation with the federal and state governments, universities, and the private sector. The Center for Juvenile Justice, Training and Research is a division of the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission (JCJC) and is located in Horton Hall on the campus of Shippensburg University.

Center for Land Use and Sustainability

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability works to promote sound land use, community planning, and quality of life throughout a five-county service region comprised of 43 boroughs and 95 townships. This five-county region includes Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, and Perry.  A broad array of efforts - sponsored workshops, conferences, technical assistance, community education programs, faculty research efforts, and the placement of interns - complemented planning efforts in a region experiencing regular, sustained growth.

Institute for Public Service and Office of Sponsored Programs

The Institute for Public Service and Office of Sponsored Programs administers all policies and procedures concerning external funding for research and scholarly activities. The office assists faculty, staff, and students with their research programs and activities. Housed in Old Main, the Institute for Public Service provides a wide range of services including information about funding opportunities, writing the grant application, preparation of budgets, institutional endorsements, application preparation for transmittal to funding agencies, developing policies and programs to support research and scholarly activities.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center program provides no-cost confidential consulting and low-cost training in proven management fundamentals helping small business owners and potential entrepreneurs make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business.

Contact the Institute for Public Service Horton Hall 207 1871 Old Main Drive Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1251 Fax: (717) 477-4053