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WSU Tri-Cities hopes to triple student body

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RICHLAND, Wash. - About 200 people showed up to Washington State University's Tri-Cities campus for the kickoff, 'The Campaign for WSU.'

The school's goal is to triple the student body to 5,000 by 2020 and also raise $25 million with help from the community. That would make it the largest fundraising event in the school's history.

They also announced three new programs in science and engineering that will focus on sustainable energy, wine science and K through 12 stem education.

"It really helps to build the intellectual environment here in the Tri-Cities, it will also provide future work force that we'll need at the laboratories as well as many of the Hanford contractors and in the private sector throughout the region not just in the Tri-Cities," said Steven Ashby Deputy Director of Science and Technology for PNNL-Battelle.

Ashby says they've already recruited several faculty members for the new programs.  If you're interested in donating to the campaign click on the following link.