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38 Pennsylvania Career and Technical Centers Receive Funding for Equipment Upgrades


Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is awarding nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools to purchase new equipment that will give students hands-on training for careers needed by local employers.

“There is incredible demand for skilled workers in communities throughout Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “This equipment will help students get the training they need for good jobs in their local communities. This will further strengthen our talented and educated workforce and continue to bring jobs to Pennsylvania while making our economy stronger.”

The maximum grant allowed under the program is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source which could include local school funds or contributions from businesses and industry partners.

“To prepare students for the 21st century jobs that are driving the Pennsylvania economy, schools need to offer students hands-on training on equipment that is consistent with industry standards,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “These grants, which require a local match, help institutions around the state train their students for the jobs that exist in their local community.”

Investing in job training is a priority for Governor Wolf. In addition to these grants, the governor secured an additional $10 million for career and technical education in the 2018-19 state budget – the first increase in 10 years. The governor also launched PAsmart, a $30 million investment in science and technology education, apprenticeships and job training. Through competitive grants, PAsmart will help workers and students get the skills for good, middle-class jobs.

Learn more about PAsmart and other programs​ helping Pennsylvanians get skills needed in the workforce.

The recipients of a 2018-19 Competitive CTE Equipment Grant include:

A W Beattie Career Center


Berks CTC


Bucks County Technical High School


Butler County AVTS


Career Institute of Technology


Central PA Institute of Science & Technology


Central Westmoreland CTC


Clarion County Career Center


Crawford County CTC


CTC of Lackawanna County


Dauphin County Technical School


Eastern Center for Arts & Technology


Eastern Westmoreland CTC


Fayette County Career & Technical Institute


Franklin County CTC


Greater Altoona CTC


Greater Johnstown CTC


Keystone Central CTC


Lancaster County CTC


Lebanon County CTC


Lehigh Career & Technical Institute


Lenape Tech


Mercer County Career Center


Middle Bucks Institute of Technology


Monroe Career & Tech Inst


North Montco Tech Career Center


Northern Westmoreland CTC


Parkway West CTC


Reading Muhlenberg CTC


Schuylkill Technology Centers


Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center


SUN Area Technical Institute


Susquehanna County CTC


Upper Bucks County Technical School


Venango Technology Center


Warren County AVTS


Western Montgomery CTC


York Co School of Technology


For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Departmentof Education’s website at or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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