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08/07/2019

Wolf Administration Joins Industry Leaders to Highlight STEM Education for Fast-Growing Careers

New Holland, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Pedro A. Rivera joined community leaders, industry partners, and educational professionals from the Lancaster STEM Alliance today to highlight the importance of STEM education and Governor Tom Wolf’s $20 million investment in STEM training through his PAsmart initiative.

“Programs like this are critical to Pennsylvania’s role in preparing educators to teach for the careers and professions of the future,” said Secretary Rivera. “Pennsylvania is the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates, and Governor Wolf is investing another $20 million in STEM education this year to prepare students for these high-quality jobs.”

Hosted by the Lancaster STEM Alliance and Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, the VIP Summer Externship Sampler provided education professionals an opportunity to immerse and develop their skill sets in STEM-related teaching materials and prospects.

During his remarks, Secretary Rivera noted not only the importance of increasing professional development opportunities for teachers but also connecting them to industry partners to expand STEM-related workforce opportunities.

“The experience these educators have been offered today provide opportunities to link education and industry so students may receive the most authentic STEM instruction that could be offered in a K-12 setting,” he said.

Governor Wolf’s nationally-leading workforce development initiative, PAsmart, is a new way to invest in people and business to create and expand innovative job training in STEM, computer science, apprenticeships, and other programs so worker get the skills that businesses need to compete in the global economy.

Guided by the recommendations of businesses and workers, PAsmart is providing $20 million for STEM education and $20 million for apprenticeships and other jobs training program.

In the inaugural year, the Wolf administration awarded nearly $10 million in PAsmart grants, of $35,000 each, for 765 schools to expand computer science classes and teacher training, and nearly $10 million in advancing grants, up to $500,000 each, to 24 schools and community partnerships. A new round of grants will be awarded during the upcoming school year.

With PAsmart, Pennsylvania is a leader in STEM and computer science education.  Accomplishments under Governor Wolf include:

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Reigelman - 7177839802 or nreigelman@pa.gov

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