Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants has been awarded to 32 Career and Technical Centers (CTC) and Area Vocational Technical Education Schools across the state for the purchase of new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations.
“Giving students the opportunity to engage in hands-on training on equipment that is consistent with industry use and standards is paramount in ensuring they are prepared upon graduation with the skills to step into the jobs that are driving the Pennsylvania economy,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “These grants, with a local match, help institutions across the commonwealth to train their students for the jobs that exist in their local communities.”
The purpose of the grant is to purchase equipment aligned with the needs of local employers for use in PDE-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and to provide hands-on training to students in those programs.
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 business and industry partners. A list of grant recipients follows this press release.
Since 2014-15, the number of career and technical education students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 50.1 percent and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has grown by 43.3 percent.
There are more than 80 CTCs in Pennsylvania that offer a combination of classes and hands-on learning in programs approved by the Department of Education. Thousands of students earn industry credentials or certifications for local jobs in high demand, so they graduate on a path for success.
The governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative is investing $70 million over two years to expand science and technology education, apprenticeships and industry partnerships, including $10 million for CTCs.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website. Follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, or Pinterest.
|A W Beattie Career Center||$49,650||Allegheny|
|Parkway West CTC||$40,675||Allegheny|
|Reading Muhlenberg CTC||$50,000||Berks|
|Greater Altoona CTC||$48,250||Blair|
|Middle Bucks Institute of Technology||$50,000||Bucks|
|Bucks County Technical High School||$50,000||Bucks|
|Upper Bucks County Technical School||$18,892||Bucks|
|Butler County AVTS||$15,979||Butler|
|Greater Johnstown CTC||$50,000||Cambria|
|Chester County Technical College HS||$9,000||Chester|
|Clearfield County CTC||$7,636||Clearfield|
|Crawford County CTC||$50,000||Crawford|
|Dauphin County Technical School||$37,050||Dauphin|
|Delaware County Technical High School||$50,000||Delaware|
|Fayette County Career & Technical Institute||$46,788||Fayette|
|CTC of Lackawanna County||$50,000||Lackawanna|
|Lawrence County CTC||$48,938||Lawrence|
|Lehigh Career & Technical Institute||$50,000||Lehigh|
|Pottstown SD||$41,947||Montgomery |
|Eastern Center for Arts & Technology||$50,000||Montgomery |
|Western Montgomery CTC||$50,000||Montgomery |
|North Montco Tech Career Center||$50,000||Montgomery |
|Career Institute of Technology||$13,000||Northampton|
|Northumberland County CTC||$13,100||Northumberland|
|Schuylkill Technology Centers||$47,734||Schuylkill|
|Susquehanna County CTC||$16,149||Susquehanna|
|Eastern Westmoreland CTC||$49,999||Westmoreland|
|Northern Westmoreland CTC||$16,930||Westmoreland|
|York County School of Technology||$50,000||York|
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