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Wolf Administration Awards Over $1.2 Million in Career and Technical Education Equipment Grants

12/20/2019

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.

Agency/LEAAmountCounty
A W Beattie Career Center$49,650Allegheny
Parkway West CTC$40,675Allegheny
Lenape Tech$14,656Armstrong
Reading Muhlenberg CTC$50,000Berks
Greater Altoona CTC$48,250Blair
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology$50,000Bucks
Bucks County Technical High School$50,000Bucks
Upper Bucks County Technical School$18,892Bucks
Butler County AVTS$15,979Butler
Greater Johnstown CTC$50,000Cambria
Chester County Technical College HS$9,000Chester
Clearfield County CTC$7,636Clearfield
Crawford County CTC$50,000Crawford
Dauphin County Technical School$37,050Dauphin
Delaware County Technical High School$50,000Delaware
Fayette County Career & Technical Institute$46,788Fayette
CTC of Lackawanna County$50,000Lackawanna
Lawrence County CTC$48,938Lawrence
Bethlehem AVTS$41,199Lehigh
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute$50,000Lehigh
Lycoming CTC$22,428Lycoming
Pottstown SD$41,947Montgomery
Eastern Center for Arts & Technology$50,000Montgomery
Western Montgomery CTC$50,000Montgomery
North Montco Tech Career Center$50,000Montgomery
Career Institute of Technology$13,000Northampton
Northumberland County CTC$13,100Northumberland
Schuylkill Technology Centers$47,734Schuylkill
Susquehanna County CTC$16,149Susquehanna
Eastern Westmoreland CTC$49,999Westmoreland
Northern Westmoreland CTC$16,930Westmoreland
York County School of Technology$50,000York
Total$1,200,000

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Levis - 717-783-9802 or elevis@pa.gov

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