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38 Pennsylvania Career and Technical Centers Receive Funding for Equipment Upgrades

November 28, 2018

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 at pa.gov/guides/working-training-pa.

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

A W Beattie Career Center $30,776
Berks CTC $27,925
Bucks County Technical High School $50,000
Butler County AVTS $6,500
Career Institute of Technology $19,000
Central PA Institute of Science & Technology $50,000
Central Westmoreland CTC $15,089
Clarion County Career Center $1,600
Crawford County CTC $45,585
CTC of Lackawanna County $16,733
Dauphin County Technical School $40,100
Eastern Center for Arts & Technology $8,813
Eastern Westmoreland CTC $22,702
Fayette County Career & Technical Institute $48,329
Franklin County CTC $26,000
Greater Altoona CTC $49,800
Greater Johnstown CTC $35,517
Keystone Central CTC $3,720
Lancaster County CTC $49,729
Lebanon County CTC $16,860
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute $50,000
Lenape Tech $7,248
Mercer County Career Center $37,591
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology $44,290
Monroe Career & Tech Inst $42,835
North Montco Tech Career Center $50,000
Northern Westmoreland CTC $2,000
Parkway West CTC $24,080
Reading Muhlenberg CTC $50,000
Schuylkill Technology Centers $23,977
Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center $32,785
SUN Area Technical Institute $40,850
Susquehanna County CTC $13,355
Upper Bucks County Technical School $43,226
Venango Technology Center $21,255
Warren County AVTS $19,000
Western Montgomery CTC $44,750
York Co School of Technology $45,000

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

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