Governor Wolf Announces $1.2 Million to Expand Job and Skills Training for Students

March 05, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf continues to expand his commitment to job and skills training for Pennsylvania workers. Today, the governor announced the Pennsylvania Department of Education is awarding $1.2 million in competitive grants to 38 school districts, career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools. The grants will be used to purchase equipment to train students for high-demand jobs that businesses need to fill.

“Businesses are growing in Pennsylvania, but they need more skilled workers,” said Governor Wolf. “Not every student wants to go to a four-year college, but they will need the hands-on experience technical education schools are providing to help students and workers get good-paying Pennsylvania jobs, both now and in the future.”

The grants build on Governor Wolf’s ambitious plan to provide the first-of-its-kind $50 million strategic investment in job training and the launch of PASmart, a realignment of workforce development from K-12 education through career programs. The proposal will help to ensure students and workers gain 21st century skills.

PAsmart includes a $25 million boost in STEM and computer science education at all levels. It would also invest an additional $25 million to drive an expansion of apprenticeship and Industry Partnership programs, strengthen Career and Technical Education and STEM pathways, and encourage partnerships between employers and colleges and universities.

Under Governor Wolf’s leadership, the number of CTE students in Pennsylvania earning at least one industry-recognized credential has increased by 32 percent. To further bolster CTE programs, the governor is proposing an additional $10 million – the first proposed increase in traditional funding in a decade. Career and Technical Education programs serve more than 66,000 students at 136 high schools and 84 career and technical centers.

“We know that students have unique interests and needs, and there is not a one-size-fits-all method to preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “By taking a holistic and individualized approach to education, we can ensure that students will graduate ready for success in meaningful, in-demand jobs. These grants, and the PAsmart initiative, will help schools access the tools and resources they need to achieve that mission.”

The 38 grant awardees are:

  • Eastern Westmoreland CTC
  • A W Beattie Career Center
  • Franklin County CTC
  • Career Institute of Technology
  • Somerset County Technology Center
  • Parkway West CTC
  • Monroe Career & Technical Institute
  • York County School of Technology
  • Mercer County Career Center
  • North Montco Tech Career Center
  • Lebanon County CTC
  • Lawrence County CTC
  • Delaware Valley SD
  • Upper Bucks County Technical School
  • Bethlehem AVTS
  • Warren County AVTS
  • Fayette County Career & Technical Institute
  • Greater Altoona CTC
  • Schuylkill Technology Centers
  • Reading Muhlenberg CTC
  • Dauphin County Technical School
  • Lehigh Career & Technical Institute
  • Butler County AVTS
  • Eastern Center for Arts & Technology
  • Northern Westmoreland CTC
  • SUN Area Technical Institute
  • Central Montco Technical High School
  • Beaver County CTC
  • Bucks County Technical High School
  • Susquehanna County CTC
  • Greater Johnstown CTC
  • Wilkes-Barre Area CTC
  • Crawford County CTC
  • Forbes Road CTC
  • Lancaster County CTC
  • Lycoming CTC
  • Chester County Technical College HS
  • Delaware County Technical High School

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