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38 PA Career & Technical Centers Receive Funding for Equipment Upgrades

Posted on November 29, 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.

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

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