OJR, PV, Phoenixville Schools Win Computer Funds

HARRISBURG PA – The Owen J. Roberts, Perkiomen Valley, and Phoenixville Area school districts each are due to receive $35,000 grants in coming weeks from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s “PAsmart” program, to expand school computer science initiatives. Checks are being issued to the three, and 159 other districts, as they follow up on their applications, the department indicated.

A total $5.7 million in grant money is being distributed to support the introduction and expansion of computer science programming, and provide training for educators to teach computer science. Students from pre-kindergarten through high school are expected to benefit.

PAsmart funding was included in the 2019-2020 state budget as part of a broader commitment to encourage job growth and train students for quality jobs, according to 24th District state Sen. Bob Mensch, 26th House District Rep. Tim Hennessey, 146th House District Rep. Joe Ciresi, and 150th House District Rep. Joe Webster, all in media releases. Grant winners were announced Jan. 17.

Workforce experts estimate that, during the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to use computers and new technologies.

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