Local Career Education Programs Win $180,606 in Grants

An earlier open house at the Western Montgomery County Career and Technical Center involved students working on collision repair

HARRISBURG PA – Four area technical and vocational career programs that serve western Montgomery County students on Wednesday (Nov. 18, 2020) were awarded a total of $180,606 in Pennsylvania Department of Education grants to buy new equipment that will help in training their future professionals for high-demand occupations, the state said.

Among 32 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools, as well as two school districts, who are receiving funding are the:

  • Pottstown School District, $49,995;
  • Western Montgomery Career and Technical Center, serving the Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford, and Upper Perkiomen districts, $32,500;
  • North Montco Tech Career Center, in part serving the Perkiomen Valley district; and
  • Berks Career and Technical Center, in part serving the Boyertown and Daniel Boone districts.

The maximum grant available was $50,000. 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 total of more than $1.2 million was distributed statewide.

Two state representatives, Joe Ciresi of the 146th Legislative District, and Marcy Toepel of the 147th, both congratulated the grant winners on their successes.

The funding will be used to purchase equipment aligned with the needs of local employers for use in state-approved career and technical education programs and to provide hands-on training to students in those programs.

“The importance of industry-standard technology to enhance career readiness is still a priority,” state Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega said, with Pennsylvania continuing to invest in career and technical centers and other jobs programs, expanded apprenticeships that provide an income during training, and realigned workforce development programs.

In recent years, according to the department, the number of career and technical education students statewide earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 30.1 percent, and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has grown by 23.4 percent.

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