Eight Districts Gain from PA Career Equipment Grants

Students in a protective services program at the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center march in formation during an earlier year’s Patriots’ Day ceremony at its Limerick campus

HARRISBURG PA – A total of $214,000 was awarded Monday (Dec. 20, 2021), the Pennsylvania Department of Education said, in competitive equipment grants to career and technical education centers in Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties that serve the Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts, Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area, Upper Perkiomen, Perkiomen Valley, Boyertown Area, and Phoenixville Area school districts.

Grants were presented to the:

  • Pottstown School District, which operates its own career and technology program, $50,000;
  • Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center, serving Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford, and Upper Perkiomen districts, $50,000;
  • North Montco Technical Career Center, serving the Perkiomen Valley district, $50,000;
  • Berks Career Technology Center, serving the Boyertown Area district, $50,000; and
  • Chester County Technical College High School, serving the Owen J. Roberts and Phoenixville districts, $14,000.

More than $1.49 million in grant money was distributed by the Education Department to centers across the state, it said. The grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar by local sources, which can include business partners or the districts themselves. The money will be used to buy new equipment that helps to train students in high-demand occupations.

State 146th House District Rep. Joe Ciresi, whose constituents include Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford, and Perkiomen Valley residents, praised the grants for providing their students with “access to first-class equipment and experiences” that will “make Montgomery County even more attractive to companies seeking to locate to an area where there are highly skilled workers.”

Since 2015, Ciresi noted, the number of career and technical education students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 38.7 percent. Similarly, the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in career and technical education programs has grown by 33.6 percent.

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