Four Local Career Education Centers Win PA Grants
HARRISBURG PA – Four career and technical centers in Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties that provide training to local school districts’ students for “high-demand occupations” have received a total of more than $134,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The money is intended to “enhance and expand” their programs, the department said Wednesday (Dec. 21, 2022).
Grant winners were the:
- Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center in Limerick, $50,000, which serves Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area, and Upper Perkiomen Valley district students;
- North MontCo Technical Career Center in Lansdale, $50,000, serving the Perkiomen Valley and Methacton districts;
- Berks Career and Technology Center, in Oley and Leesport, $23,229, serving the Boyertown Area, Daniel Boone, and Oley Valley districts; and
- Chester County Technical College High Schools, in Phoenixville and Downingtown, $11,000.
Their grants are among a total of 35 presented by the department, representing about $1.2 million in total funding. The grant maximum is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from local sources that could include local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners, it said.
“Career and technical centers continually provide excellent educational and professional opportunities for students across the commonwealth,” Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty said. “Investing in career readiness and career exploration is a priority” for the department, he added, noting that thousands of annually students earn industry credentials or certifications for high demand local jobs.
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