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Funding to Local Schools for PASmart Initiative for Computer Science Programs Announced Today

Today I was happy to announce that $70,000 in grants through the PAsmart Initiative were awarded to two school districts in the 18th Senatorial District to expand computer science programs and teacher training.

PAsmartI am pleased that additional school districts in my district took advantage of this important computer science funding to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) training in our local schools. We have made STEM training a priority in the Commonwealth so that our students are educated to meet the demands of the 21st economy. These grants will assist in those efforts.

Each school district received a $35,000 grant allocation:

  • Whitehall-Coplay School District
  • Wilson Area School District

Statewide 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units were awarded $35,000 in funding. Last year, six school districts in the 18th District were awarded funding through this component of the PASmart Initiative (Catasauqua Area, East Penn, Easton Area, Northampton Area, Salisbury Township and Saucon Valley School Districts).  The PAsmart Initiative will be awarding additional grants in the near future for science and technology education, apprenticeships and job training.

The PAsmart Initiative is a statewide program to aid Commonwealth schools in meeting the workforce demands of our economy, one in which over the next decade seven out of ten new jobs will require the use of a computer and by 2026 an estimated 300,000 STEM jobs will be available.

Lehigh University Receives State Funds to Help Combat Sexual Assault on Campus

Combat Sexual Assault Lehigh University was awarded funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the amount of $29,725, a grant through the “It’s On Us” initiative, whose goal is to raise awareness of and combat sexual assault on college campuses across the nation.

Announcing that state funds will be used by Lehigh University to further its own “It’s On Us” program goals, which include providing customized sexual assault prevention programming for students is very rewarding for me. Lehigh has been involved in the “It’s On Us” campaign with a focus on prevention and this funding will assist them in developing additional primary prevention programs.

The It’s On Us campaign is a national initiative initially championed by President Barack Obama. 36 postsecondary institutions, including Lehigh University, were awarded grants today totaling $981,159, which brings the Commonwealth total investment for “It’s On Us” to nearly $4 million in the last four years.       

Statewide grant awards were announced today in Harrisburg by Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera.

Boscola Announces $50,000 in Teacher in Workplace Grants to Connect Schools and Local Employers

Teacher in the WorkplaceThe Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $50,000 have to two local school districts this week through the Teacher in the Workplace grant program. Catasauqua Area School District and Salisbury Township School District will each be receiving $25,000.

It’s critical that we provide classroom teachers the tools to connect their students with the skills that are needed in today’s economy. These grants will allow teachers to connect with local employers that will better prepare them to educate their students for in demand careers and put students on a career path whether it leads to post-secondary education or directly into the job market.

Statewide, 92 local education agencies were awarded $25,000 for a total of $2.2 million in grants.  The Teacher in the Workforce grants from PDE are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act and from L&I through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Additional Teacher in the Workplace grants made available through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will be announced soon.

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