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Berks CTC Selected to receive Competitive Equipment Grant

Jan 02, 2023

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has announced that $1.2 million in competitive grants was awarded to 33 Career and Technical Centers (CTC) and two school districts to purchase new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations.

“Career and technical centers continually provide excellent educational and professional opportunities for students across the commonwealth,” said Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty. “Investing in career readiness and career exploration is a priority for PDE, and we encourage recipients to utilize this funding to enhance and expand these learning programs, which will help students excel in their chosen fields.”

The awardees are:

Agency/LEACountyAward Amount
Adams County Technical InstituteAdams$47,500.00
A W Beattie Career CenterAllegheny$19,289.00
Parkway West CTCAllegheny$38,331.00
Beaver County CTCBeaver$25,000.00
Berks CTCBerks$23,229.00
Greater Altoona CTCBlair$50,000.00
Upper Bucks County Technical SchoolBucks$30,167.00
Bucks County Technical High SchoolBucks$50,000.00
Middle Bucks Institute of TechnologyBucks$50,000.00
Butler County AVTSButler $20,000.00
Greater Johnstown CTCCambria$50,000.00
Central PA Institute of Science & TechnologyCentre$50,000.00
State College Area SDCentre$8,900.00
Chester County Technical College HSChester$11,000.00
Clearfield County CTCClearfield$46,345.00
Columbia-Montour AVTSColumbia$3,422.00
Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical CenterCumberland$26,935.00
Dauphin County Technical SchoolDauphin$50,000.00
Fayette County Career & Technical InstituteFayette$48,700.00
Franklin County CTCFranklin$25,000.00
Jefferson County-DuBois AVTSJefferson$7,500.00
CTC of Lackawanna CountyLackawanna$50,000.00
Lancaster County CTCLancaster$50,000.00
Lawrence County CTCLawrence$24,999.00
Lehigh Career & Technical InstituteLehigh$50,000.00
Monroe Career & Tech InstMonroe$21,901.00
North Montco Tech Career CenterMontgomery$50,000.00
Western Montgomery CTCMontgomery$50,000.00
Bethlehem AVTSNorthampton$24,600.00
Wallenpaupack Area SDPike$27,420.00
Susquehanna County CTCSusquehanna$13,797.00
Warren County AVTSWarren$18,098.00
Central Westmoreland CTCWestmoreland$50,000.00
Eastern Westmoreland CTCWestmoreland$47,290.00
York Co School of TechnologyYork$50,000.00

Under the program, the maximum grant is $50,000, and 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.

The Wolf Administration understands that not every student wants to go to a four-year college, but all students need the training and skills to succeed in today’s economy. To support those efforts, the administration has invested in CTCs and other jobs programs, expanded apprenticeships that provide an income during training and realigned workforce development programs.

Since Gov. Wolf took office, the number of career and technical education students earning industry-recognized credentials has increased by 49.5 percent and the number of credentials earned by students enrolled in CTE programs has grown by 32.6 percent.

There are more than 80 CTCs in Pennsylvania that offer a combination of classes and hands-on learning in programs approved by the Department of Education. Thousands of students earn industry credentials or certifications for local jobs in high demand, so they graduate on a path for success.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website. Follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, or Pinterest.

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