Career Technical Centers in the Lehigh Valley and Central Pennsylvania are among the 33 CTCs and two school districts to receive competitive grants to purchase new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations.
Awarded by the Wolf Administration, the grants total $1.2 million in career and technical education equipment. The funding was announced Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
CTCs in the Lehigh Valley and Central Pennsylvania received approximately $300,000 in grants.
“Career and technical centers continually provide excellent educational and professional opportunities for students across the commonwealth,” Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty said in a statement. “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.”
More than 80 CTCs in Pennsylvania offer a combination of classes and hands-on learning in programs approved by the PDE. Students can earn industry credentials or certifications for local jobs in high demand.
Area awardees and their funding amounts include the following:
- Adams County – Adams County Technical Institute, $47,500.
- Berks County – Berks CTC, $23,229.
- Cumberland County – Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical Center, $26,935.
- Dauphin County – Dauphin County Technical School, $50,000.
- Lancaster County – Lancaster County Technical School, $50,000.
- Lehigh County – Lehigh Career & Technical School, $50,000.
- York County – York Co. School of Technology, $50,000.
The maximum grant under the program is $50,000, and every grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, which can include local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners.