To encourage partnerships between schools and businesses to prepare students for jobs in fast-growing fields, Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega today announced the availability of up to $10 million in PAsmart grants.
The grants are to be used to prepare students for the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and computer science (CS).
“PAsmart is strategically investing in science and technology education so students get the skills they need for the workforce,” said Ortega. “These grants encourage partnerships between schools and businesses to focus on the skills students will need in rapidly growing tech industries.”
Governor Tom Wolf launched PAsmart in 2018 and the administration has distributed nearly $60 million statewide to support STEM and computer science education in hundreds of schools and expand job training through registered apprenticeships and industry partnerships, a Department of Education statement said.
Pennsylvania remains a leader in STEM education. PAsmart Advancing grants of up to $500,000 each support cross-sector partnerships that provide quality STEM and CS experiences to learners of all ages – early childhood, PreK-12, postsecondary, and adult learners – as part of high-level strategic approaches to workforce readiness, the statement said.
Advancing grant applications must be submitted to PDE by Monday, March 21, 2022. Grant applications and additional information are available on the PDE website.