Equipment Grants Available for Pennsylvania’s Career and Technical Education Programs, Say Area Lawmakers
8/13/2013
HARRISBURG – State Reps. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Armstrong), George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), Tim Krieger (R-Westmoreland), Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Fayette) and Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong) are encouraging eligible area school districts, career and technology centers (CTCs) and vocational-technical schools (AVTSs) to apply for funding included in the 2013-14 state budget for equipment purchases.

A $3 million allocation for the Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Grant program was included in the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) budget for distribution to the 180 schools that qualify for the funding. Eligible programs are required to apply for the funding.

“I fought hard for the creation of this grant program in order to expand the educational opportunities for students who attend our career and technical schools,” Evankovich said. “This funding will help to ensure they are properly trained and better prepared to fill the good-paying jobs that currently exist in our local economies.”

“Containing no new tax or fee increases for the third consecutive year, this year’s budget invests a record high of $10 billion in K-12 education and increases basic education funding by $122 million,” said Dunbar. “With all public schools located in my legislative district receiving a funding increase over last year’s budget, I am equally pleased to report that our local technical schools are also receiving their fair share of this historic investment to adequately prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.”

“I will continue to encourage students to pursue vocational and technical careers that develop lifelong quality career skills and advance business and industry,” said Krieger.

“Many of Pennsylvania’s employers have communicated the need for a workforce that has an understanding of the manufacturing and technical fields,” Reese said. “It is good to see education priorities address this need because it’s not only an advantage for our businesses but also for the young people who will be graduating high school and have an eye on family-sustaining employment.”

“As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I can tell you that this year’s budget takes a fiscally balanced approach to caring for the hard-working people who put the dollars in this budget, including Pennsylvania’s career and technical schools by providing $3 million in grants for new equipment,” said Oberlander. “In addition, this year’s budget also addresses job creation by offering $5 million for career education training so we can get more Pennsylvanians back to work in skilled jobs that are available now.”

Area school districts, CTCs eligible for the funding include:

• Central Westmoreland CTC
• Clarion County Career Center
• Clarion-Limestone Area SD
• Eastern Westmoreland CTC
• Lenape Tech
• Northern Westmoreland CTC

According to PDE, the purpose of the Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Grant program is to purchase equipment that meets industry standards for the training of students in PDE-approved career and technical education programs. Funds are distributed by formula.

More information on the grant program is available at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/career_and_technical_education/7458/equipment_grants/507847.

Representative Eli Evankovich
54th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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