Grants Will Help Local Schools Expand Computer Science Education

HARRISBURG – Ten local schools received grants totaling $350,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education today to expand computer science programs for students, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Local grant recipients include:

  • Ambridge School District.
  • South Side School District.
  • Carmichaels School District.
  • Avella School District.
  • Beth-Center School District.
  • Brownsville School District.
  • Charleroi School District.
  • Mon Valley Career and Technology Center
  • Ringgold School District.
  • Trinity School District.

The $35,000 grant to each school will support the introduction and expansion of computer science programming and provide training for educators to teach computer science to students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

The grants were awarded through the PAsmart Targeted grant program. Funding for the program was included in this year’s state budget as part of a broader commitment to encourage job growth and train students for quality jobs in Pennsylvania.

“The needs of the workforce are constantly changing, so it is critical to ensure students can keep pace with advances in technology and the demands of high-tech industries,” said Bartolotta, who serves as Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. “I look forward to seeing how our local schools can put these new resources to good use in preparing students for rewarding careers in STEM fields.”

A total of 163 schools statewide received grants in the current round of funding. 

CONTACT: Katrina Hanna (717) 787-1463