Local Schools Receive Grants to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Students

HARRISBURG – Hollidaysburg and Spring Cove school districts will receive grants from the Department of Education to improve classroom instruction by connecting educators with local employers, according to Senator Judy Ward (R-30) and Representative Jim Gregory (R-80).

Each school district will each receive a $25,000 grant as part of the Teacher in the Workplace grant program, which connects teachers with local employers to help better educate young people about the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.

The program funds a number of different projects to support better learning opportunities for students, including work-based internships that connect to classroom content; expanded access to career readiness activities for students; teacher certifications that support work-based learning opportunities, including Cooperative Education; and projects to build local capacity to provide career readiness experiences.

“It is critical for schools to give students the tools they need to thrive in the workforce, but the nature of today’s economy means that the needs of employers are constantly evolving,” Ward said. “I am grateful that these grants will help local school districts provide valuable new educational programs and opportunities for the next generation of leaders in business and industry.”

“I’m very happy that the business community is being heard by our education policymakers to understand the importance of real work connections to teach students job skills that are needed in our communities,” Gregory said.

A total of $2.2 million was awarded to 92 education entities statewide in the current round of funding.

More information about the program is available at www.education.pa.gov.

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