Penn Hills School District, Charter School of Entrepreneurship receive $35,000 in state grants - Penn Hills Progress

Penn Hills School District, Charter School of Entrepreneurship receive $35,000 in state grants

Friday, January 17, 2020 | 1:01 PM

Five school districts will each get a total of $35,000 in state grants for computer science classes and teacher trainings, Sen. Jay Costa Jr. announced Friday.

“I was honored to stand with Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera today as we made this announcement at the Allegheny County Intermediate Unit’s annual STEAM showcase,” said Senator Costa. “We had a great visit with this program, which is preparing local students for the jobs of tomorrow. I look forward to what our local districts will accomplish in the coming years with the grants awarded today.”

The schools getting $35,000 each include Pittsburgh School District, Woodland Hills School District, Penn Hills School District, Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship and West Mifflin School District.

“As we prepare our youth to enter the workforce, it is critical that they have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed,” Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, said. “Computers are becoming critical to all sorts of jobs, and in our region’s changing economy, are quickly becoming a required skill. We need to make sure our kids are ready, and these grants will help with that.”

The grants were awarded through the PAsmart grant program, Costa said. The program will provide $20 million to bring computer science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in elementary, middle and high schools and professional development for teachers.

Costa said 71% of new jobs in Pennsylvania over the next decade will require employees to use computers and new technologies.

The state budget included $30 million for PAsmart last year and $40 million this year.