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38 PA Career and Tech Centers Receive Funding for Equipment Upgrades

     HARRISBURG, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is awarding nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools to purchase new equipment that will give students hands-on training for careers needed by local employers.

     “There is incredible demand for skilled workers in communities throughout Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “This equipment will help students get the training they need for good jobs in their local communities. This will further strengthen our talented and educated workforce and continue to bring jobs to Pennsylvania while making our economy stronger.”

     The maximum grant allowed under the program is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source which could include local school funds or contributions from businesses and industry partners.

     “To prepare students for the 21st century jobs that are driving the Pennsylvania economy, schools need to offer students hands-on training on equipment that is consistent with industry standards,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “These grants, which require a local match, help institutions around the state train their students for the jobs that exist in their local community.”

     Investing in job training is a priority for Governor Wolf. In addition to these grants, the governor secured an additional $10 million for career and technical education in the 2018-19 state budget – the first increase in 10 years. The governor also launched PAsmart, a $30 million investment in science and technology education, apprenticeships and job training. Through competitive grants, PAsmart will help workers and students get the skills for good, middle-class jobs.

     Learn more about PAsmart and other programs helping Pennsylvanians get skills needed in the workforce at / guides / working-training-pa.

     The recipients of a 2018-19 Competitive CTE Equipment Grant include:

     A W Beattie Career Center — $30,776

     Berks CTC — $27,925

     Bucks County Technical High School — $50,000

     Butler County AVTS — $6,500

     Career Institute of Technology — $19,000

     Central PA Institute of Science & Technology — $50,000

     Central Westmoreland CTC — $15,089

     Clarion County Career Center — $1,600

     Crawford County CTC — $45,585

     CTC of Lackawanna County — $16,733

     Dauphin County Technical School — $40,100

     Eastern Center for Arts & Technology — $8,813

     Eastern Westmoreland CTC — $22,702

     Fayette County Career & Technical Institute — $48,329

     Franklin County CTC — $26,000

     Greater Altoona CTC — $49,800

     Greater Johnstown CTC — $35,517

     Keystone Central CTC — $3,720

     Lancaster County CTC — $49,729

     Lebanon County CTC — $16,860

     Lehigh Career & Technical Institute — $50,000

     Lenape Tech — $7,248

     Mercer County Career Center — $37,591

     Middle Bucks Institute of Technology — $44,290

     Monroe Career & Tech Institute — $42,835

     North Montco Tech Career Center — $50,000

     Northern Westmoreland CTC — $2,000

     Parkway West CTC — $24,080

     Reading Muhlenberg CTC — $50,000

     Schuylkill Technology Centers — $23,977

     Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center — $32,785

     SUN Area Technical Institute — $40,850

     Susquehanna County CTC — $13,355

     Upper Bucks County Technical School — $43,226

     Venango Technology Center — $21,255

     Warren County AVTS — $19,000

     Western Montgomery CTC — $44,750

     York Co School of Technology — $45,000

     For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at

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