Burns: Central Cambria, Penn Cambria school districts each awarded $35,000

State grants to aid students with computer use, technology

EBENSBURG, Jan. 17 – In the first-ever state grants of their kind, state Rep. Frank Burns today announced a combined $70,000 is coming to the Central Cambria and Penn Cambria school districts to expand computer science classes and teacher training.


Burns, D-Cambria, said each of the districts will receive $35,000 under the PAsmart initiative, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education.


“These targeted grants are designed to help schools significantly boost their computer science offerings through equipment purchases and staff development,” Burns said. “We all know that ever-changing technology is rapidly altering our economy at the local, state and national levels. Our students must be computer science-proficient in order to keep pace.”


Burns said Central Cambria and Penn Cambria are among this round of targeted grant recipients, which include 221 school districts, two career and technical centers, 18 charter and cyber charter schools, and eight intermediate units – each of which are receiving $35,000