Rep. Kirkland announces $25K Teacher in the Workplace grant for Chester Community Charter School

CHESTER, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced today a $25,000 Teacher in the Workplace grant for Chester Community Charter School.

The funding, supplied through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will “enable teachers to visit local employers and learn the skills and industry trends to enhance their classroom instruction, student learning and career readiness,” according to a release from Gov. Tom Wolf announcing these targeted grants statewide.

Chester Community Charter School has two campuses in Chester, one in Upland and another in Aston, all in Delaware County.

“Anything that helps our teachers ultimately helps our students,” Kirkland said. “Connecting teachers and local businesses makes sense for so many reasons, including the obvious fact that it helps provide a recognizable pathway for students to view education as a means to working toward a successful career. The kids at Chester Community Charter will be difference-makers in the future, making positive impacts in Chester and beyond.”

The Teacher in the Workforce grants from PDE are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act and from the Department of Labor and Industry through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations and economic development entities.