Ciresi, Webster announce $35K grant for Perkiomen Valley School District
HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi and Joe Webster announced a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted grant has been approved for Perkiomen Valley School District Friday to expand computer science classes and teacher training. The grants are one component of the PAsmart initiative to improve computer science and STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education.
“STEM education teaches students at a young age to embrace innovation, a much-needed trait when the technology around us is ever-changing,” Ciresi said. “These grants provide our teachers with the professional development they need to teach the next generation to be better prepared when they enter the Montgomery County workforce in the years to come.”
The state announced 163 Targeted grants totaling $5.7 million. Each grant released totaled $35,000. Over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to use computers and new technologies.
“More and more jobs require computer science knowledge, and we need to make sure all of our students are prepared,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased that Perkiomen Valley was awarded this grant, which is truly an investment in the future for our children.”
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