Ciresi announces $80K in grants toward local career & technical education

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today announced $82,495 in Competitive Equipment Grants has been awarded for career and technical education in his legislative district.

Funds totaling $49,995 have been awarded to Pottstown School District, and $32,500 has been awarded to Western Montgomery Career and Technical Center in Royersford. These competitive grants will help provide the opportunity to purchase equipment to prepare students for the workplace.

“As a longtime supporter of career and technical education, I’m glad to see this investment in well-rounded education and our economic future,” Ciresi said. “Today’s funding will support equipment for technical training and vocational opportunities at two outstanding educational institutions that I’m proud to represent, and help many students on their path to productive, high-quality careers in a changing economy.”

The grants are part of a statewide announcement of nearly $1.2 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to mostly career and technical centers or area vocational technical education schools. Pottstown was one of only two public school districts to receive funding.

“Pottstown School District is grateful for the opportunity to purchase equipment for our career and tech programming students,” superintendent Stephen Rodriguez said. “Without this support, our students would not be able to compete in the workforce the way they deserve to. Our staff will use these resources wisely to benefit both our students and the community.”

For more information on the CEG grant program, visit the Department of Education website or contact Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265.