McNeill: $35,000 grant to advance science and technology education to Whitehall-Coplay School District


LEHIGH, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, has announced that a $35,000 PAsmart grant has been awarded to Whitehall-Coplay School District to expand computer science classes and teacher training.

The grant will be put to good use by helping students from low-income families who may not have a computer at home to learn the necessary computer skills that can help them find successful employment upon graduation,” McNeill said.

According to McNeill, the grant will also be used to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade with training to teach computer science.

McNeill said she supports the efforts of Gov. Tom Wolf to ensure resources and funding for computer education to students and schools across the commonwealth, especially underprivileged students.

Wolf announced a total of $5.7 million in PAsmart Targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units.

Over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to use computers and new technologies.

The Targeted grants represent one component of the governor’s innovative PA smart initiative, which provides funding to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in elementary, middle and high schools and professional development for teachers.