Pashinski applauds $70,000 in PAsmart Grants for local districts to advance science, technology education

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf today following the announcement of two PAsmart Grants worth $35,000 each to the Crestwood and Wilkes-Barre Area school districts to help expand computer science classes and teacher training.

“Congratulations to both Crestwood and Wilkes-Barre Area school districts for pursuing and being awarded funding to enhance STEM education for their students and teachers,” Pashinski said. “It is critical that our students are prepared to meet the demands of the next generation of jobs, with more and more careers requiring science, technology, engineering and math skills.”

Each grant recipient will receive $35,000. The grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach computer science. The new targeted grant awardees from across the commonwealth have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities, according to the administration.

“I applaud and thank Governor Wolf for his administration’s continued commitment to putting much needed resources into workforce development, especially in our schools,” Pashinski said.

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