Rozzi, Schwank announce computer science grants for Muhlenberg, Wyomissing school districts

READING, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi and state Sen. Judy Schwank, both D-Berks, applauded two area school districts on being awarded PAsmart grants.

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced $5.7 million in PAsmart Targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training to 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units across the state.

Muhlenberg and Wyomissing Area school districts were each awarded $35,000.

“We live in a digital world, and computer science education is a necessity,” Rozzi said. “I applaud these districts for working to expand this valuable training, so that more students will be well prepared for the future.”

Schwank added: “We need to do all that we can to ensure our students successfully transition to higher education or enter a workforce that increasingly relies on computer science skills. This funding will allow Wyomissing and Muhlenberg school districts to better prepare their students.”

The PAsmart Targeted 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 163 new Targeted grant awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities.

More information on the grants is available here.