Sainato: $100,000 in funding will help Lawrence County teachers model curriculum to fit employers’ needs

NEW CASTLE, Jan. 6 – Four separate “Teacher in the Workplace” grants totaling $100,000 will allow Lawrence County educators to visit area businesses and develop a curriculum tailored to current workforce needs, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

Sainato said the funding from the Department of Education – which includes four separate grants of $25,000 each to Laurel School District, Mohawk Area School District, New Castle Area School District, and Union City Area School District – will provide a vital link between the classroom and the workplace.

“When it comes to preparing students for successful careers, there is no substitute for instruction based on real-world demands,” Sainato said. “The funding announced today will allow our teachers to gather an in-person understanding of the skills employers are demanding and to carry that information back to the classroom, where they can prepare students with the skills they need to succeed.

“Teaching those skills not only helps our next generation of career-seekers, but it also supplies our businesses and industries with the pool of talented workers they need to compete.”

The funding is part of a $2.2 million package of competitive grants providing $25,000 each to 92 local education agencies throughout the commonwealth.

The grants are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations, and economic development entities.