Snyder: Grant of nearly $50,000 will help fund training equipment upgrades at Fayette County Career & Technical Institute

HARRISBURG, Nov. 29 – Students at the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute will benefit from upgraded training equipment thanks to a $48,329 grant from the state Department of Education, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today.

“I’m delighted about this grant,” Snyder said. “The funding will help ensure that area students who are preparing to meet the demands of today’s workforce will be training on equipment that meets the latest industry standards.”

Snyder noted that the grant will help fund the purchase of –

  • heating, air conditioning and refrigeration training equipment;

  • automotive engine training equipment, including a gearbox cutaway, disc and drum brakes, a real axle cutaway, and electronics; and

  • an automotive air conditioning training system.

“Investments of this kind produce returns on so many levels,” Snyder said. “On one level, we’re ensuring that area students receive the training they need to get good jobs in the community. On a broader scale, we’re ensuring that the state’s workforce remains strong and competitive and that workers stay and raise families here and give back to the economy. Everyone benefits.”

Snyder noted that the grant is part of a package of $1.2 million in competitive grants awarded to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools statewide. The maximum grant allowed under the program is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, which may include local school funds or contributions from businesses and industry partners.