Berks Career and Technology Center receives $50,000 grant

Harrisburg – Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq announced that 42 schools will share $1.7 million in funding for the purchase of equipment for career and technical education programs.

Berks Career and Technology Center received a $50,000 grant.

“This funding will allow these schools to acquire new, state-of-the-art equipment for students to train for the jobs of tomorrow,” Dumaresq said. “Governor Corbett believes that providing students with access to high-quality resources will ensure their competitiveness with their peers in the local, national and global workforce.”

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As a competitive grant, the Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant program provides funding for schools to purchase equipment that meets industry standards. Funding must be used to purchase equipment for the purpose of training students in approved career and technical education programs, which must align with the following Pennsylvania targeted industry cluster areas:

· Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing

· Agriculture and Food Production

· Bio-Medical Industry

· Building and Construction

· Business and Financial Services

· Energy Industry

· Health Care

· Information and Communication Services

· Logistics and Transportation

· Lumber Wood and Paper

The department received 51 applications from school districts and career and technical centers across the state. Each proposal was reviewed and scored based on the program’s plan to integrate new equipment into its curriculum as well as a professional development plan to ensure instructors know how to use the new equipment.

“Pennsylvania’s employers require their employees to have the skills to meet the demands of the business community,” Dumaresq said. “This investment will ensure that students have a hands-on learning experience that will benefit them in their chosen career.”

Media contact: Tim Eller, 717-783-9802

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Editor’s note: Below is the list of schools that have been awarded a grant, the county and the amount of the grant.

A.W. Beattie Career Center, Allegheny County, $34,183

Beaver County Career and Technology Center, Beaver County, $43,187

Bedford County Technical Center, Bedford County, $10,000

Berks Career and Technology Center, Berks County, $50,000

Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Northampton County, $49,050

Bucks County Technical High School, Bucks County, $50,000

Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School, Butler County, $17,525

Central Montco Technical High School for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, Montgomery County, $16,410

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, Centre County, $50,000

City of Erie Regional Career and Technical School, Erie County, $49,900

Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School, Columbia County, $50,000

Delaware County Technical High School, Delaware County, $26,790

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, Montgomery County, $31,550

Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, Westmoreland County, $44,500

Erie County Technical School, Erie County, $20,800

Fayette County Career and Technical Institute, Fayette County, $46,205

Forbes Road Career and Technology Center, Allegheny County, $35,086

Greater Altoona Career and Technical Center, Blair County, $50,000

Jefferson County-DuBois Area Vocational-Technical School, Jefferson County, $42,500

Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, Lancaster County, $49,469

Lancaster School District, Lancaster County, $3,627

Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, Lawrence County, $32,750

Lebanon County Career and Technology Center, Lebanon County, $35,950

Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Lehigh County, $50,000

Lenape Technical School, Armstrong County, $50,000

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, Bucks County, $37,750

Monroe Career and Technical Institute, Monroe County, $17,602

North Montco Technical Career Center, Montgomery County, $50,000

Northern Tier Career Center, Bradford County, $10,750

Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, Westmoreland County, $9,377

Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, Northumberland County, $17,150

Philadelphia City School District, Philadelphia County, $50,000

Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center, Berks County, $50,000

Schuylkill Technology Centers, Schuylkill County, $18,278

Somerset County Technology Center, Somerset County, $38,211

SUN Area Technical Institute, Union County, $40,123

Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, Susquehanna County, $36,899

Upper Bucks County Technical School, Bucks County, $50,000

Warren County Technical School, Warren County, $49,589

West Side Career and Technology Center, Luzerne County, $24,600

Williamsport Area School District, Lycoming County, $5,564

York County School of Technology, York County, $50,000