– Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) announced that up to $20 million in grants are available to prepare students of all ages for the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science (CS) through the PAsmart initiative.
PAsmart is a statewide movement for accountability, readiness and training that connects Pennsylvanians with the information they need to succeed in the evolving economy.
Two competitive grant programs are available to eligible applicants, each with its own purpose and target audience:
• PAsmart Targeted PreK-12 grants of up to $35,000 each are structured to meet the needs of local education agencies (LEAs) and their schools that have limited to no computer science offerings that did not receive target grants in 2018-19.
• PAsmart Advancing grants, of up to $500,000 each, support cross-sector partnerships that provide quality STEM and CS experiences to learners of all ages – early childhood, PreK-12, postsecondary and adult learners – as part of high-level strategic approaches to workforce readiness.
“These grants are truly an investment in the Commonwealth’s future, as they will help us to develop a skilled workforce while also providing students and adults with more opportunities to capitalize on their strengths,” Dowling said.
Any LEAs interested in establishing or expanding current CS or STEM programs are encouraged to review the PAsmart grant information online at education.pa.gov/Policy-Funding/SchoolGrants/PAsmart. All applicantions must be submitted for consideration by Jan. 10, 2020.
Representative Matt Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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