Governor Tom Wolf announced $8.7 million in targeted grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the Commonwealth.
The targeted grants represent the next phase of the governorâs new and innovative PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. With this commitment, Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science. Penn Manor, Manheim Central and Columbia school districts received funding awards.
Additional funding in the $30 million PAsmart initiative for science and technology education, apprenticeships and job training will be announced in the coming weeks. (423) 293-9393
âWorkforce development truly is key to Pennsylvaniaâs economic development, but with member school districts paying 90 percent of the overall budget to send students to career and technical education centers, CTE quality and access could be compromised,â said Kari King, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. âWeâre asking policymakers to prioritize CTE funding so that we can fill the jobs requiring a CTE background.â
PA Schools Work (PASW), a nonpartisan statewide movement working to make sure public schools are fully and fairly funded, today released a new report, âSkilled Workers Needed: Ensuring Investments in Career and Technical Education,â produced by PASW partner Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children to encourage sustained state investments in CTE.
The report makes a strong case that career and technical education is a critical part of delivering the quality education students deserve from their public schools, however, a lack of sustained investments in CTE funding, and more broadly, basic education funding, has caused limited access for students who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. To view the entire report, click here.
The Summit will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the PA College of Health Sciences from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. To register, 4037934370.
Leaders from business, education, government and community service organizations will be invited to learn and share information regarding workforce development initiatives in Lancaster County. There will be updates from the Workforce Development Board regarding the labor market information followed by Dr. Joann Hudak, the keynote speaker, who will address the role of apprenticeships in building our workforce of today and tomorrow. Breakout sessions will focus on work based learning options, a pre-apprenticeship 101 session and an apprenticeship 101 session will round out the morningâs events.
2019 Industry Partnership Tours have been set for June 18 - 20. Watch for more information and registration.
The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop is the go-to resource for planning, registering, operating, and growing a business in Pennsylvania.
Serving as the first point of contact for Pennsylvania business development concerns, the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop connects and guides businesses through all stages of development â from planning and startup to operating and expanding. Whether seeking information about registering a business, Act 32 and Local Earned Income Tax withholding, Unemployment Compensation (UC) tax, diverse business resources, and more, the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop can help provide answers to business-related questions.
With an easy-to-navigate website and backed by a team of business consultants and subject matter experts, entrepreneurs and small businesses have access to the resources, tools, and experience to help them dream big, plan for the future, and achieve their goals.
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop, visit business.pa.gov.
New Holland, PA - August 14, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Pedro A. Rivera joined community leaders, industry partners and educational professionals from the Lancaster STEM Alliance in a panel discussion about Governor Tom Wolfâs PAsmart initiative and the importance of STEM education.
âPennsylvania is the fifth largest producer of STEM graduates,â said Secretary Rivera. âWe need to continue that great work by ensuring our teachers and educational professionals are prepared and supported to give our students equitable access to high-quality education.â
Hosted by the Lancaster STEM Alliance and CNH Industrial, the VIP Summer Externship Sampler provided 60 education professionals with an opportunity to immerse and develop their skill sets in STEM-related teaching materials and prospects. Cathy Rychalsky, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, and Rhonda Kurtz, Strategic Innovator for the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board were enthusiastic participants in this extraordinary three-day event.
During the panel discussion, Secretary Rivera noted not only the importance of increasing professional development opportunities for teachers but also connecting them to industry partners to expand STEM-related workforce opportunities. Click here to learn more.