– Several local schools will each receive $35,000 to be invested in computer science programs, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) announced today.
The grants, from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will help students prepare to use computers and technology in their careers.
“Technology is a daily part of our lives, and the basis for so many jobs and careers,” said Oberlander. “By building this knowledge base early, our students can be better equipped to succeed, whether they obtain employment after high school, enter a trade or career school, or advance to traditional higher education. These grants will open the doors to so many possibilities for our future generations.”
Local school entities will receive the funding for the following schools:
A-C Valley School District – A-C Valley Elementary and A-C Valley High School.
Armstrong School District – Lenape Elementary and Shannock Elementary.
Clarion-Limestone Area School District – Clarion-Limestone Elementary and Clarion-Limestone Area Junior-Senior High School.
Forest Area School District – East Forest Elementary, West Forest Elementary, East Forest Junior-Senior High School and West Forest Junior-Senior High School.
Karns City Area School District – Karns City Area High School, Chicora Elementary and Sugarcreek Elementary.
North Clarion County School District – North Clarion Elementary and North Clarion Junior-Senior High School.
Redbank Valley School District – Redbank Valley High School and Redbank Valley Intermediate School.
Riverview Intermediate Unit No. 6 – Clarion Elementary, Cranberry High School, Keystone High School, North Clarion High School, Redbank Valley High School and Rocky Grove High School.
The targeted grants will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education in elementary, middle and high schools, and professional development for teachers. The grants will provide greater opportunities for low-income students and girls to learn critical skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce.
With this commitment, Pennsylvania now ranks second in the country for investments in K-12 STEM and computer science.
Representative Donna Oberlander
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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