Pennsylvania to Award $20 Million in STEM Grants

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe has announced a $20 million grant opportunity as part of his PAsmart initiative.  The PA Department of Education will award the grants through two programs that serve schools with limited STEM and computer science opportunities and expand partnerships for out-of-school earning, dual enrollment and industry credentials.

Targeted grants are available for up to $35,000 each to help districts and their schools to expand their STEM and computer science offerings.  Local education agencies can request funding to send teams of educators and administrators to a program designed by the PA Department of Education for professional development. Districts can also get funding to support alternative professional learning options with an institution that uses evidence-based approaches aligned with state standards.

Advancing grants are designed to expand access to computer science and STEM education outside of the classroom and to help grow the number of educators with specialized training. The grants will be awarded for up to $500,000 each.

The PA Department of Labor is also expected to announce applications for apprenticeships industry partnerships for $10 million as part of PAsmart initiative.

The deadline for submitting a Targeted grant application is Dec. 20. Advancing grant applications will be accepted until Jan. 10.

More information about the grant programs is available on the PA Department of Education's website.

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