Allegheny County, PA – January 21, 2020 − Today, Senator Pam Iovino (D – Allegheny & Washington) announced the award of five separate $35,000 state grants to expand computer science classes and teacher training at local school districts in the 37th Senatorial District.

“Over the next decade, 71 percent of the new jobs in Pennsylvania will require computers skills and the use of new technologies. It is critical that our education system keep pace to prepare our students for these jobs,” said Senator Iovino. “I appreciate this state investment in education and workforce development in 37th District communities.”

The school districts in the 37th Senatorial District awarded $35,000 each are:

  • Avonworth School District
  • Mt. Lebanon School District
  • Peters Township School District
  • South Fayette Township School District
  • West Jefferson Hills School District  

The grants were awarded through the PAsmart program and will help provide high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as related professional development for teachers.

The state budget included $30 million for PAsmart last year and $40 million this year. The Department of Labor and Industry will soon announce $10 million for apprenticeship and job training grants. Funding for career and technical education also increased by $10 million.