Davis: A total of $239K awarded to multiple education facilities in Mon Valley

Funding will help resume operations amidst COVID-19 pandemic

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – On Thursday, two technical centers, an intermediate unit and a local school district in the 35th Legislative District were awarded a combined total of $239,838 in education funding, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

Davis said the McKeesport Area Tech Center was allotted $35,477 and the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education was awarded $117,361. The funding is earmarked to assist the centers in implementing public health and safety plans and to help resume operations.

Davis said the Continuity of Education and Equity Grants provide funding to support effective continuity of education programs such as summer and other expanded programming and industry credential assessments for students enrolled in CTCs negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

“Given the numerous obstacles COVID-19 has placed on those committed to advancing their education and careers, it is important to provide funding so that the hardworking individuals from the Mon Valley can continue to pursue their dreams,” Davis said. “The funding awarded today will definitely help bring their dreams a step closer to reality.”

In addition, Davis said the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 was awarded $18,250 in Governor's Emergency Education Relief funding for the 2020-21 academic year. West Mifflin Area School District also received $68,750 in GEER funding.

Davis said this funding can be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets and internet hot spots, or used toward providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. 

CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education.