Markosek: A combined $263K awarded to technical center, school district

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – On Thursday, a technical center and a local school district were awarded a combined total of $263,006 in education funding, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek.

The Forbes Road Career Technical Center was awarded $186,856, funding that was set aside to assist the center in implementing public and safety plans and to help resume operations.

Markosek 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.

“This funding, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is crucial to the forward progression of many educational and technical careers in our community,” Markosek said. “I’m grateful the commonwealth recognizes the importance of continued education, even in the wake of a pandemic.”

In addition, Markosek said the Woodland Hills School District was awarded $76,150 in Governor's Emergency Education Relief funding for the 2020-21 academic year.

Markosek said this funding will 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.