Flynn: CTC of Lackawanna County to receive grants for equipment upgrades
SCRANTON, Nov. 29 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced today that the Career and Technical Center of Lackawanna County has received $16,733 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for equipment upgrades.
The center received funding for three different upgrades, including $7,702 for an engine driven welder, $7,500 for a wireless TIG/stick welder and $1,531 for a cordless force logic propress press tool. The tools will be used by different areas of training, including welding and plumbing.
“It is essential we provide the next generation of skilled workers with the tools necessary to succeed,” said Flynn. “Our communities thrive when we have a talented and capable workforce, and these grants allow our career and technical centers to train these workers properly. I am proud to continue my advocacy for investments in technical and vocational education, and I look forward to work with the CTC of Lackawanna again in the future.”
Each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source which could include local school funds or contributions from businesses and industry partners. In all, nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants was awarded to 38 different projects throughout Pennsylvania.
Flynn noted and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration’s commitment to investments in education of various levels. In addition to these grants, an additional $10 million for career and technical education was secured in the 2018-19 state budget – the first increase in 10 years.