Otten applauds $140K awarded to four schools to expand computer science education

EXTON, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, congratulates four local schools for securing a total of $140,000 in PAsmart Targeted grants, which will expand computer science classes and teacher training.

The Targeted grants represent one component of the governor’s innovative PAsmart initiative, and will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to elementary, middle and high schools, and professional development for teachers.

The following schools in the 155th Legislative District each received a $35,000 grant:

  • Coatesville Area School District.
  • Insight PA Cyber Charter School.
  • Owen J. Roberts School District.
  • Phoenixville School District.

“STEM jobs are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, so preparing students and piquing their interest early in life is crucial to ensuring that our students are equipped to succeed in the workforce, whether they go on to college or pursue a skilled trade or technical career,” Otten said. “Many of our schools simply don’t have the resources to develop STEM programs or modernize computer science classrooms. I’m hopeful that these funds will better equip our schools and teachers to provide the most comprehensive, innovative education possible.”

The state announced 163 targeted grants totaling $5.7 million. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website.