Matzie: ‘Teacher in the Workplace’ grants totaling $50,000 will help match school curricula to workforce needs

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 6 – Funding of $50,000 from the state Department of Education will allow Beaver County teachers to visit area businesses so they can shape classroom instruction to fit the latest skills demanded by area employers, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.  

Matzie said the funding – including $25,000 each to the Freedom Area School District and the Hopewell Area School District – will advance career readiness for Beaver County students seeking jobs in high-demand fields.

The modern workforce is constantly evolving, and with those changes comes a constant demand for new skills – particularly as it relates to high-tech jobs requiring science, technology, engineering and math skills,” Matzie said. “The funding announced today will help provide a successful path from the classroom to the workplace by allowing teachers to learn what skills employers need and to supplement their teaching in a way that equips students to hit the ground running.

“Strengthening our workforce in this way will also benefit our area businesses by helping eliminate the skills gap that can slow productivity and affect competitiveness.”

Both PDE grants are part of a $2.2 million package providing competitive grants of $25,000 each to 92 local education agencies statewide.

The grants are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations and economic development entities.