Erie County school districts awarded nearly $343K for dual credit programs

ERIE, May 1 – Five Erie County school districts are receiving a combined $342,600 in funding to allow more students to enroll in dual credit programs.

The lawmakers, both D-Erie, said the funding includes $75,000 apiece to Erie City, Girard, and Northwestern school districts; $67,600 to Union City Area School District; and $50,000 to Corry Area School District.

“For high school students contemplating career paths, the chance to enroll in postsecondary education classes can be a great way to explore emerging interests and gain confidence in their academic and technical skills,” Merski said. “It’s a useful introduction to higher education and an excellent way to prepare for success at the next level.”

Harkins said, “Enrolling in and receiving credit for higher education courses is a terrific way for high school students to get a taste of more advanced studies and to let postsecondary schools know that they are serious about the future. I’m excited that this additional funding is going to allow our districts to expand enrollment in these programs.”

Awardees will use up to $75,000 in grant funding to create or expand equitable and innovative dual credit opportunities for all secondary school students, including students experiencing educational instability, students enrolled in career and technical education programs, low-income students and historically underserved student groups.