Sappey announces grant awarded to Avon Grove School District to enhance STEM education
KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Christina Sappey today announced that Avon Grove School District was awarded a $35,000 PAsmart targeted grant to expand the district’s computer science classes and teacher training.
The targeted grants represent one component of the PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers. Avon Grove was one of 163 school districts, charter schools and intermediate units to receive a grant. The 163 awardees have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students in STEM programs and in rural communities.
“Our economy and job market deeply rely on the constantly growing and greatly successful STEM industries,” Sappey said. “It is predicted that within the next decade, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to utilize computers and new technologies, so it’s crucial we prepare and properly educate tomorrow’s workforce to ensure the prosperity of this commonwealth.”
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