Williams announces $35K PAsmart Targeted grant for Coatesville Area School District

COATESVILLE, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, today announced a $35,000 PAsmart targeted grant to expand computer science classes and teacher training at Coatesville Area School District.

The funding, announced statewide earlier Friday by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera, represents one component of Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education in elementary, middle and high schools, plus professional development for teachers.

“It is common knowledge that students who study STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) will be well equipped for the 21st century economy,” Williams said. “Preparing our teachers to advance these skills is equally important. My thanks to Governor Wolf and Secretary Rivera for continuing to put our teachers and students on the path to excellence.”

According to a release from Wolf, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to use computers and new technologies over the next 10 years.

As a result of the 2018-19 targeted grants, more than 1,100 teachers received training to teach STEM and computer science.