Zabel: Upper Darby, William Penn, Haverford schools to receive funding for computer science programs

DREXEL HILL, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, announced today that Upper Darby, William Penn, and Haverford school districts will receive the first-ever dedicated state grants for computer science classes and instructor training.

“By 2030, seven in 10 jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies,” he said. “We need to ensure that our schools are teaching our students the skills needed for emerging high-demand jobs.”

These targeted grants are part of the Wolf administration’s PASmart Initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education in elementary, middle and high schools, and professional development for teachers.

Funding was secured for the following schools:

  • Upper Darby High School
  • Penn Wood Middle School
  • Penn Wood High Schools (Cypress and Green campuses)
  • Chatham Park Elementary School
  • Chestnutwold Elementary School
  • Coopertown Elementary School
  • Lynnewood Elementary School
  • Manoa Elementary School
  • Haverford High School

Funding can be used for a variety of reasons, including staff training, certification exam reimbursements as well as eligible hardware and products purchases to implement computer science teaching in the classroom.

“I am proud to support initiatives that will help our students acquire the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century workplace,” Zabel said.

To learn more about the PAsmart initiative and the recipients of these targeted grants, click here.