Grants Will Help Local Schools Expand Computer Science Education

HARRISBURG – Three local school districts are receiving grants totaling $105,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to expand computer science programs for students, according to State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33).

Local grant recipients include:

  • Littlestown Area School District, Adams County;
  • Shippensburg Area School District, Cumberland County; and
  • South Western School District, York County.

The $35,000 grant to each school will support the introduction and expansion of computer science programming and provide training for educators to teach computer science to students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

The grants were awarded through the PAsmart Targeted grant program. Funding for the program was included in this year’s state budget as part of a broader commitment to encourage job growth and train students for quality jobs in Pennsylvania.

“It is important to invest resources in our students, so they are prepared for the careers of tomorrow,” said Mastriano, who noted that the legislature boosted education funding by $160 million in the state’s 2019-2020 spending plan. “There is no doubt that our schools, students and job providers will benefit from this significant investment in education.”

A total of 163 schools statewide received grants in the current round of funding.


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