Gov. Wolf: $20 Million in PAsmart Grants Available to Advance Science and Technology Education

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: $20 Million in PAsmart Grants Available to Advance Science and Technology Education Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Building on the highly successful launch of his PAsmart initiative last year, Governor Tom Wolf today announced up to $20 million in grants are available to prepare students for the fast-growing fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science (CS).“PAsmart is strategically investing in science and technology education so students get the skills they need for emerging jobs in high demand,” said Governor Wolf. “The grants encourage businesses and schools to develop partnerships that focus education on the knowledge students will need to succeed in growing industries.“Through PAsmart, we are developing the most prepared and talented workforce in the country, which will help students excel, grow the middle class, and strengthen the economy for everyone,” he said.The governor secured $30 million for PAsmart last year and $40 million this year. The Department of Education will award $20 million for STEM and computer science education through PAsmart Targeted Pre-K-12 grants and Advancing grants. The Department of Labor and Industry will soon announce applications for $10 million for apprenticeships and industry partnerships. Funding for career and technical education also increased by $10 million.“Pennsylvania is a national leader for offering innovative computer science and STEM learning, which is critical to ensuring that students are college, career, and community ready when they graduate,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “PAsmart Targeted and Advancing grants help train educators to provide high-quality STEM and CS experiences in their classrooms. They also promote community partnerships to ensure all students of all ages, including those who are historically underserved and underrepresented, receive STEM and CS education.”PAsmart Targeted PreK-12 grants, of up to $35,000 each, are structured to meet the needs of local education agencies (LEAs) and their schools that have limited to no computer science offerings and did not receive targeted grants in 2018-19. These grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training and professional development to teach CS. The Targeted grants also provide greater opportunities for students of color, low-income students and girls to learn critical skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce.PAsmart Advancing grants, of up to $500,000 each, support cross-sector partnerships that provide quality STEM and CS experiences to learners of all ages – early childhood, PreK-12, postsecondary, and adult learners – as part of high-level strategic approaches to workforce readiness. The grants enable regions to expand STEM ecosystems; grow partnerships between LEAs, postsecondary institutions and businesses; expand CS/STEM opportunities to historically underserved populations; and expand the pool of CS/STEM educators at all levels of education.The deadline for submitting Targeted grant applications to PDE is Friday, December 20, 2019Advancing grant applications must be submitted to PDE by Friday, January 10, 2020.Grant applications and additional information is available on the PDE website.center_img November 25, 2019last_img read more

3 ‘pushers’ fall in drug bust

first_imgThey were detained in the custodial facility of the Victorias City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN BACOLOD City – Three suspected drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 6, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Six sachets of suspected shabu weighing about two grams valued at around P20,000 were seized from  32-year-old Ardy Demo, 22-year-old Hardy Setillore and 31-year-old  John Cristal – all residents of Victorias City, a police report showed.The suspects were nabbed after they sold suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P300 around 5 p.m. on April 30, it added.last_img

Egypt withdraws from latest Nile dam talks

first_imgEgypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan through which the Blue Nile flows have been negotiating for the best part of a decade, but all the while the dam has been built. Ethiopia celebrated as the rains began filling the dam in June but the neighbors are concerned over people who depend on the river downstream. (BBC) Sudan’s Water and Irrigation Minister, Yasser Abbas, said he received a letter from his Ethiopian counterpart with the proposal. EGYPT has withdrawn from the renewed talks on the future of a giant hydropower project on the Nile River being built by Ethiopia. Sudan has also threatened to withdraw from the talks, saying Ethiopia is insisting on linking them to renegotiating a deal on sharing the waters of the Blue Nile. The latest standoff is over new filling guidelines proposed by Ethiopia. The Sudanese minister said Ethiopia proposed “the deal under discussion be limited to filling up the dam and any deal concerning its management be linked to the question of sharing Blue Nile waters,” AFP news agency reports.last_img read more