Pennsylvania Department of Education

06/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/13/2018 11:07

Governor Wolf Announces More Than $2 Million in Teacher in the Workplace Grants to Help Students and Businesses Thrive

Governor Wolf Announces More Than $2 Million in Teacher in the Workplace Grants to Help Students and Businesses Thrive

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today continued his commitment to helping students gain the education and job skills they and their employers need to succeed in a global economy by announcing the award of more than $2 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants to 48 programs across the commonwealth.

'A 21st century economy demands a technically skilled, well-prepared workforce and my administration is dedicated to helping our young people get the skills they need to succeed,' Governor Wolf said. 'These funds will provide educators with a more thorough understanding of the skills necessary to thrive in the workplace, make curriculum more employer-relevant, and help ensure that students are career-ready upon graduation.'

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) awarded the grants through local workforce development boards (LWDBs) across Pennsylvania. The grants allow teachers, counselors and school administrators to interact directly with industry and business leaders to learn about industry trends, needs and opportunities. This first-hand experience and knowledge can then be used to enhance classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.

'What Pennsylvania businesses need to grow and expand are skilled workers,' said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. 'Teacher in the Workplace programs provide educators with opportunities to interact at local businesses to obtain a better understanding of in-demand careers, and the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, which helps to provide students with the work-relevant skills that employers require.

'Engaging employers in order to help students connect to the world beyond the classroom is one of the reasons why Governor Wolf has proposed a new $50 million investment through PAsmart. Included in the proposal is $5 million to promote business-education partnerships in a K-12 environment where career awareness and exploration activities help develop a future pipeline of workers.'

PAsmart would improve coordination across commonwealth agencies and also invest $7 million in apprenticeships, $25 million in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, $10 million for innovative approaches to help students and workers get skills training for STEM and other in-demand careers, and $3 million to support Industry Partnerships.

Teacher in the Workplace programs allow teachers, counselors and school administrators to interact directly with industry and business leaders to learn about industry trends, needs and opportunities. This first-hand experience and knowledge can then be used to enhance classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.

Following is a list of Teacher in the Workplace grant recipients and amounts awarded.

Grantee

Grant Title

Award Amount

Berks County WDB

Berks County Career Pathways Alliance: Capacity Building for the Inside Berks Business Educator Internship Program

$50,000

Bucks County WDB

Education and Industry Partnership

$50,000

Central WDB

Teacher in the Workplace Externship Program

$11,693

Central WDB

Nurturing Tomorrow's Workforce Today in Central PA

$49,170

Central WDB

Future Ready in Williamsport, PA

$26,343

Central WDB

Project BEST: Business and Education Standing Together

$36,850

Chester County WDB

The Chester County STEM Leadership Academy

$50,000

Delaware County WDB

Preparing Students for the Future: Making the Connection between Industry and Classroom Instruction

$14,112

Lackawanna County WDB

Educators in the Workplace - Bridging the Gap Between Education and Business

$50,000

Lancaster County WDB

Project RELATE: Reciprocal Learning Among Teachers and Employers

$50,000

Lehigh Valley WDB

Teacher in the Manufacturing Workplace

$50,000

Lehigh Valley WDB

Catasauqua Area School District Educator in the Workplace

$17,600

Luzerne-Schuylkill WDB

Bridging the Workplace, Classroom, and Out of School Time Environment

$50,000

Luzerne-Schuylkill WDB

Impact: Leadership in Education

$35,000

Luzerne-Schuylkill WDB

Educating from the Workplace to the Classroom

$33,889

Montgomery WDB

Reimagining College and Career Pathways

$25,784

Montgomery WDB

Real-world STEM Learning to Enhance Curriculum and Instruction

$50,000

MontgomeryWDB

The Central Montco Technical High School Auto Body Learning Educator Experience

$5,000

North Central WDB

Educator in the Workplace - Clearfield and Jefferson Counties

$49,960

North Central WDB

Educator in the Workplace - IU9 Service Region

$50,000

Northern Tier WDB

Tioga County Career Ready Rounds

$19,912

Northwest WDB

NWPA Teacher in the Workplace

$50,000

Northwest WDB

Teacher in the Workplace - Clarion, Forest, and Venango Counties

$49,960

Philadelphia Works

Connecting Philadelphia Educators and Local Energy Workforce Opportunities

$50,000

Philadelphia Works

Teacher in the Workplace STEM Fellowship

$50,000

Philadelphia Works

Teachers in the Healthcare Workplace

$50,000

Philadelphia Works

Legacy Pathways - Legacy Bridges NASA Legends & Trail Blazers STEM Institute

$50,000

Philadelphia Works

Additive Manufacturing and the Workforce of the Future

$26,700

Philadelphia Works

Aspira Charter Middle Schools Energy Efficiency/Environmental Remediation

$50,000

Pocono Counties WDB

Employers and Educators: Bridging the Gap

$50,000

South Central WDB

Lebanon Educator-Workplace Partnership

$50,000

South Central WDB

Educator in the Workplace Grant

$50,000

South Central WDB

West Shore Teacher in the Workplace STEM Academy

$35,071

South Central WDB

FrAY STEM Ecosystem Educator in the Workplace

$30,897

South Central WDB

Leadership Academy Honors Track - Skilled Trades/Apprenticeship Focus

$50,000

South Central WDB

Leadership Academy Honors Track - Accounting/Business

$50,000

South Central WDB

Leadership Academy Honors Track - Healthcare

$50,000

South Central WDB

Leadership Academy Honors Track - Manufacturing

$50,000

Southern Alleghenies WDB

Teacher in the Workplace

$40,000

Southwest Corner WDB

Southwest Corner/Trinity High School Teacher in the Workplace

$19,480

Three Rivers WDB

Educators Corporations Partnership for STEM Learning

$50,000

Three Rivers WDB

Consortium of Teacher in the Workplace

$50,000

Tri-County WDB

Tri-County Teacher in the Workplace Program

$50,000

Tri-County WDB

Educator Implementation of the Academic Standards for Career Education and Work in an Authentic Environment

$50,000

Tri-County WDB

Teacher in the Workplace - Armstrong and Indiana Counties

$49,960

West Central WDB

Teacher in the Workplace

$50,000

Westmoreland-Fayette WDB

Fayette Future Workforce

$50,000

Westmoreland-Fayette WDB

Workforce Forum Pathway Learning Community

$50,000

The Teacher in the Workplace grants are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Federal dollars financed 96.8 percent or $2,027,381 of the TIW grants. LWDB's provided matching funds for 3.2 percent or $330,452 for these projects. For more information and detailed summaries of the funded projects, visit L&I's website.

For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.

MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes - 717-787-7530

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