Harrisburg – January 22, 2020 – Sen. Jim Brewster (D – Allegheny/Westmoreland) said that $280,000 in PAsmart science and technology grants have been awarded to school districts in the area.

“Our students are growing up in a technological world that is advancing at an incredibly fast pace,” Brewster said. “We must make sure that when students graduate, they have the technological skills that will serve them in the job market.”

PAsmart grants are awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and focus on expanding access to computer science programs for underrepresented students.

Programs supported by PAsmart grants assist students of color, female students, low-income students and students in rural communities to make sure that these historically underrepresented populations are prepared for the technological future.

Each school will receive $35,000.

Schools receiving PAsmart grants include:

  • Brentwood Borough School District
  • Clairton City School District
  • Gateway School District
  • New Kensington-Arnold School District
  • Plum Borough School District
  • West Jefferson Hills School District
  • West Mifflin Area School District
  • Woodland Hills School District

“I will continue to work to make sure that our communities have the funding we need to prepare students for successful futures and give teachers the resources they need to make kids career ready.”