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Smith Announces Grants Awarded to Local Vo-Tech Programs
September, 27, 2013

HARRISBURG – House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana/Armstrong) today announced that more than $100,000 in grant funding has been awarded to local vocational-technical education programs to purchase equipment.

“Our local vo-tech programs seek to equip students with the skills that employers need today,” Smith said.  “The programs are tailored to work force needs. Good, up-to-date equipment is important to ensuring students are well trained and ready to enter the job market.  I was a strong advocate for including this grant funding in this year’s state budget. I have seen the success of these programs and believe this is an excellent investment of taxpayer dollars.”

The following grants have been awarded to school districts and programs which are partially or totally located in the 66th Legislative District:

Brockway Area School District:  $15,143.14

Clarion-Limestone Area School District:  $15,170.41

Clearfield County Career and Technical Center:  $21,332.59

Indiana County Technology Center:  $24,713.60

Jefferson County-Dubois Area Vocational Technical School (Jeff-Tech):  $24,304.61

Marsha Welsh, Director at Jeff Tech, also praised the grants. “The staff and students at Jeff Tech would like to express our appreciation to Representative Smith for his dedication to career and tech education in obtaining these funds for our school,” she said. “The equipment purchased with this grant will ensure that our programs stay relevant and meet the needs of business and industry.” 

“As an officer in our state organization,” Welsh stated, “I would also like to extend our gratitude on behalf of all the career and technical centers for Sam’s efforts in getting state funds distributed so that every CTC throughout the state was able to apply for funding for new equipment.”    

A total of $3 million in grant funding was made available to 180 vocational technical programs in the state.   Half of this funding was split equally among all programs and the other half was awarded based on enrollment.

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