Local Tech School Receives State Grant Funding

Lenape Technical School in Manor Township is starting off 2014 $50,000 richer.

As was announced on Friday, Lenape Tech received a portion of $1.7 million in Career and Technical Education Equipment Grants.

More than 40 other schools statewide also received funding.

Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq was happy to announce the grant awards.

“This funding will allow these schools to acquire new, state-of-the-art equipment for students to train for the jobs of tomorrow,” Dumaresq said. “Governor Corbett believes that providing students with access to high-quality resources will ensure their competitiveness with their peers in the local, national and global workforce.”

As a competitive grant, the Career and Technical Education Equipment Grant program provides funding for schools to purchase equipment that meets industry standards.

Funding must be used to purchase equipment for the purpose of training students in approved career and technical education programs, which must align with then 10 Pennsylvania targeted industry cluster areas, which include Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing, Energy Industry and Health Care among others

More than 50 applications from school districts and career and technical centers across the state were reportedly received. Each proposal was said to be reviewed and scored based on the program’s plan to integrate new equipment into its curriculum as well as a professional development plan to ensure instructors know how to use the new equipment.

Regionally, three other technical schools received portions of the grant.
Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, received $44,500, Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville, Allegheny County, received $35,086 and Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, received $9,377.

In November, Administrative Director Dawn Kocher-Taylor announced the school also received nearly $77,000 in grants and tax donations. About $50,000 of that funding was to go toward a new alignment machine for the Automotive Technology department. The current machine is approximately 20 years old.

She anticipated purchasing the computerized machine made by Hunter Engineering Company – headquartered in Missouri – via a State contract before the end of 2013.

The newest grant has not yet been announced to the Joint Operating Committee, but might be reviewed at their next meeting January 16.

Lenape students did not have school Friday as part of the local school closings due to the snow and freezing temperatures.