HARRISBURG, Pa. - Seven school districts in Berks County are among dozens across Pennsylvania to receive funding for their computer science programs.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that $5.7 million in PAsmart Targeted grants have been awarded to 163 school districts, career and technical centers, charter schools, and intermediate units across the state.
In Berks, the Brandywine Heights Area, Muhlenberg, Oley, Schuylkill Valley, Tulpehocken, Twin Valley, and Wyomissing Area school districts were each awarded $35,000.
"We live in a digital world, and computer science education is a necessity," said Pa. Rep. Mark Rozzi. "I applaud these districts for working to expand this valuable training, so that more students will be well prepared for the future."
The grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide teachers from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade with training to teach the subject.
"We need to do all that we can to ensure our students successfully transition to higher education or enter a workforce that increasingly relies on computer science skills," said Pa. Sen. Judy Schwank.
The Cocalico School District, which includes the Adamstown Elementary School, is also one of the grant recipients.
As a result of the 2018-19 Targeted grants, more than 1,100 teachers have received training to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer science, according to the Wolf administration.