Philadelphia – November 28, 2018  —Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced $1.2 million dollars in funding to 38 Career and Technical Educational Centers in the state, three of which are in Senator Haywood’s district.

“I am pleased that the Department of Education sees the value in producing skilled technicians for well-paying jobs in Montgomery County,” Senator Haywood said. “There is often a stigma attached to technical training, but it is not like it was in the 70s—this is a new day for manufacturing jobs and the people who hold them.”

These funds will not only train students for high demand jobs, but also allow for the purchase of new equipment for the roles they will be trained in. Students will gain the hands-on training they need to seek jobs in the technical field that will advance their careers and pay them living wages. Each grant is matched from an area funder through local school funds or industry partners.

“Local manufacturing is highly important for our economy, neighborhood and country. I am thankful for these state funds to further advance S.T.E.M. initiatives,” said Senator Haywood.