Grants to boost technology training
- By Jill Rosen
- Mar 12, 2000
Twenty-six Pennsylvania colleges will receive more than $5.2 million in
state money to use to develop information technology training programs.
The grants, detailed at l2l.org/ITWD/, are part of the state's Link-to-Learn
initiative, a program designed to beef up the use of technology in the classroom,
thereby improving the knowledge and skill sets of the state's work force
and priming them for high-tech jobs. Grant recipients will work with 135
institutions, including 88 businesses and 24 school districts, to train
In all, 2,600 elementary and secondary school students and 8,400 college
and university students will benefit from the grants.
The schools will use the money for a variety of purposes, including training
their faculty, improving their technology infrastructure, recruiting students
and establishing partnerships with businesses and K-12 schools.
The state has already invested $166 million in Link-to-Learn. In addition,
Gov. Tom Ridge's proposed 2001 budget contains $20 million for an initiative
which would create "digital school districts.''