N.C. awards grants for IT curriculum
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jul 10, 2000
Thirty-six schools in the poorest areas of North Carolina have been awarded
$13,000 each to begin training students in information technology.
The School Networking Grants, administered by the Department of Commerce
and announced in April, are one-time matching grants to fund start costs.
The grant money was evenly divided among the schools that applied and met
the criteria, such as being in low-income counties. The winning schools
are scattered throughout 25 North Carolina counties.
"The state realizes that the jobs in this market are growing fast, and
the [person] with the most education and training has the advantage for
these high-paying, high tech jobs," said Melinda Pierson, spokesperson for
Each school can choose its own networking program or information technology
curriculum and is responsible for providing ongoing funding. Most schools
will use the money to buy the curriculum, hardware and other infrastructure
costs, Pierson said.