Local Career Training Centers Win $91K in Grants

LIMERICK PA – Two grants totaling more than $91,000 were awarded Thursday (Dec. 19, 2019) to the Western Montgomery Career and Technical Center – serving the Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford Area, and Upper Perkiomen school districts – and the Pottstown School District’s Career Technical Center to buy equipment that will help train students for “high-demand occupations,” the state Department of Education announced.

The Western Center received $50,000, the maximum allowable award, to obtain a 3-dimensional printer, a TRAK-brand lathe, and a simulation system for use in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and health care.

“This grant will benefit hundreds of students at the WMCTC by continuing to put state-of-the-art equipment in the classrooms and allowing our students to enhance their skills in an ever-changing work environment,” according to Western Center Director Christopher Moritzen.

The Pottstown Center won $41,947 for a gas convection double-deck oven, convection stove with 12 open burners, gas griddle, portable filtration, combi-oven with probe, braising pan, chef station, gas charbroiler, and holding box.

“Much of the equipment was old and outdated; 20 years old in many cases,” said David Livengood, Pottstown’s director. “This grant will help train the next generation of local chefs, bakers and other food professionals.”

The two local schools were among only 32 centers statewide that received a combined $1.2 million in grant funding. To qualify, the Education Department said, their programs were required to align “with the needs of local employers … to provide hands-on training to students.” Each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, including local school funds or business contributions, it added.

The centers thanked state 146th Legislative District Rep. Joe Ciresi for his assistance in advocating for the funding.

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