DOYLESTOWN, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, today announced that Bucks County schools were awarded $53,000 in state grants to help improve students’ employment skills.
Bucks County Intermediate Unit 22 and Palisades School District were each awarded $25,000 Teacher in the Workplace Grants, which will enable teachers to visit local employers and identify skills and industry trends that will enhance classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.
“These grants will build critical bridges between schools and in-demand professions,” Ullman said. “This is a great program that connects teachers directly with employers. The teachers have the opportunity to identify skill sets and industry trends to bring back to their classrooms to improve their students’ career readiness.”
In addition, Pennsylvania State University received a $3,000 Ag and Youth Grant to host the Bucks County 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Clinic, a six-week intensive course for experiential learning and interaction with professionals.
“I’m also very glad that our students will have an opportunity to learn about the veterinary sciences. Our farm animals and pets need well-trained veterinarians and vet techs to keep them well,” Ullman said.The Ag and Youth Grant program’s aim is to address the looming 75,000 workforce deficit the agricultural industry is expected to face in the next decade.
To learn more about the Teacher in the Workplace program, visit the program website at https://www.education.pa.gov/Policy-Funding/SchoolGrants/Pages/TeacherWorkplace.aspx.
To learn more about the Ag and Youth Grant Program, visit the program website at https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Pages/Ag-and-Youth-Grant-Program.aspx.