The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded $50,000 to Reading Muhlenberg CTC to purchase new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations, State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), State Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-126th District) and State Rep. Tom Caltagirone (D-127th District) announced.

“This funding will help Reading Muhlenberg CTC give their students the opportunity to learn on state-of-the-art equipment,” Schwank said. “Students will learn the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century work place.”

The grant is one of 32 competitive grants totaling nearly $1.2 million awarded to Career and Technical Centers and Area Vocational-Technical Education Schools across the state to purchase equipment aligned with the needs of local employers for use in PDE-approved Career and Technical Education programs and to provide hands-on training to students in those programs.

“In this day and age, we must look to the future and consider what will be most useful to our students in their upcoming careers,” Caltagirone said. “This funding will go a long way toward achieving that goal.”

The maximum grant allowed under the program is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, which could include local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners.

Reading Muhlenberg CTC’s grant will help purchase the following equipment:

    • Mechanical Training System
    • CNC Plasma Cutter

“Students deserve to learn in classrooms equipped with the most up-to-date technology available to prepare them for the future,” Rozzi said. “This funding will support Reading Muhlenberg CTC in that endeavor.”