A step toward preparing students for a career in STEM
The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit was awarded a PAsmart Advancing Computer Science and STEM grant on February 7, 2019. The $500,000 grant is part of a Pennsylvania Department of Education initiative to prepare students for good-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require computer science skills. These grants represent an important component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative – an innovative approach to expanding access to high-quality computer science and STEM education across the commonwealth.
CSIU’s grant entitled, Computer Science to Support Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for Growth (CS SYSTEM for Growth) will serve underrepresented students throughout Northumberland County. It will also provide coaching and support for teachers of computer science in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties. CS SYSTEM for Growth is designed to enable students in our region to have similar experiences as their more urban and suburban peers, learn about computer science and STEM career opportunities in our area, and graduate prepared for success in the global economy.
The PAsmart grant will allow CS SYSTEM for Growth to collaborate with and seek input from community partners in Business and Industry, Workforce and Economic Development, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations, Institutes of Higher Education, and K-12 districts in the region. These collaborations will lead to the coordination of a region-wide STEM ecosystem in which students will have access to abundant learning opportunities in computer science and STEM skills, concepts and jobs throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley.
"This is fabulous news. The investments that will be made, thanks to this award, will close critical technology gaps that have held back our local education systems for far too long. Our students will be better prepared to be statewide academic and technology leaders as well as competitors in the worldwide economy of the 21st Century" said Bob Garrett, President of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“Growing our region is a focus for CSIU. Congratulations to our educational partner, CSIU 16, for being awarded the new and innovative PAsmart grant. Committed to college and career readiness, CSIU will extend support for K-12 computer science and STEM education, internships, and job training through Industry Partnership programs. I am pleased with the opportunity this grant awards to the many students and staff who comprise the CSIU member school districts” said Dr. Cathy S. Keegan, Superintendent of Schools, Milton Area School District.
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