HARRISBURG (December 20, 2019) – The Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) will receive $9,000 in state funding for new equipment aligned to training students in high-demand occupations, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

The grant, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will go to purchasing equipment aligned with the needs of local employers for use in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and to provide hands-on training to students in those programs.

“In preparing the next generation to be competitive in the new economy, we must continue to support job-oriented programs that offer a hands-on approach, challenge students to solve problems in real-world scenarios, and meet the needs of in-demand ‘middle-skills’ careers,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “These funds will help the Technical College High School acquire the necessary tools and equipment to do just that.”

The grant comes as part of nearly $1.2 million in competitive funding awarded to 32 Career and Technical Centers (CTC) and Area Vocational-Technical Education Schools statewide for the purchase of new equipment.

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.

TCHS is a joint venture of the Chester County Intermediate Unit and Delaware County Community College.  It is a part-time, public career-focused program serving high school students throughout the county at three campuses: Brandywine, Pennock’s Bridge, and Pickering.

TCHS offers career and technical programs for Chester County High School students that blend traditional programs with associate degree college courses. It provides a network of leaders in the areas of secondary career and technical education. Its curriculum includes dozens of routes for study, ranging from Automotive Collision Technology to Carpentry to Robotics Systems Technology. Students in dual-enrollment programs can graduate from high school with more than a dozen college credits.