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WASD Awarded $35,000 PAsmart Grant to Implement New AP Computer Science Course

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January 23, 2020 | Community

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (JANUARY 23, 2020) — Williamsport Area School District learned last week through State Sen. Gene Yaw’s office that it is among five other local school districts to receive a $35,000 PAsmart grant.

Funds from the grant will be used to expand access to STEM and computer science opportunities at Williamsport Area High School through the implementation of a new Advanced Placement (AP) computer science course, an addition to the 15 AP courses already available.

“The development and delivery of the College Board AP computer science course is unique to the area and demonstrates the school district’s commitment to academic excellence and pursuit of leading-edge curriculum,” said Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers. “The grant was written collaboratively by Director of Federal Programs Patricia Wylie and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan Bigger. The grant will enhance the multiple STEM opportunities within WASD, and prepare our students with the skills and abilities to meet the economic needs of the 21st century.”

The new AP course will be available to WAHS students beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

According to the PennsylvaniaDepartment of Education, Gov. Tom Wolf secured $40 million in 2019 to strategically invest in education and workforce development through PAsmart. The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board provided recommendations and approved the framework for the funding priorities.

“These state investments in STEM-based education and computer science enable us to continue to build a highly-skilled workforce across Pennsylvania,” Sen. Yaw said. “I thank the Governor and Education Secretary Rivera on this important funding to our local intermediate unit and schools.”

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