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Chartiers Valley lands grant for engineering

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A $253,000 grant from the Benedum Foundation will allow Chartiers Valley School District to develop an engineering consortium.

The grant will be disbursed over the course of two years.

The aim of the consortium is to make connections and build relationships with other districts in order to enhance the engineering programs throughout the area.

“We've used the Project Lead the Way program, but the downside is that training is very expensive,” said Chartiers Valley Superintendent Brian White. “The grant will help create the consortium to share training costs among districts – make it more affordable.”

Project Lead the Way is a national program designed to connect universities with high schools in engineering programs.

White said there are at least 10 other schools in Allegheny and Butler counties that are involved in Project Lead the Way. He said he has talked informally with representatives from several of the districts and interest is high.

“I hope, initially, it takes the form of a series of meetings with school districts interested in the program, focusing on what training is needed,” he said.

White said he also hopes the district can use the grant to develop a regional engineering summer camp, which would include two one-week caps open to 80 middle- and high-school students. Districts involved in the consortium would be able to participate in the camp.

Plans for the camp would take place over the next school year, he said.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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