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The Pennsylvania WoodMobile is a traveling exhibit that provides an interactive experience educating visitors about our forest, the sustainable forest products industry, how products are made, and threats to our forests like invasive insects and plants, diseases and white-tailed deer.

Citing Pennsylvania’s monstrous $71.5 billion in student debt, Governor Tom Wolf called for action on his plan to make college education an attainable goal for all Pennsylvanians.

Through his $200 million Nellie Bly proposal, Gov. Wolf hopes to offer scholarships to students who attend either a community college or PA State System of Higher Education institution.

“A good education can set a person up for a lifetime of success. But pursuing that education can often be a dream out of reach as costs skyrocket and student debt looms,” said Gov. Wolf. “Let’s help Pennsylvania students succeed and put money back into the economy, instead of shouldering them with debt equal to a down payment on a new home.”

The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program — proposed to be funded by both the federal American Rescue Plan Act and the Race Horse Development Trust Fund – would support student tuition and relevant costs of attendance with a focus on those pursuing programs with high-workforce needs following the pandemic such as health care, education and public service. Students who take advantage of the program must stay in Pennsylvania to live and work for the same number of years in which they received the scholarship benefit.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will award up to $10 million in PAsmart Advancing grants to prepare students for computer science (CS) and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

The grants support CS learning, STEM and professional development opportunities. This includes opportunities provided by K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, career and technical education centers, out-of-school time providers, early learning centers, and libraries.

The purpose is to expand the pool of CS/STEM educators at all levels of education, expand CS/STEM opportunities to historically underserved populations, expand STEM ecosystems, and grow partnerships between local education agencies, postsecondary institutions and businesses.

Resettlement comes with the promise of education. The promise of quality may be less distinct. Refugees are folded into financially strained education systems in a country still embroiled in a battle within itself about which prisms of its history to teach.

But from urban districts to small boroughs, U.S. school systems pose as pivotal turning points in refugee family integration.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is just one district having taken on the challenge over decades. More than 70 languages are now spoken throughout a school system whose city hosted 20 times more refugees per capita than the rest of the country in 2017.

a young school leaver gets training on the computer in a busy office

The United States is facing an unparalleled labor shortage, and in Centre County, organizations and schools are preparing students to fill key roles in growing sectors. After many job sectors went on hold due to COVID-19, businesses, construction and schools are back in full force and they’re missing a key component — workers. The labor force population in the state is at its lowest level since 1987, according to WESA in Pittsburgh.

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