NRV Schools Receive Grants to Upgrade CTE Equipment

New River Valley, VA – Cardinal News recently reported that Giles County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools were each awarded $37,000 of a $600,000 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Grant to purchase new equipment or make improvements to existing technical education facilities. Sixteen school divisions were selected by the Virginia Department of Education to receive equal amounts of the CTE Equipment Grant.

The CTE Equipment Grant program was established by the Virginia General Assembly in 2016 and has given over $4.2 million to help schools enhance learning experiences for students.

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Coons said,

“These grants continue to allow our school divisions to develop robust and innovative CTE programs that are up to date technologically and help prepare students for the realities and expectations of today’s workforce.”

Giles County will be purchasing a “machining lathe and software for Giles County Technology Center’s precision machining technology program”.

Montgomery County will “purchase virtual reality and mixed reality hardware and software technology for the Governor’s STEM Academy’s program for designing and building using virtual reality”.

Read more of the Cardinal News article here.

View a full list of the CTE grant recipients here.

Virginia’s New River Valley offers outstanding educational opportunities ranging from public schools, private schools and several world-class higher education institutions. To learn more about education in the NRV, click here.

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