Congressman Higgins Announces Over $3.89 Million Federal Grant for Buffalo School Students
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that Buffalo has been chosen to receive one of 24 Youth CareerConnect Awards announced nationwide. The $3,898,700 grant awarded to Buffalo Public Schools, through the U.S. Department of Labor in consultation with the U.S. Department of Education, will support coordinated efforts to better educate and train youth for the needs of today’s workforce.
“This is the type of education reform we need, getting academia and our workforce training programs together to make sure our kids are graduating with the marketable skills, especially in math and science, they need to compete in a globalized economy,” said Congressman Higgins.
Buffalo’s grant is part of $107 million announced by the Obama Administration this week to support collaborative efforts between education agencies, workforce investment boards, higher education facilities and employer partners.
The career-focused curriculum will focus on high demand industries and job opportunities including an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The grant is announced as the Buffalo Schools begin their first annual STEM week, a joint effort to highlight opportunities, raise interest and drive excitement among students. The University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College and Erie Community College are supporting and involved in the week’s events. Congressman Higgins will help close the week-long program at a Science Week celebration on Friday at Burgard High School.