The Butler Area School District will be investing in more apprenticeships for students thanks to a new grant.
The district accepted a $100,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to design and expand high school apprenticeships geared toward manufacturing.
“Clearly in Butler, there is a need for advanced manufacturing jobs and we’re trying to connect our efforts to what advanced manufacturers and employers need in Butler County,” said Dr. Brian White, superintendent of the Butler Area School District.
White said the district plans to use the money to expand their current programs.
“We’ve done well with a partnership with Penn United in a pre-apprenticeship program, where students do a significant amount of pre-apprenticeship work while they’re in school and we’d like to expand that program,” White said. “We have 15 students enrolled in that program this year, and we’d like to grow that number a little bit.”
The money from the grant will be used for this upcoming school year.