Governor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education

first_imgGovernor Wolf, Pittsburgh Penguins Announce PAsmart Grant to Expand Science and Technology Education February 06, 2019 Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Pittsburgh, PA – The day after unveiling a plan to create the strongest workforce in the nation, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Pittsburgh Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse to announce a $442,000 PAsmart advancing grant has been awarded to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. The state grant will help expand the foundation’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Lending Library to benefit thousands of students across western Pennsylvania.“Over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs in Pennsylvania will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy,” said Governor Wolf. “I launched PAsmart last year to help students and adults get the skills for those emerging careers.“Investing in projects like the STEAM Lending Library will help students from our cities to our rural communities gain the skills for good jobs here in Pennsylvania that will make our communities stronger.”The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the Citrone Family, and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit established the STEAM Lending Library in 2015. The library is the first of its kind in the nation and allows school districts to borrow the latest educational technology equipment to enhance classroom learning.“The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation is honored to be the first recipient of a PAsmart advanced grant,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins. “We salute Governor Wolf for his commitment to workforce development and expanded classroom instruction for our students. This amazing grant will enable the Foundation to extend its STEAM education work across 22 counties, encompassing 206 school districts.”Governor Wolf launched PAsmart last year as a groundbreaking approach to prepare students and workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow through STEM and computer science education, apprenticeship and job training.Last month, the Wolf Administration announced the initial wave of PAsmart competitive grants. The $8.7 million in targeted grants will expand computer science classes and teacher training at 765 schools across the commonwealth. Additional PAsmart advancing grants for STEM and computer science, apprenticeships and job training will be announced in the coming weeks.Governor Wolf’s budget expands on the successful launch of PAsmart to create the strongest workforce in the nation that drives the strongest economy. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) provides opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement.The proposal expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative, a groundbreaking approach to workforce development for Pennsylvania’s economy. Governor Wolf’s goal is to develop innovative solutions that close the skills gap and rapidly meet the needs of employers.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ambassador urges collaboration in diplomacy

first_imgFrench Ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud visited USC on Tuesday at Doheny Memorial Library, where he spoke about diplomacy in the 21st century and the state of French foreign policy in an unstable world.The event, which was hosted by the Francophone Resource and Research Center, was open to the public and included a Q & A portion.Araud has served as the ambassador to the United States since fall 2014. His experience as a diplomat extends as far back as 15 years, as he has held multiple positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, including Director of Strategic Affairs, Security, and Disarmament from 2000 to 2003, Ambassador of France to Israel from 2003 to 2006, Director General for Political Affairs and Security from 2006 to 2009 and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York from 2009 to 2014.Araud specializes in the Middle East and strategic and security issues. He is also known for his modern approach to diplomacy.In addition to his international reach, Araud is also well known for his digital presence, having told The New York Times in 2015 that “being outspoken on Twitter is part of being an effective ambassador in 2015.”Araud began his speech by explaining what it means to be a diplomat in today’s international climate.“There is a basic misunderstanding between the diplomats and men in the streets. They perceive that we’re not just pompous but also cynical,” Araud said. “The problem I think, when you’re trying to understand an international conflict, the first thing you have to conclude, and it’s not cynicism, is that the fact of who is right and who is wrong is irrelevant. It’s not this way that we do it.”Araud explained how this sentiment stems from misconceptions about how diplomats think about conflicts.According to Araud, diplomacy is less about drawing conclusions about a situation and more about understanding multiple perspectives and the historical events that back them up.Araud used Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine as an example of how approaching foreign policy with a right versus wrong mentality can actually limit meaningful solutions to conflicts.“You can say Russians are bad, period. But after that there are decisions, and what are you going to do?” Araud said. “You’re not going to die for Ukraine, you’re not going to send GIs to Ukraine. It shows that simply saying who’s right or wrong is leading you either down a dead end or to lead you to be the gendarme of the world, which you don’t want to be.”Instead, Araud suggested that progress starts by understanding the perspectives of both sides.He further said that understanding history is a valuable necessity not only for diplomats but also for everyday citizens of the world, and said that he thought most Americans could improve in this area.“Like any country in the world, you have positive and negative history,” Araud said. “But you have to be aware of it, which means that when you arrive as a French in Nigeria for instance, we have an overwhelming historical burden, but we have to be aware of it because when you’re going to speak to these people, of course as a French in Nigeria or as an American in Nicaragua, you may say ‘Forget the past,’ but of course they won’t forget the past.”last_img read more