FWCS approves two grants

April 27th, 2016

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April 26, 2016

FWCS approves two grants

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Community Schools school board Monday approved two adult education continuation grants and the purchase of replacement iPads for teachers and administrators at all elementary schools.

Both the adult education grants are for the 2016-2017 school year.

The first grant for almost $50,000 comes through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for Eng­lish-language adult education. FWCS provides Eng­lish-language instruction in four civics areas: naturalization, civic engagement, U.S. history and government for adults 17 years of age and older.

The second grant for $962,500 through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Division of Adult, Career and Technical Education offers a range of services including courses for high school equivalency, programs for expectant mothers and high school credit recovery classes.

Through seven programs, students 16 years and older can apply to take WorkINdiana certification courses such as CNA (certified nursing assistant), welding, logistics, the culinary arts and hospitality management and customer service, said Patrick Boles, FWCS manager of the continuing education department. Courses typically last 15 weeks and can be taken free of charge, Boles added.

“This shows you kind of the breadth of what this district does,” said board president Mark GiaQuinta. The programs are available for Allen County residents.

Boles said the FWCS programs reach 1,200 students through 10 locations in the county. There are nearly 31,000 people in Allen County who do not have a high school equivalency/GED or a high school diploma who are over the age of 18, he added.

The district will purchase 1,080 Apple iPad Air 2s for $403,920. Funding will come from the Common School Fund.

The replaced iPads, which are about 4 years old, will be sold to resellers for $60 to $80 apiece.