The Heinz Endowments Supports Education and Career Development Programs Across Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA, May 31, 2006 – Located in downtown Pittsburgh, Smart Futures announced today the award of two grants totaling $360,000 from The Heinz Endowments. The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center of learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion. In line with the objectives of The Heinz Endowments, Smart Futures’ mission is to install innovative career programs within Pennsylvania’s education and training community, supporting Pennsylvania’s employers’ needs for a more prepared workforce.
A $300,000 grant from the Vira I Heinz Endowment will be used to expand Smart Futures’ three programs, Keys2Work, PA e-Mentor, and My Career Insight, into schools and community based organizations across the Commonwealth. Based upon successfully providing the program to over 70,000 students throughout Southwestern PA, Smart Futures anticipates program implementation in 53 new counties through 420 school districts, 29 Intermediate Units, and 23 Workforce Investment Areas. The Howard Heinz Endowments awarded the second grant that focuses on a new initiative of Smart Futures. The $60,000 planning grant provides for the research of an on-line financial literacy program that could be integrated into, and augment the three existing career-development programs of Smart Futures. Smart Futures monitors the needs of the education and career-development community, and responds through the development of programs that help to fill the gaps.