PITTSBURGH – Smart Futures has received a $21,000 grant from Duquesne Light Company as part of the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The three technology-based career development programs of Smart Futures provide businesses with an opportunity to have a voice in the education system. This EITC contribution will support Smart Futures’ three education-based career development programs in middle schools and high schools, having a significant impact on the career decisions and readiness of tens of thousands students in SWPA. By enabling more students to explore employment options via program such as Keys2Work and MyCareerJourney, Duquesne Light and Smart Futures will play a vital role in the career development needs of our region’s workforce.
“Duquesne Light’s success depends on the success of the region we serve,” said Pamela Coates, Duquesne Light’s manager of Community Relations. “As a local employer, we know a huge part of that success depends upon whether our students are properly prepared to join the workforce of tomorrow. Supporting programs that enhance the educational opportunities of our children is an important part of Duquesne Light’s commitment to the future of Southwestern Pennsylvania.”
Duquesne Light’s contribution to educational improvement comes as a result of Pennsylvania legislation offering tax credits to businesses that make charitable contributions to state-approved educational or scholarship organizations.