N.C. Announces IT Grants for Schools

WASHINGTON (04/19/2000) - North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt has pledged $500,000 in grants to help schools prepare students for information technology careers.

The School Networking Grants will provide one-time money to school systems interested in including networking programs as a part of their curriculum. The money will be used to buy hardware for the program.

School systems will be eligible for up to $10,000 in matching grants per school, with priority given to schools in poorer counties. Schools have the freedom to choose their own networking program but must provide ongoing funding after the initial grant.

"If we are going to continue to do everything we can to prepare our students for the current job market, we have to provide them with the technology training they need to compete in the 21st century," Hunt said in a statement.

By 2006, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that almost half the nation's work force will be employed by industries needing IT skills.

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