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Grants to help high school students get certified for careers

State awards $5.5 million to local school districts

By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

3:52 PM EDT, September 18, 2013

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Gov. Martin O'Malley announced $5.5 million in grants to local boards of education Wednesday to increase the use of digital technology in education and to help students earn college credits and career certification while in high school.

At a news conference outside the State House, O'Malley and state school Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery announced six winners of grants under a program called the Early College Innovation Fund and seven under the Digital Learning Innovation Fund.

O'Malley said both funds are intended to keep Maryland at the forefront of the nation in public education.

"There's a revolution that building up around the country in terms of digital learning and also early access to college," he said.

Among the winners of the $2 million in early college grants were the Baltimore County and Howard County school systems, both in partnership with their local community colleges. Also chosen were Caroline County, paired with Chesapeake College; Montgomery County in partnership with Montgomery College; and the Washington County schools along with Hagerstown Community College. Prince George's County also was chosen along with multiple partners.

Splitting the $3.5 million in digital learning grants will be the SEED School of Maryland as well as school districts in Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Kent and Washington counties.

michael.dresser@baltsun.com