MITCS receives $1.5 million start-up grant from PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools

On May 10, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) announced that Midland Innovation + Technology Charter School is one of three sub-grantees who will receive as much as $1.5 million each through Pennsylvania’s Charter School Program (PACSP) Grant. This award marks the inaugural year of the grant award that will support the development, expansion and replication of 18 high-quality public schools in Pennsylvania over a grant period of five years. Each school will be a nonprofit, brick-and-mortar charter school whose model and/or track record demonstrate a strong likelihood that they will produce meaningful and sustainable student learning gains.

PCPCS and the PACSP team are committed to helping develop and expand educational options throughout the commonwealth,” said Brandie Karpew co- director of PACSP. “We are committed to giving students more opportunities to enroll in high-quality public charter schools, and MITCS has proven that they have the leadership and expertise to build a great new school for kids.” Stephen Catanzarite, chairman of the MITCS Planning Committee and Acting CEO thanked PCPCS for its “tremendous validation of our team’s vision and work, and for the faith they are placing in us.” Catanzarite said that MITCS will continue the tradition of excellence set by its charter authorizer, the Midland Borough School District, particularly in its advocacy on behalf of all students. “This historic grant will provide the foundation upon MITCS will help generations of students build better futures.”

Midland Innovation + Technology Charter School (MITCS) is a new public high school set to open in September of 2022. Located in Midland, PA (Beaver County) MITCS will provide students with the opportunity to earn their high school diploma while also pursuing certifications, licensing, and associate degrees in high-tech fields and the skilled trades. As a tuition-free public school, MITCS is open for enrollment to any student residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information visit