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New Mexico Public Education Department: Career & Technical Education, Professional Learning Materials

Deadline: March 19, 2021

The New Mexico Public Education Department is committed to ensuring professional learning that supports implementation of high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. The current Request for Applications (RfA) is a competitive grant for professional learning and related materials (equipment and supplies) that support the size, scope, and quality of programs of study and career pathways aligned with state identified high-skill, and living-wage occupations and industries.

Relevant New Mexico definitions include:

  • Living wage: Living wage careers for CTE programs of study are careers leading to a wage that can sustain a family. The federal guideline for reduced price lunch is 185% of the federal poverty guideline, and New Mexico defines a family as a household of three or more. Therefore, for a career to qualify as living wage, the median salary for that career, in New Mexico, must meet or exceed 185% of the federal poverty guideline for a family of three. For 2020-21 wages as defined by this standard are $38,443 annually. For reference, the 2019 mean salary in NM was $47,040.00.
  • High skill: High skill careers are found in occupations requiring completion of an apprenticeship, an industry-recognized certificate or credential, or a postsecondary certificate or degree.
  • In demand: Careers are considered in demand when demand for particular careers exceeds supply. State, regional or local labor market data must document the demand. When demand exceeds projected employment supply, the program of study must lead to a living wage or high skill career. Such a program might also adequately prepare learners for the in-demand career, but the living wage or high-skill career, not the in-demand career, must be the target career for the program.

Amount: Fund will support secondary and postsecondary professional learning in CTE and up to $10,000 in equipment and supplies related to the associated CTE program(s).

Eligibility: Local education agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs).

Link: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/information/rfps-rfis-rfas/

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