U.S. Department of Education: High School Career and Technical Education Teacher Pathway Initiative
The purpose of the High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Pathway Initiative is to improve CTE programs assisted under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins Act) by increasing the supply of high school CTE teachers available to teach students in CTE programs that align to in-demand industry sectors or occupations in states and communities where shortages of such teachers exist.
The CTE Initiative notice contains one absolute priority (which must be met in order to apply) and one invitational priority:
- Absolute priority – Cash or in-kind matching: Applicants must provide, from other federal or non-federal sources, a cash or in-kind match that is equal to or greater than 20 percent of the amount of the requested grant award amount. Applicants may propose to use funds available to them under the Perkins Act to meet this matching requirement.
- Invitational priority – Rural Local Educational Agencies (LEAs): Applications are encouraged from applicants that propose a state-wide or regional approach to increasing the supply and quality of high school CTE teachers in in-demand industry sectors or occupations in LEAs that are eligible for assistance under the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program or the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program authorized under Title VI, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. Applicants may determine whether a particular LEA is eligible for these programs by referring to information on the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://www2.ed.gov/nclb/freedom/local/reap.html.
Proposed CTE programs must meet the following program requirements:
- Use of funds: A grantee must carry out one or more activities designed to increase recruitment and retention of high school CTE teachers for CTE programs that align to an in-demand industry sector or occupation, in states or communities where shortages of such teachers exist. Refer to the solicitation to review specific examples of activities.
- Partnerships: A grantee must carry out a High School CTE Teacher Pathway Initiative project in collaboration with partner organizations such as community organizations, institutions of higher education, school districts, state or local agencies, or businesses.
- Cooperation in federal evaluation: Grantees must cooperate in any evaluation of the program conducted by the Department.
An in-demand industry sector or occupation is defined as:
- An industry sector that has a substantial current or potential impact (including through jobs that lead to economic self-sufficiency and opportunities for advancement) on the state, regional, or local economy, as appropriate, and that contributes to the growth or stability of other supporting businesses, or the growth of other industry sectors; or an occupation that currently has or is projected to have a number of positions (including positions that lead to economic self-sufficiency and opportunities for advancement) in an industry sector so as to have a significant impact on the state, regional, or local economy, as appropriate.
- The determination of whether an industry sector or occupation is in-demand under this definition shall be made by the state board or local board, as appropriate, using state and regional business and labor market projections, including the use of labor market information.
Amount: A total of $3,600,102 is available to make 5-7 awards that range from $350,000-$900,000 and average $625,000. The project period is for up to 36 months. A 20 percent match is required (as detailed above).
Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply:
- A state board designated or created consistent with state law as the sole state agency responsible for the administration of CTE in the state or for the supervision of the administration of CTE in the state
- An LEA (including a public charter school that operates as an LEA), an area CTE school, an educational service agency, or a consortium of such entities, in each case, that receives assistance under section 131 of the Perkins Act (which involves the distribution of funds to secondary education programs)
- An eligible institution that receives assistance under section 132 of the Perkins Act (which involves the distribution of funds for post-secondary education programs)
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