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Deadline: March 19, 2018

U.S. Department of Education: Native American Career and Technical Education Program

The Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP) provides grants to improve career and technical education (CTE) programs that are consistent with the purposes of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and that benefit Native Americans and Alaska Natives. The NACTEP will award programs that meet the following requirements:

  • Propose organized educational activities offering a sequence of courses that: 1) provide individuals with content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions; 2) provide technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or an associate degree; and 3) include competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of an industry, including entrepreneurship, of an individual. Projects may include prerequisite courses (other than remedial courses).
  • Develop new programs, services, or activities or improve or expand existing programs, services, or activities. Including to support expansions or improvements that include, but are not limited to, the expansion of effective programs or practices; upgrading of activities, equipment, or materials; increasing staff capacity; adoption of new technology; modification of curriculum; or implementation of new policies to improve program effectiveness and outcomes.
  • Support a program, service, or activity that: 1) is a new program, service, or activity that was not provided by the applicant during the instructional term (a defined period, such as a semester, trimester, or quarter, within the academic year) that preceded the request for funding under NACTEP; 2) will improve or expand an existing CTE program; or 3) inherently improves CTE.

NACTEP has the following invitational priority: creating or expanding opportunities for individuals to obtain recognized postsecondary credentials in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or computer science. For this priority, computer science means the study of computers and algorithmic processes and includes the study of computing principles and theories, computational thinking, computer hardware, software design, coding, analytics, and computer applications. Computer science includes computer programming or coding as a tool to create software, including applications, games, websites, and tools to manage or manipulate data; or development and management of computer hardware and the other electronics related to sharing, securing, and using digital information. In addition to coding, the field of computer science also includes computational thinking and interdisciplinary problem-solving to equip students with the skills and abilities necessary to apply computation in our digital world.

Amount: A total of $13,764,000 is available to award up to 30 grants that range from $300,000-$500,000 and average $458,800. The project period is up to 36 months.

Eligibility: Federally recognized Indian tribes; tribal organizations; Alaska Native entities; Bureau-funded schools (except for Bureau-funded schools proposing to use awards to support secondary school CTE programs).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300474

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