U.S. Department of Education: Rural Tech Project
The Rural Tech Project Challenge invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning. The Challenge will empower educators with resources to create technology education programs that are customized for their students and local needs. The Challenge will use flexible delivery methods, including distance and blended learning, as well as competency-based education — a learning approach enabling students to master skills at their own pace — to provide high school students with advanced technology skills. By advancing technology skills development, rural communities can help their students prepare for rewarding career opportunities.
Amount: A total of $600,000 is available. Up to five finalists will each receive an equal share of the $500,000 Phase 1 cash prize pool and progress to Phase 2. In Phase 2, finalists will receive personalized support to plan, run, refine, and report on their programs. At the end of Phase 2, one grand-prize winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize.
Eligibility: An eligible entrant must be:
- A secondary school, high school, or LEA receiving ESEA funds that delivers education to students between grades 9 and 12
- Serving students from a rural community
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