Wyoming Department of Education
06/01/15 5:00 PM
Grants are available to Wyoming school districts to develop and implement demonstration projects aimed at preparing secondary school students for college and careers, and to enhance curricula by teaching to industry and academic standards. The program must focus on the integration of career-oriented technical education and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. To be eligible, school districts must collaborate with a college or the University of Wyoming, and a business.
Specifically, this grant represents a continuation of previous the work started in 2008 to: (i) Prepare high school students for post-secondary options, including two (2) year and four (4) year college, apprenticeship, military and formal employment training; (ii) Connect academic and technical curriculum grounded in academic and industry standards; (iii) Provide innovative strategies for ensuring student access to career choices, as well as opportunities for work-based learning and dual enrollment in related post-secondary education courses; (iv) Support workforce, education and economic need of Wyoming.
The school district of the awarded project may apply to the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) for reimbursement of expenses associated with planning, development, and implementation of a Career Technical Education (CTE) demonstration project as a new or expansion to any existing high school CTE program in a school district. Amounts awarded under this program shall be used for the following: 1) Curriculum development, 2) Project design costs, and 3) Fund initial purchases of equipment and supplies incurred for the project. Project proposals must focus on systematic development of academic core-career technical education integration, curriculum alignment with industry standards, career clusters, career pathways, career guidance, and course sequencing. The CTE demonstration project proposal must also lead secondary students to one or more of the options of workforce entry, certificate or credential obtainment, and/or post-secondary education.
The demonstration project grant award may use the funds to carry out a broad scope of development and implementation activities to improve existing CTE programs or start new CTE programs that encourage improvement and innovation of CTE and STEM delivery in the state of Wyoming including the following:
* Convergence/Integration of STEM and CTE curriculum;
* Project design activities;
* Equipment and supply purchases;
* Curriculum development and implementation;
* Career cluster/pathway development;
* Career guidance and academic counseling;
* Curriculum alignment with industry standards;
* Alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment;
* Development and implementation of innovative secondary school-based delivery models (career academies, small learning communities);
* Literacy and/or numeracy development through CTE;
* Development of high school student work-based learning opportunities;
* Development of high school dual enrollment opportunities in related post-secondary education courses;
* Activities leading to career certification, credential or post-secondary degree;
* Activities leading to a Wyoming Career Readiness Certificate for high school students;
* Professional development for educators;
* Other activities that prepare high school students for career and college.
GrantWatch ID#: 129806
Up to $125,000
Two years: October 1, 2012 - June 30, 2014
In order to apply, a Wyoming school district must partner with at least one community college or the Univeristy of Wyoming, and one business or industry.
A project coordinator must be assigned as the manager of the grant. This individual will serve as the primary point of contact for information dissemination and coordination with the CTE demonstration project grant program manager. The project coordinator will oversee all aspects of the grant to include budgetary accountability and compliance, ensuring the program goals are met, as well as organizing, compiling, and submitting necessary reports and data in a timely and quality manner. The project coordinator must be a staff member of the Local Education Agency (LEA) school district.