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Grants to New York BOCES and Public School Districts to Form Regional Partnerships to Provide Students with STEM Career Programs

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RFP #GC19-007


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USA: New York CityNew York

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2020-2026 NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (NYS P-TECH) Program

New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of Postsecondary Access, Support, and Success

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #146927

Grant Description

Grants to New York boards of cooperative educational services and public school districts to implement regional partnerships to provide at-risk students in grades 9-14 with comprehensive six-year STEM career preparation courses. Each partnership must include higher education, K-12, and business or employer partners.

The NYS P-TECH model delivers six core benefits to students:

  1. A rigorous, relevant and cost-free grades 9 to 14 education focused on the knowledge and skills students need for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers;
  2. Workplace learning that includes ongoing mentoring by professionals in the chosen career sector, worksite visits, speakers, job shadowing, and internships;
  3. Intensive, individualized academic support by K-12 and college faculty within an extended academic year or school day that enables students to progress through the program at their own pace;
  4. Provides opportunity for any student in a funded high school to obtain college credit;
  5. An Associate of Applied Science degree or the two-year degree that is the industry standard for the targeted jobs in a high-tech field (referred to as an AAS degree for the purpose of this RFP); and
  6. The commitment to be first in line for a job with the participating business/employer partners following completion of the program and satisfactorily meeting any employment evaluations.

The NYS P-TECH program will prioritize partnerships that demonstrate the willingness and capacity to serve students who have been identified as traditionally underserved and/or economically disadvantaged as defined by NYSED.

The program is also designed to:

  • Develop programs of study in high-skill, high-demand career areas;
  • Align school, college, and community systems in these programs of study;
  • Increase opportunity and access to postsecondary education for academically and/or economically at-risk students;
  • Support strong academic performance;
  • Promote informed and appropriate career choice and preparation;
  • Ensure that employers in key technical fields have access to a talented and skilled workforce; and
  • Ensure that each funded school/program include opportunities for all students to obtain college credit. 

Program Requirements:

Allowable Expenditures:

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A New York State public school district or a BOCES must serve as the fiscal agent/applicant and is eligible to apply for this opportunity on behalf of a partnership, which must include:

(1) K-12 partner: A single school district, a consortium of school districts, a BOCES, or any combination of these entities. A school district or a BOCES applicant must serve as fiscal agent/applicant for the grant. A community college, or other member of the partnership may serve as lead implementing partner, however, only the school district or BOCES can serve as the fiscal agent/applicant. Individual school buildings may not apply for this grant. Additionally, a grant award through this RFP cannot be used to expand the 37 currently funded P-TECH projects.

All school district applicants must maintain a demonstration of full implementation of an approved APPR plan in compliance with the applicable provisions of Chapters 56 and 61 of the Laws of 2015, Education Law §3012-d as amended by Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2019, and Subpart 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents as applicable, throughout the entire term of the grant.

(2) Higher education: The application must identify one or more nonprofit higher education institution(s), provided that at least one offers an AAS degree (or other two-year degree that is the industry standard for the targeted jobs) linked to the goals of the program, and which award the degree at no cost to the student/family. The application must identify a specific higher education (college) partner (e.g., Queensborough Community College would qualify as a higher education partner that offers an AAS degree, but City University of New York (CUNY) would NOT). Please note that higher education partners participating in a NYS P-TECH project, or the entity/entities responsible for setting tuition at the institution, are authorized by law to set a reduced rate of tuition and/or fees, or to waive tuition and/or fees entirely, for students enrolled in such NYS P-TECH project.

(3) Business/Employer: A regional New York State employer (or consortium of employers from related sectors) and/or industry entity/association that requires highly skilled employees which will utilize the knowledge and skills obtained from the secondary and postsecondary programs proposed under the application and agrees to place students who successfully complete the program first in line for a job. If a proposal includes multiple degree options in multiple fields, there must be an industry partner for each field or the proposal’s score will reflect this omission in all pertinent sections of the rubric.

a. Public charter schools and non-public schools are ineligible to apply for these funds or participate in this program, either individually or as members of consortia.
b. For-profit institutions of higher education are not eligible to serve as the higher education partner.
c. Currently funded NYS P-Tech partnerships may apply to create a new NYS P-TECH project, separate from currently operating projects; however, they may not apply to expand their current projects.

Degree programs which are not allowable include but are not limited to: Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Massage Therapy, and Dental Hygiene.

Non-Allowable Activities and Costs:

Pre-Application Information:

All questions must be submitted via e-mail by September 3, 2019. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to the Pathways in Technology (NYS P-TECH) Program page no later than September 17, 2019:

Submit 1 original application and 3 copies postmarked no later than October 1, 2019. Also submit an electronic version containing all application and M/WBE documents in Microsoft Office or PDF format.

State law requires that the award of state contracts be made to responsible vendors. Before an award is made to a not-for-profit entity, a for-profit entity, a private college or university or a public entity not exempted by the Office of the State Comptroller, NYSED must make an affirmative responsibility determination.

NYSED recommends that vendors file the required Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire online via the New York State VendRep System. To enroll in and use the New York State VendRep System, see the VendRep System Instructions ( or go directly to the VendRep System online:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to a total of eight (8) awards will be made to eligible partnerships.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Regarding funding, the basic award is $500,000 - with a bonus of $100,000 for partnering with an in-demand industry partner.

Note: Funding for Year-1 is $150,000 whether you forgo the planning period or not.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2026.

The planning period is from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 and implementation years are from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2026.

Contact Information:

Submit applications by mail and email to:

New York State Education Department
Office of Postsecondary Access, Support, and Success
971 EBA
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234


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