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2018 Middle Skills Internship Program

Grants to Arizona Community Colleges and
Districts to Build Student Internship Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz)

Conf. Date:

12/14/17

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 12:00 PM Noon MST

Description:

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Grants of up to $21,000 to Arizona community colleges, joint technical education districts, and career and technical education programs to develop or expand internship programs for students in the following fields: energy/utilities, engineering, manufacturing, information technology, cybersecurity, and health sciences degree programs and certifications.

These internship programs are seen as important opportunities for enhanced student learning and for colleges to connect and establish stronger ties with their local employer base of businesses and industries.

The objective of this award is to provide:
-Seed funding to the selected institutions to help build the necessary connections with local business and industry partners
-Support students with stipends during their internship period
-Provide businesses and industry partners risk-free opportunities to become acquainted with both the educational institution and the caliber of students coming through their programs.

The goal for each awardee is to build a successful internship program where their business and industry partners recognize the value proposition of continuing to sustain their local program once the grant period has ended.

SFAz encourages CCs, JTEDs and high schools with JTED funded CTE programs to submit proposals with creative and innovative ideas. If collaboration between institutions would strengthen a proposed program then it is strongly encouraged. High school districts with funding from their JTEDs are encouraged to submit collaborative proposals. It is strongly recommended that business and/or industry partners be included in building the proposal and that their letters of intent to host interns are included with each proposal submission.

Funding is intended to build a new and sustainable internship program or to enhance a current program. The funding can be used primarily in support of an Industry Coordinator and stipends for students during their internships with local companies.

Required Elements of Each Program:
-Programs designed in support of students studying for degrees or certifications in the middle skills growth sectors of IT/Cyber Security, Health Sciences, Engineering, Manufacturing, Energy/Utilities.
-Institutions and the partnering business or industry groups provide cohorts of students the opportunity to intern for pre-determined and significant periods over at least one semester.
-Each program is expected to have reached a point in its development where there is a high probability that partnering companies assume the costs of supporting the students while they intern, and each institution has committed to the on-going support and growth of their programs.
-Plans to validate each new program by gathering and analyzing supporting data and metrics, tracking and measure progress should be included.
-Hosting program progress reviews with SFAz program officer/evaluator and industry partners are required.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178478

Number of Grants:

SFAz anticipates making up to five (5) awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $21,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period is 10 months from March 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Arizona Community Colleges, JTEDs and the Districts that are members of the JTEDs with established and successful Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and initiatives leading students toward industry-recognized credentials, certifications and/or degrees, in the middle skills growth sectors of manufacturing, engineering, energy/utilities, information technology and/or health care.

PIs may be the Program Directors from JTEDs, CTE Directors from High School Districts, or the CTE Deans of Community Colleges, or other individuals with comparable positions. The Resume of the PI must be included in the application.

Each proposal requires signed authorization by the appropriate and recognized institutional authority responsible for external grants and funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The optional RFP Webinar will be held December 14, 2017.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018, 12:00 PM (noon, MST).

The Principal Investigator (PI) will be notified of the results by February 28, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the December 14 webinar:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/983841192776949506

Submit proposals to:
proposals@sfaz.org

For questions please contact:
Dr. Mary O’Reilly
moreilly@sfaz.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona