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Maryland Affiliate for the Construction and Development (C&D) Career Cluster Programs

Grant to a Maryland IHE or Industry Organization
for Construction Degree and Certification Programs

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State

Funding Source:

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) - Division of Career and College Readiness

Deadline Date:

08/31/17 Emailed or Postmarked

Description:

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Grant of up to $75,000 over three years to a Maryland college, university, workforce intermediary, or industry association to support programs of study in the field of construction and development. Qualifying applicants demonstrate a successful record of workforce development and education.

The CTE Program Affiliate, in collaboration with MSDE, will provide and/or coordinate the following activities over a three-year grant period based upon successful performance of the first year and availability of funds.

A. Convene the C&D State Advisory Group (SAG). This group (15-20 members established by MSDE) guides the development and adaptation of relevant and rigorous guidelines, academic and technical standards, resources, related materials, and projects for each of the C&D CTE Programs of Study

-Construction Design and Management (CDM)
-Construction Professions: Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Masonry
-Construction Maintenance: HVAC, Maintenance, Welding;

B. Provide professional development opportunities for C&D teachers related to their pathway program;

C. Explore options for awarding credit (college credit and/or apprenticeship credit for high school students in C&D programs and graduate credit or continuing professional development for teachers);

D. Identify members to serve on the SAG and attend MSDE convened meetings; and

E. Develop online resources and documents that could be shared on MSDE’s Blackboard platform to support a Professional Learning Community (PLC) for teachers and statewide communication.

Fund Use:

Funds may be used for:

-Personnel expenses, including salaries and fringe benefits; or faculty stipends for instructors for the Summer Professional Development (PD) for C&D teachers. (Stipends are only allowable for work performed outside the regular work day) or contract;

-Stipends or salaries for support staff to manage registration for the C&D professional development sessions for teachers during the school year and summer session(s) outside the regular work day or contract;

-Consultant services (Consulting fees are limited to $500 per day, plus travel expenses.)

-Consultant travel expenses cannot exceed state per diem rates which are: Mileage: $0.54/mile; Breakfast: $9; Lunch: $11; Dinner: $25

-Per diem rates also apply to anyone participating in professional development activities who claim expenses from this grant;

-Instructional materials and supplies to support curriculum development, implementation and professional development; and

-Administrative costs not to exceed 5% of the total grant, including indirect costs.

The General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), Section 427:
Each applicant must develop and describe the steps such applicant proposes to take to ensure equitable access to, and equitable participation in, the project or activity to be conducted with such assistance, by addressing the special needs of students, teachers, and other program beneficiaries in order to overcome barriers to equitable participation.

Maryland C&D Affiliate Activities:

Maryland’s C&D Affiliate will provide on-going support for the implementation of the construction-related CTE programs of study. The C&D Affiliate will work with MSDE staff and the C&D State Advisory Group to update program requirements in alignment to industry standards, provide professional development for teachers, and facilitate the expansion of CTE construction-related programs across Maryland. The on-going support for the implementation of the construction-related CTE programs is scheduled for September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. All work is to be completed by June 30, 2018 and includes the following:

Year 1 (September 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018):
-Working with MSDE staff and the C&D State Advisory Group to update program requirements in alignment to industry standards. The C&D Affiliate will host two (2) meetings each year for the State Advisory Group.
-Coordinating with MSDE to host a one-day statewide Professional Development training for Construction Design and Management (CDM) and Construction Trades teachers in October 2017;
-Coordinating participation of Maryland schools in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring programs through the Maryland-affiliated ACE Chapters;
-Providing construction-related career exploration and career development materials for students, teachers and guidance counselors through publications such as the Build Your Path magazine;
-Providing leadership to the NCCER-sponsored, Build Your Future initiative; and
-Working with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (MATC) to support awareness and the expansion of Maryland Apprenticeship opportunities for high school students.

Year 2 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019):
-Working with MSDE staff and the C&D State Advisory Group to update program requirements in alignment to industry standards. The C&D Affiliate will host two (2) meetings each year for the State Advisory Group.
-Coordinating with MSDE to host a three-day statewide Professional Development training for CDM and Construction Trades teachers in July 2018;
-Coordinating with MSDE to host a one-day statewide Professional Development training for CDM and Construction Trades teachers in October 2018;
-Coordinating participation of Maryland schools in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring programs through the Maryland-affiliated ACE Chapters;
-Providing construction-related career exploration and career development materials for students, teachers and guidance counselors through publications such as the Build Your Path magazine;
-Providing leadership to the NCCER-sponsored, Build Your Future initiative; and
-Working with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (MATC) to support awareness and the expansion of Maryland Apprenticeship opportunities for high school students.

Year 3 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020):
-Working with MSDE staff and the C&D State Advisory Group to update program requirements in alignment to industry standards. The C&D Affiliate will host two (2) meetings each year for the State Advisory Group.
-Coordinating with MSDE to host a three-day statewide Professional Development training for CDM and Construction Trades teachers in July 2019;
-Coordinating with MSDE to host a one-day statewide Professional Development training for CDM and Construction Trades teachers in October 2019;
-Coordinating participation of Maryland schools in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring programs through the Maryland-affiliated ACE Chapters;
-Providing construction-related career exploration and career development materials for students, teachers and guidance counselors through publications such as the Build Your Path magazine;
-Providing leadership to the NCCER-sponsored, Build Your Future initiative; and
-Working with the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (MATC) to support awareness and the expansion of Maryland Apprenticeship opportunities for high school students.

In addition, the Affiliate will provide professional development to secondary instructors whose LSSs have adopted the C&D Programs of Study. Further, the Affiliate will explore opportunities in the state to offer college credit to those secondary students that successfully complete the C&D Program of Study and have met the agreed upon criteria. The Affiliate will also work with MSDE to provide graduate and/or continuing professional development (CPD) credit to the teachers participating in the professional development. Finally, to support statewide communication among C&D teachers, the Affiliate will develop online resources and documents that can be shared on MSDE’s platform, Blackboard.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182051

Number of Grants:

One grant will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant will be up to $75,000 over three years. During the first fiscal year (September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018), the applicant may apply for up to $25,000.

Note: The balance of the funds may be applied to the subsequent years of the grant pending the availability of federal funds, submission of approvable work for the prior grant year and demonstrated capacity to sustain the Affiliate.

Term of Contract:

This program provides a yearly grant beginning September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, and the following state fiscal years of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 and July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The Affiliate is expected to be self-sustaining after the three-year grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Maryland public or independent colleges and universities that offer associate, baccalaureate and accelerated degrees or certifications in Construction. Also, workforce intermediaries or industry associations with demonstrated success in providing education and workforce development in Construction-related careers are eligible applicants.

Funds may not be used for:
-Program maintenance at current performance levels;
-Purchase of equipment for administrative purposes;
-Furniture for classrooms or laboratories, Internet wiring or capital improvements;
-Purchase of career information delivery system site licenses;
-Travel, except as specified by the grant;
-Purchase of distance learning equipment or infrastructure;
-Tuition for teachers or students;
-Promotional items (e.g. shirts, key chains, bags, mugs); and
-Purchase of equipment or computers for any purpose except as specified by the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

All required grant submissions must be emailed or postmarked by August 31, 2017.

The successful applicant will be notified of the grant award on or before September 1, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Jeanne-Marie Holly, Program Manager
Career and Technology Education Systems Branch
jeanne-marie.holly@maryland.gov

Technical assistance and additional copies of all required reporting forms and amendment request forms may be requested from:

Chuck Wallace, CTE Education Program Specialist
Division of Career and College Readiness
410-767-8872
charles.wallace@maryland.gov

Pat Mikos, Program Manager
CTE Student and Assessment Services Branch
Division of Career and College Readiness
410-767-0186
patricia.mikos@maryland.gov

Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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