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Grants to Delaware Schools to Improve and
Establish Career and Technical Education Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 182229
Agency Type:

State

Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) - Teaching and Learning Branch - Career and Technical Education (CTE) and STEM Office

10/13/17 5:00 PM

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Grants to Delaware schools to establish or improve career and technical education programs. This grant program is open to designated schools located in rural areas or that have a high number of career and technical education students. The purpose of this program is to develop more fully the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study by:

-Building on the efforts of states and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards;
-Assisting students in meeting standards, including preparation for high‐skill, high‐wage or high‐ demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
-Promoting leadership, initial preparation, and professional development;
-Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction;
-Supporting partnerships among secondary schools, post‐secondary institutions, and business and industry;
-Linking secondary schools and two‐year post‐secondary institutions, four‐year institutions of higher education, through non‐duplicative sequences of courses in a career field, the use of articulation
agreements, dual enrollment, and career pathways;
-Building student competence in math, science, reading, writing, communications, and career courses (please note that no remedial courses are accepted);
-Increasing state and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve Career and Technical Education, including career pathways;
-Conducting and disseminating national research and information on best practices that improve Career and Technical Education programs, services and activities; and
-Providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training opportunities, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the U.S. competitive.

Career and Technical Education programs of study seamlessly align academic and technical courses to meet the prerequisite expectations of business and industry and ensure that every student has the opportunity to continue their education and seek career success.

The eligible recipient is required to provide a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that is of such size, scope, and quality to bring about improvement in the quality of CTE programs.

Priority areas for this program include the following:

1. Support the implementation of new Delaware state-model CTE Programs of Study (POS).

Eligible recipients may apply for grant funds to support the implementation of new Delaware state‐model CTE programs of study listed below.
-Academy of Business Information Management
-Architectural Engineering Technology
-Computer Science
-Early Childhood Teacher Academy
-Environmental and Natural Resource Science
-K‐12 Teacher Academy
-Nurse Assisting
-Public and Community Health

2. Enhancement grants for Delaware state-model CTE Programs of Study (POS).

Eligible recipients may apply for grant funds to support the transition of an existing CTE pathway to a Delaware state‐model CTE program of study listed below. Only eligible recipients listed under each section may apply within this priority area.

-Agricultural Power and Engineering
-Agricultural Structures and Engineering
-Cisco Networking Academy
-Engineering, PLTW
-Environmental and Natural Resource Science

3. Prepare students for continuing education and career success.

Eligible recipients shall select from the following list of activities and may submit more than one application under this priority. The upper limit for each grant award may not exceed $10,000 per application. Preference will be given to applications that have a sustainability plan beyond the grant and build the capacity of the recipient to offer the services described below.

-Provide academic support services to CTE students that positively impact program completion rates, graduation rates, and/or alignment of CTE programs to Delaware State Standards; or
-Provide career guidance and/or academic counseling services to CTE students that improve transition of CTE students among the learning levels (middle school to high school or high school to post‐secondary); or
-Build capacity to administer and/or provide opportunities for CTE students to complete industry recognized certifications/licensures as part of an approved CTE program of study; or
-Build capacity to offer and/or create opportunities for CTE students to participate in dual enrollment courses as part of an approved CTE program of study.

4. Provide professional development for CTE instructors, administrators, and school counselors.

Eligible recipients may apply for funds to support professional learning activities that relate to a specific CTE program of study and align with Delaware's Professional Development Standards [14 Del.C. §1598]. Professional development activities for separate participants/schools may be consolidated under a single application and recipients may submit more than one application under this priority. If writing for a grant under another priority area the related professional learning must be included in that application.

$400,000

Support the implementation of new Delaware state-model CTE Programs of Study (POS):
- Academy of Business Information Management: The upper limit for each grant award is $16,000.
-Architectural Engineering Technology: The upper limit for each grant award is $15,000.
-Computer Science: The upper limit of each grant award is $15,000.
-Early Childhood Teacher Academy: The upper limit for each grant award is $20,000.
-Environmental and Natural Resource Science: The upper limit of each grant award is $45,000.
-K‐12 Teacher Academy: The upper limit of each grant award is $15,000.
-Nurse Assisting: The upper limit for each grant award is $40,000.
-Public and Community Health: The upper limit for each grant award is $16,000.

Enhancement grants for Delaware state-model CTE Programs of Study:
-Agricultural Power and Engineering: The upper limit for each grant award is $15,000.
-Agricultural Structures and Engineering: The upper limit for each grant award is $15,000.
-Cisco Networking Academy: The upper limit for each grant award is $10,000.
-Engineering, PLTW: The upper limit for grant award is $5,000.
-Environmental and Natural Resource Science: The upper limit of each grant award is $15,000.

Prepare students for continuing education and career success: The upper limit for each grant award may not exceed $10,000 per application.

Provide professional development for CTE instructors, administrators, and school counselors: The upper limit for each grant award may not exceed $10,000 per application.

The budget period is November 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.

The specifications for this RFA are based on the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P. L. 109‐270 [Section 112] for Career and Technical Education activities described in [Section 135]. For the list of eligible recipients please see Attachment F in the guidelines – only recipients covered by Section 112 & 131 of the Act and meet one of the following criteria are eligible to receive funding:

1. Rural areas;
2. Areas with a high number of career and technical students; or
3. Areas with a high percentage of career and technical students.

Eligible schools listed in Attachment F are:
-Caesar Rodney
-Capital
-Early College HS at DSU
-First State Military
-Lake Forest
-Polytech
-Positive Outcomes Charter Smyrna
-Appoquinimink
-Brandywine
-Christina
-Colonial
-Delaware Design‐Lab Charter MOT Charter
-NCCounty Votech
-Newark Charter
-Red Clay (including Charter School of Wilm and DE Military Academy)
-Cape Henlopen Delmar
-Indian River Laurel
-Milford
-Seaford
-Sussex Academy Charter
-Sussex Tech
-Woodbridge

Applicants are advised to review the complete guidelines for the priority area for which they intend to apply.

The DDOE will allow written requests for clarification of the RFA. All questions should be submitted to Bart Gill by September 29, 2017.

Each application must be uploaded to the eGrants on or before 5:00 PM on October 13, 2017.

Timeline:
-Public Notice: September 6, 2017
-Deadline for Questions: September 29, 2017
-Answers to Questions Posted: October 7, 2017, 5 PM
-Deadline for Receipt of Applications: October 13, 2017
-Estimated Notification of Award; November 2017

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

Apply online through eGrants:
https://login.doe.k12.de.us

Dr. Bart Gill, AgriScience Education Associate
CTE and STEM Office
bart.gill@doe.k12.de.us

Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #256
Dover, DE 19901‐3639

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