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Maryland Career and Technology Education Innovation Grant

Grants to Maryland IHEs and Boards of Education
for Innovative CTE Curricula and Pathways

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

09/17/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants starting from $25,000 to Maryland IHEs and county boards of education for the development and implementation of an innovative CTE curriculum and pathway. Funding is intended to provide youth with training and apprenticeship opportunities to assist in the development of Maryland's workforce and economy.

Priority will be given to applications that develop CTE pathways or Apprenticeships leading to high-wage and high demand careers in support of Maryland’s workforce and economic development needs as documented by labor market information.

1. CTE Pathway Development - Identify a partnership with at least one county board of education, one community college, and one industry partner to develop an innovative CTE pathway.

A. A CTE Pathway developed at the secondary level by a county board of education:
- Includes a CTE sequenced program of study incorporating academic and technical courses that enables students to qualify to earn an industryrecognized credential; and/or a skills credential issued by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR); and/or early college credit.
- Allows for dual enrollment for high school students where appropriate and available.
- May lead to advanced placement in a registered apprenticeship.
- Includes collaboration with at least one identified specific industry partner and at least one community college.

B. A CTE Pathway developed at the community college level.
- Includes a sequence of courses leading to an industry-recognized credential (license or certificate). Opportunities for students to earn a lower division certificate or an Associate’s Degree may be included in the CTE pathway.
- Allows students the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced
placement in a registered apprenticeship.
- Includes collaboration with at least one identified specific industry partner and at least one county board of education.

2. Apprenticeship

A. The Apprenticeship Maryland program developed at the secondary level:
- Offers an option to complete a competency-based apprenticeship program whenever possible.
- Is an MSDE-approved Apprenticeship Maryland program that leads to a skills credential issued by DLLR or another industry-recognized credential (license or certificate) that is valued by employers.
- Allows students to qualify to earn college credit or to articulate to a
registered apprenticeship.
- Counts toward high school attendance and graduation.
- Ensures that students are supervised by an identified specific industry partner in collaboration with an identified contact in the local school system.
- Includes a county board of education in collaboration with at least one identified specific industry partner and at least one community college.

B. An apprenticeship program developed at the community college level:
- Includes a sequence of courses or related instruction by an industry partner that counts toward a registered apprenticeship and may culminate in the award of a lower division certificate and/or industry- recognized credential where available and appropriate.
- Allows students the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced
placement in a registered apprenticeship.
- Includes collaboration with at least one identified specific industry partner and at least one county board of education.

Funds must be spent in accordance with the four identified priorities.

Projects should develop an innovative CTE pathway that:
1. Is of high quality;
2. Is aligned with the skills needed by employers;
3. Will lead to an industry–recognized license or certificate;
4. Creates internship or apprenticeship opportunities; and
5. Prepares students to successfully compete in a global economy.

Target audiences involved in the identified priorities include public secondary students who are enrolled in or plan to enroll in a CTE or an Apprenticeship program and students enrolled in or who are planning to enroll in a CTE or an Apprenticeship program offered by a community college. Additional targeted populations include CTE administrators and educators in partnership with employers, apprenticeship sponsors, academic faculty members, counselors, and/or other administrators involved in CTE programming or professional development.

Funds may be used for:
- Consultant services (Consulting fees are limited to $500 per day, plus travel expenses. Consultant travel expenses cannot exceed local per diem rates. Be sure to show the per diem rates in the application.);
- Substitute teacher fees or faculty stipends (Stipends are only allowable for work performed outside the regular work day);
- Consultant or faculty member to receive a stipend to coordinate apprenticeship placements outside of their regular work duties (funds used for an apprenticeship coordinator must provide an explanation of how the responsibilities will be sustained after the grant ends);
- Materials and supplies to support curriculum development, professional development and instruction including software and equipment ;
- Purchasing of vetted curriculum or costs to develop curricula;
- Purchasing of equipment specific to implementing the CTE curriculum framework and pathway (one-time capital equipping costs for programs located in a school or community college);
- Publicizing or marketing the program to the community on a website, through social media, or other means;
- Participation in and/or development of professional development activities aligned to the project;
- Administrative costs not to exceed 5% of the total grant, including indirect costs; and
- Other potential costs not noted here, but subject to the approval of MSDE, including out-of-state travel.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184183

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range between $25,000 and up to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Spending authority is effective on the first day of the month that all required elements are received in approvable form. Grants end on June 30, 2019. However, there is the possibility for a no-cost extension of up to 90 days (Monday, September 30, 2019).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A county board of education or a community college may submit a proposal to receive a grant for a CTE pathway that is in furtherance of the purpose of this grant.

A county board of education or community college will serve as the fiscal agent for the grant.

A county board of education is meant to include Baltimore City.

To be eligible for a grant, an application shall identify a partnership with at least one county board of education, one community college, and one industry partner.

Funds may not be used for:
- Salaries with the exception of stipends and substitute pay;
- Equipment for administrative purposes;
- Membership dues to organizations or associations;
- Tuition for students;
- Travel outside of the United States; and
- Food or meal costs unless for a meeting or conference that clearly demonstrates agenda items requiring a working breakfast, lunch or dinner or on travel status.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submission: Monday, September 17, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

There is a rolling deadline for grant submissions. However, priority will be given to those received on or before Monday, September 17, 2018. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and funds will be awarded to approvable applications up to the amount of available funding.

No new grant applications will be accepted after Friday, December 28, 2018. If funds remain after the Friday, December 28 deadline, MSDE will consider making additional investments to already approved grant applications based on amendments explaining how additional funds will be used in support of the purpose of the grants.

Notification of awards will be sent by email no later than Friday, September 28, 2018.

Applications should be submitted through the MDSE DocuShare System: https://docushare.msde.state.md.us/docushare/dsweb/HomePage

Contact Information:

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

For technical assistance, please contact:

Dr. Lynne Gilli, Assistant State Superintendent
(410) 767-0518

Ms. Jeanne-Marie Holly, Program Manager
(410) 767-0182
jeanne-marie.holly@maryland.gov

Ms. Mary O’Connor, Lead Specialist
(410) 767-0185
maryl.oconnor1@maryland.gov

Or your Regional Coordinator at the:

Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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USA: Maryland