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Grants to Mississippi School Districts for Programs that Offer
Career and Technical Education Assistance to High School Students

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE)

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04/24/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of $1,000 to Mississippi school districts for the provision of educational assistance to high school students. Funding is intended for collaborative support services for non-traditional technical and career education students. An LOI must be submitted before applying.

While districts are required to provide assistance to all career and technlical education students, their primary charge is to identify and assess students to determine their qualification as “special populations,” and if appropriate additional services are needed. Collaborations include parent, community, business, and industry, and working within the school system to best promote success for career and technical education (CTE) and special populations students.

The program designates Student Services Coordinators who focus on the recruitment, enrollment, instruction, retention, placement, and follow-up of special populations students preparing for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand occupations and/or nontraditional employment in new and emerging careers. The purpose of the instructional services is to enable special populations students to be successful in their chosen career and technical education program and to prepare them for academic and career success.

Nontraditional programs for females:
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Arts, A/V Technology
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
- Manufacturing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Nontraditional programs for males:
- Education and Training
- Finance
- Health Sciences
- Hospitality and Tourism

For a summary of responsibilities, see page 3 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

Funds are used for program implementation, as well as for operating expenses. Allowable expenses include:
- Career guidance and counseling
- Curriculum development
- Excursion/extended learning opportunities tied directly to CTE coursework
- Instructional material and supplies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185641

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 per school district.

Term of Contract:

Each district should plan to implement services as soon as it receives a fully executed agreement where all parties have signed from the OCTE. These services must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each eligible school district receiving an award will use the funds to carry out activities that advance student achievement and support student success.

Offerors that previously received a grant award must be in good standing with MDE to receive a grant award through this RFP.

Unallowable Expenditures
- Commencement and convocation costs
- Entertainment
- Food/Drink
- Gifts, door prizes, etc.
- Monetary awards
- Promotional materials (t-shirts, pens, cups, key chains, book bags)
- Scholarships

Pre-Application Information:

Email questions to Jennifer Nance, by Friday April 5, 2019, 5:00 PM. Copies of all questions submitted, and responses will be posted to MDE’s website under the Public Notices section and will be available to the general public on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

All entities planning to apply should submit a Notice of Intent to Apply. The Notice of Intent to Apply should be received by Monday, April 15, 2019. The Notice of Intent to Apply is not required to apply but may be necessary to assist the MDE in planning purposes and preparation for proposal scoring.

All offerors must have an active DUNS number that is unrestricted and accessible at After receiving a DUNS number entities must register with

One original and five copies of the sealed proposal must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Hand deliver or ship the proposal; no faxed or emailed copies will be accepted.

Proposals will be evaluate on April 29, and notification will be on June 20, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Mail the Notice of Intent to Apply to:

Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Career and Technical Education
359 North West Street, Suite 111
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

Or email to:
Jennifer Nance

Hand deliver and ship the the full proposal to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
CTE Non-Traditional Participation RFP
Central High School Building, Suite 307
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Phone: 601.359.3947
Fax: 601.359.3507

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi