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Next Gen CTE Pilot

Grants to New Mexico Public School Districts and Chartered
High Schools for Career-Oriented STEM Study Programs

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New Mexico Public Education Department (PED)

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08/11/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to New Mexico public school districts, district chartered high schools, and state-chartered high schools to support career-focused STEM study programs. A request for information must be submitted prior to applying. Highest priority will be placed on new programs that align with the requirements of Next Gen CTE pilot programs.

Any CTE program of study proposed for funding must include:
1. Rigorous content, aligning academic standards and CTE content
2. A pathway to a postsecondary program
3. A capstone opportunity (dual credit, Advanced Placement, or work-based learning)
4. Testing opportunities for student demonstrations of STEM competency
5. Soft and social skills training
6. Pathways that lead to an industry credential, or AA/AS/AAS or BA/BS
7. Partnerships between secondary, postsecondary, and business and industry
8. Provisions to collect and evaluate outcome data

The goal of this funding is to provide high school students with the opportunity to enroll in career technical education (CTE). Career technical education coursework is part of an articulated program of study offered by a Local Educational Agency (LEA) and a partner higher education institution, which leads enrolled students toward a postsecondary degree or certificate.

Funding may be obtained for any of the following initiatives:
1. New program(s) of study
2. Soft skills training provided by a Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO), or via an online training platform
3. Guided career exploration for middle school and/or high school students
4. Teacher preparation for existing CTE (career technical education) instructors to become qualified to provide dual credit instruction
5. Work-based learning (WBL)

The Next Gen CTE pilot will allocate funds to the development of new CTE opportunities, either directly through the establishment of new programs of study, or through those educational activities that provide the foundation for successful career preparation.
- New Programs: To see the full eligibility requirements, see
- Other CTE-Related Programs. For more details, see

A fundable program of study must include, at minimum, two high school CTE courses plus an aligned capstone course. A capstone may be either dual credit, Advanced Placement, or work-based learning.

Priority will be given to LEAs that do not currently receive CTE funding through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (federal funds).

Extra points will be awarded for those applications that most closely align with New Mexico’s economic development priorities.

Recipients may use funding to pay for CTE course development including curriculum, teacher training, teacher certifications, classroom equipment, and consumable supplies.

For best funding consideration, PED recommends Tier One programs. See Appendix A for recommended budgets for Tier One priority programs:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186342

Term of Contract:

The Legislature’s intention is to provide pilot funding for seven years.

- The funding received as a result of the RfI must be liquidated by June 30, 2020.
- The intention of this funding is exclusively to build, beginning in SY2019-20, CTE programs of study.
- The LEA will submit an initial BAR by November 15, 2019; an initial Request for Reimbursement (RfR) by March 6, 2020.
- The LEA acknowledges that if it receives an award, it will receive budget authority for the total award at the onset of the award period.
- In order to remain eligible for additional funding, the LEA agrees to encumber all funds initially awarded by April 17, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public school districts (including district chartered high schools) and state-chartered high schools that demonstrate a commitment to providing students the opportunity to participate in career technical education are eligible.

In addition to the eligibility requirements established in the RfI, student Next Step Plans, established in NMAC 6.29.1, must be in place for each student enrolled in any CTE program of study offered by the applicant LEA (Local Education Agency).

Pre-Application Information:

An RfI must be received before an LEA can begin an application.

Final Date to Submit RfI: July 26, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
Final Date to Submit Application: August 11, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.

Facsimile copies are unacceptable.

Only one application may be submitted per Local Educational Agency.

Contact Information:

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

The RfI must be submitted electronically to

New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: 505-827-4296

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico