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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

CTE Targeted Regional Collaboration Grant
Fund Code: 407

Purpose: The purpose of this federally funded targeted Career and Technical Education (CTE) Regional Consolidation, Innovative Non-Duplication and Increased Access grant is to support regional efforts to consolidate and eliminate duplication of existing programs within a specific geographical area; to allow districts to develop new scheduling strategies for technical education offerings which will offer new options for access to vocational technical education; and to develop a collaborative regional network that will plan and develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities, specifically for level 5 districts within Hampden County. Hampden County was chosen because the funding source of this initiative is Carl Perkins Act Reserve funds, and Hampden County meets the Perkins criteria under Perkins Sections 131 and 132 for use of Perkins Reserve funds because it is (a) a county with more than 100 CTE/CVTE programs and therefore possesses a high number of CVTE programs according to Massachusetts criteria and (b) has a student enrollment of 3,000 students or more, meeting the Massachusetts definition of high student enrollment. Level 5 districts were targeted for funding for this initiative because of the level of technical assistance needed for these districts to improve performance. Eligible students include secondary and other students served under the Carl D. Perkins Improvement Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, P.L. 109-270. Services provided are to supplement currently funded local, state, and federal programs.

Priorities: The Lead Applicant must:
  • Convene, activate and institutionalize a regional/local partnership through formal agreement to consolidate duplicative programs, expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities while increasing program quality and eliminating or consolidating duplicative programs that exist in a limited geographic area. Partnerships include, but are not limited to: regional vocational technical school districts, city vocational/technical high schools, comprehensive high schools, traditional academic high schools, local collaboratives, community colleges, publicly-funded adult education institutions, workforce development boards, businesses, economic development agencies, and community-based organizations that offer publicly funded educational services. Partnerships should result in opportunities to consolidate and sustain CTE programming after the funding for planning and implementation sunsets, and provide a template for similar future consolidation efforts.
  • Develop an innovative model and an action plan that would lead to an implementation strategy intended to reduce or eliminate duplicative programs within the Hampden County region and nearby areas, while increasing student seats and access to Career Technical Education (CTE) training for jobs which are in demand and aligned with current labor market data.
  • Serve traditionally underserved and nontraditional populations.
  • Provide students with a sequence of courses that will lead to technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, and/or an associate's degree.
  • Ensure proposed programs will integrate academic and technical content into new programs and/or the expansion of current programs.

The student population served through this funding opportunity may include grades 7 through 14, including access to apprenticeship programs.

Innovative models may include, but are not limited to:
  • The provision of CTE courses/programs at regional/comprehensive schools during after school hours and weekends.
  • Making an existing facility available to another school.
  • The creation of a half-day split schedule so students can spend half a day in their CTE courses/programs, and the other half in other coursework.
  • The creation of partnerships with local businesses to serve as host sites for teacher-supervised CTE learning environments.
  • Career pathways development.
  • The creation of partnerships between vocational technical programs that exist at regional vocational school districts, local collaboratives, comprehensive high schools, traditional academic high schools, and community colleges for the development of CTE programs and Adult Career Pathway programs.
  • Shifting programs between/among schools to increase the potential for expanding specialized space (e.g. moving an IT program to a comprehensive/traditional school to allow expansion of Advanced Manufacturing program space at a vocational technical school).
  • The creation of technically-focused schools-within-schools.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants will be level 5 districts located in Hampden County, working in collaboration with additional local CTE providers that include school districts, school consortia, or local collaboratives. See Purpose for eligibility criteria.

Partner agencies may include: employers, other publicly-funded educational institutions, workforce development boards, or community-based organizations that provide publicly funded educational services, but cannot include private proprietary schools or private postsecondary institutions. Applicants must submit a Schedule C in order to identify proposed partners.

Application Requirements: The Lead Applicant must submit a brief description (not to exceed six (6) pages in total) of the planning effort, including:
  • An implementation project plan and timeline, including a meeting schedule and plans for reviewing the progress of the collaboration.
  • How the applicant plans to work with local partners to eliminate duplication of programming in the region while expanding access, including closure plans to eliminate duplicative programs across the targeted region of the Commonwealth.
  • A description of school models or innovative program designs that will allow increased student access to CTE programs, while maintaining all program elements that are essential for high quality CTE programs (i.e. Chapter 74 programs).
  • A detailed description of the steps that will be taken to achieve regional consolidation to act as a "case study" for other districts seeking to consolidate CTE offerings and eliminate duplicative programs based on labor market and student demand.
  • A formal collaborative agreement between several school districts to plan local CTE programs.
  • Signed letters of commitment from all partners.
The narrative response must be in Arial 10 point font, with one (1) inch margins and is limited to six (6) pages. The Budget is not included in the page limit. Applicant is required to provide page numbers on every page of the proposal, including appendices and material not subject to the page limits. Additional attachments are permitted, but will not factor into final scoring.

Funding: The eligible applicant may apply for up to $100,000 for consultants, possible program modifications, and costs related to establishing the local consortium. Perkins reserve funds may only be used to supplement, not supplant local and state funding. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, P.L.109-270 is the funding source for these grants.

Fund Use: Grant funds must be used to support collaborative planning among local partners to develop a consolidation and implementation plan for activities/initiatives that will increase student seats and student access to CTE pathways/programs, particularly for underserved and nontraditional populations. All activities must be appropriate and consistent with all applicable state and federal requirements.

Funds may be used for:
  1. Stipends to support convening and planning.
  2. Consultant and contract fees to provide planning-related professional development, development of inter-municipal agreements, and legal review of agreement, if required.
  3. Other costs that are negotiated with the Department.
Recipient of these funds will be required to submit a final report including a formal collaborative agreement, proposed implementation outline, and action plan to the Department describing:
  • The outcomes of the planning process.
  • The procedures for eliminating duplicative CTE programs across the region's school districts.
  • A description of the strategies the recipient will use to address the priorities identified in this Request for Proposals and what support/resources will be necessary to implement these strategies. The final report will not exceed five (5) pages, single-spaced, 10 point Arial font, one inch margins.
  • How the funds were used.
Perkins funds must be spent in accordance with Perkins guidelines. For allowable uses of Perkins funds, please refer to the Perkins IV Manual at Download PDF Document  Download Word Document.

Project Duration: Upon approval - August 31, 2017. All funds must be obligated with activities and final report completed by August 31, 2017.
Program Unit: Office for College, Career, and Technical Education.
Contact: Gary Gomes
Date Due: Completed grant proposal must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages).
Download Word Document
Part III - Narrative
Download Word Document
Schedule C - Statement of Participation and Support
Download Excel Document
Appendix C: Schedule B - Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule

Additional Information:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual

Submission Instructions: Submit electronically, and also send three (3) hard of copies of the original document with the Superintendent's signature.

Send to:

Margie Roberts
Office for College, Career, and Technical Education
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: March 27, 2017
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