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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Workplace Education Planning Grant
Fund Code: 494

Purpose: Workplace education implementation grants are designed for partnerships among education providers, business partners and unions (where the workforce is unionized) to deliver contextualized instructional services to meet the needs of employers and the incumbent worker students. These services must be consistent with the recommendations of the (FY 16 Phase 1) planning process.
Priorities: Priorities are to support applicants that propose to:
  • Provide evidence of partnership readiness to develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-year workplace education program through with oversight and guidance from a Planning and Evaluation Team (PET);
  • Provide ABE and or ESOL classroom-based instruction;
  • Maintain employer partner commitment; and
  • Develop strategies for student class participation and retention, such as 100% release time, 50% release time, paid stipends for class time or other measures to support student participation for attendance and retention.
Note: With the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), additional FY 17 priorities may be required.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are the five education provider employer partnerships previously funded (FY 16) for planning grants. These are:
  1. World Education and Sidekim
  2. Cambridge Community Learning Center, MIT, and SEIU
  3. JVS and Boloco
  4. JVS and Stavis Seafoods
  5. Bristol Community College and Joseph A..Abboud Manufacturing and UNITEHERE
Funding: The competitive original planning grant was released in FY 16. Based on Up to $350,000 is available for five three-year implementation grants.
Fund Use: Funding must be used to:
  • Deliver classroom-based instruction in keeping with the ACLS-approved program plan;
  • Develop and document contextualized curriculum;
  • Support salary for one workplace education coordinator per partnership;
  • Convene and maintain an ongoing and active Planning and Evaluation Team (PET) that represents each interest group, e.g., management, supervisors, education staff, and union (where the workforce is unionized);
  • Administer NRS-required assessments; develop and implement formative assessments; and
  • Maintain student enrollments and retention.
Project Duration: Upon approval to 8/31/17
Workplace education grants have a maximum duration of three years (FY17 through FY19) and are subject to satisfactory performance, the appropriation of federal funds and the continuance of federal authoring legislation.
Program Unit: Adult and Community Learning Services
Contact: Olivia Steele osteele@doe.mass.edu

All inquires must be submitted in writing to WPEdRFP@doe.mass.edu and all answers will be posted to the Adult and Community Services webpage.
Bidders' Conference: No bidders' conference will be held.
Phone Number: (781) 338-3858
Date Due: Proposals for implementation must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016.
Required Forms:
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Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual
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Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
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Part II — Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
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Part III — Required Program Information (Workplace Needs Analysis Report)
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Phase 2: Memorandum of Agreement (sample) for implementation
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Phase 2: Workplace Education Statement of Assurances FY17-FY19
Additional Information:
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Letter from ABE State Director


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Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Workplace Education Partnerships
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Massachusetts ABE Framework for English to Speakers of Other Languages
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Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages
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College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
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Massachusetts ABE Science Framework, Life Science Strand
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For information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
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Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality for Workplace Education
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Workplace Education Recommended Readings
Submission Instructions: Submit six (6) sets of the proposal (2 sets with original signatures in blue ink) to:

Lorraine Domigan
Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906



Last Updated: July 5, 2016
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