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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Race to the Top - STEM Early College High Schools
Fund Code: 208

Purpose: The purpose of this continuation grant program is to support the implementation of Early College High School pathways focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that link secondary education with postsecondary educational opportunities for underrepresented students.
Priorities:
  • Develop a plan for a STEM Early College High School (ECHS) as either a program within an existing high school or a new high school.
  • Develop a sequence of courses that students will complete that includes a minimum of 12 college credits and up to 30 college credits or more with an emphasis on STEM courses.
  • Develop a strong partnership with an institution of higher education.
  • Provide a description of the target population, including first generation college going students, along with a strategy for recruiting and retaining students in the program.
  • Develop an implementation plan with district and higher education partners to sustain financial support for the school.
  • Develop partnerships with other districts, businesses, workforce development, and community-based organizations to support a comprehensive STEM ECHS career pathway design.
Eligibility: State Race to the Top (RTTT) funds will be made available through continuation grants to support planning and/or implementation for the districts awarded competitive funds in FY2011 that still have funds available from that award. Applicants must successfully respond to all questions in Part III in order to receive continuation funds for FY2014.
Funding: The STEM Early College High Schools initiative will be funded from Massachusetts' Race to the Top (RTTT) award. $720,000 is available for the initiative over a four year period. Eligible districts initially applied for up to $120,000 over a four year period.
Fund Use: Costs associated with planning for and/or implementation of an Early College High School, such as staff salaries and benefits, consultants, specialists, instructors, speakers, substitutes, supplies and materials, and travel.
Project Duration: 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014
Program Unit: Office of College and Career Readiness
Contact: Nyal Fuentes - email address: nfuentes@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3593
Date Due: Priority Deadline: Friday, August 30, 2013.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due in order to be approved by 9/1/2013.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Part II - Budget Detail Pages (emailed to nfuentes@doe.mass.edu) (emailed to nfuentes@doe.mass.edu)
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from an institution(s) of higher education (IHE) is required. The IHE MOU must include: 1) a commitment to partner with the district(s); and 2) a description of the IHE's involvement with and articulation agreements between the district(s) and IHE.
Additional Information: Letters of intent to participate in the development and implementation of the STEM ECHS from community-based organizations, businesses, local workforce investment boards, and other relevant partners.
Submission Instructions: Submit 2 sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent.

Mail to:
Nyal Fuentes
Office of College and Career Readiness
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: July 29, 2013
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