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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Adult Career Pathways
Fund Code: 541

Purpose: The purpose of the Adult Career Pathways grant program is to support eligible adult students' career-related goals, and strengthen their preparation for employment opportunities and/or occupationally-specific education and training programs.
Priorities: The priority is to support ABE/ESOL instruction that integrates the priority or priorities identified by the regional workforce systems to assist students in acquiring the academic skills and career information necessary to gain access to a career pathway.

The Department awards this funding through collaboration with its regional workforce partners. The funding priorities were determined in consultation with regional workforce partners and are specific to each region:
  1. Berkshire Training and Employment
    GED instruction (GLE 9-12) with curriculum contextualized to work readiness and career pathway development. Program design must include career and educational counseling focused on college and work readiness.
  2. Boston/Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC)
    Boston will support a range of GED program models that address the needs of different student populations who require this credential to move to their next steps: Intensive (15-20 hours per week), fast track GED (GLE 9-12), or GED Plus * program models with curricula contextualized to work readiness skills, career exploration, and/or industry sectors. Curricula should be designed to support student goals of entry into occupational training, post-secondary education, or employment. GED Plus programs should target writing, math, and science instruction. Advising, case management, or coaching support is required in all program models. Flexible scheduling, including weekend and/or evening services, is preferred.
    * GED Plus targets skills to address the gaps between traditional GED programming and what is required to enter post-secondary education without the need to enroll in remedial courses.
  3. Bristol County Training Consortium
    Intensive pre-GED, GED, or ESOL instruction (GLE 6-8.9, GLE 9-12, or SPL 5 and above; 20+ hours per week), with curriculum contextualized to work readiness and career exploration. Program design must include career and educational counseling focused on college and career readiness.
  4. Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board
    ESOL (SPL 5 and above) instruction with curriculum contextualized to industry sectors. Program design must include career and educational counseling focused on college and work readiness, and knowledge of the Brockton area labor market.
  5. Cape Cod and Islands Workforce Investment Board
    Pre-GED or ESOL instruction (GLE 6-8.9 or SPL 4 and above), with curriculum contextualized to career awareness or exploration and overviews of industry sectors, including health care, hospitality, retail, high technology, construction, financial services, and marine science and technology. The program design must include career and educational counseling focused on college and work readiness.
  6. Franklin/Hampshire Employment and Training
    GED or ESOL instruction (GLE 9-12 or SPL 5 and above), with curriculum contextualized to industry sectors including health care and manufacturing, with math or writing instruction that is accelerated and/or targeted to a specific industry. The program design must include counseling that addresses career awareness and is focused on post-secondary education and employment, and an overview of the following industry sectors: health care, manufacturing, green jobs, and STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math). The following program design elements are preferred: (a) evening or other non-traditional hours, (b) inclusion of family literacy goals, or (c) strategies relating to adult learners' readiness for college and career.
  7. Hampden County/Regional Employment Board of Hamden County
    Design may include either Intensive ESOL (SPL 4 and above) and/or ABE (GLE 9-12) for 20+ hours per week. Computer and math instruction must be incorporated into both the ESOL and the ABE curriculum. Program design must include case management or counseling that addresses employment and career goals and exploration of post-secondary education and training options, including introduction to local educational and career resources such as training programs and educational institutions.
    All curricula must be contextualized for college and career awareness. Priority industry sectors include health care, precision manufacturing, green jobs, and/or early childhood education. Applicants are not limited to the priority industry sectors.
  8. Lawrence Department of Training and Development
    Intensive jobs-related instruction (10-20 hours per week) through ESOL SPL 4 and above, and/or Pre-GED and GED classes. Curriculum should be contextualized where possible to promote work and career readiness and awareness, particularly in the MVWIB priority sectors of health careers, advanced manufacturing, green jobs, and STEM-related job opportunities.
  9. Metro North Regional Employment Board
    ESOL instruction (SPL 5 and above) with curriculum contextualized to work readiness and career development and focusing on industry sectors of health care and/or professional, technical, and scientific services.
  10. Partnership for a Skilled Workforce
    Partnership with a Skilled Workforce (PFASW) to pilot over two years the Health Care Learning Network (HCLN), a web-based, four-course, college preparatory program that integrates contextualized health care content with science, computer, reading, and math instruction, and with college study skills, critical thinking skills, and digital literacy development. Curriculum and online instruction are provided by the MSWREB. The ABE partner(s) will screen and enroll 15 students annually (30 over 2 years) in the 4 HCLN courses, and provide student orientation to HCLN, academic tutoring, and counseling support, including resolution of personal, family, and other life problems that interfere with instruction.
  11. Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board
    Intensive instruction for Pre-GED, GED, or ESOL (GLE 6-8.9, GLE 9-12, or SPL 4 and above; 15-20 hours per week), with curriculum contextualized to industry sectors to build readiness to succeed in occupational training and/or in employment. Inclusion of distance learning and evening or week-end classes or other services preferred. The program design must include career and educational counseling focused on college or training and work readiness.
  12. City of Salem/North Shore Workforce Investment Board
    GED or ESOL instruction (GLE 9-12 or SPL 5 and above), with curriculum contextualized to one or more of the following industry sectors: health care, manufacturing, financial services, construction, or life sciences. Curriculum should include basic algebra, reading and writing for business settings, and college readiness. Program designs may include intensive instruction, online learning, contextualized curriculum, or combinations of these. The program design must include career and educational counseling focused on college and career readiness.
  13. Career Center of Greater Lowell
    Intensive GED or ESOL instruction (GLE 9-12 or SPL 5 and above; 15-20 hours per week), with curriculum contextualized to post-secondary education, career, and work readiness including labor market information and career pathway information from GED to B.A. degrees. Curriculum should be contextualized to include either focus on specific industry sectors or overviews of all of the following sectors: health care, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and clean/green energy. The program design must include career counseling focused on post-secondary options, including occupational training.
  14. Employment Links Inc.
    GED instruction (GLE 9-12) with curriculum contextualized to provide career awareness and overviews of all of the following industry sectors: health care, advanced manufacturing, energy, and biotechnology. The program design must include counseling to support college and career readiness.
  15. South Coastal Career Development Administration
    Intensive instruction in GED or ESOL (GLE 9-12 or SPL 5 and above; 10-20 hours per week), with curriculum contextualized to career and college readiness. The program design must include an expanded math curriculum to include pre-algebra or algebra instruction and expanded counseling or case management to support students moving to post-secondary education and careers.
  16. Worcester City Manager's Office
    Intensive ESOL instruction (SPL 5 and above; 15 or more hours per week), with curriculum to include work readiness and contextualized to the following specific industry sectors: health care, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), or manufacturing. The program design must include career and educational counseling focused on college and work readiness.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are currently funded recipients.
Funding: Refer to Table 1 for specific regional allocations for Fund Code 541
Fund Use: Adult Career Pathways programs that integrate the priority or priorities identified by the respective regional workforce partner and that assist the target population's ability to access further education and training, or employment with career pathway growth potential.
Project Duration: Fund Code: 541 (State) 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
Program Unit: Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
Contact: Andrea Perrault aperrault@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3852
Date Due: Friday, June 14, 2013
Required Forms: From each workforce partner the following information is needed:
  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 (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Budget Narrative
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information (submit hard copies only)
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Statement of Assurances Fund Codes: 340/345/285/563/287/359/669
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Statement of Assurances for Local Workforce Development Boards Fund Code:541
  7.  Download MS EXCEL document  Schedule B - Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
Additional Requirements: Applicants are required to provide an auditable matching share of 20% of the total amount of the requested grant award.

All Adult Career Pathways programs will be required to enter classes and other program design elements in SMARTT.

All programs must comply with Adult and Community Learning Services' assessment policies and reporting requirements.
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  ABE State Director Letter
Note to the Workforce Partner: Once the workforce partner has approved Adult Career Pathways budgets, copies of the following must be submitted to the Program Specialist:
  • Contracts (MOAs) with local workforce development partner, and
  • Responses to narrative Part III Required Program Information.
Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets of the proposal, with an original signature from the Executive Director of the workforce partner.

Mail to:
Lorraine Domigan
Office Manager
Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street 3rd Floor
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: August 1, 2013
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