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Adult and Community Learning Services encourages agencies to consider applying for MassSTEP funding. When Requests for Proposals are available, they will be posted to this page. In addition, agencies can also join ACLS's mailing list where new RFPs are featured as well.

Interested agencies should review documents on the MassSTEP Resources page. The FY 2022 – FY 2024 Guidelines for Effective MassSTEP Programs in Community Adult Learning Centers and Correctional Institutions provide information on program policies, required components, and available professional development resources. The MassSTEP Brand Standards and Implementation Guide has information on the MassSTEP charter and details the expectations for maintaining the integrity of the brand. The MassSTEP Resources page also includes information on industry-recognized credentials.

The Massachusetts Vocational Technical Education Frameworks are also valuable resources. These frameworks are used in the state's agricultural and technical vocational program. Each of the 44 frameworks include the academic and technical standards students need to learn as well as crosswalks between the two which can be helpful when developing industry-specific contextualized curricula. Each Framework also includes a section on industry-recognized credentials.

MassSTEP professional development is provided by the SABES Program Support PD Center. Visit their Career Pathways web page for information on workshops, resources, and guidance on delivery of contextualized and concurrent education and training models. Users can also search the Resource Library for research, resources, and curriculum.

MassSTEP programs are funded in two phases: planning and implementation. The planning phase will be optional. Planning grants allow adult education providers, workforce training providers, employers, and other workforce partners the opportunity to convene discussions on developing a MassSTEP program design, curriculum, instructional program, and a system for providing advising and support services. Implementation grants are generally multi-year grants for offering instructional programs. MassSTEP planning and implementation RFPs are released annually and funded as multi-year grants.

Last Updated: March 8, 2024

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