The Chapter 74 Partnership Program approval process recognizes innovative Career Vocational Technical Education pathways with an altered delivery schedule through the partnership of a student's enrolled district and a district with established Chapter 74 programs.
The Department is offering two webinars to those school districts with approved Chapter 74 “After Dark” partnerships to assist them in meeting SIMS reporting and other DESE requirements. These webinars are designed to be useful for district personnel responsible for enrollment data collection, data reporting to DESE, and program oversight and administration. Please click on the Webinar Date hypertext to register.
The next round of Chapter 74 Partnership Program ("After Dark") approval applications will be open Monday January 3, 2022 through Friday, March 11, 2022 at 5:00 PM. An Application Portal link will be available on this page by no later than January 3, 2022.
(Please note that transportation reimbursements may be available for regional partnerships. For more information, please contact Larry DeSalvatore.)
Chapter 74 Partnership "After Dark" designation allows school districts offering Chapter 74 vocational technical education programs to partner with other school districts or with other schools within a single school district to provide Chapter 74 VTE opportunities during times outside the typical school day when vocational technical facilities are underutilized.
Designation allows sending school districts, or sending schools within a single district, to report students as Chapter 74-enrolled and to receive any increases to Chapter 70 state aid that may result from such reporting.
Partnership between traditional high schools and schools with established C74 programs and facilities
*Priority given to oversubscribed schools and programs, especially those in Gateway Cities
Alignment with regional economic and workforce development priorities or other evidenced labor market demand
MOU between districts for fiscal and programmatic components
Consultation with CTE school's Program Advisory Committee
Qualified instructional personnel
Equitable admissions criteria
For more information, please contact Larry DeSalvatore.
Application Portal will be available by January 3, 2022
Statement of Assurances Form
In each of the last three years, Program school districts have applied for and been awarded funding in order to plan and implement "After Dark" programs. For more information on funding, see the links below or contact Larry DeSalvatore.
Please note that Career and Technical Education Planning Grants and Implementation Grants also fund other efforts to expand access to career and technical education programs.
Last Updated: September 8, 2021
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