OCTAE Connection - Issue 192 - April 17, 2014

OCTAE Newsletter

                               April 17, 2014

           Youth Career Connect Grants Awarded   

Twenty-four organizations received Youth CareerConnect grants earlier this week from the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, to support stronger partnerships among high schools, postsecondary institutions, workforce investment systems, and employers. According to the White House fact sheet on this program, “Too few of America’s students are meaningfully engaged in their academic experience while in high school, and many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their studies in school to future college and career pathways. 

The partnerships funded by these grants from the Youth CareerConnect initiative enable high school students to participate in work-based learning, postsecondary education, and training in high-demand industries, including STEM industries. Earning credit toward a certificate, industry-recognized credential, or degree is a critical outcome of these awards. President Obama announced the grants, totaling $107.4 million, in a visit on April 7 to Bladensburg High School (Md.), where he emphasized the goal of this initiative: To make high school “more interesting, more exciting, more relevant to young people.” 

The largest awards went to 

  • Clinton (South Carolina) public schools to redesign three high schools to prepare students for skilled jobs in computer science and engineering and align their curricula with that of Piedmont Technical College and Midlands Technical College, thereby enabling students to earn postsecondary credit while still in high school ($6.8 million); 
  • the Denver School District to create and expand STEM pathways in eight schools (nearly $7 million). 
  • Prince George’s County (Maryland) Economic Development Corporation to expand the capacity of its career academies at county high schools ($7 million); 
  • Jobs for the Future to support the expansion of rigorous and engaging career pathway models, focusing on information technology, advanced manufacturing, and health care, so that students may move from the ninth grade through to industry credentialing and an associate degree in such high-demand fields ($4.9 million); 
  • the Los Angeles Unified School District to fund new career academies in six high schools with an emphasis on health care, biotechnology, and other technology-related industries ($7 million); 
  • the Metropolitan School District (Indiana) to expand its career academies in advanced manufacturing and logistics, and expand the STEM academies to ensure they result in a more diverse STEM workforce ($7 million); and 
  • the New York City Department of Education to establish two new early college high schools that will offer associate degrees to high school students, expand a program for diesel mechanic registered apprenticeships, create a dental hygienist apprenticeship, and modify 10 career and technical education programs to offer college credit and counseling (almost $7 million);. 

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana also received one of the awards. The Youth CareerConnect awards will help ensure that more of our nation’s students receive a quality education that prepares them “with the skills they need for college, for a career, and for a lifetime of citizenship,” according to the president.  


                  Department Grant Programs

                       for Community Colleges  

One of the most common requests received in the Community College section of OCTAE is for information about Department grant programs for which community colleges are eligible. Below is a new version of the list of those programs*. While every effort has been made to provide up-to-date program details, grant programs can change quickly and regular monitoring of the Federal Register for official notices is the best way to stay apprised of the most current information. I want to thank my assistant, Charles Browne, for compiling this list.  

–Mark Mitsui, deputy assistant secretary for community colleges.

                             Community College Related Programs

*This is not an exhaustive list of applicable grants and is subject to change. Please regularly check the Federal Register for updates. Thank you.

                             Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE)

Adult Education—Basic Grants to States

Adult Education—National Leadership Activities

Vocational Education—Basic Grants to States

Career and Technical Education—Grants to Native Americans and Alaska Natives

Vocational Education National Programs

Tech Prep Education—mentioned in the Perkins Act but hasn't been appropriated since 2010

Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Program

                 Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program

                                                         Federal Student Aid (FSA)

Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Pell Grant Program

Federal Perkins Loan Program

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program

Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant Program

Direct Loan Programs (subsidized, unsubsidized, PLUS, and consolidation loans)

                                        Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions—Title III, Part A Programs

American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities—Title III, Part A Programs

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program

Demonstration Projects to Ensure Students With Disabilities Receive a Quality Higher Education

Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program—Title V

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Fulbright-Hayes Group Projects Abroad Program

Hispanic-Serving Institutions—Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics and Articulation Programs

Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program

Native American-Serving Non-tribal Institutions Program

Predominantly Black Institutions Program—Competitive Grants

Fulbright-Hayes Seminars Abroad—Bilateral Projects

Title III, Part B—Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program

Title III, Part A Programs—Strengthening Institutions

Student Support Services Program

Talent Search Program

Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs

Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program

Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound Math-Science


 Citizenship Preparation Grant Program Funding

                    Opportunity Announcement   

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting applications for a competitive grant to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. USCIS expects to offer up to 40 grants for a total of up to $10 million for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. This funding opportunity is for public or non-profit organizations that offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services. Applications are due by May 16, 2014. For more information and to apply click here. 


         Department of Labor Announces WIA

               Incentive Grant Award Eligibility  

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA), in collaboration with, the Department of Education, recently announced eight states that are eligible to apply for a share of approximately $9.9 million in incentive grant awards, as authorized under section 503 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The eligible states are Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. Each qualifying state must have exceeded its Program Year 2012 performance levels for Title IB and Title II of the WIA. Performance-related goals that were used to determine a state's eligibility status include: employment after training and related services, retention in employment, and improvements in literacy levels. 

The funds, made available by ED from appropriations for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), are available for use through June 30, 2016, to support innovative workforce development and education activities—authorized under Title IB (Workforce Investment Systems), or Title II (AEFLA) of the WIA, or under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). 

To receive funds, a state must submit its application for an incentive grant award to DOLETA by May 30, 2014