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Texas Career & Technical Education (CTE) News

May 6, 2021

State CTE Leadership Committee Application Process

The State CTE Leadership Committee  works collaboratively with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to ensure that statewide CTE frameworks and initiatives are developed with a clear understanding of the impact on Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and their CTE programs. The committee assists in aligning TEA CTE initiatives to current and emergent industry trends and helps to maintain a focus on  support for a diverse student population in Texas with respect to all aspects of CTE. The committee is composed of one representative from each education service center (ESC) region, the current Career and Technical Association of Texas (CTAT)  president, and an ESC CTE Specialist representative.

Committee members agree to:

  • a 2-year term beginning 9/1/2021 and ending 8/31/2023.
  • attend and participate in monthly webinar meetings; typically, 1.5 hours each.
  • attend and participate in up to two face-to-face meetings: one in the fall and one in the spring each year.

The application period begins May 7, 2021  and ends June 4, 2021. Interested individuals may access the application here: For questions, please contact

2020-2021 Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Guidebook

An update to the 2020-2021 Perkins V Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) guidebook is currently available on the TEA website CTE landing page at this link: 2020-2021 Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Guidebook (Update). The revised version of the guidebook provides LEAs with information on the use of the 2018 – 2019 auto calculated CTE Perkins V indicator data to complete the 2020-2021 CLNA. LEAs who have not previously submitted a CLNA must complete and submit the CLNA to be eligible to apply for Perkins funding for the 2022-2023 school year. Submitted CLNAs are effective for two school years. .

JET Grant

The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) program provides grants to public community, state and technical colleges, and independent school districts to purchase and install equipment necessary for the development of career and technical education courses or programs that lead to a license, certificate, or post-secondary degree in a high-demand occupation.

TWC has published a Request for Applications (RFA) for the JET Grant Program. The complete RFA solicitation, which includes eligibility requirements and submission documents, can be viewed at RFA 32021-00099 which is posted on Texas Smart Buy and eGrants Application webpages.

Questions should be emailed to