April 2024 CTE Newsletter

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Texas Education Agency

April 18, 2024

Texas Career and Technical Education (CTE) News

Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Application Now Open

The JET program provides grants to buy and install equipment for career and technical education (CTE) courses that lead to a license, certificate, or postsecondary degree in a high-demand occupation. 

The fiscal year 2024 (FY24) JET grant application is open for submissions. Eligible educational institutions can apply for JET funding through a competitive grant process. The complete FY24 RFA packet, which includes eligibility, requirements and submission documents can be downloaded from the TWC Procurement Portal website. Visit the JET webpage to learn more about the grant. 

The Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) is Available 

The CLNA opened on February 23, 2024, and will close on June 12, 2024. The CLNA must be submitted before a local education agency (LEA) can access the Perkins grant local application, which will be open from June 12 - September 3, 2024. To complete the CLNA, log in to the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) application, access the eGrants system, and click on the Special Collections tab. Authorized users will see the 2024-2025 SC5600 Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment link under the Special Collections Description heading. 

A CLNA Guidebook (2024-25) is available on TEA’s CTE website to support CLNA completion and submission.

Texas Mobile STEM Laboratory Application Window is Open

Through a partnership between the Texas Education Agency and Learning Undefeated, the Texas Mobile STEM Lab will provide STEM engagement opportunities for students during the 2024–2025 school year. Using a custom-outfitted STEM learning space, the mobile lab offers engaging, hands-on educational experiences for kindergarten through grade 8 students and teachers. The application window is April 1, 2024, through May 31, 2024. All Texas public schools that offer classes for kindergarten through grade 8 are eligible to register for a free visit during the 2023–2024 school year. At least one school district from each educational region will receive a visit. Click the video for more information.

Frequently Asked Industry-Based Certification (IBC) Question

Question: Which certifications from the 2022-2025 Industry-Based Certification List for Public School Accountability should be reported in PEIMS (POST-SECONDARY-CERTIFICATION-LICENSURE- CODE (E1640)) and what are the differences between IBCs earned, passed, and failed?

Answer: LEAs should report all IBCs from the 2022-2025 IBC List for Public School Accountability that were earned, passed, and failed by high school students between September 1 – May 31 in the PEIMS summer submission and all IBCs that were earned, passed, and failed between June 1 – August 31 in the PEIMS fall submission using the data element POST-SECONDARY-CERTIFICATION-LICENSURE-RESULT (E1733) in compliance with the Texas Education Data Standards. Definitions and examples as well as additional frequently asked questions can be found here.

As with all self-reported data submitted through PEIMS, LEAs should retain supporting documentation for a minimum of five years.

Engagement Opportunities

We value our partners in the field and want to hear from you. Whether it is through TEKS reviews, program of study advisory committees, or focus groups that inform our development of resources, we offer various ways for you to connect with TEA and provide your insight. If you are interested in participating in engagement opportunities, please fill out our interest form.


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