April 23, 2019 OCTAE Connection Flash Edition

Octae Connection

April 23, 2019

OCTAE Connection Flash Edition

$2.8 Million in Competitive Grants Available Under Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program

The Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is excited to announce the availability of $2.8 million in competitive grants under the new Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program.  This opportunity is authorized by section 114(e) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. With this new authority, OCTAE is seeking projects that will identify, support, and evaluate evidence-based and innovative strategies and activities to improve and modernize career and technical education and to ensure workforce skills taught in Perkins-funded programs align with labor market needs.

You may access the Federal Register notice inviting applications for the Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program for more information.

Please note that the due date for applications is June 14, 2019

OCTAE will be hosting a pre-application webinar on Thursday, April 25, at 2 p.m. ET. We encourage interested applicants to participate in this webinar. You may register for the webinar at https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/zhkupzsx.

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Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Announces FY 2019 Comprehensive Center Competition

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce the FY 2019 Comprehensive Centers program (CC) competition.  The CC program provides capacity-building services to state, regional, and local educational agencies, and to schools that improve education outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction.

The Department will award a total of 20 grants under this competition.  Nineteen awards, ranging from approximately $1,000,000 to $6,472,657, will support the establishment of 19 Regional Centers to provide intensive capacity-building services to states within defined geographic regions.  One award, of approximately $5,000,000, will support the establishment of a National Center that will provide research-informed universal and targeted capacity-building services to all states. 

Eligible entities include research organizations, institutions, agencies, institutions of higher learning, or partnerships among such entities or individuals, with the demonstrated ability or capacity to carry out the activities described in the Notice Inviting Applications and Notice of Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Performance Measures.  The deadline to apply is Friday, May 24, 2019, at 11:59:59 ET.

The Department will host informational webinars for prospective applicants.  Visit https://www2.ed.gov/programs/newccp/applicant.html and https://compcenternetwork.org/ for more information about the informational webinars and the CC program.

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Working With The Army University on Credit for Military Learning

The Army University (ArmyU), Total Force Integration Division (TIFD) is encouraging and enabling states to develop a credit for military learning process that works within their systems. The continuing development of the Armyuniversity.edu website and ArmyU Course Catalog has allowed education institutions to conduct prior-learning assessments via programs of instruction (POI) and occupational faculty panel reviews. States are discovering that a number of core degree credit hours can articulate as panel members find alignment between Army Terminal Learning Objectives and academic course learning outcomes. ArmyU is focused on partnering with states to develop targeted, occupation-focused, academic and career and technical opportunities for service members and veterans that are developed to fill critical employment gaps.

In support of this effort, ArmyU’s TFID assisted in a course and occupational review, hosted by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), entitled Credit for Military Learning Construction Focused Faculty Panel, on April 4, 2019. Faculty and staff from over 15 community and technical colleges were presented with POIs (or their other service equivalents) by Army and Air Force personnel encompassing several military occupation specialties. ArmyU worked with the US Army Engineer School, the Air Force, and the Navy to obtain and release the POIs for this KBOR faculty panel. The colleges that conducted the faculty panel course and occupational review will submit articulation agreements to KBOR for inclusion on the Credit for Military Alignment website. This site currently has over 133 credit for military learning agreements and is providing service members and veterans clear academic credit for their military training and education.

If your state or community college system would like to work with ArmyU on future faculty panels, please contact Craig Chandler, craig.a.chandler4.civ@mail.mil or Lieutenant Colonel Seth Lampton, seth.t.lampton.mil@mail.mil  

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