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2014-15 Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Grant

Applications for the 2014-15 Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Grant will be accepted between August 5, 2014 to 5 p.m. on August 29, 2014. Approximately $3 million in state funds are available for the purchase of equipment for use in the instruction of students enrolled in Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education programs. Each grant will be awarded based on the funding formula.

The purpose of the Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Purchase program is to purchase equipment for the classroom that meets industry standards. Funds must be used to purchase equipment for the purpose of training students (i.e., hands-on use of the equipment) in Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved career and technical education programs.

Only equipment that: (a) supports student hands-on training in approved career and technical education programs; (b) meets industry standards; (c) costs $3,000 or more per unit; and (d) the Occupational Advisory Committee recommended each piece of requested equipment and a date that the Occupational Advisory Committee made their recommendation to purchase the equipment requested. If funds remain after purchases of equipment that costs $3,000 or more, the remaining funds can be used to purchase equipment that costs less than $3,000.

The Occupational Advisory Committee shall mean an occupational committee established pursuant to the Pennsylvania Code (22 Pa. Code Ch. 339) (relating to vocational education).

For more information, please go to the 2014-15 Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Grant Guidelines (PDF).

If the school does not apply for the 2014-15 Career and Technical Education Supplemental Equipment Grant, the funds will be reallocated to those schools that do apply.

If you have any questions please contact Janelle Smith, janelsmith@pa.gov or 717-783-6990 regarding the application process, and Benjamin Hanft, bhanft@pa.gov or 717-787-5423 regarding the availability of funds.

Competitive Career and Technical Education Equipment Grants

 

**ATTENTION **

Did your school receive any 2013-14 Equipment Grants?

The required final performance report should
have been submitted by July 15, 2014.

Your request for a 2014-15 grant will NOT be completely processed for funding until an acceptable final performance report (cover page, executive summary, procedures, conclusion, signature page, and a T-chart for each program funded) is received by the Bureau of Career and Technical Education.

Funding Source: State Funds

Grant Program: Guidelines (PDF)

Deadline: TBD

Application Information: Application for this grant is done electronically using the e-Grants system that requires a password. Please read the Funding Guidelines below before using e-Grants. http://www.egrants.pa.gov/AuthenticationServices/Login.aspx

Other Information:

Program Description:

  • High Priority Occupations Alignment and Inclusion of Industry Standards. Enhance and update specific career and technical education programs to meet industry standards through updated curriculum, professional development, and state-of-the-art equipment. The proposal must be linked to one of the identified Pennsylvania targeted industry clusters and a specific high-priority occupation.
  • Increased Industry Credentials. Improve career and technical education students' occupational and higher academic knowledge and skills required to perform successfully in high-wage, high-skill positions. Students will gain industry credentials and/or be eligible to sit for credentialing exams, which provide skills portability and career mobility by enhancing lateral and upward career moves. Prospective students must list the projected increase in technical skill attainment and the projected increase in industry certifications as a result of all new equipment.
  • Curriculum Revisions and Alignment to PA Academic Standards. Curriculum revisions due to the purchase of equipment will be completed within the proposed grant year. Revisions must include identification of PA academic standards and development of assessment items related to the academic standards. Prosepctive applicants must provide a proposal that provides action steps to accomplish the revisions and provides a projected significant increase in PSSA achievement.
  • Industry Partnerships. Develop partnerships and linkages with business, industry, labor, and community groups through the application of advanced technology. Such partnerships ensure industry-led training which meets the human capital strategy. Therefore, the Workforce Investment Boards (WIB) and Occupational Advisory Committee must provide input into the proposal and a Letter of Support from the WIB must be sent to John Bonchalk at PDE.
  • Professional Development. The integration of PA academic assessment anchors and occupational skills to meet industry standards is enhanced through a professional development program for faculty (e.g., participation in Governors' Institute and other Bureau of Career and Technical Education designated professional development activities).

Restrictions on Funding: Eligible expenditures are defined in the guidelines.

Eligible Entities: Area vocational-technical schools/career and technology centers that operate programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

School districts with eight or more approved career and technical education programs (two of which are trade and industrial programs) or to school districts offering approved vocational agriculture education programs.

Method of Distribution: Funds are distributed on a competitive basis to eligible educational agencies.


For additional information, please contact:

John Bonchalk |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Career and Technical Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.772.4853 | Fax: 717.783.6672
jbonchalk@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us