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 Education Career Pathway Grant

FY21 Career and​ ​Technical​ Education ​(CTE) Education Career Pathway Grant

Applications accepted by electronic submission only through the CTE Education Career Pathway system in the IWAS program listing.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

The administrative agency of a regional vocational system formed under a cooperative agreement, a public community college, a technical institute operated by a state university, or a state agency having administrative control and direction of a program of vocational education. Eligible applicants cannot partner with schools already served in the FY20 CTE Education Career Pathway Grant.

Eligibility to receive priority points:

  • Rural district(s) as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics are identified in the proposal.
  • District(s) that have been identified at 70% adequacy or below according to the FY 2021 Evidenced-Based Funding formula are identified in the proposal.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is committed to providing students with a well-rounded and relevant education that includes equitable opportunities to participate in CTE. CTE programs prepare students for both the workforce and the pursuit of postsecondary opportunities by offering students opportunities to develop technical and employability skills while also strengthening core academic skills and abilities. CTE programs are expanding nationwide and realigning Programs of Study to include pathways that respond to current and future economic and occupational needs. This grant will be an avenue to recruit students into the field of education, thus addressing the teacher shortage in Illinois. It will provide funding to eligible applicants to support the development and implementation of CTE Education Career Pathways or Programs of Study in specific partner districts and schools.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The CTE Education Career Pathway State Grant will provide funding directly to eligible recipients to support planning and implementation of a CTE Education Career Pathway or Program of Study. Programs will include coursework designed to prepare students for matriculation into and success in a postsecondary teacher preparation program and will afford students opportunities to participate in field experiences, and/or work-based learning to begin to hone their craft and gain experience in different educational settings and content areas. Additionally, program participants will have opportunities to earn dual credit, industry certification such as para-professional licensure, the State Seal of Biliteracy, a College and Career Pathway Endorsement, and micro-credentials to demonstrate teaching competencies acquired through the program.

The ISBE and Illinois Community College Board achieved a major milestone in their efforts to expand dual credit access with the adoption of the Model Partnership Agreement and the passing of the Dual Credit Quality Act (PA 100-1049). These resources offer local districts support in ongoing efforts to establish robust partnerships with higher education and engage in collaboration to further increase educational equity and access to CTE programs.

Eligible applicants must identify one to nine local schools in which programs will be implemented.  All applicants are required to form partnerships to strengthen programs. Priority points will be given to applicants who meet at least one of the following additional criteria:

  • Will implement programs in rural district(s) as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics; and/or
  • Will implement programs in district(s) that have been identified at 70% adequacy or below according to the FY 2021 Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) formula that currently offer approved career and technical education programs serving grades 9-12.

The definitions of a Career Pathway and Program of Study are below:

  • CAREER PATHWAY is defined in section 3 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3102) and referenced in Perkins V. The term Career Pathway means a combination of rigorous and high-quality education, training, and other services that:
    • Aligns with the skill needs of industries in the economy of the state or regional economy involved;
    • Prepares an individual to be successful in any of a full range of secondary or postsecondary education options, including apprenticeships registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the National Apprenticeship Act; 50 Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.) (referred to individually in this Act as an apprenticeship, except in section 171);
    • Includes counseling to support an individual in achieving the individual’s education and career goals;
    • Includes, as appropriate, education offered concurrently with and in the same context as workforce preparation activities and training for a specific occupation or occupational cluster;
    • Organizes education, training, and other services to meet the particular needs of an individual to the extent practicable;
    • Enables an individual to attain a secondary school diploma or its recognizable equivalent and at least one recognized postsecondary credential; and
    • Helps an individual enter or advance within a specific occupation or occupational cluster.
  • PROGRAM OF STUDY is a coordinated, nonduplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level and a component to a career pathway that:
    • Incorporates challenging State academic standards, including those adopted by a State under section 1111(b)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education act of 1965;
    • Addresses both academic and technical knowledge and skills, including employability skills;
    • Is aligned with the needs of industries in the economy of the State, region, Tribal community, or local area;
    • Progresses in specificity (beginning with all aspects of an industry or career cluster and leading to more occupation-specific instruction);
    • Has multiple entry and exit points that incorporate credentialing;
    • Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Proposals must be submitted in IWAS by 4PM on Monday, December 14, 2020.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

A technical assistance session will be held for this application on November 9, 2020 at 10AM.  To register for the technical assistance webinar https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6708154934972810510Go To Meeting Link All questions from the webinar will be addressed in a Frequently Asked Questions document. This document will be posted at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Career-Technical-Education.aspx so all respondents can see all questions and the responses to the questions. Changes to the FAQ will not be made after December 7, 2020. Applicants are advised to check the site before submitting a proposal.

HOW TO ACCESS THE CTE EDUCATION CAREER PATHWAY STATE GRANT

This grant will be available in the IWAS system.

Account holders will log in, new users will sign up.

Once logged in, users will select CTE EDUCATION CAREER PATHWAY from the system listing.

All eligible applicants must create and submit an application in the system. To create the application you will select "Year: 2021" and choose "Create Application."

For assistance with IWAS, please review the IWAS Guide​PDF Document.​​​​​​

Priority Points School Lists (FY2021):


​​The Illinois State Board of Education is committed to providing students with a well-rounded and relevant education that includes equitable opportunities to participate in career and technical education (CTE). CTE programs prepare students for both the workforce and the pursuit of postsecondary opportunities by offering students opportunities to develop technical and employability skills while also strengthening core academic skills and abilities. CTE programs are expanding nationwide and realigning programs of study to include pathways that respond to current and future economic and occupational needs. This grant will be an avenue to recruit students into the field of education, thus addressing the teacher shortage in Illinois. It will provide funding to eligible applicants to support the development and implementation of CTE Education Career Pathways or Programs of Study in specific partner districts and schools.

 Equity, Access, and Special Populations

EQUITY AND ACCESS

Special Populations

Methods of Administration Civil Rights Review

 Curriculum Resources

​The online CTE curriculum materials allow educators to: PLAN quality instruction; DOCUMENT state and national academic and technical standards met by instruction; DELIVER web-based instruction to students; and, ASSESS student attainment of state and national standards.

 Grants

CLNA Resources

To receive state or federal secondary career and technical education (CTE) funding for FY 2021 and beyond, all local funding recipients must complete a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) as REQUIRED by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The CLNA will be a three-step process: 1) Program Data Review (PDR), 2) Local Needs Assessment (LNA), and 3) CLNA.

UPDATED:  Submission dates for the LNA and CLNA have been revised due to the impact of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation for COVID-19. LNAs will be due by July 15, 2020, and CLNAs will be due by August 15, 2020. Please view this UPDATED needs assessment and local application timeline​PDF Document. (Updated 6/9/20)

REMINDERS:

  • All schools in a district must complete the PDR before the LNA application will open (School Users and District Admin can complete PDR),
  • All school district/area career centers/region centers must complete the LNA before the CLNA application will open (District Admin can complete LNA), and
  • All EFEs must complete and submit to ISBE the CLNA in order to complete the state and federal CTE local application/grants (EFE/Business Manager can complete CLNA).

If you have questions, please contact ISBE’s CTE and Innovation Department at cte@isbe.net​ or (217) 524-4832. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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FY 2021 CTE Consolidated Application Resources

FY 2020 ctei and perkins Resources

General Resources

 Programs of Study

FY 2021 CTE Program Quality Review (PQR) Pilot

Starting in FY 2023, the secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Quality Review (PQR) will be required of all secondary CTE programs receiving funds through state and federal CTE grants. This process will ensure programs of study meet the minimum size, scope, and qualityPDF Document definitions as required by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) and outlined in Illinois' State Plan for Perkins V (FY 2021-2024)PDF Document.

Purpose

During FY 2021 and FY 2022, ISBE will pilot the secondary CTE PQR using an online format. The purpose of this pilot is to provide feedback to ISBE on necessary revisions to the secondary CTE Program Quality Review IWAS application currently in development. The initial pilot, including training, will run from November 2020 through April 2021.

Intended Pilot Participants: School Districts and Area Career Centers in collaboration with their Education for Employment (EFE) Systems
For more information about the pilot, please see Pilot Overview and ExpectationsPDF Document.

Illinois State Course System

Programs Of Study Models

  • ​ISBE's F​inal ​Progra​ms of Study Models​

    As part of the Illinois State Plan for Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (also known as the Perkins V Plan), the Illinois State Board of Education has developed model programs of study to provide guidance and serve as exemplars during the development of CTE programs. ISBE’s model programs of study are designed to assist in identifying credit transfer opportunities, career and technical student organizations (CTSO), work-based learning opportunities, appropriate course sequences, and additional components of a quality CTE program. The process included research into labor market information and credential programs, and dialogue across secondary, postsecondary, and employer stakeholders. The programs of study have been modified in response to feedback provided from the proposed models released in spring 2020.

    Additionally, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) sponsored the development of Model Programs of Study Guides facilitated by Education Systems Center at NIU (EdSystems). Visit the EdSystems’ website to view the Model Programs of Study Guides. Please provide public comment on the ICCB draft diagrams and guides by completing the Feedback Survey by August 28, 2020.

    Additional guidance and training will be coming soon.

    The following are the final ISBE CTE Model Programs of Study SY 2021.

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