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 Federal Funding to Two-Year Colleges 

The following federal funding opportunities were compiled by AACC and Council for Resource Development for the 2007-2008 Federal Funding to Two-Year Colleges Report.


Office of Vocational and Adult Education
The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) includes two divisions that administer funds through competitive contracts/grants and state formula allocations: the Division of Academic and Technical Education and the Division of Adult Education and Literacy. These divisions have responsibility for funds appropriated under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and other discretionary funds transferred and allotted to OVAE.

OVAE also conducts a number of special initiatives under the leadership of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges.  More information about OVAE's community college initiatives is available from: http://www.ed.gov/communitycollege.

Contact:
Gail Schwartz
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202)245-7788
Gail.schwartz@ed.gov


Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL):

Adult Education Basic Grant Program
DAEL promotes programs that help American adults acquire the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The major areas of support are Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English Language Acquisition. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency, and problem-solving.  The target population is adults below the postsecondary level, over the age of 16 who are not currently enrolled in school; lack a high school diploma; or lack the basic skills to function effectively in the workplace and in their daily lives.

OVAE provides funds to states for adult education and literacy programs.  The amount each state receives is based in a formula established by the United States Congress.  States, in turn, distribute funds to local eligible entities to provide adult education and literacy services.  DAEL supports states in improving the quality and capacity of adult education and literacy programs through technical assistance, dissemination, and research activities.)

Website: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/index.html
Last updated:
10/30/08

Contact:
Cheryl Keenan
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202) 245-7721
Cheryl.keenan@ed.gov

Adult Basic Education to Community College Transitions Project
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) to Community College Transitions Project identified a set of practices and strategies used by ABE programs and college staff that, to the extent they are transferable, can offer guidance to ABE programs, postsecondary institutions and adult education policymakers seeking to promote and support the successful transition of ABE learners to postsecondary education.  The project culminated in a September 2006 ABE to Community College Transitions Symposium that called together leading thinkers in the field of adult education to generate a national dialogue on postsecondary transitions with regard to ABE students.  The overall discussion and a summary of the project are presented in a report available at: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/cctransreport.pdf.

Last updated: 10/30/08

Contact:
Ronna Spacone
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202) 245-7755
Ronna.Spacone@ed.gov

Adult Basic Education Career Connections Project
Awards for the Adult Basic Education Career Connections Project were made in October 2007.  Five local sites received $75,000 each to enhance efforts to assist ABE students to successfully transition to postsecondary programs and begin careers in high-demand fields.  OVAE provides these ABE programs with training, technical assistance, and access to national experts to plan, implement, and manage career pathways.  Participants include:  Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, KY; Instituto del Progresso Latino in Chicago, Jewish Vocational Service in San Francisco, CA; Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI, and Montgomery College in Wheaton, MD. This competitive funding comes through the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA); but unlike the Adult Education State Grant Program that allocates funds to the states, the Career Connections awards were awarded to local ABE providers.

More information about this effort is available from: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/adultbe.html.
Last updated: 10/30/08

Contact:
Tanya Shuy
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202) 245-6093
Tanya.shuy@ed.gov

Ready for College:  Adult Education Transitions Program
The Ready for College:  Adult Education Transitions Program (RFC) will identify, enhance, demonstrate, and document promising practices in assisting out-of-school youth to attain a secondary credential (including the skills necessary to succeed in postsecondary education) as well as to successfully transition to postsecondary education.  On July 27, 2007, OVAE published a Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) in the Federal Register.  Two months later, Secretary Spellings announced an award of more than $2.8 million to the four highest scoring applicants including the;  Colorado Community College System Foundation, Essex Community College in New Jersey, North Carolina Community College System, and Kansas Board of Regent.  Collectively, these four grantees, in collaboration with state offices of adult education, will be working with 25 local adult education programs (21 of which are at community colleges) in four states through 2009.  Each grantee will use an independent evaluator to document promising practices.  In addition to a final report describing outcomes, each will also package its promising practices for dissemination.

Last Updated: 10/30/08

Contact:
Chris Coro
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202) 245-7717
Christopher.coro@ed.gov

 
Division of Academic and Technical Education:

Perkins Basic Grant Program
Postsecondary Programs within OVAE are funded through the State Basic Grant Program (Title 1) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). The State Basic Grant Program calls for a sequence of courses that provides individuals with coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for further education and careers in current or emerging professions. All State Basic Grant Program funding (nearly $1.1 billion annually) flows from the federal level to state agencies and is then made available to secondary agencies and postsecondary institutions.  On average, 62 percent of the funding is made available to secondary agencies and 38 per cent of the funding is made available to postsecondary agencies.  Because all State Basic Grant Program funding is passed through to the states, community college resource developers are advised to contact their state directors for career and technical education at www.careertech.org.
Last updated: 10/22/08

Contact:
Edward Smith
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202)245-7602
Ed.smith@ed.gov

National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education is a consortium of higher educational institutions and non-profit organizations led by the University of Louisville. The members of the consortium include: The University of Minnesota, Cornell University, Clemson University, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI), and the National Institute for Work and Learning at the Academy for Educational Development   (NIWL/AED).  The National Center is funded as a cooperative agreement grant from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education.  This is a five year grant that is projected to end July 31, 2012.

The National Center is charged with conducting scientifically based research, dissemination, and technical assistance that are most successful in addressing the education, employment, and training needs of students in career and technical education at both the high school and postsecondary level.  The National Center is focusing its efforts on three major components of effective education: engagement – reducing dropouts and increasing school completion; achievement – strengthening academic and technical knowledge and skills; and transition – increasing the movement of students from high school to postsecondary education and from education into the workplace.  The National Center has initiated a variety of research projects.  Please visit the National Center's Web Site: www.nccte.org  to see the current list of projects and activities.  In addition to research reports on current studies, the Web site also has a complete archive of the studies and reports from previous National Centers, going back about 10 years.  There are also webcasts and podcasts on current topics in career and technical education available on the Web site.
Last updated: 10/10/08

Contact:
Ricardo Hernandez
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone:  (202) 245-7818
Ricardo.Hernandez@ed.gov

Native American Career and Technical Education Program
The Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP) is funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV)) and supports Indian tribes and tribal organizations that provide postsecondary career and technical education programs for the benefit of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. The NACTEP provides stipends to students enrolled in a career and technical education program who have an acute economic need that cannot be met through work-study programs.

Programs are designed to provide certificates and/or degrees and prepare students for employment in emerging or established professions.  Areas of training include computer technology, health careers, automotive technology, early childhood development, culinary arts, Native American art, electrical/plumbing, including broad career pathways such as Agricultural and Natural Resources, Business and Administrative Services, Hospitality and Tourism, and Criminal Justice (law enforcement). Additionally, NACTEP provides professional development for project staff, teachers, and counselors.

The Federal Register Notice Inviting Applications for the NACTEP was published on March 23, 2007.  The NACTEP is a five-year grant program.  Fiscal Year 2007 funds of $14,769, 414 were used for non-competing continuation awards to 30 grantees for the second year of their projects.  Twelve (12) tribally controlled community colleges and universities and eighteen (18) Indian tribes and tribal organizations received awards.  The range of awards is $300,000-$600,000.  Funding for years two through five is subject to the availability of funds.  A grant competition is planned for 2012.

More information is available from: http://www.ed.gov/programs/ctenavtep/index.html.
Last updated: 10/22/08

Contacts:
Linda Mayo
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202) 245-7792
Linda.mayo@ed.gov

Gwen Washington
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202) 245-7790
Gwen.Washington@ed.gov

Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program
The Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP) is funded through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) and supports projects that provide postsecondary career and technical education programs for benefit of Native Hawaiians.

The NHCTEP awards grants to high school and community college projects that build on efforts of states and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards, assist students in preparing for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in emerging and established professions, and are designed to provide certificates and/or degrees.  Areas of training include health sciences, environmental conservation, and digital arts.  The programs also provide technical assistance that promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the state and local levels, and improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors.

The Federal Register notice inviting applications for NHCTEP was published July 5, 2007.  The NHSTEP is a two-year grant program.  Fiscal Year 2007 funds in the amount of $2,956,000 were awarded to eight grantees for the first twelve months of their projects.  Funding for years two through five is subject to the availability of federal funding for this programs and meeting the requirements of 34 CFR 75.253 of the Department’s administrative regulations.  The range of awards was $300,000-$500,000.  A grant competition is planned for 2009.

More information is available from: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-3/070507c.html.

Contact:
Nancy Essey
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202) 245-7789
nancy.essey@ed.gov

Promoting Rigorous Programs of Study Through Statewide Articulation Agreements
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) envisions that all students will achieve challenging academic and technical standards and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions in the 21st century global economy.  To this end, Perkins IV requires states to offer programs of study (POS) comprised of academic and career and technical content that prepares students to make successful transitions to postsecondary education and the workplace.

OVAE launched the Promoting Rigorous Programs of Study Through Statewide or Multi-State Articulation Agreements (RPOS) discretionary grant program to facilitate the development and implementation of career and technical education POS at the state level.  Six RPOS grantees will form partnerships among secondary and postsecondary education, state workforce agencies, and employers to construct a program of study in one or more of the sixteen career clusters and accompanying articulation agreements that will allow students to gain college credit in high school and transfer credits to and between postsecondary institutions on their way to a certificate or degree. Grantees will also document their work to over the course of the 24-month grant period to capture promising approaches to the creation of effective partnerships and development of articulation agreements that could be replicated by other state and local education agencies.

Please visit http://www.careerclusters.org  to view brochures, knowledge and skills statements, and 81 plans of study for 16 career cluster areas recognized by OVAE and the National Association for State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).

Last updated: 10/22/08

Contact:
Scott Hess
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE)
Phone: (202) 245-7772
Scott.Hess@ed.gov

Tech Prep Education Program
Postsecondary programs within OVAE are funded through the Tech Prep Education Program (Title II) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). Tech Prep Education Programs combine a minimum of 2 years of secondary education with a minimum of 2 years of postsecondary education in a nonduplicative, sequential course of study.  All Tech Prep Education Program funding (approximately $105 million annually) flows from the federal level to state agencies and is then made available to local consortia of secondary education agencies and institutions of higher education that offer 2-yesr associate degree or certificate programs. Because Tech Prep Education Program funding is passed through to the states, community college resource developers are urged to contact their state educational agency liaison and also network with local K-12 school district career representatives.  Funding supports curriculum development, integration of academics and career/technical skills, secondary/postsecondary articulation, professional development, and business/education partnerships that promote student achievement.

Last updated: 10/22/08

Contact:
Edward Smith
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone:  (202) 245-7602
Edward.smith@ed.gov

Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program
The Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program (TCPCTIP) is funded through section 117 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006(Perkins IV) and supports eligible institutions that provide education and training for Indian students in career and technical education (CTE) programs.  Funds may be used by a grantee institution for:  maintenance and operational costs; capital expenditures; CTE instruction; equipment; student support services; student stipends; and institutional support for CTE programs.

The Federal Register Notice Inviting Applications for the TCPCTIP was published on May 15, 2007.  The TCPCTIP is a five-year grant program.  Fiscal Year 2008 funds of $7,545,830 were used to make non-competing continuation awards to two (2) grantees for the second year of their projects.  The range of awards was $2.7 million to $4.8 million.  Funding for years three through five is subject to the availability of funds.  A grant competition is planned for 2012.

More information is available from: http://www.ed.gov/programs/tcpvi/awards.html.
Last updated:  10/29/08

Contact:
Laura Messenger
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Phone: (202) 245-7840
Laura.Messenger@ed.gov

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