Forty-two Governors have delivered their 2017 State of the State addresses, and workforce development and CTE have emerged as a strong priority–the second most popular education topic mentioned in Governors' State of the State addresses, after school financing. In addition, while the need for CTE programming aligned to labor market demands is high, many States and local school districts are reporting significant shortages of CTE teachers. Data reported to the Department of Education in 2016, for example, show that 32 States are experiencing shortages of CTE teachers.
On June 13, 2017, the Department announced a new $3.6 million grant opportunity to address State and local shortages of high school CTE teachers: the High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Pathway Initiative. This new initiative is intended to improve CTE programs assisted under the Perkins Act by increasing the supply of high school CTE teachers for CTE programs that align to In-Demand Industry Sectors or Occupations in States and communities where shortages of such teachers exist.
OCTAE expects to make 5-7 awards in amounts ranging from $350,000 to $900,000 for one 36-month project period. The estimated average size of the awards is $625,000. Applications are due July 28, 2017.