Forty-two Governors delivered their 2017 State of the State addresses, and workforce development and CTE 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 grant opportunity to address State and local shortages of high school CTE teachers: the High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Pathway Initiative (CTE-TPI). 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. Applications were due July 28, 2017.
From thirty-two applications submitted for funding under the CTE-TPI, the Department has awarded five new grants totaling $4,046,951. The five grant award recipients are:
Each CTE-TPI grant recipient has been awarded a single grant for a three-year project period. CTE-TPI is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.