Each year under the Perkins V statute, Congress authorizes roughly $1.4 million annually for the Innovation and Modernization Grant Program (Perkins I&M) to support grants to eligible entities, eligible institutions, and eligible recipients. The purpose of the Perkins I&M is to identify, support, and rigorously evaluate evidence-based and innovative strategies and activities to improve and modernize career and technical education (CTE) and ensure workforce skills taught in CTE programs funded under the Perkins statute align with labor market needs.
In September 2019, the Department awarded nine grants totaling $1,488,221. Each Perkins I&M grant recipient has been awarded funding for the first year of a three-year project period. Funding for years two and three is subject to the availability of funds and to a grantee meeting the requirements for continued funding. At the end of the three-year project period, the Secretary may extend the grants for two additional years provided certain conditions are met. The nine grant award recipients are:
Lorain County Community College's Perkins Innovation and Modernization project will engage and support students in Computer Science Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways that lead to Applied Associates Degrees in Computer Science, including earn-and-learn opportunities, that will result in employment in in-demand Computer Science fields. Working with industry and high school partners, the project will – (1) Implement dual enrollment pathways in all partnering schools; (2) Support students to meet minimum math assessment standards for postsecondary program admittance; (3) Expand earn-and-learn opportunities in targeted Computer Science pathways; (4) Expand the STEM Success student support services program to include students in Computer Science pathways; and (5) Recruit and credential more teachers in Computer Science. Two of the cities to be served by the project, Lorain and Elyria, are designated Qualified Opportunity Zones. As a result, project high schools in Lorain City Schools and Elyria City Schools serve students who reside in a Qualified Opportunity Zone. A rural local educational agency, Keystone Local Schools, will be served by the project. Project partners include:
The City University of New York's (CUNY) Fast Track to College and Careers project will work with participating New York City Career and Technical Education (CTE) high schools and CUNY’s dual enrollment program, College Now, to create structured pathways that combine traditional high school coursework with college preparatory courses, and support for the transition to college. The project will – (1) Offer a First Year Seminar to 10th grade students on how to navigate the college-going process; (2) Offer dual enrollment courses and work-based learning activities aligned to two specific STEM degree pathways: Digital Design and Animation at Hostos Community College and Computer Network Technology at Borough of Manhattan Community College; (3) Offer co-requisite math courses that combine developmental supports with entry level college credit-bearing coursework to students who need support in meeting CUNY’s college proficiency benchmarks; (4) Employ College Bridge Coaches to provide personalized college matriculation assistance to graduating participating seniors; (5) Provide professional development for CTE high school staff to increase awareness of degree pathways with partner colleges, career opportunities, and employment trends; and (6) Provide professional development for CUNY college admissions staff on earned CTE articulated credits and dual enrollment to improve advisement of incoming students. Five of the project high schools, Manhattan Bridges High School, Alfred E. Smith CTE High School, Longwood Preparatory Academy School, Academy for Language and Technology, and Crotona International High School, are located in Qualified Opportunity Zones. Project partners include:
Old Dominion University’s Computer Science Principles and Cybersecurity Pathway for Career and Technical Education project will create a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Computer Science Cybersecurity Pathway pilot program at Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia, and then expand the program to four other Norfolk high schools. The project will develop supplemental educational modules aligned with industry needs and with courses available at Old Dominion University at the B.S. level in the area of Cybersecurity to enable easier transition of students from secondary education to postsecondary education or employment. Working with industry and high school partners, the project will – (1) Provide CTE educational programming and informal learning experiences in Computer Science and Cybersecurity; (2) Build awareness for students and families of the need for a minimum level of Computer Science literacy for entry into the job market; (3) Deliver professional training workshops on Computer Science and Cybersecurity to CTE high school faculty; and (4) Engage college students to serve as mentors and role models to participating high school students in Norfolk Public Schools. The City of Norfolk has multiple Qualified Opportunity zones. All high schools in the Norfolk Public School system serve students who reside in Qualified Opportunity Zones. Project partners include:
Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Building the Code for Success: Developing the Future Ready Workforce project will expand access to and participation in STEM + Computer Science Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways by creating a STEM + Computer Science CTE pathway for students in grades 6-12. Working in three middle schools, the project will create a STEM + Computer Science course sequence for the middle grades that will align with feeder high school programs to ensure programming continuity. The project will: (1) Partner with LEGO Education and Microsoft Education to provide professional development for middle and high school CTE teachers; (2) Provide work-based learning, STEM career exploration, and mentorship opportunities for students; (3 ) Provide middle school students access to the Microsoft Technology Assistance industry certification in the 8th grade; (4) Increase the percentage of CTE middle school students demonstrating proficiency on Math, English, and Science state assessments; (5) Increase high school enrollment in CTE courses and CTE student outcomes. The three project middle schools, Cutler Bay Middle School, Hialeah Gardens Middle School, and West Miami Middle School serve students who reside in a Qualified Opportunity Zone. Project partners include:
Portland Public School's STEM and Computer Science Focused College and Career Pathways project will support the school district’s goal of implementing a districtwide system of college and career pathways that make Career and Technical Education (CTE) an integral part of students’ educational experience, with strong emphasis on STEM and Computer Science aligned across the high school curriculum. Working with ConnectED: The National Center for College and Career, the project will provide leadership development to district staff including high school principals, pathway directors, and teachers to create Linked Learning pathways, and design a district-wide system of work-based learning. Working in four high schools, the project will create: (1) Four-year programs that integrate CTE with core academics with a special emphasis on STEM and Computer Science in all pathways; (2) A continuum of work-based learning experiences throughout grades 9-12; (3) Dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities; and (4) Aligned personalized student supports (college and career counseling, attention to social-emotional needs, and accelerated instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics) to foster pathway completion and high school graduation. Two of the project high schools, Benson Polytechnic High School and Alliance High School (an alternative school co-located on the Benson campus), serve students who reside in a Qualified Opportunity Zone. Project partners include:
Gwinnett County Public Schools' Integration of Computer Science in STEM classrooms project will increase the number of trained and certified Computer Science teachers in the district and directly support the Paul Duke Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet High School (opened in Fall 2018) and two feeder middle schools. The project will: (1) Provide training and monetary incentives for district math, science and Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers to complete the new state certification requirements (effective July 1, 2019) and add Computer Science to their teaching certificates; (2) Provide collaborative planning and professional development for STEM and CTE teachers in the feeder middle schools and magnet high school to integrate STEM and CTE content to prepare more students for advanced computer science courses in high school; and (3) Create a new work-based learning program at Paul Duke STEM Magnet High School that will include summer externships for CTE teachers with employers in the Cybersecurity and Information Technology fields and STEM-focused, paid internships for students. Two project schools, the Paul Duke STEM Magnet High School and Summerour Middle School, are located within Qualified Opportunity Zones. Project partners include:
The Wyoming Perkins Innovation and Modernization consortium’s Boot Up Wyoming: Developing Computer Science Micro-credentials for Teachers and Students project will seek to integrate and improve Computer Science instruction and opportunities for high school students in Wyoming by developing a system of stackable, competency-based micro-credentials through which Wyoming teachers will acquire Computer Science skills and be provided the incentives and the resources needed to successfully teach Computer Science at the high school level. Additionally, these micro-credentials will be created in such a way that students will have a pathway to earn a subset of them for high school credit and industry certification. The system will be developed and piloted with three Wyoming school districts that are located in rural communities, as well as in Qualified Opportunity Zones. One of the districts, Fremont County School District #14, is located on the Wind River Indian Reservation and serves a student population that is predominantly Native American. Project partners include:
The Orange County Department of Education's Delivering Integrated Curricula and Course Pathways through Making and Esports project will provide professional development and support to teams of academic and career and technical education teachers at three high-poverty high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District (Century High School, Saddleback High School, and Valley High School) to help them create and implement curricula, as well as pedagogical strategies, that integrate rigorous academic content standards with electronics sports-based (esports) education and maker-centered learning. Participating classrooms will be equipped with a Spyder 3D manufacturing cell to enable students to design and create products. Students will be provided the skills, tools, and resources to prepare for a culminating capstone project and to participate in design competition events, such as Orange County Maker Challenge. One of the project high schools, Century High School, serves students who reside in a Qualified Opportunity Zone. Project partners include:
Northeast State Community College's (NeSCC's) project, Leap AHEAD (Aligning Higher Education with Achieving Dreams), will augment dual credit opportunities in advanced technology programs that culminate in a certificate or applied associate’s degree for students attending 15 high schools in northeast Tennessee, some of which are located in rural communities. Programs that are the focus of the project include construction electricity; electromechanical technology; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; and aviation technology. Grant funds will be used to purchase portable electric learning systems for dual credit programming and to promote and support greater enrollment in NeSCC’s dual credit opportunities. Twelve Qualified Opportunity Zones are within NESCC’s 5-county service area. Additionally, one of the districts that will be served, Johnson County Schools, is located in a rural community. Project partners include:
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