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Carl Perkins- Career and Technical Education (CTE) Non-traditional Occupations (NTO) STEM Grant Opportunity 2018-19

This one-time award of funds is available for CTE STEM activities with a specific focus on engaging CTE students in non-traditional occupations (NTO) for January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019.

STEM education and courses are an innovative approach to actively engaging, motivating and inspiring learning of all ages. STEM courses actively integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and raise the achievement of all the students so they are college and career ready and can successfully pursue a career pathway. Quality STEM education depends upon community and industry partnerships and helps close the technical skills gap between economically disadvantaged students, students of color, and their peers.

It is equally as important to address NTO and discover how we can engage the under-represented gender in emerging high skill occupations. STEM education inspires learning which benefits the common good, resulting not only in individual gains in STEM skills, but also in stronger communities as a result of students applying their skills to solve relevant community issues.

Eligible Applicants

Only school districts who are current recipients of Carl Perkins formula funds (either directly or through a consortium) are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed based on NTO focus within a STEM field; therefore a school district may submit more than one application based on NTO need.

Funding Availability

There is a minimum of $3,000, with a maximum of $7,000 per application.

Grant Period

Grants shall be for the period of January 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019.

Questions and Clarifications

Questions about the form or allowable expenditures should be directed to Christine Lenske, Grants Specialist, Career and Technical Education Team, at

Questions specific to STEM should be directed to Brent Kindred, Technology and Engineering Education Consultant, Career and Technical Education Team, at

Application Due Date

Applications are to be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm on November 15, 2018 to Late applications will not be accepted.

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For questions about this information, contact Brent Kindred (608) 266-2683, Christine Lenske (608) 266-3922