2010 Career Academy Grant Program

Division: Educational Standards and Programs
Office: Career and Technical Education

View Published NGO Document (Microsoft Word)

Purpose: The National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) defines a career academy as a small learning community comprised of a group of students within the larger high school who take classes together for at least two years, and are taught by a team of teachers from different disciplines. Students are taught a college preparatory curriculum with a career theme that helps students see relationships among academic subjects, and their application to a broad field of work. Partnerships with employers, the community, and local colleges, bring resources from outside the high school to improve student motivation and achievement. As a result of key findings from research completed on career academies from 1996 to 2008, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 [Section 124 (c)(9)] now promotes the development of career academies as one type of structural framework supporting educational reform initiatives such as Tech-Prep. It is the goal of the New Jersey Department of Education, through this limited discretionary grant program, to provide opportunities to targeted comprehensive school districts and vocational school districts in New Jersey (Refer to 1.2: Eligibility Requirements) to develop career academies. The purpose of the grant program is to provide federal funding to eligible school districts to create the infrastructure necessary to implement a 2-year or 4-year career academy in September of 2010, and develop or modify an existing CTE program or program of study with consortium members in one of the 16 career clusters identified in the NGO document. The Career Academy Grant Program solicits a ten month project plan from secondary comprehensive school districts and vocational school districts that covers the contract award period, as follows: State Fiscal Year 2010 Award Period, September 1, 2009-June 30, 2010

Eligible Agencies: The Career Academy Grant Program is a limited competitive discretionary grant program open to consortia in New Jersey that meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the Notice of Grant Opportunity document.

Approximate Number of Awards: 9 Grant Program Type: Limited Competitive
Total Amt. Available: $900,000 Application Due Date: 4/15/2009