11-06-2023 Workplace Discovery Grants Offered For Secondary And Postsecondary

The Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006 provided for federal funding in a formula grant award to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. The competitive Workplace Discovery Grants applications are currently open and can be used to support innovative CTE initiatives. Apply for the secondary grant or the postsecondary grant by December 1, 2023.

There will be four awards at the secondary level to be no greater than $12,000 each and two awards for the postsecondary level to be no greater than $16,500 each.

To be eligible for the grants, applicants must follow their institution’s grant application policies and have at least one formal partnership established with business or industry (this can include a registered apprenticeship). Preference will be given to applications that include a local Next Gen partnership. If  applicants were previously awarded a WDE CTE grant and have not disseminated the information  the applicant will not be eligible to receive grant funding for one full grant cycle.

The priority of the awards will be as follows: 1) Provides concurrent enrollment fees for community college courses out of their service area. 2) Provides student work-based learning experiences in industries related to CTE pathways. 3) Develops meaningful partnerships between schools and NextGen business/industry. 4) And develops more comprehensive and robust career pathways leading to viable career or post secondary training options for students.

Applications will be reviewed and scored by a grant review committee at the Wyoming Department of Education. All funds must be expended by June 30, 2024 and the WDE must receive the invoices no later than September 30, 2024. Grant funds are not available until the final signature is affixed to the Attorney General approved Grant Agreement.

For more information, contact April Wickham, Education Consultant, at 307-777-6808 or april.wickham1@wyo.gov.