On January 25, 2018, Elk Grove Unified submitted an application for continued Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) funding from the California Department of Education (CDE). As part of ongoing CTEIG funding for high quality CTE pathways, the State is providing $150 million per year for projects and more than 300 applications for the 2019-2020 school year. In developing its proposal, Elk Grove Unified’s College and Career Connections Department used data from a district-wide program evaluation within the CTEIG application and responses from 85 teachers and administrators to a survey of pathway needs.
Key findings of high quality pathway elements:
- Industry-aligned, modern equipment; highly effective pathway teams; and course outlines aligned with CTE Model Standards
- Student opportunities for career exploration, including work-based learning (WBL) and leadership development,
- Counselor awareness of career pathways, college and career plans for pathway students, student portfolios, student project management
- Increased alignment of course work with post-secondary partners leading to early college credits
- Continued development of business partnerships and participation in advisory committees and work-based learning
- Increased opportunities for out-of-school student activities, including work-site internships
- Time to align pathway content to labor market needs and the community college Strong Workforce Program
- More opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized certifications
- Opportunities for teachers to increase industry knowledge and skills, e.g., through externships
- Means to track student achievement after graduation and capacity to use student data for continuous improvement
- Resources for outreach and recruitment, including social media and websites, that increase access to pathways for all learners
Annual reporting requirements to ensure on-going CTEIG funding will include:
- High school completion
- Career Technical Education pathway completion
- Attainment of technical skills, as measured, for example, through industry-recognized credential, certificate, license
- Number of graduates employed and the types of businesses in which they are employed
- Number of graduates enrolled in a post-secondary education, apprenticeship or other job training.
Coming Soon! Career Technical Education Incentive Grant awards will be announced in mid-March.