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U.S. Department of Education Awards Six State Grants to Promote Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study

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The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of six state grants under the Promoting Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study (POS) Program. The grants will be awarded for up to four years, with approximately $1.5 million available for the first year of the projects. Funding for years 2 through 4 is subject to the availability of funds and to a grantee meeting the requirements of its grant award.

Arizona, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Utah, and Wisconsin will receive grants from the program.

The Promoting Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study Program promotes and improves state and local development and implementation of rigorous programs of study. It also assesses the impact of student participation in career and technical education programs of study that link secondary and postsecondary education, combining academic and career and technical education in a structured sequence of courses, offering students opportunities to earn postsecondary credits for courses taken in high school, and leading to a postsecondary credential, certificate, or degree as outlined in the Education Department's Programs of Study Design Framework.

Each state will develop and implement a program of study in a specific discipline or set of disciplines:

  • Arizona – education
  • Kansas – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
  • Maryland – automotive technology
  • Montana – construction
  • Utah – health science
  • Wisconsin – manufacturing

More information on programs of study can be found on the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network (PCRN) at

Following is a list of grantees by state and grant award amount for the first year of the grant:

Arizona Department of Education – (ADE)
Project description: focuses on programs of study in the education career cluster; will build a model of program instruction that involves systemic changes in the delivery of career and technical education that is replicable.
FY10 Award: $258,482

Kansas State Department of Education – Career Ready Kansas
Project description: develop and implement a rigorous program of study for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career cluster to prepare students with advanced academic and technical skills for employment in the high-demand, high-wage, knowledge-based jobs that are at the forefront of these occupations.
FY10 Award: $264,892

Maryland State Department of Education – (MSDE)
Project description: fully implement an automotive technology program of study in representative rural, urban, and suburban areas of the state through development of common course syllabi, professional development for instructors, technical assistance for implementing the grant at program of study sites and at program certification and recertification sites, seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary education, with the goal of enhancing the performance of students in the automotive technology program.
FY10 Award: $261,022

Montana Higher Education Board of Regents – Paving the Way—Building a Rigorous Big Sky Pathway in Construction
Project description: improve local development and implementation of a construction pathway that will lead to high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations in the Montana labor market.
FY10 Award: $250,650

Utah State Board of Education – (USOE)
Project description: assist partners in rural, suburban, and urban areas of Utah in promoting and improving a model health science program of study targeted to meet the needs of the strongest employment industry in the state.
FY10 Award: $258,500

Wisconsin Technical College System Board – The Wisconsin Advanced Manufacturing Pathway Education Network (WAMPEN)
Project description: design and implement the Wisconsin Advanced Manufacturing Pathway (AMP) education initiative, including documenting program of study implementation, assessing student performance and outcomes, and making strategic improvements to education practices, in order to advance Wisconsin's capacity for delivering high-quality, advanced manufacturing education.
FY10 Award: $258,500