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Trump Ed. Dept. Announces New Career and Technical Education Grants

By Alyson Klein — May 24, 2018 1 min read
The exterior of the Department of Education Building in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 14, 2017.
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States: Got an idea for supporting the transition for high school Career and Technical Education students into postsecondary education and the workforce? The U.S. Department of Education wants to hear from you.

The department has created a new, $3 million grant program aimed at helping states provide apprenticeships in STEM fields (that’s science, technology, engineering, and math) during high school. The deadline to apply is July 17. The department will be holding a webinar on the program on June 5, 2018. You can register for it here.

State boards or the state agency responsible for CTE are eligible for the grants. The department expects to make five awards, worth $500,000 to $750,000 for a three-year project. The average grant size will be $600,000.

The Trump administration has sought to put a focus on apprenticeships, including through an apprenticeship task force.

But it doesn’t always put its money where its rhetoric is. President Donald Trump sought to cut the $1.1 billion Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education program by $166 million in his first budget request, for the 2018-19 school year. But Congress rejected that idea.