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Title: Tech-Prep Grant Program


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Tech-Prep Grant Program
  • Technical Assistance Workshop

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Definition of Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • A Tech-Prep program of study is a career and
    technical education credit-based transition
    program.
  • It provides secondary students with a seamless
    education from secondary to postsecondary
    education by permitting students to complete
    college courses in a collegiate program of study
    during high school.

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Definition of Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Students enrolled in a Tech-Prep program of study
    earn college credits for a coherent sequence of
    three or more courses they complete during high
    school as a result of a written commitment
    between a secondary and postsecondary institution
    called an articulation agreement.

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Contents of a Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Combines, at a minimum, two years of secondary
    education (e.g., junior and senior years)
    followed by a minimum of two years of
    postsecondary education.

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Contents of a Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Utilizes curricula that strengthens academic, and
    career and technical knowledge and skills that
    align with programs of study offered at community
    colleges and four-year colleges and universities.

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Contents of a Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Provides academic and technical preparation for
    careers in one of 16 broad industry areas called
    career clusters such as
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology
  • Education Training
  • Law, Public Safety Security, and
  • Business, Management Administration
  • http//www.nj.gov/njded/voc/clusters/

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Contents of a Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Builds student competence in career and technical
    courses and in core academic subjects
    (Mathematics Science Reading Writing
    Communications Economics Arts History and
    Geography) through applied, contextual and
    integrated instruction.

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Contents of Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Activities are coordinated by consortium members
    who pool resources, and provide multiple
    opportunities to students for the purpose of
    achieving a common goal.

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Contents of a Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Provides teachers, administrators, and counselors
    with professional development activities that
    support the goals of Tech-Prep and promote best
    practices.

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Contents of a Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Utilizes work-based and worksite learning
    experiences when appropriate and available.

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Contents of a Tech-Prep Program of Study
  • Leads to a two-year certificate or
    industry-recognized credential, or an associate
    degree or baccalaureate degree in a career major
    that leads to high skill, high wage employment.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • OPEN TO TECH-PREP CONSORTIA IN NEW JERSEY
    consisting of a
  • secondary school district
  • community college and
  • four-year university or college.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • This grant is available to secondary school
    districts that operate existing state-approved
    career and technical and/or Tech-Prep programs of
    study that did not receive Tech-Prep funds in the
    last grant period.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • Only secondary schools may serve as lead agencies
    for the grant.
  • The total number of Tech-Prep grants will be
    divided equally between the two regions in New
    Jersey.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • Each lead agency whose grant is funded in year
    one of the multi-year program will be eligible to
    apply in year two and year three of the program
    pending attainment of stated goals and
    objectives.
  • Tech-Prep grant begins September 1 and ends
    August 31 of every year.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • The terms and conditions of the grant contracted
    in year one must be followed throughout the
    multi-year grant.
  • Programs of study contracted in year one of the
    grant cannot be changed without permission from
    the NJDOE.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • Retain a copy of the original Tech-Prep Grant
    Program application. Not all information included
    in the original application will be included in
    subsequent NGOs.

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Application Submission
  • The Application Control Center must receive an
    original and four copies of the complete
    application NO LATER THAN 400 p.m. ON WEDNESDAY,
    APRIL 18, 2007WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

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Reporting Requirements
  • The lead agency will submit fiscal and program
    interim and final reports (consult Grant
    Recipients Manual for Discretionary Grants).
  • http//www.nj.gov/njded/grants/discretionary/manag
    ement/

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Reporting Requirements
Report Reporting Period Due Date
1rst Interim Report Sept. 1, 2007- Feb. 29 2008 March 17, 2008
2nd Interim Report Sept. 1, 2007 May 15, 2008 June 30, 2008
Final Report Sept. 1, 2007-Aug. 31, 2008 November 3, 2008
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THE TECH-PREP GRANT PROGRAM IS NOT A PLANNING
GRANT
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Project Requirements
  • Lead agencies must
  • Identify consortium partners.
  • Provide the names of the two programs of study to
    be developed or modified over the multi-year
    grant. School districts cannot develop or modify
    apprenticeship programs.
  • Provide the name of the career cluster(s) in
    which they are organized (Health Science,
    Education Training, Business, Management
    Administration, Law, Public Safety Security,
    and Information Technology).

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Project Requirements
  • Lead agencies must submit
  • Names of the college programs to which they are
    aligned, and their corresponding CIP CODES.
  • Occupational program approval letters from OVTCIP
    for the programs of study lead agencies are
    modifying, or submit the information from the
    state website http//www.nj.gov/njded/voc/pubvoc.h
    tm.

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ALL TECH-PREP PROGRAMS OF STUDY MUST BE TAUGHT IN
THE HIGH SCHOOL
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Project Requirements
  • Lead agencies must
  • Develop or modify two programs of study (one each
    year) that include a coherent sequence of at
    least three or more career-technical courses for
    which students earn college credit and
  • Modify curricula for at least three academic
    subjects such as Mathematics Science Reading
    Writing and Communication. School districts can
    modify one academic subject each year, or modify
    three academic courses in year three of the
    grant.

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Project Requirements
  • Lead agencies must
  • Implement the program of study developed in year
    one in year two of the multi-year grant program.
    The same rule applies for year two of the
    program.
  • Both programs of study must be implemented and
    approved by the NJDOE by year three of the grant
    program.

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Project Requirements
  • Lead agencies must
  • Develop and align curricula with program
    curricula offered by partnering postsecondary
    institutions for which students will earn
    articulated credit or dual credit.

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Project Requirements
  • Lead agencies may
  • Adopt college curricula, and a master prepared
    teacher can teach the college courses on the high
    school campus, or
  • Adopt curricula developed by national non-profit
    organizations.

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Project Requirements
  • Supplemental college courses (e.g., core
    courses) can be offered to students after school
    or during the summer for concurrent credit.

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Project Requirements
  • Lead agencies must
  • Develop articulation agreements with 2-year and
    4-year postsecondary institutions which must be
    dated, signed by chief administrators, and
    submitted to OVTCIP with Tech-Prep occupational
    program approval materials by July 13, 2008.

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Project Requirements
  • Lead agencies must
  • Apply for occupational program approval for
    programs of study developed in year one by July
    13, 2008 and, in year two, by July 12, 2009.
  • Submit VEDS every year for Tech-Prep students
    enrolled in all Tech-Prep programs in your school.

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Project Requirements
  • Applicants must submit a three-year plan for the
    Tech-Prep Program and describe the three-year
    plan in the Project Abstract and Project
    Description.
  • In the Goals, Objectives and Indicators Section,
    list all proposed project goals and objectives,
    and the performance indicators (goal outcomes)
    listed under each goal in the NGO. You may also
    include additional performance indicators that
    you develop.

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Project Requirements
  • All project directors and Tech-Prep coordinators
    must attend project-related meeting including
    staff development opportunities offered by
    OVTCIP, OVTCIP conferences, and Task Force
    Meetings.

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Certifications/Licensures
  • High school teachers must hold the certifications
    and/or state licensures necessary to teach the
    programs. Include applicable documents when
    submitting the application.
  • If the school will provide paid and unpaid SLE,
    include a list of certified teachers who will
    supervise students.

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Developing the Project Plan
  • Section 2.2.2 Developing the Project Plan
    provides applicants with questions around the
    eight major themes of the NGO that will help
    applicants develop a Tech-Prep program of study.

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Read Through The Questions
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Developing the Project Activity Plan For The
First Year of The Grant
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Goals, Objectives Performance Indicators
  • Goals are mandated by the grant.
  • Objectives are developed by applicants.
  • Performance Indicators are goal outcomes and are
    listed under mandated goals in the NGO.

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Developing The Project Activity Plan
  • Look at the goal and performance indicators, and
    develop objectives, and implementation
    activities to ensure successful goal outcomes.
  • Determine the person or persons responsible for
    conducting the activity.

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Developing The Project Activity Plan
  • Determine what documentation will be present for
    state review to indicate that the implementation
    activities have been completed.
  • Determine the reporting period by which the
    implementation activities will be completed.

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Goals
  • Goals relating to the eight major themes
  • Goal 1 To extend the 22 TP model to include
    articulations with 2-year and 4-year degree
    granting institutions, and improve articulation
    and transfer systems at postsecondary 2-and
    4-year degree granting institutions to promote a
    smooth transition for students from secondary to
    postsecondary education.

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Developing Implementation Activities
  • Goal 1
  • Develop implementation activities that will
    result in successful goal outcomes. What steps
    will you complete to
  • develop an advisory board, and a curriculum
    committee?
  • resolve transitional problems?
  • develop articulation agreements with
    postsecondary partners?

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Goals
  • Goal 2 To develop marketing and recruitment
    efforts to promote the new Tech-Prep program of
    study, and develop a plan to sustain the
    Tech-Prep program of study

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Developing Implementation Activities
  • Goal 2 What steps will you complete to
  • develop marketing and recruitment efforts?
  • develop career exploration opportunities for
    students, and career plans?
  • secure the buy-in of administrators, counselors,
    and teachers?
  • develop a plan to sustain the program after the
    multi-year grant is over?

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Goals
  • Goal 3 To develop new programs of study or
    modify existing programs of study in one or more
    of five career clusters (i.e., Health Science
    Information Technology Education and Training
    Law, Public Safety and Security or Business
    Management and Administration) to provide
    students with opportunities to earn college
    credit for a coherent sequence of three or more
    courses in a career cluster.

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Developing Implementation Activities
  • Goal 3 What steps will you complete to
  • develop curricula with postsecondary partners?
  • integrate New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards
    into the curricula?
  • obtain and integrate business and industry
    standards into the curricula?
  • strengthen the Tech-Prep program through
    contextual and integrated instruction?

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Developing Implementation Activities
  • Add an implementation activity under Goal 3 that
    states The method of curricula dissemination
    will be determined by the NJDOE.

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Goals
  • Goal 4 To provide all students with
    opportunities to enroll in Tech-Prep programs of
    study including offering program services
    appropriate to the needs of special populations.
  • Special Populations special populations
    include individuals with disabilities
    economically disadvantaged individuals preparing
    for non-traditional fields single parents,
    displaced homemakers individuals limited English
    proficiency.

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Developing Implementation Activities
  • Goal 4
  • What steps will you complete to
  • recruit and serve special populations?
  • provide preparatory services to students?

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Goals
  • Goal 5 To provide students with structured
    learning experiences, or implement teaching
    practices in school that will help students
    connect the knowledge and skills they learn in
    school to real-world contexts through applied
    academics and contextual teaching.

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Developing Implementation Activities
  • Goal 5
  • What steps will you complete to develop student
    learning experiences such as
  • on-campus business enterprises?
  • employer mentorships?
  • internships for students and for teachers?
  • project-based learning activities?
  • internships and job shadowing experiences?
  • Other?

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Goals
  • Goal 6 To provide teachers and administrators
    with staff development opportunities and other
    activities that will promote Tech-Prep programs
    of study.

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Goals
  • Goal 7 To provide counselors with staff
    development opportunities that and other
    activities that will promote TP programs of study.

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Goals
  • Goal 8 To implement evaluation methods that
    promote increased accountability, and develop
    database systems that will measure core
    indicators, and will track students from
    secondary to postsecondary education.

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Developing Implementation Activities
  • Goal 8 What steps will you complete to
  • develop a VEDS database that can be used to track
    students from secondary to postsecondary
    education?
  • develop evaluations to assess program
    effectiveness?
  • develop student self-assessment tools?
  • ensure that admissions personnel and college
    counselors identify Tech-Prep students when they
    enroll in college?

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Budget Requirements
  • The lead agency may retain up to 129,000 of the
    total award. The remaining amount of the award
    must be allocated among the subgrantees.
  • Tech-Prep funds must be obligated by August 31,
    2008, and expended by the due date of the final
    report, November 3, 2008.

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Budget Requirements
  • Tech Prep funds that are not expended by
    subgrantees must be returned to the NJDOE.

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Spending Caps
  • Fringe Benefits use applicants approved
    institutional rates.
  • Travel use applicants approved institutional
    rates per mile and tolls in-state.
  • Meals in-state meal costs of 46 per day.

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Spending Caps
  • General Supplies and Equipment applicants can
    expend 25 for equipment. General supplies will
    be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Five percent of grant funds can be used for
    administrative costs (secretaries, file clerks,
    program director, non-programmatic personnel)
  • Out-Of-State Conferences funds can be used only
    for those individuals presenting new TP models.

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Spending Caps
  • The NJDOE may determine that certain proposed
    costs, though not specifically identified as
    ineligible, are not reasonable or appropriate
    under this grant program. In such a case,
    applicants may be requested to transfer grant
    funds between and among line items during the
    pre-contract revision process.

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Special Considerations
  • Five extra points for
  • Development of courses for dual credit.
  • Equivalent college courses taught on high school
    campuses by mastered prepared high school
    teachers.
  • WIB endorsements are not required for this
    grant program.

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Websites
  • Important Websites
  • CIP 2000 List http//nces.ed.gov/pubs2002/cip2000
    /ciplist.asp
  • Inventory of Program Offerings
    http//www.nj.gov/njded/voc/clusters/
  • Career Cluster Initiative http//www.careercluste
    rs.org/
  • OGM Resources Grant applications
    http//www.nj.gov/njded/grants/discretionary/apps/
  • Grant Management http//www.nj.gov/njded/grants/di
    scretionary/management/

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Pre-Contract Revisions
  • Reader Panels will complete the review of the
    applications by May 18.
  • After this date, school districts will be
    contacted by me to begin the pre-contract
    revision process.
  • School districts should be contracted by the
    NJDOE by mid-July if the pre-contract revision
    process is completed.

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Expenditures
  • Applicants can expend funds for
  • a full-time or part-time Tech-Prep Coordinator to
    coordinate activities at the high school.
  • a full-time or part-time Tech-Prep Coordinator to
    coordinate activities at the college.
  • administration costs (5 of the total grant
    funds) secretarial help, file clerks, any
    position that is not involved with any aspect of
    program development.
  • paying high school teachers and college faculty
    members to develop the curricula (outside of
    contracted hours), and to attend staff
    development opportunities.
  • Marketing the Tech-Prep programs developed over
    the multi-year grant.

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Expenditures
  • Applicants can expend funds for
  • developing on-campus business enterprise.
  • visiting in-state or out-of-state high schools
    who have developed an exemplary Tech-Prep model
    for education.
  • consultants to provide ongoing quality
    professional development opportunities to
    teachers, administrators, and counselors.
  • developing summer institutes or summer camps on
    college campuses.
  • paying college faculty members to develop
    curricula with high school teachers outside of
    contracted hours.
  • recruiting in-coming freshman.

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Expenditures
  • Applicants cannot expend funds for
  • salaries of teachers to teach the courses unless
    the teacher is new and has not been funded by
    another source of funding in previous years.
  • paying for students, teachers, or counselors to
    attend college courses. You can hire a college
    faculty member to teach a course at your high
    school for a flat fee to all teachers and to all
    Tech-Prep students.
  • attending conferences, unless it leads to ongoing
    professional development that you are offering to
    teachers and counselors at your school. You can
    use funding to attend OVTCIP conferences.

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Expenditures
  • Applicants cannot expend funds for
  • purchasing awards, VSO jackets, hospital lab
    coats etc. unless they are retained by the school
    to be used in subsequent years.
  • paying for a grant writer to write a Tech-Prep
    grant application.
  • Financing middle school activities, unless the
    students are incoming freshman.
  • supporting other state or federal initiatives
    such as HSTW.
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