Grant funding provides opportunities for career academy expansion
The Career Academy Incentive Fund is now accepting proposals for the first round of funding for fiscal year 2023. Grant submissions will be accepted through Nov. 3.
Partnerships between Iowa school districts and local community colleges that promote equitable access to high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs are strongly encouraged to apply. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who focus on programming delivered through a regional center, a central location that offers high school students from several school districts the opportunity to explore career options while earning both high school and college credit.
The Career Academy Incentive Fund is provided through the 2019 reauthorization of Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE), and individual grant programs can be awarded up to $1 million for career academy development and expansion. The number of grant awards is based on the amount of funds available and the scope of projects submitted.
Last year, six grants were awarded to partnerships across the state totaling $5.5 million. Recent recipients included Indian Hills Community College and Western Iowa Tech Community College.
Career academies play an important role in expanding access to CTE programs for Iowa’s students. Valuable skill development, career exploration, work-based learning and professional training for high-demand careers are provided through career academies.
Application materials for the 2022-23 Career Academy Incentive Fund have been updated. To find the most recent grant materials and resources, visit the Department’s Career Academy Incentive Fund webpage. All questions regarding this funding opportunity can be directed to consultant Jen Rathje at Jennifer.email@example.com.