On November 3, 2023, the Governor announced 35 recipients of $200 million in grant funds for constructing new space for career technical programming enabling more students to receive vocational education in industries such as Agriculture, Construction, Healthcare, IT, manufacturing and more. Among the recipients were JVSDs, Comprehensive Districts, and Compact Districts. The 35 recipients were selected from among 59 applicants.
Additionally, a new equipment funding opportunity was announced and the application window for that grant is currently open until December 15. 2023. The purpose of the Ohio Career Technical Education Equipment Grant Program is to award competitive grants to schools to establish or expand Career Technical Education (“CTE”) programs, with priority for programs that support careers on Ohio’s Top Jobs List and establish or expand credentialing programs from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation Innovative Workforce Incentive Program list. Eligible applicants are defined as city, local and exempted village school districts, community schools, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics schools and joint vocational school districts. Eligible applicants “must plan to offer a qualifying CTE program that supports a career on Ohio’s Top Jobs List or a qualifying credential program from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation Innovative Workforce Incentive Program list,” according to the request for applications published by the Department of Education and Workforce.
Priority will be given to applicants with less than 10% of the student body reported as “CTE concentrators.” A CTE concentrator is a student who has completed at least two CTE courses in a single approved career pathway or program of study. Priority will also be given to applicants proposing programs in priority industry areas, such as advanced manufacturing and telecommunications.
The request for Applications and additional instructions can be found here.